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Hernando County briefs for March 14

GED TESTING OFFERED: The HEART Adult Literacy Program will offer full General Educational Development testing and retakes Monday through March 20 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.

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Advance registration must be completed in person at the Adult Education office at the high school; office hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

Additional test dates for the exam and retakes are April 22 to 24 and June 3 to 5. Dates for the full exam only (no retakes) are April 8 to 10 and May 6 to 8.

The cost to take the GED exam is $70, payable with cash or check. Stop by the office or call (352) 797-7091.

CAT ADOPTIONS: Home at Last Pet Adoptions will host adopt-a-thons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday through the end of March at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.

Although the organization specializes in Siamese cats, other cats and kittens will be available.

All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites.

Fees vary and are tax deductible.

All pets may be viewed online at Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon may be made, and individual appointments may also be scheduled.

Call (352) 476-6832 or send email to

FREE PROM GOWNS: The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast will offer free prom gowns to girls in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at StoreSmart Self Storage, Unit 5001, 2465 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Those attending must check in at the office to gain entry.

Girls who cannot make it may call Myra at (352) 686-6794 to arrange a convenient time to meet and pick out a dress.

The Kiwanis club is also still accepting donations of homecoming and prom/bridesmaid gowns throughout prom season. Donations may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily at Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive, at Barclay Avenue.

For information, visit

RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISERS: The following fundraising events are planned to benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life:

• The Leopards for Life Team will host a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. March 30 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. The cost is $5 per person.

• A Zumbathon will be from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 at Gold's Gym, 20126 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The event will be conducted by instructors Ty Cancel, Heather Olejniczak and Lori Rosario.

For details, contact Lisa Stoessel at (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612 or

WAR PROTEST: The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, Weeki Wachee.

For information, call Brian Moore at (352) 686-9936.

ANTIQUE APPRAISALS: St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will host its sixth annual Spring Antique Appraisal Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 13 in Xavier Hall at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Fashioned after the Antiques Roadshow television program, the show will include certified personal property appraiser Dale Smrekar, who specializes in collectibles, fine art, jewelry, coins and paper money, oil paintings, sports memorabilia, antique guns, antique swords and knives, vintage toys and other items.

Only verbal appraisals will be provided. There will be no buying or selling. The cost is $5 per item appraised. Refreshments will be available.

For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.

Hernando County briefs for March 14 03/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:24pm]
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