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PIONEER, NATURE CAMPS: The following day camps, geared for youth ages 8 to 12, will be offered at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell:

• Pioneer Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 to 14. Campers will interact with living history characters from the 1800s, make pioneer toys, play musical instruments from the era, and learn how to milk a cow and make ice cream, candles and soap. Space is limited; applications will be accepted on a first-come basis. The registration deadline is Monday.

• Nature Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 to 26. Participants will get close up with native wildlife and plants. Some of the activities include an introduction to Central Florida's reptiles and amphibians, meeting native live birds from Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, discovering plants and fungi, learning about mammals and how to follow and identify tracks and scat, and searching for butterflies, spiders, doodlebugs and other insects. The registration deadline is July 15.

The cost for each camp is $75 per child, which includes lunch daily and a T-shirt.

The camps are sponsored by the Dade Battlefield Society. For a registration form, call (352) 793-4781 or visit

SUMMER ACADEMIC AND GED PROGRAMS: The For Each 1 Reach One mentoring program is offering a six-week summer academic program for school-age youths, designed to close the gap for students before the new school year begins. A GED tutoring program will also be available.

All sessions will be at the program's office at 7284 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Sessions will be available on Mondays for elementary students, Tuesdays for middle school students and Wednesdays for high school students.

There will be several sessions offered: from 9 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Registration will be taken through Tuesday for $75.

GED tutoring will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $35 per session.

For information or registration, call (352) 556-2768.

PROGRAM FOR VETERANS' CAREGIVERS: HPH Hospice will offer a free program, Support for Caregivers to Veterans, from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at its office at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

County veterans services officer Matt Peters will discuss service-connected disabilities, aid and help for veterans or their surviving spouses, and VA coverage of hospice care.

Preregistration is required. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

PHCC OFFERS ENRICHMENT WORKSHOPS: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer the following enrichment workshops in June at the Spring Hill Campus at 450 Beverly Court:

• Introduction to Computers I and II, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Learn effective use of the mouse, keyboard and scroll bar, then learn to navigate programs and the Internet, computer parts, CD/DVD drives, storage devices and basic computer terminology.

• Windows Basics I and II, 6 to 8 p.m. June 10 and 12. This is a hands-on approach to learning the skills necessary to navigate and use the Windows operating system efficiently and confidently, including the use of menus, icons, commands and dialog boxes.

• Windows Applications I and II, 6 to 8 p.m. June 17 and 19. Windows programs such as WordPad, Calculator and Windows Explorer will be presented. Creating files will be emphasized in Part II.

• Beginning File Management I and II, 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 and 26. Learn how to save and organize files, create folders and how to rename, copy and move files.

Each workshop is $24. All are open to the community; membership in the Encore Academy is not required. The Encore Academy is a service of PHCC that provides educational opportunities for adults older than 50. For information or to register for a workshop, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit

HELP CLEAN NATURE TRAIL: As part of National Trail Day, the Sink Hole Spur Nature Trail at Chinsegut Conservation Center will be restored from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Chinsegut is at 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Volunteers are needed to help with cutting and removing vegetation. Bring work gloves, a water bottle and wear appropriate shoes. Participants must be able to walk approximately a half-mile to and from the site. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Tools, snacks and a water bottle refill station will be provided. For information, call (352) 754-6722.

AMERICAN RED CROSS COURSES: Those interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross are invited take the following free courses at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville:

• Shelter Fundamentals, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11. This is a basic course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a Red Cross shelter during a disaster.

• Disaster Services: An Overview, 9 to 10 a.m. June 21. This is an orientation to learn more about the Red Cross and the various volunteer opportunities available during disaster relief operations, locally and nationally.

• Client Casework, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21. Learn to work directly with clients following up disaster action team responses and during disaster relief operations. Caseworkers also evaluate disaster-related needs of clients, provide appropriate financial support and prepare client records.

For information or to sign up for a class, send email to Alex Glenn at

SENIOR PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers.

RSVP needs volunteers 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.

To learn more, call (352) 796-8117.

LANDSCAPING DO'S AND DON'TS DURING HURRICANE SEASON: A free workshop that will provide tips on how to prepare landscapes for hurricanes and severe storms will be offered at 10:30 a.m. June 12 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

The speaker will be Sylvia Durell, coordinator of the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program, who will also give advice on how to keep potential pollutants from being washed from a landscape.

No registration is required. First come, first seated. For information, contact Durell at (352) 540-6230 or

PREPARING DISABLED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS: The Hernando County Health Department, in cooperation with the Center for Independent Living, will host a free workshop, "Preparedness for People with Significant Disabilities," from 3:30 to 5 p.m. June 10 at the Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The workshop is designed to assist people with disabilities and their families prepare for the possibility of a local disaster. Emphasis will be placed on personal preparedness for those with significant physical and developmental disabilities.

Participants will create their own emergency plan, identify sheltering options, sign up for the Code Red notification system and receive a preparedness item. One person will win a well-stocked family emergency kit.

For information, call Nina Mattei at (352) 540-6822.

OPENING ON HOUSING AUTHORITY: The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering as a member of the Brooksville Housing Authority.

There is one position open to fill a four-year term. Housing authority and city residents are encouraged to apply.

To apply, an application form must be completed with an authorization for a background check. Applications are available online at or at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

To be considered, applicants must be a registered Florida voter.

Completed applications must be returned to the clerk's office no later than 5 p.m. June 14. For information, call (352) 540-3853.

WRITE YOUR MEMORIES: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer free workshop, "Writing Your Life Story," from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 12 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

The program is for those interested in writing their life stories, whether for family, friends or themselves. Tips and techniques will be provided. There will also be creative writing exercises and group sharing.

The workshop will also be offered July 10 at the same time and location. For information or to register, call (352) 754-4043.

JERICHO ROAD NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Jericho Road Ministries is seeking volunteers to help provide food and supplies to poor, elderly and homeless people in Hernando County.

Volunteers are needed at the food distribution operation at Mary's House, 1163 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Volunteers may work part time, for as little as one day a week, between 9 a.m. and noon.

For information, call Victoria at (352) 799-2912, ext. 101.

Hernando County news and notes 06/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013 5:29pm]
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