Course aimed at potential babysitters
Hernando County Recreation will present a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The class is for youths ages 11 to 18.
The class will teach what potential babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics include caring for children and infants; being a good leader and role model; making good decisions and solving problems; keeping children and sitters safe; handling emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents; and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.
The cost is $50, which includes all certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years.
Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031, instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit the website at cprresq.com.
Swiftmud offers community ed grants
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is accepting applications for its Community Education Grant.
The goal of the grant program is to engage adults in issues pertaining to water conservation, protection and preservation and to motivate communities to get involved in watershed protection through various activities and educational formats.
Individuals, service groups, volunteers, government agencies, nongovernment organizations and others are welcome to apply for grants up to $5,000, which will be awarded to help fund educational water-resource projects.
Potential projects should provide education on any or all of the following issues: water quality, water conservation, flood protection, natural systems and watersheds. The projects must take place between March 1 and July 31, 2012.
To apply, visit watermatters.org/communitygrants. The electronic form allows applicants to save, review and change portions of their proposal before submitting.
Applications must be submitted by Aug. 19.
For information, or to discuss project ideas, call Robin Grantham, toll-free, at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4779.
Bridge club classes offer players' insight
The Nature Coast Bridge Club will offer the following courses:
• Rule of 11, July 20. Annabelle Hills will address one of the premier strategies when defending a no trump contract.
• Takeout doubles, Aug. 2. Marion Ellingsen will teach how to get more from your takeout doubles and will show how to cope when opponents make a takeout double.
• Third-hand play, Aug. 17. Jim Somma and MaryAnn Dufresne will clarify what partner's lead might or might not indicate (what is declarer's holding in that suit, and "reading" the opponent's cards).
• With 5-5, come alive, Aug. 30. Christie Bendickson will show the best way to show these types of two-suited hands.
All lessons start at 11 a.m., are one hour long and will be at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. The cost is $5 per lesson, and includes the entry fee for the afternoon duplicate game that starts at 12:30 p.m.
For information, call MaryAnn at (352) 592-4882 or email@example.com.
Kids' tennis camp at Delta Woods park
Hernando County Recreation will offer a weeklong tennis camp for youths ages 13-17 starting Monday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. It will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through July 15.
The instructor is certified instructor Doug Haskedakes. The cost is $90, plus a $10 registration fee. For information, call (352) 754-4433 visit the website at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
Pasture management series starts Tuesday
A free class series on pasture management will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, July 12-26, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The instructor is Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. Topics include weed and insect management on Tuesday, fertilization of pastures on July 19 and hay production on July 26.
To register, call (352) 754-4433.
Three classes planned on using defibrillator
A CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) class will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd.
Additional classes will be offered July 21 and Aug. 4.
The class meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and is designed for professional health care providers, although anyone is welcome to attend.
Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
The cost is $20. Seating limited, reservations required. Call (352) 597-8875.
Adult literacy classes available for free
HEART Literacy Adult Education offers classes in reading, math, language arts, English for Speakers of Other Languages and pre-GED testing.
Adults 18 years or older interested in earning a high school diploma or brushing up on reading, math or language arts are invited to stop by one of the four sites offering the free classes and sign up. No appointments necessary.
Classes are offered at the following times and locations:
• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.
• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.
• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Free child care for ages 4 to 10 available.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.
Federal aid available for energy efficiency
Mid-Florida Community Services has applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Through federal funds, residents can receive assistance for improvements toward making their homes more energy efficient.
Types of assistance are based on the home inspection and include repairs and replacements for items such as water heaters, ductwork and inefficient heating and cooling units, providing weather-stripping, attic and/or wall insulations, and other repairs.
Applications must include documentation of all annual household income, copies of Social Security cards and photo IDs of all household members, current ownership documentation and recent electric bill.
For an application, call (352) 796-1427.
Season tickets on sale for performing guild
Season tickets are now available for the Hernando Performing Arts Guild's 2011-12 season.
Season tickets are $80 and include five shows. Individual show tickets are $25 each. All concerts are at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. Shows are as follows:
Nov. 6: Jeff Trachta
Dec. 3: Valerie Sneade presents "Home for the Holidays."
Jan. 14: The Bronx Wanderers
Feb. 11: SheaLaurel
March 10: I Am Music — The Music of Barry Manilow.
All seats are reserved. Call the hotline at (352) 799-5577 or visit the website at hpag.org.