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Hernando briefs for July 18


Donate school supplies: The Children's Home Society of Florida has kicked off its annual back-to-school drive to collect supplies for children in its program.

Financial contributions or supplies may be donated, including backpacks, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, calculators, crayons, markers and clothing.

Donations may be dropped off at the society's Brooksville office at City Hall, Suite 300, 201 Howell Ave. The agency hopes to have all donations dropped off by Monday to ensure that caseworkers have time to distribute supplies before school starts. For information, call the local office at (352) 754-1111 or Asa Drake at (352) 334-0955.

Christmas in July book sale: The Friends of the Library of Hernando County is hosting a Christmas in July Sale throughout the month at the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

Special promotional prices include: "Reading Room" nonfiction for $1; science fiction, mysteries and biographies for 25 cents; regular fiction for 50 cents; VHS videos for $3 a bag; check-out room items for half price; children's books for $1.50 per bag, and all 50-cent paperback stuff-a-bag books for $2.

The bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (352) 684-0660.

Titanic show: Oak Hill Hospital and the H2U Partner's Club will present "An Afternoon Tea on the Titanic" from 2 to 4 p.m. July 28 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The show will feature British Shakespearean actor Martin Hillier, who developed a fascination with the story after working on a Titanic exhibition in St. Petersburg.

He will take the audience back to the cold, dark night in April 1912 when the Titanic sank, retelling the story through the eyes of First Officer William McMaster Murdoch.

Tea and crumpets will be served. Admission is free. For information, contact Richard Linkul at (352) 597-6383 or [email protected]

Property appraiser office closure: The officers of the Hernando County property appraiser will be closed from 8 to 10 a.m. July 31 for training purposes.

Office locations include: Room 463, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; and the Westside Government Center, 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

For information, call (352) 754-4190.

Basic acting for youth: Live Oak Theatre Company will offer four-day Basic Acting and Introduction to Live Oak Theatre course from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 31, and Aug. 5 and 7, at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

The course is open to children ages 7-14. Topics will include basic acting skills and principles of acting, theatre terminology, theatre etiquette and audition techniques.

Those who complete the program will have an opportunity to audition for Live Oak's productions of Anne of Avonlea and Music Man. Auditions for both shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

The course is free, but a registration donation of $10 is suggested. For information, call (352) 797-9199 or email to [email protected]

Rain barrel workshop: A rain barrel workshop will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. July 30 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville.

Participants will learn about the use and care of rain barrels, followed by partial assembly of their 65-gallon barrels. Use of rain barrels can reduce dependence on irrigation by using collected rainwater in the garden.

Cost for the class is $65, which includes a rain barrel. Hernando County Utilities customers can also receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bills.

Class size is limited. Preregistration and prepayment are required. For information, call (352) 540-6230.

Artists wanted for next exhibit: The Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery invites artists to submit their best work for the upcoming exhibit, "Farewell to Summer: A Remix of Change."

The exhibit is open to all artists and will include original art, sculpture, mixed media, drawing, photography and installation pieces. Diverse interpretations of the theme are encouraged and will be considered.

Works will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at the gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The reception to kick off the exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5. For information, send email to [email protected] or call curator Rachel Fogarty at (352) 540-3811.

SHINE volunteers needed: Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, a volunteer program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, is looking for volunteers in Hernando and Citrus counties.

SHINE is a free Medicare counseling program that helps seniors, those new to Medicare and individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions about their health and drug plans.

A training program is offered, followed by mentoring sessions with trained volunteers. All costs are covered during training and afterward. Those who are bilingual are encouraged to volunteer, and training is also available in Spanish.

For training dates and details, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337 or visit the website at


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Updated: 1 hour ago

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

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Updated: 2 hours ago

Pasco County put under immediate tornado warning

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

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Updated: 6 hours ago

Lutz pedestrian dies in accident on U.S. 41

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Tarpon Springs seeking to honor sponger George Billiris

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