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POWELL MUSICAL THEATER: The musical theater class at Powell Middle School will present Once on This Island, Jr., a musical, at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Weeki Wachee High School, 121250 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. both evenings.

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Admission is $5 per person. For information, call David Pletincks at (352) 797-7095.

AFGHANISTAN DEPLOYMENT DOCUMENTARY: The Hernando County Green Party, as part of its Green Screens film series, will show the film Restrepo at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Winner of the Grand Award at the 2010 Sundance Festival, the documentary chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost and is named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. The documentary does not include interviews with diplomats or generals; instead, viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment.

A discussion will follow the film. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 683-3151.

LINE DANCING: A Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

DJ Dave will entertain. No lessons will be provided, but instructors will be available to give assistance. Guests can bring their own snacks, beverages and ice.

Admission is $5 per person. Call (352) 397-6088.

BROOKSVILLE'S PAST Revisited: The Hernando County Public Library System will host "Brooksville 1962: The Way We Were" from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 in the meeting room at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The free program will be presented by Bob Martinez, publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories. He will discuss how Brooksville was 50 years ago, pointing out some of the landmarks, downtown businesses and important events. For information, call (352) 754-4043.

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORIES: "Telling Your Life Stories: Personal History" will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The free workshop is for people interested in writing their life stories for themselves, family members or friends. It will include creative writing exercises, along with group sharing.

The program will also be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

For information, call (352) 754-4743.

VARIETY SHOW: Members of the Crossing Youth of First United Methodist Church will present an old-time Valentine Variety Show at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the church, 109 S Broad St., Brooksville.

Characters from the show will also serve dinner. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Proceeds will help underwrite this summer's youth mission trips.

For information or tickets, call the church office at (352) 796-3363.

GUN SHOW: The fourth annual Crystal River Gun Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at the National Guard Armory, 8551 W Venable St., Crystal River.

The show will feature a large assortment of collectible and sporting firearms; Civil War, World War I and World War II memorabilia, and other related items for display, trade or sale. Experts will be on hand for free appraisals and purchases of firearms, knives, swords and other items.

Admission is $7. For information, contact Don DeMatteis at (352) 422-3461 or

VACANCIES ON SENSITIVE LANDS COMMITTEE: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee.

Three vacancies are available: two are lay person positions, and one is a professional position, for which applicants should have expertise or education in one of the following areas: botany, engineering with knowledge of land development or land use, archaeology, geology or hydrology, biology, realty, ecology, forestry/land management or a related natural science.

The purpose of the committee is to review and make recommendations to the County Commission regarding potential sensitive land acquisitions by the county.

All applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, room 263 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, as well as online at committees.htm.

Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 17. For information, call (352) 754-4002.

APPLY OR RENEW HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION: The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office is taking applications for homestead exemption and the low-income senior exemptions.

Property Appraiser Alvin Mazourek reminds residents who purchased a home or moved during the 2011 tax year that they need to submit applications for homestead exemptions by March 1 to get the benefit for the 2012 tax year. Applications after March 1 will be considered for 2013.

To qualify for the homestead exemption and accompanying "Save Our Homes" assessment cap, the home must be the permanent and primary residence of the applicant and spouse. One exemption per married couple is allowed. Those who have moved within the state of Florida and received a homestead exemption on another property within the past two years may be eligible for portability.

For seniors eligible for homestead exemption: If at least one owner is 65 or older prior to Jan. 1 and the total household adjusted gross income during 2010 did not exceed $26,203, and they did not apply for the low-income senior exemption for 2011, an application must be submitted by March 1.

For seniors who did receive a low-income senior exemption for 2011, a 2012 renewal card was mailed with the notice of proposed property taxes last August.

Seniors are required to verify their total household adjusted gross income and check the appropriate box to renew or cancel their exemption and return the card before March 1 to one of the property appraiser's offices: the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; or 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

For information, visit the website at or call (352) 754-4190.

Hernando news in brief 02/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2012 8:16pm]
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