Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando County seeks volunteers for Florida Blueberry Festival May 4-6

BROOKSVILLE

volunteers sought to staff blueberry festival booth

The Hernando County Tourism Bureau is seeking volunteers to staff its booth at the Florida Blueberry Festival in downtown Brooksville on May 4-6. Volunteers are needed to help in the large stationary information tent and to work as rovers, mobile volunteers who help the crowd with information and calling for assistance when necessary. A minimum of four volunteers are needed per shift, with three shifts each day. Volunteers must attend a mandatory training session. Two training sessions will be offered: 2 p.m. April 27 at the Hernando County Recreation Department, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., and 6 p.m. May 1 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. All volunteers will be required to have a background check. There is no cost to volunteers for the checks. For information, call (352) 754-4405.

HERNANDO BEACH

Reggae music returns April 21 for Sunfest

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host its fourth annual Reggae Sunfest from noon to 9 p.m. April 21 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd. The event will feature various bands, including the Barefoot Children, Dickie's Steel Band and Trinity 7. There will also be a drum circle and belly dancing. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Parking is free. Craft vendors, commercial exhibitors and food vendors are invited to participate. Visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec/reggae.htm for details. Limited space is available for local bands wishing to participate. Contact Christie at (352) 540-6357.

SPRING HILL

Tiki party will benefit Arc Nature Coast

The Arc Nature Coast will host a Freaky Tiki Hurricane Hoopla at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Arc's Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd. The event will include food, a tiki bar and Polynesian entertainment and activities. Tickets are $35. Visit thearc-naturecoast.org or call (352) 544-2322.

Today's picks

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: 1-7 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Today only, gate admission at the fair is free for all ages. (352) 796-4552.

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Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

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Hernando Business Digest for June 22

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Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and fled scene

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Man caught in rip current, drowns off Lido Beach

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Child, 1, killed in single-car crash in Ruskin

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Hernando Religion Calendar for June 22

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Hernando Bloodmobile for June 22

BloodmobileLifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.June 22: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Surge Suppression, 15424 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sam...
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Hernando Government Meetings for June 22

Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:TuesdayHernando County Commission, 9 a.m., commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St., Brooksville.Southwest Florida Water Management District, 9 a.m., district ...
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