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FLEA MARKET: The Nature Coast 9.12 Groups will have their annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hardee's parking lot at 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The rain date is Jan. 25. For information, call (352) 597-6756.

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WATER AWARENESS SERIES: The next presentation of the Hernando County Utilities 2014 Water Awareness Series will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

A two-part workshop will be presented. The first will be "Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs — How to Tell the Difference," presented by Bill Lester of the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. Participants will learn how to identify what insects keep plants healthy and how to control those that are bad for plants.

The second part of the program will be "How to Protect Your Landscape from the Cold," presented by Joan Bradshaw of the Citrus County Cooperative Extension Service. Participants will learn how to winterize their landscapes.

Light refreshments will be provided. For information, call (352) 754-4705 or email Registration for the event may be completed at

ACADEMIA HERNANDO WINTER SERIES: Academia Hernando will kick off its winter 2014 Series on Jan. 20 with "The Viking Age: Page II Eastern Europe and Russia," presented by Joe Menasce.

All lectures are at 10 a.m. Mondays at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Additional lectures in the series include:

• Jan. 27: "The Virtue of Envy and Other Sins," presented by Doug Fairbanks.

• Feb. 3: "Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times," presented by George Spiero.

• Feb. 10: "Excavating Israel," presented by Daniel Warner.

• Feb. 17: "Nutrition for Seniors," presented by Dr. Maria Scunziano.

• Feb. 24: "Irene Castle — Fred Astaire's Dance Teacher," presented by Susan Fronzjack.

• March 3: Bus trip to Ringling Museum (for subscribers only).

• March 10: "Chaucer's Canterbury Tales," presented by Betsy Hatton Wood.

• March 17: "Modernism in Art — From the French Impressionists to Today," presented by David Hoffman.

• March 24: "Music for Everyone — From Verdi to Lloyd Webber," presented by Diana Prichard.

The cost for the lecture series is $60, which includes the bus trip. Walk-ins pay $8 per lecture.

Checks should be made payable to Academia Hernando and mailed to 5025 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville, FL 34601. For information, call (352) 597-0158 or visit the website at

LEARN CPR: A CPR and automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Another class will be offered Jan. 30.

The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone may participate. The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Reservations are required. Call Bob Kanner at (352) 597-8875.

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR PREGNANT MEDICAID RECIPIENTS: The Hernando County Health Department has announced that temporary payment has been authorized for Medicaid recipients 21 and older, and who are pregnant, for the flu vaccination. The Medicaid reimbursement rate will be the same rate as for vaccines that are covered for Medicaid recipients between ages 18 and 20. This rate will be in effect through March 31. The reason for the extension is the increased impact influenza infections are having on pregnant women and their babies in Florida. Vaccines are offered at many locations, including the Health Department, clinics, doctor's offices, retail stores and pharmacies. For information, visit or call the Health Department at (352) 540-6822.

ARC HOSTS FAMILY NIGHT: A Family Night will be offered at 5 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The evening will include a complimentary dinner and a presentation about Hernando County's Down Payment Assistance Program, offered through the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program. Anyone interested is invited. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 544-2322.

COUNTY RECREATION PROGRAMS: The Hernando County Recreation Department offers the following:

• The American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/Automated External Defibrillator/First Aid classes will be conducted at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost for CPR/AED only is $40; First Aid only is $30, and combo classes are $60. For upcoming dates, times and registration, visit or call the Recreation Department office at (352) 754-4031 or Julie at (352) 346-0463.

• Tae kwon do, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. Classes are open to adults and children ages 6 and older. The first lesson is free. The first month is $30, and additional months are $45. Taught by master Simeon "Sam" Kinard. Preregistration is not necessary.

•Star Brigade Baton, Tuesdays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville, and Wednesdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Students ages 4 and older are taught basic baton twirls, dance twirls, marching, parade routines, team exchanges and basic gymnastic moves. Times vary based on age and skill levels. The instructor is Diane Sorvillo. The cost is $32 per month for one class, or $45 per month for two classes. To register, call the Recreation Department office at (352) 754-4031 or Sorvillo at (352) 212-6077.

Hernando County news in brief 01/07/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 4:08pm]
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