Health Experience starts in September
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the Hernando Health Experience, a 12-week program that will start in September.
The program is for adults and youths 14 and older; those younger than 18 must participate with a parent. It is designed to help motivate, educate and support individuals and families for healthier lives.
Participants will compete for cash prizes, based on weight loss and waist inches lost. Prize money will be determined by number of entries, with a first-place prize between $500 and $1,000; second place, $250 to $500, and third place, $125 to $250.
Initial weigh-ins will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. The final weigh-ins will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3.
The cost is $35, which includes a DVD; a special website that will provide information about nutrition, menu planning, cooking videos and a schedule of various dates and park locations for meeting with trainers and other participants, and weekly e-mails with helpful updates and motivation.
The registration deadline is Aug. 28.
Vendors are also welcome to participate during the weigh-ins from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. The cost is $75, which includes sponsor recognition on the website and e-mails.
The instructors are Kim and Herson Garcia with GIME Fitness and Hernando County Parks and Recreation staffers. To register, visit hernandohealthexperience.com, call (352) 428-6368 or contact the recreation office at (352) 754-4031.
Learn how to start homeschooling
Home Circle of Hernando will host "An Orientation to Homeschooling" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Community Bible Church, 5041 Powell Road.
The orientation is for those interested in beginning a homeschool program.
For information, contact Elizabeth Witherell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at homeschool-life.com/fl/homecircleofhernando.
Senior volunteers needed for programs
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers age 55 and older.
A variety of opportunities throughout the county are available, such as Meals on Wheels, senior centers, museum docent or researcher, local libraries, food banks, animal care, and child or elder programs.
Those interested may stop by the RSVP Welcome Center, 880 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 796-8117.
Girl Scouts looking for troop leaders
The Spring Mermaids Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is seeking volunteers, both men and women 18 and older, to serve as troop leaders.
The organization offers a flexible schedule of in-person and online training for troop leaders, assisting them in developing skills and learning about the Girl Scout program. By completing all required training this summer, leaders can have a troop as early as this fall.
Volunteers also are needed to serve in other capacities, such as event directors or program facilitators.
For information, contact Sue Michalski, service unit manager, at (352) 597-1563 or email@example.com.
Win a cruise in raffle from Humane Society
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is conducting a fundraiser raffle to win a five-day cruise for two on Carnival's Paradise through the western Caribbean, with ports of call in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The cruise departs Feb. 11 from the Port of Tampa.
Tickets are available through Nov. 13 for $1 each.
The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the annual Nature Coast Pet Expo at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, but if the winner is present, he or she will receive an additional $100 in cash. The cruise, with an estimated value of $700, has been donated by Glenn Harsin.
Funds raised will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, a no-kill shelter for homeless, neglected and abused animals. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society shelter, which is at the corner of Mobley and Wiscon roads, or by phone with a credit or debit card at (352) 796-2711, as well as on the website at humanerescue.org.
Blood drives planned with bloodmobile
LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an urgent need for donations of blood. All blood types are needed, and the following special blood drives with the LifeSouth bloodmobile have been scheduled:
• Harry Potter Drive, 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Walmart, 13300 Cortez Blvd. Donors receive Harry Potter T-shirts and will be entered into a raffle to win a gift basket.
• Save Stewy's Skate Park Drive, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park, 6799 Pinehurst Drive. There will be food, activities and a chance to win numerous raffles.
Donors must be 16 or older; 16-year-olds must have written parental consent. All donors must present photo identification. For information, call LifeSouth at (352) 596-2002.