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Hernando County briefs for June 20

Summer camps: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation announced registration is being accepted for these summer camps:

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• Y Adventure Camp for children and teens, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 15 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. Participants experience indoor and outdoor games, field trips and a variety of summer activities. The cost is $95 per week; scholarships are available.

• First Tee of Brooksville/Life Skills golf program summer camp, for ages 7 to 14, 9 a.m. to noon June 30-July 3, July 7-11 and July 28-Aug. 1, at the Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. Participants work on basic life/golf skills and the mechanics of putting, chipping, driving and golf course etiquette. The cost is $60 per week.

• Softball Camp for girls ages 7 to 14, 9 a.m. to noon July 7-11, at Tom Vary Park, 301 Darby Lane. Hernando High School Leopard Softball's head coach, Kevin Bittinger, and several standout team members will lead this camp filled with softball, drills and fundamentals. Participants complete daily drills of fielding, catching, throwing, batting and pitching. The cost is $65.

Class sizes are limited. Preregistration is required and are on a first-come basis. Contact Brooksville Recreation at (352) 540-3835 or email

High Point July 4 parade: The High Point Community will celebrate its 40th anniversary with its annual Fourth of July Parade. The lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. July 4 near the guard house at the entrance to High Point, near Cortez Boulevard.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. and goes down High Point Boulevard to Club House Road, ending at the community center, where there will be a flag-raising ceremony with American Legion Post 186. Monetary awards will be given in several categories. Complimentary refreshments will be served. There is no registration fee to participate. For further information, call (352) 596-6006.

Driver safety program: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are scheduled in July:

• 9 a.m. to noon July 1 and 3, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Tony Stramiello at (352) 684-6348.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 2, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Bayfront Health Brooksville Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7 and 9, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Lesley Steer at (352) 600-7353.

• Noon to 3 p.m. July 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• Noon to 3 p.m. July 15 and 17, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Bayfront Health Spring Hill Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Dominick D'Antiuono at (352) 684-2524.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers: Hernando County's Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers in Spring Hill due to a 40 percent drop in volunteers when seasonal residents returned north during the summer months.

The program provides homebound seniors, 60 and older, with nutritious meals, which are delivered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteers pick up meals for their route at 10 a.m. at the Spring Hill North Meal Site behind Oak Hill Hospital, or at the Spring Hill South Meal Site near the corner of Mariner and Spring Hill Drive. Volunteers should count on delivering meals to the homebound for approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Requirements for volunteers include: reliable transportation, a valid driver's license and the minimum auto insurance as required by the State of Florida. All new drivers must undergo a background check prior to their start date. Volunteer drivers will receive reimbursement for mileage. To sign up to be a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, call Mary Stahl in the Hernando office at (352) 796-1426.

Chamber hosts political rally: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee will host "Politics in the Park" from 5 to 8 p.m. July 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

This will be an old-fashioned rally where residents can meet local, state and federal candidates and discuss important election issues. Those attending can participate in a straw poll administered by the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, as well as register to vote. There will be live entertainment and food.

For further details, contact the chamber at (352) 796-0697, or visit

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

Help FWC locate rare upland birds: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking help in locating three species of rare birds during their breeding seasons — the southeastern American kestrel, the burrowing owl and the painted bunting.

Residents are encouraged to use FWC's new Rare Bird Registry to quickly map locations where these species are observed; there is the option to upload photos and additional comments. Data submitted is used by FWC scientists to identify important breeding areas for these species, as well as estimate the size of their populations.

To help out, visit (click "Get Involved" then "Citizen Science") and look for the Rare Bird Registry link.

Leaders wanted for chronic disease management: Elder Options is seeking individuals with one or more chronic health conditions to offer support and help others learn to take control of their ongoing health situations.

A four-day Chronic Disease Self-Management Program leader training program will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14, 15, 21 and 22 at Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center, 2153 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville.

Upon completing the workshop, program leaders will facilitate workshops that are offered for 2 1/2 hours, once a week, for six weeks.

Registration is limited. For an application, contact Betty Flagg at Elder Options at (352) 692-5219 or flaggb@

Hernando County briefs for June 20 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:38pm]
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