County says it's okay to swim at Rogers park
The recent swimming ban at Rogers Park has been lifted. Bacteriological test results received by the Hernando County Health Department indicate the water quality at the park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., is now in the acceptable range, the department reported Tuesday. For information, contact Albert C. Gray at the Health Department at (352) 540-6800, ext. 82102.
Learn CPR for free on Dec. 10 and 11
A "1,000 Man CPR Awareness Challenge" will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. During the two days, each hour, on the hour, the American Heart Association CPR course will be provided free (no certification cards provided). The purpose is to train 1,000 people of all ages in CPR. Firefighters/EMTs Tim and Julie Stack of CPR ResQ Training Services, along with other emergency medical services volunteers, will teach the course. Each session can take up to 100 participants. To register, contact Stack at (352) 346-0463 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up. For directions, call the church at (352) 596-1388.
Free portraits for service families
A group of Hernando County photographers is participating in Help Portrait, a charity event that offers free family portraits for local families who have a member serving in the military overseas. The group will provide free prints and digital files for service members serving overseas during the holidays. By appointment only, portraits will be taken 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. During the event, Standing Tall for Veterans will provide refreshments. Appointments must be scheduled before Dec. 1. Interested families may call (352) 428-3833.
Harvest of Art seeks participants
The Spring Hill Art League's 37th annual Fall Harvest of Art show will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. The event includes a juried art show, a jazz and music festival, food vendors and children's activities. Fine artists, photographers, digital artists, fine crafters, country crafters and musicians can sign up to participate. For details or applications, call (352) 597-7435 or visit springhillartleague.com. Admission on event days will be $5 for adults, $3 for youth 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger; all park amenities are included.
Blood donors get holiday pie slices
LifeSouth Community Blood Center needs blood donations. To mark Thanksgiving, apple and pumpkin pie, with whipped cream, will be served to those who donate today at the center, 12395 Cortez Blvd. All donors receive a recognition gift and free cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 17 (or 16, with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For center hours or bloodmobile locations, call (352) 596-2002.