Event to mark White Cane Awareness Day
The public is invited to experience what it is like to walk across the street blindfolded during the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind's annual White Cane Awareness Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 11 outside the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. Lighthouse staff members and clients, using their white canes, will take blindfolded members of the public across the street. Florida law states that drivers must come to a full stop when there is a pedestrian using a white cane or guide dog while crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway. Each participating pair will be accompanied by a sighted guide to ensure safety. Proceeds from donations will benefit Lighthouse. To RSVP, call (352) 754-1132.
Food for Florida program announced
The Florida Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is implementing the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in local counties through the end of October. To qualify, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on Sept. 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster-related expenses. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from Sept. 5 through Oct. 4. Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online no later than the day before visiting the Food for Florida site. For an application, visit dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/benefit.shtml. Locally, the program will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 to 11 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. For information, visit myflfamilies.com/fff.
Sertoma Youth Ranch to host blues event
Lind Entertainment will present its annual Camping with the Blues event Oct. 20 to 22 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road. Main stage performance times are from 5 to 9:45 p.m. Oct. 20, from noon to 9:45 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 22. Campers acoustic jams will begin one hour prior to daily performances. Daily tickets are $20 to $35 for adults ages 18 and older and $5 to $10 for children ages 13 to 17 (must be accompanied by a ticketed adult). Weekend passes are available. The event, rain or shine, is family and dog friendly. Bring an instrument if you wish to join in the acoustic jams. For ticket and camping information, visit campingwiththeblues.com or call (941) 758-7585.
Pet event to benefit Operation Kindness
Operation Kindness will sponsor Paws on Parade, a pet parade and pet costume contest, on Oct. 14 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; lineup for the parade starts at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $10 per pet. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Preregister from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., or from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at Rising Sun Bistro, 10 S Main St. Proceeds will benefit Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services. For information, visit operationkindnessHCAS.org.
CERT training rescheduled after Irma
The Community Emergency Response Team class that was scheduled to start Sept. 16 has been postponed due to the activation of the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center as a result of Hurricane Irma and flooding on the Withlacoochee River. The next class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Jan. 10 and ending Feb. 21 at the EOC, 18900 Cortez Blvd. For information, call (352) 754-4083. To register for the class, visit hernandocounty.us/em/documents/forms/47-hernando-county-volunteer-application-1/file. Applications must be submitted to Dan Santana, emergency management specialist, via email at [email protected] or mailed to the Emergency Operations Center by 5 p.m. Jan. 5.
Hoedown dance to benefit the hungry
Tickets are available for the Hoedown for Hunger dance Oct. 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. Those attending are invited to wear their Western attire for the fundraiser for People Helping People. The saloon will open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, line dance lessons, door prizes and drawings. For tickets, contact Marlene at (352) 650-4521 or [email protected]
5K will benefit New Beginnings shelter
Youth and Family Alternatives will host Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter on Oct. 14 through downtown Brooksville. The event will start with registration from 6 to 7:10 a.m. at 205 E Fort Dade Ave. The 5K will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Howell and Fort Dade avenues. A 1-mile fun run will start at 8:45 a.m. Awards and a post-race party will be at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be given to first- through third-place finishers in various age groups, as well as for the best team average, most pledges earned and other categories. The cost to register is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile fun run, which includes a T-shirt, medals and food ticket. The fun run is free for children ages 11 and younger. Participants will be encouraged to collect pledges. For details or to register, visit runfornewbeginnings.com. Questions may be emailed to [email protected]
Coast Guard offers navigator course
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 Hernando Beach will host a two-day navigator course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24 at the flotilla, 4340 Calienta St. Participants will learn how to plot a course and pinpoint a location on a chart with hands-on exercises. The cost is $30 and includes a training strip chart. To RSVP, call Jim at (352) 688-4620.
Crescent clinic to host free health event
Crescent Community Clinic will offer a free Choose Health event from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Spring Hill Community Center‑Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Drive. Visitors will learn how to better manage chronic health conditions. Health care providers will present talks on hypertension, diabetes, weight control, stress and heart disease. Free testing for Hepatitis C, syphilis and HIV will be available. The Hernando County Health Department's infectious disease department will give free vaccines for Hepatitis A and B. Light refreshments will be available. After the event, visitors are invited to stay for the free "Tools to Quit" program for those wanting to quit smoking or using tobacco products. Registration is required for both programs. To RSVP, call (352) 610-9916, ext. 111, by Oct. 12.
Free diabetes program offered at clinic
Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, will offer the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday beginning Oct. 12 to Nov. 9. Those participating need to attend all five sessions. The program, developed by the University of Illinois, is free for diabetics and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to live with diabetes and will be able to interact with other diabetics. To RSVP, call (352) 667-1465.
Columbus Day dinner-dance set for Oct. 21
Tickets are available for Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2505's Columbus Day dinner-dance on Oct. 21 at St. Theresa Catholic Church's Rosmini Hall, 1107 Commercial Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. A buffet dinner (roasted turkey, baked stuffed fish, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee) will be served at 6 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Entertainment provided by the band Rebound will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $20. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call Sal at (352) 616-9724 or Luci at (352) 515-5661. For tickets, call Julie at (352) 686-3865 or Mel at (352) 688-9234. Tickets are also available at the church office.
Latin-American club to host annual dance
The Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association will celebrate October with its annual masquerade dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 28 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Music will be provided by DJ Willie Matos. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for guests. Bring your own beverage. Small coolers are permitted; ice will be provided. For tickets or information, call Ana Burgos at (352) 701-0721 or Irma Puente at (352) 666-6848.