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Hernando County news and notes

MENTORS, VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Communities in Schools of Hernando County will offer volunteer/mentor training from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Volunteers are needed in all areas: mentors, tutors, speakers, general volunteers, grant writers, fundraising and marketing.

Background checks will be required for all volunteers. For information or to RSVP for the training, send email to Visit the website at

VACANCIES ON FINE ARTS COUNCIL: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the Hernando County Arts Council, which has several vacancies.

The purpose of the council is to promote the arts and support groups associated with the arts in Hernando County.

Applications are available online at, as well as in the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Applicants must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. For information, call (352) 754-4002.

To learn more about the arts council, visit the website at

YOUTH BOOT CAMP: The For Each 1 Reach 1 Mentoring Program will offer a cadet boot camp on the first and third Saturday of each month from Sept. 7 to April 19 at 7284 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The program is for youth ages 8 to 17, who will be exposed to physical fitness and leadership training.

Registration is $50, which includes a T-shirt, a dog tag with chain and a pocket attitude card. There is a monthly fee of $30.

For information, call (352) 556-2768 or send email to

BATTLE OF THE ELVISES: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host the "Elvis Match of the Decade" from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The evening will feature Elvis impersonators Bill Lindsey and Kenn "E" Grube.

Tickets are $10 each. Food and drinks will be available. For information or tickets, stop by or call the post at (352) 796-0398.

EXPANDING CLINIC NEEDS SPONSORS, DONATIONS: Crescent Community Clinic is seeking donations. Any amount is appreciated.

The nonprofit clinic, in the Winchester Plaza in Spring Hill, provides primary medical, dental and mental health services at no cost to uninsured adults, ages 18 to 64, who meet federal poverty guidelines. On average, the clinic receives 85 new applications for services each month.

The clinic is being expanded to include four exam rooms, three offices, a lab and an expanded waiting and reception area. The work is expected to be completed by October.

Individuals, businesses, churches and other groups could sponsor a room at the clinic. Sponsors may choose to fund an exam room for $3,000, the lab for $2,500, an office for $2,000 or the reception/waiting room for $1,000. Smaller sponsorships are available for dental supplies or medical equipment and supplies.

Donations can be mailed to the clinic at 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606. Tours of the clinic may be arranged. Call the clinic at (352) 610-9916 or Barbara Sweinberg at (352) 610-9927, or visit the website at

REMEMBERING 9/11: The following programs and events are planned for Sept. 11 in observance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:

• Retired NYC Firefighters of Spring Hill Chapter 343 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will sponsor their annual ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Visitors can arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. to view the 9/11 memorial on the grounds, which contains items from all of the attack sites. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Call Vinnie Segreto at (352) 200-6662 or Larry Webber at (352) 688-3703.

• The Hernando County Family YMCA will host its Run to Remember, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Participants may choose the 5K memorial run or a 1-mile walk. A continental breakfast will follow. There is no cost to participate; an optional YMCA Run to Remember commemorative T-shirt is available for $7. To register, stop by the member service desk at the Y or download a registration form from the website at Call (352) 688-9622.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual public speaking course from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 7, in the training room at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The five-week program will be conducted by Vince Vanni, who has 35 years experience in sales, marketing and public speaking. This is a hands-on course where participants will have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills through practical participation.

Topics include dealing with fear, preparing and delivering a speech, how to properly use visual aids, how to handle questions and answers, and how to handle a hostile audience.

The cost is $60 for chamber members and $120 for nonmembers. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

Hernando County news and notes 08/14/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 5:25pm]
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