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SECONDHAND SMOKE AND PETS: The Tobacco Free Hernando Coalition will have its quarterly meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Lorraine Jones, a veterinarian, will give a presentation on how secondhand smoke and nicotine affects pets. For information, call Tresa Watson at (352) 596-8000 or Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817.

GED TESTING OFFERED: The HEART Adult Literacy Program will provide GED testing Monday through Wednesday at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Testing will also be offered June 4 to 6.

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, or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

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

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY FUNDRAISER: The Spring Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a Health and Candle Fair from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.

The event will feature soy candles, crystals, fountains and other items as well as an event where visitors can sell their unwanted or broken silver and gold.

Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary's scholarship fund and local charities. For information, call Pat at (352) 666-8755.

HORTICULTURE CLASS: A free program, "Adding Color to Your Landscape," will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

John Korycki will discuss what plants can be used in the landscape to add color and reduce maintenance. Plant selection, planting techniques and colorful plants will be discussed.

There is no cost and no registration required. First-come, first-seated. For information, call (352) 540-6230.

PHCC CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES: Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following personal and professional development classes:

• Computer Basics, 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, June 7 through June 28, at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. The course is also offered 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, June 11 to July 2, at the PHCC Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. The cost is $66.

• Computer Basics II, 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, July 5 to 26, at the North Campus; 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, July 9 to 30, at the Spring Hill Campus. The cost is $66.

• Both the Spring Hill and North campuses offer an AIDS seminar for $33.55, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers for $42.35, and Divorce and Its Impact on Children for $33.75. Call for scheduled dates and times.

All classes are open enrollment. For information or to register, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit phcc.edu/noncredit.

FREE MOVIE SHOWINGS AT LIBRARY: The following films will be shown at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West:

Joyful Noise, 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rated PG-13. Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer star in this 2012 movie about a church choir preparing for a national competition.

The Muppets, 1 p.m. May 19. The 2011 children's movie, rated PG, by Walt Disney Pictures stars Amy Adams, Jason Segel and Chris Cooper.

Stardust, 2 p.m. May 29. The 2007 film stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes in a fractured fairy tale adventure-comedy about a young man who tries to retrieve a fallen star for the girl he loves.

Popcorn will be served, and there will be movie trivia offered at all showings. The movie showings are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.

SUMMEr PROGRAM FOR YOUNG STUDENTS: A summer program for children who are preschool age through 7 years old will be offered at St. Andrew's Preschool, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

The school is also enrolling students for its free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program in the fall. There are also programs for 3-year-olds and wrap-around care for VPK students.

A hot lunch is offered daily for both the summer program and regular school-year students. For costs and details, call Geri at (352) 683-7013.

SUMMER CAMP AT WILDLIFE PARK: Two weeklong Nature Academy summer camp programs will be offered in June and July at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

The first program will be June 11 to 16 for children ages 8 and 9; the second program will be July 9 to 14 for children ages 10 through 12.

Each program includes four camp sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Friday programs start at 4 p.m. and includes an overnight stay at the park.

Graduation ceremonies will be at 11 a.m. the following Saturday.

Camp topics include mammals, birds, reptiles, manatees, the ocean, sea turtles and saving energy through alternative sources.

Indoor and outdoor activities include nature hunts, visiting wildlife areas in the park and other scientific activities.

Applicants will be asked to write a short essay on "Why I Want to Go to the Nature Academy and What I Hope to Learn While I Am There" to attach to their application.

The cost is $45 per child, and includes a T-shirt and supplies. The camps are limited to 20 participants; preference will be given to those who have never participated in past camps at the park.

Applications are available at the park's Visitor Center.

For information, call Allyssa Taylor at (352) 628-1508.

TIKI SOCIAL BENEFITS CLINIC: Crescent Community Clinic will host a Friends of the Clinic After-Hours Social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Hernando Beach Marina Tiki Hut at 4139 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

There will be testimonials from patients about Crescent's programs.

There is no cost to attend. Food and drinks will be provided for donations.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by May 21 to (352) 610-9916.

Crescent Community Clinic is a volunteer-run nonprofit clinic that provides primary medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines.

To volunteer or sponsor future Friends of the Clinic functions, call Barbara Sweinberg at (352) 610-9927.

ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION DAY: U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent and the Blue Star Families will host an Armed Forces Appreciation Day from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 19 at the corner of Mariner and Cortez boulevards in Spring Hill.

For information, contact Nugent's district office at 1-888-492-4835.

HORSE RIDING IN THE FOREST: Members of the Croom Trail Riders Club ride their horses at Twin Ponds in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest on the third Saturday of each month.

Horse owners are invited to the group's next ride, which will be at 9 a.m. May 19.

To get there, take Mondon Hill Road east out of Brooksville, turn north onto Soult Road, follow the dirt road to Trail 7, then turn left and follow the road into Hunt Camp.

Lunch will be served at noon. Nonriders are welcome to come for lunch. Participants should bring a covered dish to share, as well as their own chairs and drinks.

For information, contact Martha Casisa at mtcasisa@att.net, (732) 763-5552 or (352) 544-8034, or visit the club's Facebook page, Croom Trail Riders.

Hernando County event listings 05/09/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 8:13pm]
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