Bucs, education foundation team up
The Hernando County Education Foundation and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have teamed up to support local schools. For residents who purchase tickets to see the Bucs play the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, a portion of the ticket price will benefit Hernando County public schools. Tickets in the upper level start at $25 for youth and $45 for adults; lower-level tickets begin at $70, and club-level seats at $154.50. To purchase tickets, visit buccaneers.com/krewe and enter the code HCEF. Tickets are only available online. For information or to pay by check, call Seth Shuman at (813) 870-2700, ext. 2212.
Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem program is in need of volunteers to be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. Once trained, volunteers make recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. For information, contact Diana Hollwedel at (352) 812-6971 or [email protected]
Lake Lindsey Road to close for construction
The Hernando County Department of Public Works has announced that Lake Lindsey Road will be closed from Dec. 5 to 14 while road reconstruction takes place. Construction will occur from Old Crystal River Road to Snow Memorial Highway. There will be limited or interrupted bus, mail and garbage service during this time. For an eastbound detour, take Old Crystal River Road south to Broad Street, then go north on Snow Memorial Highway. For a westbound detour, take Snow Memorial Highway south to Broad Street, then go north on Old Crystal River Road.
Mid-life crisis will be topic of AARP meeting
Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon Dec. 6 at Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. If ordering from the menu, plan to arrive at 11 a.m. After a talk on the topic of mid-life crisis, the annual Christmas party will be held. To participate in the gift exchange, members are asked to bring a gift valued at $10. To RSVP, call (352) 666-5483.
Club to offer camp during school break
This year during Christmas break, the Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County will offer its annual Christmas Camp to all Hernando County students from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 through Jan. 2 (except Dec. 25 and 26) at Moton Elementary School, 7175 Emerson Road. Participants do not need to be a member of the Boys & Girls Club. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $65 per week, and students need to bring their own breakfast, lunch and snack. For information or to register, call (352) 666-0068.
NAMI to offer Mental Health First Aid course
Residents are invited to register for NAMI Hernando's free Mental Health First Aid training course, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at 10554 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will learn about the signs of addiction and mental illness, the impact of the disorders, a five-step action plan to assess a situation and help, and where to find resources. The course is for adults only and includes a free lunch, workbook and certificate of certification. To register, contact Jennifer Bliska at (813) 751-7372 or [email protected]
Volunteer tax program sets training classes
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will offer training classes for those who wish to be greeters, tax preparers or quality review volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 12 and 13 at the Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. To prepare tax returns, volunteers must attend all three days. For those unable to attend, online training is also available. For information, call (352) 688-2026.
Philippine group to host Christmas party
The Hernando County Philippine-American Association will host its annual Jolly Holly Christmas Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 10 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 to 14 and free for children ages 5 and younger. A buffet dinner will be served, and a special kids menu will be available. Parents and grandparents are reminded to bring a wrapped and tagged gift for their young children so Santa can hand them out. For tickets, call Aurora at (352) 848-1031, Wilma at (352) 597-3925, Edna at (727) 326-8850 or Lisa at (352) 346-7294.
Youth orchestra seeks new members
Aspiring musicians, ages 6 to 18, interested in joining the Hernando Youth Orchestra are encouraged to attend one of the group's rehearsals, which take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Sunday at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way. The orchestra can also help with lessons and instruments. For information, visit hernandoyouthorchestra.org.