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Hernando County briefs for Aug. 21

WINNING TICKET PURCHASED LOCALLY: The Florida Lottery announced one of the six winning tickets in Saturday's Fantasy 5 drawing was purchased at the Winn-Dixie store at 11092 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

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The winning numbers were 5, 8, 9, 15 and 22. Each winner receives $42,634.81. The other tickets were purchased in Winter Park, Orange City, Davie, Miami and Lake Worth.

HERNANDO HIGH SAC MEETING: The School Advisory Council at Hernando High School will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the main office, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. For information, call Marianne Bennett at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.

ROTARY SELLING WREATHS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The Rotary Club of Spring Hill is taking orders through Oct. 31 for its holiday wreath fundraiser.

The wreaths are a 22-inch round mix of noble fir, incense cedar and berried juniper, They come decorated with a plaid bow and pinecones.

Orders can be shipped in the continental United States with a gift message. The cost is $39 each and includes shipping. They are delivered to recipients the first week of December.

Funds raised support scholarships and youth programs. To place an order or for information, call Carol McElroy at (352) 684-6840.

SENIOR PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers.

RSVP needs volunteers in various capacities: tutoring children, mentoring children in the arts, teaching life skills to young parents, tutoring adult education students, delivering meals to the homebound, and sorting and distributing food to the needy.

To learn more, call (352) 796-8117.

GIRL SCOUTS RECRUITING: The Girl Scouts of Hernando County will conduct a countywide membership rally from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Troop leaders will be on hand. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to join. Adults are encouraged to learn about volunteer opportunities.

There is no cost for the rally; Girl Scout membership is $15 annually. For information, contact Kevin Blair at or (813) 504-6860.

CRUISE-IN FUNDRAISER: A Charity Cruise-In to benefit the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Hosted by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission and Performance, the event will include door prizes, entertainment, games and raffles. Proceeds from raffles and a portion of revenue generated at the restaurant during the event will benefit the Lighthouse.

Call (352) 754-1132 or visit the website at

SAFE BOATING CLASSES: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08 will offer the following safe boating programs at its facility at 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach:

• About Boating Safety, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10-12. This is a beginner program that covers safe boating practices, the use of safety equipment, navigation and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement to obtain a Florida boating safety ID. The cost is $35 and includes a text.

• Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17 to Nov. 19. This nine-week program is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Topics include boating safety, rules, navigation, weather, marine radio and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement to obtain a Florida boating safety ID. The cost is $50 and includes a text.

• Introduction to Navigation, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 22. Participants will learn how to plot a course anywhere and pinpoint location on any chart with hands-on exercises. The cost is $20 and includes a navigation chart.

• Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Designed for those not generally at the helm, this program will help prepare participants in case of an emergency. The cost is $10 and includes printed materials.

• How to Use Your Marine Radio, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Learn how to use DSC radios, Coast Guard 21 procedures and an emergency position indicating radio beacon. The cost is $10, which includes printed materials.

Registration for each program starts a half-hour before the first class. For information, call Jeff Hoff at (352) 397-5417.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed, volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard. Membership is open to individuals 17 and older.

To learn more about the auxiliary or how to become a member, contact Mike Bollinger at (813) 260-0655 or

To request a free vessel safety check, contact John Fahey at (813) 431-7181 or

JOIN NEXT HEALTH EXPERIENCE: The Hernando County Recreation Department has teamed up with GIME Fitness to host the next 10-week Hernando Health Experience.

Initial check-in will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at GIME Fitness, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Final check-in will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2. Individual registration is $50.

The cost for groups of six or more is $35 per person. Those who complete the 10 weeks and attend the final check-in will receive a refund of half the registration fee.

The first 100 people to register will be put in a drawing to win $100.

The purpose of the program is to motivate, educate and help participants learn how to live well. Attendance at weekly events is not required; the events are offered for additional outreach and motivation.

Those who are not available on weekends or evenings can stay in touch through email, Facebook and Twitter.

For information and to register, visit, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or call Kim at (352) 428-6368.

PHCC PARTNERS WITH COLLEGE CENTRAL NETWORK: Pasco-Hernando Community College recently partnered with the College Central Network to provide students and alumni access to an online career and job search resource.

The new service can be accessed at

Job seekers may create resumes and career portfolios to apply for open jobs or post to a database that is searchable by employers. Users also gain access to career announcements, podcasts, videos and articles to assist with their job searches.

