Get your hands dirty to help public lands

COUNTYWIDE

Get your hands dirty to help public lands

As part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, volunteers in Hernando County will donate their sweat and elbow grease to make sure local public lands are safe, clean and healthy for wildlife.

The Hernando County Government, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Southwest Florida Water Management District have partnered to have four work sites where volunteers can help by removing trash and debris, collect native plant seeds for restoration or complete a demonstration butterfly garden.

The sites:

• The Weeki Wachee Preserve in Spring Hill, which is managed by Swiftmud.

• The Weeki Wachee Tract of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area in Weeki Wachee, managed by FWC.

• Peck Sink in Brooksville (near Brooksville Regional Hospital), which is managed by the county.

• Chinsegut Nature Center on Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville, managed by FWC.

Each work site will start its projects at 8 a.m. and complete the work by 11 a.m.

An afterparty for all volunteers will be at Bud McKethan Park in front of Quarry Golf Course, off Broad Street at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. The party will include free lunch, drinks and a thank-you ceremony. All participating agencies and groups will speak and have an information table.

Sponsors include the Hernando Audubon Society and the Hernando Chapter of the Native Plant Society.

To sign up for a work site, call Becky Brown at (352) 754-6722 or rebecca.brown@myfwc.com. Visit the Web site at www.public landsday.org.

INVERNESS

Event aids Down's syndrome group

As part of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the first Suncoast Buddy Walk for the National Down Syndrome Society will be Oct. 12 in Whispering Pines Park, 1700 Forest Drive.

The event will bring together family and friends whose lives have been touched by Down's syndrome, and will be to celebrate the many abilities and accomplishments and to help promote acceptance and inclusion of those with Down's syndrome.

Sponsors are needed for the event. Along with monetary donations, contributions of items such as raffle prizes, food or beverages are welcome.

Funds raised will help support local and national programs. To help, call event chairman Joshua Summers at (352) 634-2207. Donations can be sent to NDSS at 3878 E Country Side Drive, Inverness, FL 34452. Information is also available online at www.ndss.org.

BROOKSVILLE

Parents can go online to check kids' grades

Brooksville Elementary School will host a parent training workshop to introduce the Ed-Line Parent Portal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center's computer lab, 885 N Broad St.

The Ed-Line Parent Portal is a new online parent communication from Hernando County schools that enables parents to access their children's grades online.

Parents attending should bring their access passwords. Childcare will be provided for school-age children.

For information, call Amy Anderson at (352) 797-7014, ext. 255.

WEEKI WACHEE

Bill of Rights is topic of lecture series

Academia Hernando will continue its fall lecture series, Affirming America, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.

The topic will be "Our Great Bill of Rights," presented by Mike Pheneger.

The series, which continues on Mondays through Nov. 24, will also include:

• Our Great Opera Singers, Oct. 6

• Our Peculiar Geography (An Aid to Democracy), Oct. 13

• Our Innovative Movie Directors, Oct. 20

• Our Great Philosophers, Nov. 3

• Our Great Painters, Nov. 10

• Our Great Writers, Nov. 17

The cost to attend individual lectures is $7.

For information, call (352) 597-0158. COUNTYWIDE

Program helps elderly, poor with home repair

The Hernando County Housing Authority is accepting applications for the Housing Enhancement Loan Program.

HELP, in conjunction with the Hernando County SHIP Housing Rehabilitation Program, is designed to provide assistance to elderly and low-income residents who are experiencing conditions in their homes that pose a threat to the health, safety or welfare of those living in the home, and may not meet current health, fire and building codes.

The HELP program provides zero-interest loans of up to $37,000 to help with the cost of repairs. There are certain age and income requirements to qualify and the residence must be a house (no mobile homes).

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 17. For information, call the Housing Authority at (352) 754-4160.

SPRING HILL

Adult co-ed softball league in the works

Hernando County Recreation's co-ed softball league is now forming.

Games will be on Saturday evenings at Anderson Snow Park and Veterans Memorial Park.

This is an adult league. A coaches meeting will be set soon to discuss rules and frees. Those younger than 18 who wish to join must have a parent's signature.

For details, call Fred at (352) 754-4031. SPRING HILL

Women's club to have annual fall fundraiser

Men and women are invited to the Brooksville/Spring Hill Christian Women's Connection luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. This will be the Pumpkin Patch Party annual fall fundraiser, which includes a bake sale, plant sale and bric-a-brac.

Guests are encouraged to wear orange shirts, jeans and a straw hat. A special door prize will be awarded for the best straw hat. The one who brings the most guests will win a luncheon ticket.

The inspirational speaker will be Capt. Gary F. Kosak from Miramar. His theme is "When You Ask Why, Is There an Answer?"

The cost is $13.50 inclusive. Free nursery care is available with an advance request.

Reservations and nursery requests are required by Oct. 10. For information or reservations, call Juanita at (352) 797-0810 or Barbara at (352) 796-5216.

BROOKSVILLE

Parents can go online to check kids' grades

Brooksville Elementary School will host a parent training workshop to introduce the Ed-Line Parent Portal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center's computer lab, 885 N Broad St.

The Ed-Line Parent Portal is a new online parent communication from Hernando County schools that enables parents to access their children's grades online.

Parents attending should bring their access passwords. Childcare will be provided for school-age children.

For information, call Amy Anderson at (352) 797-7014, ext. 255.

Get your hands dirty to help public lands 09/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:02pm]

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