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Hernando briefs: Homeschool support group sets meeting, orientation

SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: The Home Circle of Hernando, a homeschool support group, will have its first meeting of the 2012-13 school year at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, south of Brooksville. Prior to the meeting, there will be an orientation at 6 p.m. for new and prospective homeschoolers.

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The meeting will include information about what is available for homeschooled children in the areas of art, dance, music and sports. Burt Harres from Pasco-Hernando Community College will be on hand to provide information regarding dual enrollment. Representatives of area businesses and organizations will also be on hand.

For information, visit ofhernando or send email to Kelli Howell at

SIGN UP FOR BIG MUD EVENT: Early-bird registration is available for the Baddest Mudder, a 5K-plus mud run that will be Nov. 3 and 4 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

The event is open to all ages, teams, groups and skill levels. The course will include 20 obstacles.

There will also be games such as mud volleyball and mud tug-of-war, as well as a free mini kids pit. There will be food, merchandise vendors and music.

All participants will receive a T-shirt, complimentary beer or drink ticket, and a medal as they cross the finish line. Prizes will go to the top male and female runners. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded.

The cost for those who sign up now is $49.95. For information, visit the website at or contact Daniel La Placa at (352) 584-7369 or

ALOHA AUCTION: The Jolly Ranchers 4-H Club will host its third annual Aloha Auction on Aug. 18 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction, a DJ and dancing.

Donations of food items for the menu, as well as items or services for the auction, are needed. Those who donate items valued at $50 or more will receive two free tickets to the event. All donations are tax-deductible.

Proceeds will help the group take an educational field trip to Washington, D.C., and go toward animal projects for 2013. For information or to help, call Tammy Fincher at (352) 650-0409 or Susan Stringer at (352) 585-3577.

ADULT LITERACY CLASSES: HEART Literacy adult education classes are available for anyone 18 years or older interested in earning a high school diploma or brushing up on reading, math or language arts skills.

Free classes are available at four sites, with ESOL (English as a Second Language), pre-GED testing and free child care available at most sites. No appointments are necessary. Classes in Spring Hill begin Aug. 27; those in Brooksville start Aug. 28.

Classes will be offered at the following sites:

• 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill (free child care available for children ages 2 to 5).

• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville (child care available for children ages 4 to 10).

• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville (ESOL classes unavailable at this location).

A Florida photo ID is required. For details, call (352) 797-7018.

LIONS FLEA MARKET: The Brooksville Lions Communitywide Flea Market will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 880 N Broad St., Brooksville, next to the main entrance to Clover Leaf Farms.

Vendor spaces are available for $10. A portion of proceeds will benefit HPH Hospice. RSVP to (352) 593-4063 or The event will also include diabetes screenings, games, barbecued hot dogs, sodas, water and chips.

TEEN DRIVER CHALLENGE: The next Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Teen Driver Challenge will be Aug. 17 and 18.

The challenge is a defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers. The program is designed to provide young drivers, age 16 to 18), with knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and human kinetics, the forces created by an automobile and the effects of the forces on the human body.

The classroom instruction will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Sheriff's Office at 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The range instruction will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hernando County Airport.

There is a limit of 10 students per session. Individuals interested in the free program must have a driver's license. For information, call (352) 754-6830, ext. 53660. To print the registration form, visit

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: The city of Brooksville is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve as a member of the following boards or commissions:

• The Beautification Board has a vacant student representative position to fill a one-year term of office.

• The Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees has a vacant full-time position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.

• The Planning and Zoning Commission has a vacant alternate position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.

To apply, an application must be completed with an authorization for a background check. Resumes alone will not be accepted. Applications may be obtained from the office of the city clerk or on the city's website at, and must be completed and returned to the city clerk's office at 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. All positions are open until filled.

For information, call (352) 540-3810.

FREE DAY FOR NEEDY: Second Chance Restoration Ministries will host a Free Day for the needy at 10 a.m. Saturday at 19235 Cortez Blvd., in Killingsworth Plaza, Brooksville.

There will be a giveaway of new and used clothing, school uniforms, shoes, toys, electronics and other items. Complimentary refreshments, including hot dogs, chips and drinks, will be served.

For information, call (352) 340-6857 or (352) 585-6881.

Hernando briefs: Homeschool support group sets meeting, orientation 08/07/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 8:19pm]
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