Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Fantasy Five winner in Weeki Wachee; more local news

LOCAL FANTASY 5 WINNER: One of the four winning tickets in the Florida Lottery's Fantasy 5 drawing on Monday was purchased at Prime Time Food, 7387 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee.

The winning numbers were 3, 14, 19, 23 and 26. Each winner receives $51,274.62. The other tickets were purchased in Miami, Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach.

DISCOUNTED ANIMAL ADOPTIONS: Hernando County Animal Services is offering Father's Day Discount Days through June 22 at the shelter, 19250 Oliver St., Brooksville.

Adoption fee for all male cats and dogs over 6 months old will be waived. The only cost is the $10 Hernando County licensing fee.

The facility is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call (352) 796-5062.

CONTROLLED BURNS SCHEDULED: The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting prescribed burns in the Weekiwachee Preserve throughout June. Approximately 400 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

The burns are part of routine maintenance of lands managed by the district in order to prevent uncontrolled wildfires and to enhance the area's natural conditions. Burns will be conducted only when weather conditions are favorable.

Efforts will be made to ensure that smoke will not affect homes or highways, but motorists should use caution in cases when smoke reduces visibility. For information, call (352) 796-7211 or toll-free 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4467.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE NEARS: The Ridge Manor Property Owners Association will accept applications for scholarships through June 21.

The scholarships are for graduating high school seniors who are Ridge Manor residents and plan to attend college in the fall.

For information or an application, call Gayle Twomey at (352) 232-5188.

ART RECEPTION: A reception for the Spring Art Exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

A special feature will be the artwork of Faith Academy art students.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Junior Service League of Brooksville and the Hernando County Arts Council. There will also be culinary treats from local restaurants, including Mallie Kyla's Cafe, Southern Ladies and a Gent, Florida Cracker Kitchen, Luigi's Pizza, Auro Community Garden, Publix Supermarkets, Coney Island Drive Inn and the Rising Sun Cafe.

FAMILY, MUSIC FUNDRAISING EVENT: A family activity and music festival will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 at Toscana Crossing Golf Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd., in the Heather, north of Weeki Wachee.

There will be a cookout, a silent auction, live music, door prizes and use of the facility's amenities, including swimming, tennis, volleyball and golf after 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person or $40 per family of four. For tickets, call Kathryn Vanderplough at (352) 340-4778.

All proceeds will benefit the music program at Weeki Wachee High School.

Toscana will also host a golf tournament that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the music program. The tourney will be two-member teams. The entry fee is $35. Cash prizes will be awarded: $300 for first place, $150 for second and $75 for third. To register, call Barbara Phillips at Toscana, (352) 596-2019.

BEACH PARTY AT THE LIBRARY: Local youth are invited to a Beach Bash from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

The program is geared for children ages 8 to 12 and will include beach-themed crafts and activities.

It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. There is no cost. However, space is limited, and registration is required. Sign up on the website at hernandocounty library.us, call (352) 754-4043 or stop by the library.

STUDENT ART WANTED FOR EXHIBIT: In conjunction with the Hernando County Courthouse Centennial Celebration that is planned for October, event organizers are inviting middle school and high school students to submit artwork depicting the historic courthouse in downtown Brooksville.

The entries will be displayed during a two-day celebration inside the courthouse at 20 N Main St. Call (352) 540-6780.

PARADE ENTRIES WANTED: The High Point community invites clubs, organizations and individuals to participate in its annual Fourth of July Parade.

Registration and lineup will be at 8:30 a.m. July 4 near the guard house, just off Cortez Boulevard. The parade will start promptly at 9 a.m., ending at the community center at 12249 Club House Road.

At the center, there will be a traditional flag raising ceremony with American Legion Post 186. Awards will be presented, and refreshments will be available.

Entry forms are available at the guard house. For information, call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006.

LEARN TO PROTECT TREES DURING STORMS: A free class, "Preventing Storm Damage on Your Trees," will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville.

Participants will learn the importance of having landscape trees ready for heavy winds during hurricane season. Presented by master gardener and certified arborist Ken Morgan.

There is no cost and no registration required. First come, first seated. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

AUCTION BENEFITS 4-H: The annual Jolly Ranchers 4-H Auction will be June 29 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the event starts at 6:30 p.m.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction, raffles, a steak dinner and entertainment by Brian Chytka.

Tickets are $15; $8 for children 12 and younger.

Funds raised will go toward the Jolly Ranchers 4-H Club's field trip to Washington, D.C., as well as to help with the animal projects for 2014.

For additional information or for tickets, call Susan at (352) 585-3577 or Shari at (352) 585-1064.

BOOK GROUP TO MEET: The East Hernando Book Discussion Group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. June 21 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

The book to be discussed is My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte. Registration is not required, but copies of the book are limited.

To reserve a copy, stop by the front desk at the library or call (352) 754-4043.

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