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ROAD CLOSURE: Hernando County Department of Transportation Services has reminded motorists that Harris Hawk Road is closed for the replacement of a culvert. The road, which is south of Centralia Road, north of Weeki Wachee, is expected to reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday. (352) 754-4062.

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TENNIS COURTS TO BE RESURFACED: The tennis courts at Bud McKethan Park, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, will be closed Monday through Aug. 2 for resurfacing. Brooksville Parks and Recreation, (352) 540-3830.

DISCOUNT AT ANIMAL SERVICES: Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville, is offering a half-price special through July 31 on cats and kittens. Kittens are $20 and adult cats are $10, which includes spaying/neutering, testing, vaccinations and treatment for parasites. The shelter is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. (352) 796-5062.

UNITED WAY ANNUAL MEETING: The United Way of Hernando County will have its annual awards and recognition meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Those attending are asked to RSVP. (352) 688-2026 or

STUFF THE BUS FOR HERNANDO SCHOOLS: The United Way of Hernando County will sponsor its seventh annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through July 28 at all county Publix and Walmart stores, as well as at Staples on Commercial Way in Spring Hill. School buses will be at each location to accept donations of school supplies, gift cards and money, which will be given to Hernando County teachers for their classrooms. All donations remain in Hernando County. Teachers may fill out wish lists on the United Way's website, (352) 688-2026.

EVENTS PROMOTE RESOURCES FOR NEEDY: The Spring Hill Neighborhood Project will host monthly "Loving Our Community" resource awareness and outreach events. The first event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. It will include free haircuts, food and information about organizations and programs such as Head Start, Kid Care, StayWell, Devereux Kids, Jesus Cares Ministries, the Hernando County Health Department, Mid-Florida Community Services and First United Methodist Church Ministries.

The "Getting Back in the School Groove Festival" will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the church. This will be the annual backpack giveaway and will also include free haircuts, entertainment and exhibitor tables. Donations of school supplies are appreciated and may be dropped off at the church. Volunteers are needed to help stuff the backpacks at 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Exhibitors for either event are welcome. For details or to reserve a spot, call the church at (352) 683-2600.

Future events will take place the last Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Those wishing to participate or needing information may call the church or send email to Noreen at

PUBLIC SAFETY APPRECIATION: Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 28 at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. All public safety personnel and their families, as well as the community, are invited. Proceeds will benefit the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services. The cost for the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be $2.99 ($1 extra for a side of breakfast meat). (352) 597-7979 or

USO SHOW: Plans for a "B-17 Project" USO-style show are under way to honor of the military service of Hernando County residents.

It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Volunteers and entertainers are encouraged to participate.

Proceeds will help purchase display cases for military memorabilia.

Those interested in volunteering their time or talent may call event organizers Lucy Basta and Jack Waldron at (352) 597-1113.

PHCC ENRICHMENT WORKSHOPS: As part of its "Getting Familiar with Microsoft Office" series of workshops, the Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following at the Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court:

• Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint I and II, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and July 24. Learn to create a simple on-screen presentation, insert text and objects, use proofing tools and modify by rearranging, copying and deleting slides. $24.

• Introduction to Microsoft Access, 6 to 8 p.m. July 29. Learn the basics of this program that helps store information for referencing, reporting and analysis. $12.

Workshops are open to the community; membership in the Encore Academy is not required. Registration deadlines are two days prior to the workshop start date. Toll-free 1-888-897-7422 or

SPELLING BEE FOR ADULTS: Teams are invited to participate in the "Are You Smarter than a Preschooler" adults-only spelling bee benefit for the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Teams of four will compete during three rounds. The winning team will receive a trophy. The most spirited team will receive an award, and one team will go home with the "Boo-BEE" prize. The cost is $250 per team, which includes team T-shirts, a barbecue dinner and two beverage tickets per team member. The event will also include an auction and cash bar. Spectators are invited to attend and cheer for their favorite teams. Single admission tickets are $25 and include the dinner and two beverage tickets. Tickets may be purchased at To sign up a team or for sponsorship information, call the coalition at (727) 233-8291 or send email to Ann-Gayl Ellis at or Bonnie Clark at

STUDENT ART WANTED: Hernando County middle school and high school students are invited to participate in an art exhibit that will be held in conjunction with the Hernando County Courthouse Centennial Celebration planned for October. Artwork submitted should depict the historic courthouse. Entries will be displayed during the two-day event. For details, call the Hernando County community relations office at (352) 540-6780.

MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Hernando County's Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers. Due to seasonal residents heading back North, the program has seen a 40 percent drop in volunteer drivers. Meals are delivered between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Drivers are asked to commit to at least one route per week. Volunteers pick up meals for their route at 10 a.m. behind Oak Hill Hospital and should expect the deliveries to homebound residents to take between 60 and 90 minutes.

Requirements include having reliable transportation, a valid driver's license and the minimum auto insurance required by the state. All new drivers must undergo a background check. All volunteer drivers receive reimbursement for mileage. To learn more or to sign up, call Mary Stahl at (352) 796-1426.

JOB READINESS TRAINING FOR YOUNG ADULTS: The Hernando Youth Initiative's Workforce Transition Team invites individuals ages 18 to 25 to participate in a three-day "Ready-4-Success" workshop to help prepare for the workforce. It will be Aug. 9, 10 and 16 at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The program will begin at 8 a.m. each day and end at various times in the afternoon. There are 30 seats available. Those interested may send their name and phone number to Dawn Easter at to reserve a seat. Those who make a reservation will receive a response with a detailed agenda and instructions to mail a $10 registration fee for processing. (352) 200-3034.

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.

PHCC TO OFFER FIRE SCIENCE PROGRAM: Pasco-Hernando Community College will off a fire science technology associate in science degree program during the fall term, beginning in August. Classes will be at the East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. The program has been approved by Florida's Division of the State Fire Marshal-Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Florida State Fire College for individuals currently in the fire service field and seeking to advance their careers. The program will provide the training and courses required for certification as Fire Officer I and II and will prepare graduates for technical and supervisory positions. Students are prepared for employment as fire inspectors and investigators, fire science technicians, fire officers, fire safety inspectors, building inspectors and other jobs. It does not prepare students for certification as firefighters. (352) 518-1361 or (352) 518-1367.

ENTER RED MULE RUN: The 32nd annual Red Mule Runners Labor Day McKethan Lake 5K will be Aug. 24 at McKethan Lake Park, off U.S. 41, 7 miles north of Brooksville. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.; the race starts at 8 a.m.

Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, masters male and female winners, first through third place in various age divisions, and first through fifth place for the 14-to-19 age group. Refreshments and fresh fruit will be provided by Murphy's Market.

The entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. T-shirts will be guaranteed to all preregistered runners. Corporate sponsorships are available and vary from $100 to $250.

For race information, contact Ken Dent at (352) 382-4870 or Registration may be done online at

HEAD START ENROLLMENT: The Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start early childhood development preschool program is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. The program serves children who will be 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.

The federally funded, income-eligible program encompasses nutrition, education, mental health and disabilities, medical/dental health, and parent and male involvement, as well as the family and community partnerships needed to support strong, healthy children and families.

These items are needed to apply:

• Birth certificate.

• Proof of residency (utility bill).

• Photo identification for parent/guardian.

• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the past 12 months or the prior calendar year, whichever is applicable.

• Documentation of a child's disability, if applicable.

• Proof of custody, if applicable.

Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at these Head Start locations:

• 835 School St., Brooksville. (352) 754-2464.

• 11245 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 556-4800.

• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. (352) 748-6677.

WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS FOR SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is accepting walk-in appointments.

School readiness funds pay a portion of child-care costs for low- to moderate-income families.

Families who think they might be eligible may call or stop by one of the coalition's offices:

• 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. (352) 754-5068.

• Dade City Business Center, 15000 U.S. 301, Dade City. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesdays, when hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (352) 834-0052.

• Courtyard Commons, 7334 Little Road, Suite 102, New Port Richey. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesdays, when hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (727) 569-1004.

For information, visit or call (727) 233-8291.

Hernando County briefs 07/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 5:10pm]
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