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Hernando County youth groups set to begin meetings


Gather with fellow accordion lovers

Accordion Adventure, a new informal group of enthusiasts and accordionists of all levels of performance, has just formed.

Jam nights will be from 5 to 9 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, with the first meeting on Jan. 21, at the American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave.

Admission is $2 and dinner will be available for $5. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP at least two days in advance. Call Cathy at (352) 686-0975 or Peggy at (352) 442-5574.


Indoor yard sale benefits marine group

The Hernando Beach Marine Safety and Support Group will host an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.

The nonprofit group also accepts monetary donations as well as boats, wave runners and other water vehicles that meet the new federal requirements. All donations are tax-deductible.

Also, the group has an ongoing can drive. Anyone interested may bring soda and beer cans (only) to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where there is a marked garbage can.

For information or to make a donation, call Bill Ferreira at (352) 596-9396.


Youth Initiative groups to begin meeting

The Hernando Youth Initiative Steering Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Country Kitchen, 20020 Cortez Blvd. The group is a subcommittee to the Education Committee of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

The following committees have been formed as the result of the Summit for Youth and to address specific charges. All meetings are open to the public.

• Child Welfare — 3 p.m. Jan. 7, Hernando County Realtors' Association, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road. RSVP to Jim Farrelly, (727) 233-8291 or

• Teen Pregnancy — 4 p.m. Jan. 13, Innovative Technology, Flight Path Drive in the Airport Industrial Park, off Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville. RSVP to Cheryl Bennett or Stephanie Knight at (352) 544-0911 or

• Drop Out Prevention — 9 a.m. Jan. 21, Hernando County School District Office, 919 N Broad St. RSVP to Barbara Jensen, (352)797-7010, ext. 376.

• Domestic Violence — 10 a.m. Jan. 21, Boys and Girls Club, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. RSVP to Josh Kelly at (352) 666-0068 or, or Gina Prespare at (352) 797-7566, ext. 15 or

• Substance Abuse — 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28, the Harbor, 7074 Grove Road. RSVP to Lisa Hammond at 352-279-0551 or

• Grant Writing — Contact Barbara Sweinberg for details at (352) 686-1936 or

• Mentoring — Contact Tracy Echols for details at (352) 277-3322 or


Sample food and help finish community park

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will sponsor a Hernando Sampler and Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

The event, which is to benefit the completion of the Centennial Rotary Park, will include dining establishments that will provide samples of their specialties, entertainment and dog-related activities. Admission tickets are $15 each, which will include food samples.

Centennial Rotary Park is a 7-acre park in Spring Hill that will include a children's playground, walking trails and a dog park.

Vendor spaces are available for $35. Contact Linda Nevard at (352) 208-3772 or


Sign up now to lose weight, end pain

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will offer the following free workshops:

• "Five Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss" — Two seminars are scheduled: 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 10, both at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will learn why diets alone don't work and how to lose weight and keep it off.

• "Natural Solutions to End Pain" — Two workshops are scheduled: noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Also, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions to help relieve suffering.

The speaker at both seminars will be Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine. Space is limited and reservations are required. (352) 799-1882.


Get a new look and help Relay for Life

Tickets are available through Jan. 13 for the Glamour Magic makeover fundraiser to benefit the Spring Hill Relay for Life.

Tickets are $9.95 each, which includes a makeover: makeup, hair, four changes of outfits, accessories, a full photo shoot and one 8-by-10 photo. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and makeovers will be scheduled for Jan. 22-25 by appointment only. All pictures will be back before Valentine's Day.

The event is sponsored by the Shining Stars Relay for Life team, with $5 of every ticket sold going to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For information or tickets, call (352) 686-0407.


Extension Service gives food safety class

Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide a food managers certification course and ServSafe certification test Jan. 14 at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St.

Training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the exam. There is no exam-only option. Training and the exam are $110; the manual is $55.

Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Health Department. All agencies accept the ServSafe certification.

Registration is required by Jan. 7. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call (352) 754-4433.


Honor VFW's 110th year with ceremony

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681 will host a rededication of the VFW Trail at Ridge Manor Community Park from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10. The park is at 3430 Ridge Manor Blvd. The ceremony is to honor the VFW's 110th anniversary.

Dave Harris will speak, and the colors will be posted. Following the ceremony, there will be a tour of the park facilities and lunch, which will be provided by Humana from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Call the post at (727) 856-1860.


Dine and dance to the sounds of Frankie Dee

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 invites the public to a dinner and dance featuring the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra on Jan. 18 at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

Dinner will be available starting at 1 p.m. Dancing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. The band features 18 musicians and two singers, who will perform Big Band sounds, Frank Sinatra, polkas, waltzes, Latin, doowop, jazz, ballroom and others. The cost for dancing only is $10; dinner is $6. Door prizes will be awarded. Reservations are suggested. Call Mary at (352) 596-9486.


Ministry to present a praise-filled event

Vision Temple Ministries will present a New Year's Conference Jan. 9-11 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.

The event will feature Dr. J.L. Cash, Without Walls, Pastor Fred, Vision Praise Team, Voices of Love, Generations and others.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Call Bishop John E. Carr at (352) 345-6501 or Elder Geraldine L. Carr at (352) 345-6216.


Young tennis players invited to tournament

The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host the fourth annual Junior Invitation Tennis Tournament Jan. 24 and 25 at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard.

This is a singles tournament that is open to all elementary, middle and high school students.

Those interested must register by Jan. 17. For details, call (352) 666-0658. Visit the Web site at

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