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Hernando County briefs for Nov. 22

QUIT SMOKING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center will offer the free "Quit Smoking Now" four-week tobacco cessation program from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 21, at the Hernando County Health Department, 7751 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The program is open to anyone wishing to quit tobacco. Participants can receive optional free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, lozenges or gum. Participants are guided through the quitting process by setting a quit date, establishing goals and receiving support after quitting.

Another program offered is "Tools to Quit." Participants meet for one 90-minute session that helps them plan their quitting process by setting a quit date, establishing goals and introducing strategies that will help them succeed. Free nicotine replacement therapy is also available through this program.

Upcoming dates for the "Tools to Quit" program include:

• 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville.

• 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (building behind the hospital).

• 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.

For information on either program, call (813) 929-1000 or visit

Hanukkah GIFT SALE: The gift shop at Temple Beth David will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 and 9 at 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill.

The sale will include a variety of Hanukkah paper goods, gift wrap, items for gift giving, trinket boxes, dreidels, menorahs, books, bagel and latke trays, and other items. The Tempe Beth David Sisterhood's cookbook will also be available.

For information, call the temple office at (352) 686-7034.

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: As part of "A Program of Hope," a campaign to reduce the number of school dropouts, Communities in Schools of Hernando County and Monster Truck Transmission will present the "Shop Till You Drop for Education" Holiday Extravaganza and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The event will include vendors and photos with Santa, and there will be a drop box for donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program.

Participation in the car show is a donation of a toy valued of at least $10 for Toys for Tots; participants receive two tickets for free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drivers will also receive a thank-you gift. To make sure there is enough food for all participants, reservations are required by Nov. 30. Call toll-free 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491, or send email to

The campaign will run through December. Businesses in the "Program of Hope" catalog will each have a table at the event. Proceeds will benefit area children in need of mentors, tutors or resources. For information, visit or contact Tracy Echols at or (352) 277-3322.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will host its 21st annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee, tea and doughnuts. There will be photo opportunities with Santa, as well as other entertainment and raffles.

Tickets $5 and will be available at the door; children 2 and younger are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit local children's charities.

For information, call Susan Myers at (352) 428.3717. Visit the website at

Hernando County briefs for Nov. 22 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 6:04pm]
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