For information, call (727) 816-3381 or visit the websites at or

SPECIAL OLYMPICS POKER RUN: The Hernando County chapter of Special Olympics Florida will host a Howler Poker Run on Sept. 15. Registration and breakfast will be at 10 a.m. at Horse and Crown, 5230 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Last kickstand up is at noon.

The last bike in will be at 4 p.m. The run ends at the Sail Inn, 6107 Broad St., Brooksville, where there will be raffles, an auction and live music.

The cost is $10 per rider; $5 per extra rider.

Funds raised will benefit Hernando County Special Olympics athletes. For information, contact Christine Hogan at (352) 238-2279 or

BOWLATHON FUNDRAISER: A Bowling for Boobies fundraiser will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Mariner Lanes, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and younger.

The event is a benefit for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. For information, call Amy or Amber at (352) 596-1926.

JOIN ALZHEIMER'S WALK: The Alzheimer's Association's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's will be Oct. 12 at Anderson Snow Park, 1192 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Registration will be at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

This is a 3-mile walk, with participants collecting pledges. The event is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

To start or join a team, visit the website at or call (352) 688-4537.

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 children, mentoring children in the arts, teaching life skills to young parents, tutoring adult education students, delivering meals to the homebound, and sorting and distributing food to the needy. (352) 796-8117.

CPR CLASS OFFERED: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/Automated External Defibrillator/First Aid course and recertification class at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

The recertification class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6. The full course will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7. For details and costs, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or Julie Stack at (352) 346-0463.

CHORUS WANTS NEW VOICES: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will begin rehearsals on Sept. 9 for the Christmas concerts. Rehearsals will be from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The classical chorus will perform two Christmas concerts, including a portion of Handel's Messiah, in December. All singers welcome. There are no auditions. There are no fees other than to purchase the music and performance attire. Proceeds from the concerts go to the Ayer Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to local youth involved in music. For information, call Liesl at (352) 848-4484 or Jeanmarie at (352) 556-8549, or send email to naturecoastfestivalmusic@

IRELAND NUGENT FUNDRAISER: A Paddle for Ireland fundraiser will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Upper Deck, 5836 Darlene St., Weeki Wachee. The event features kayak and canoe races, a pig roast, a corn hole tournament, a raffle and auctions. Bands and a DJ will entertain. The entry fee is $20 for a single kayak and $40 for double kayak or canoe. Participants will receive event T-shirts. Participants must register by Sept. 9. Proceeds will go to the family of Ireland Nugent, a Palm Harbor toddler who lost both of her lower legs and feet in a lawn mower accident. For information, call (352) 597-7666 or visit

COUNTY RECREATION CLASSES, ACTIVITIES: The Hernando County Recreation Department offers the following ongoing programs:

• Tribal belly dancing, Tuesdays at Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. A children's mixed-level class is at 5:30 p.m., Level I at 6:30 p.m. and Level II at 7:45 p.m. Also offered Wednesdays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Level I is at 6 p.m., Level II at 7:15 p.m. and a performance art/mixed-level class at 8:30 p.m. A free class is offered to first-timers at 7:15 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Brooksville location. The cost is $10 per class for those who pay for at least four weeks or $15 per drop-in. Call Jayne, (352) 540-1568 or the Recreation Department, (352) 754-4031.

• Tae kwon do, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. Open to ages 6 through adult. The first lesson is free, the first month is $30 and additional months are $45. No preregistration necessary. Visit or call the Recreation Department office, (352) 754-4031.

• Tennis lessons are available for ages 7 through adult at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. A variety of evening and weekend hours are available. Group lessons are $10 per hour; private lessons $30 per hour. Call the Recreation Department office at (352) 754-4031 or visit

world war II battle reunion planned: A St. Petersburg resident is organizing a reunion for the survivors and families of Taffy III from the Battle of the Leyte Gulf in World War II. The reunion is held each year to honor the hundreds of men who were lost on Oct. 25, 1944. The memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., on St. Pete Beach. A lunch will be served after the memorial for $38 per person. Taffy III was a unit that included the light aircraft carrier USS St. Lo, five other carriers, three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. Two carriers, two destroyers and one destroyer escort were sunk by sea forces of the Japanese navy. The St. Lo was sunk after a suicide plane crashed through its flight deck setting off bombs. Organizer Bob Schueler, a survivor of the St. Lo explosion, encourages anybody associated with the victims and survivors of the battle to attend, from distant relatives to great-grandchildren. For more information, contact Schueler at (727) 742-9399.

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