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Grants available for water conservation educational programs


Grants target education programs about water

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is accepting applications for Community Education Grants.

The goal of the Community Education Grant program is to actively engage adults in issues pertaining to water conservation, protection and preservation.

Funded by the District's Basin Boards, the program is intended to motivate communities to get involved in watershed protection through various activities and educational formats.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to help fund educational water-resource projects.

Potential projects should provide education on any or all of the following issues: water quality, water conservation, flood protection, natural systems and watersheds.

The projects must take place between March 1 and July 31, 2010.

To apply, visit the Web site at grants. The electronic form allows applicants to save, review and change portions of their proposal before submitting.

Grant applications are due Aug. 21.

For information, or to discuss project ideas, call Robin Grantham toll-free at (800) 423-1476, ext. 4779.

Also, a variety of free materials are available and can be ordered through the District's Web site at


County offers variety of summer boot camps

Hernando County Recreation offers boot camps at Anderson Snow Park and Veterans Memorial Park.

A variety of days and times are offered. Women-only and coed camps are available.

For details, call (352) 754-4031.


Motivational program focuses on better you

The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the "Better You" workshop from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays from July 11 to Aug. 1 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

The first session will include discovering your power, how to increase natural energy and learning to attract everything you want. The second session includes gaining clarity in one's life, empowering yourself for success and deleting negativity from your life.

The third session will be a creative workshop day, using effective dreaming to get what you want while dealing with limiting beliefs. The final session will be on understanding the basics for a healthy body, breathing for fun and creating your own vision board.

The instructor is Lori Bainum, a certified life coach and motivational speaker.

The course is open to anyone age 16 or older. The cost is $99. To register or for information, call (727) 480-1566, send e-mail to or call the recreation office at (352) 754-4031.


Women's health expo open to exhibitors

The Business Women's Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce will host the Women's Health and Fitness Expo 2009 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the National Guard Armory on Venable Street off U.S. 19.

Opportunities are available for health-, fitness- and wellness-related organizations on a first come, first served basis. Proceeds from the expo will fund student scholarships.

Details on exhibit registration, sponsorship opportunities and a new exhibit/services offering called "The Spa Zone" are available through the Chamber's Inverness office, 401 Tompkins St. Call (352) 726-2801.


Churches take orders for Angel Food relief

Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, will take Angel Food Ministries orders on the following days in July:

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 5 and 12

• 6 to 8 p.m. July 7 and 10

• 9 a.m. to noon July 11

First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor, will take orders on the following days:

• 4 to 6 p.m. July 7

• 8 to 10 a.m. July 11

Payments at Christ Lutheran Church must be made in cash or with food stamps; payments at First Lutheran must be cash only. Online orders (payable by debit or credit card) can be done at (click on Angel Food link).

Distribution at both locations will be from 9 to 11 a.m. July 25. Call the Angel Food hotline at (352) 799-3452 or e-mail

Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee, will take Angel Food Ministries orders on the following days:

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3 and July 10

• 5 to 7 p.m. July 8

• 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12

Orders made at the church must be paid with cash or food stamps. To view a menu or place an order online, visit For information, call (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.

Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief to anyone interested in participating.

The cost is $30 per unit, which retails for about $60.

Various specialty boxes are available, as well as senior packages and allergen-free food boxes.


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.

Concerts include:

• 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.

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