Youth library program conjures up magic
The Florida Library Youth Program will continue with the following programs next week:
• Magical storyteller Scott Humston, July 24, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Through the use of custom music, magic, comedy, storytelling and audience participation, children learn the importance of honesty, respect, self-esteem, cooperation and responsibility.
• Balloon Storyteller, Wednesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6437 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. This is an interactive show featuring stories, comedy and balloon props.
• Jiggleman, July 23, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. This is a jumping, joking and juggling show that includes audience participation.
All programs start at 10:15 a.m. No registration is required. Parents or guardians must remain on the library premises during the events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For best seating and parking, arrive early.
For information, call (352) 540-6391.
FDNY retirees selling pavers for 9/11 tribute
The Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill are selling brick pavers for the 9/11 memorial that will be on the grounds at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road.
The memorial will include a documented piece of steel from ground zero (from the World Trade Center) and a piece of tile from the Pentagon. Also, the group is in the process of obtaining soil from the airline crash site in Shanksville, Pa.
The 9/11 memorial is being developed by the FDNY Retirees as well as the New York Police Department 10-13 Retirees, Spring Hill Fire and Rescue and the International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 2794.
The cost is $50 for an engraved brick paver. Each paver includes four lines, with 16 characters per line, for engraving.
Checks or money orders are to be made out to the 9-11-2001 Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.
For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401.
Performing arts guild selling season tickets
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild is selling tickets for the 2009-10 season.
Season tickets are $80. Individual show tickets are $25.
All concerts will be at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and shows are at 7 p.m.
• Hot Latin Rhythms, Nov. 6
• The New Dawn Singers (Christmas program), Dec. 5
• The Vogues, Jan. 16
• A Tribute to Neil Diamond, starring Jay White, Feb. 19
• Mark & Clark, March 20
For tickets or information, call the hotline at (352) 799-5577.
Preschool enrollment is open for Head Start
Mid-Florida Community Services' Head Start Early Childhood Development Preschool Program is accepting applications for enrollment for 2009-10 school year.
The program serves children 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.
This is a federally funded, income-eligible program.
The items needed to apply include:
• Birth certificate
• Proof of residency (such as utility bill)
• Picture ID for parent/guardian;
• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the last 12 months or prior calendar year, whichever is applicable;
• Documentation of child's disability (if applicable);
• Proof of custody (if applicable).
Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at the following Head Start locations:
• 835 School St., Brooksville. Call (352) 754-2464.
• 610 N Jackson St., Wildwood. Call (352) 748-6677.
• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. Call (352) 748-6677.
Class of 2014 can apply for service academies
U.S. service academies have begun the application process for the Class of 2014. Students must be nominated by an authorized person, such as a member of Congress.
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite can nominate applicants who live in the 5th Congressional District, which includes Hernando County.
Complete information on the application process and a copy of the application are on Brown-Waite's Web site brown-waite.house.gov.
Application deadline is Nov. 6. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy.
He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday; must be a U.S. citizen; and must be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal dependents.
Students should contact Brown-Waite's local office in the spring of their junior year in high school and must begin the application process with the academies themselves.
There are five service academies: The U.S. Air Force, Naval, Military, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies. Nominations are required for all but the Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
For information, call (352) 799-8354 or toll-free 1-866-492-4835.