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Hernando briefs for July 4

Arc needs a couch: The Arc Nature Coast is seeking the donation of a couch, preferably leather or faux leather for easy cleaning.

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Pickup can be arranged, if needed. The couch is needed for the agency's facility at 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville. If you can help, call Nancy Stubbs at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.

'Hairspray' auditions: Auditions for Hairspray, the Musical will be at 1 p.m. July 12 and 6 p.m. July 13 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Casting is for actors 16 and older, including roles for teenagers, men and women. There are a number of roles for African-Americans.

Everyone who auditions should prepare a song, preferably from the show or in the style of the show, and for the part for which one is auditioning. Be prepared to dance or at least show ability to move and sing at the same time.

Not all cast members will be required to dance, but all cast members will be required to move comfortably. No flip-flops or sandals allowed; no baggy shorts or pants.

No a cappella singing will be permitted; accompaniment will provided (or CDs without vocals will be allowed). Sheet music must be in the key and vocal range desired.

Performance dates are Oct. 9 to 12 and Oct. 17 to 19. Contact director Leanne Germann at

Family fun at Weeki Wachee: The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will host a Family Beach Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 at Buccaneer Bay at the park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The after-hours event will begin when the park closes to regular visitors. It will include water fun, a Hula Hoop contest and a spin-it-to-win-it game. Food will also be available.

Admission is $5 per person. For information, contact Cassie Stump at (352) 345-1612 or

Health Department office to reopen: The Hernando County Health Department will reopen its office at 300 S Main St., Brooksville, on Tuesday. The office has been closed since May due to renovations.

The Brooksville office will provide services from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. For information, call the Health Department at (352) 540-6800.

Zoo school open on Saturdays: The Florida International Teaching Zoo is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 4258 SW 52nd Ter., Bushnell.

The zoo currently has the largest group of North American patas monkeys in captivity, and its first second-generation monkey baby was born in May. The zoo also has black jaguars, hyenas, nene geese, squirrel and colobus monkeys, and a variety of other rare species.

Feeding times for hyenas and tigers start at 3 p.m. For information, visit the zoo's Facebook page or website,, or call (352) 867-7788.

Get artifacts identified: The Friends of Chinsegut Hill, the Historic Hernando Preservation Society and the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute will host an Artifact ID Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.

Visitors may bring arrowheads, pottery and other historic artifacts for experts to examine and identify. Table space also will be available for those wishing to share their collections with others. Gary Ellis of the research institute will give a presentation about artifacts at 11 a.m.

There will be no buying or selling of artifacts at the event. Refreshments will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the three nonprofit organizations. Appraisals will be done at no cost, but donations, which will be split among the groups, are appreciated. For information, call (352) 799-5400.

NRA friends host auction: The Hernando County Friends of NRA will host their annual buffet dinner and live auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The family-friendly fundraiser will include games, a silent auction and prizes. The dress code is casual.

Tickets are $40 each; reserved tables that seat eight are $300. Tickets may be purchased online at For information, contact Bob Barnett at (352) 238-4894 or

Senior program needs volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers.

Volunteers are needed in various capacities: tutoring elementary and high school students; teaching life skills to young parents; tutoring adult education students; delivering meals to the homebound; providing transportation for the blind and visually impaired; preparing tax returns; working in the thrift store; participating in environmental stewardship programs; and sorting and distributing food for the needy.

For information, call (352) 796-8117.

Hernando briefs for July 4 07/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 4:06pm]
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