Vote is today on bus service for students
The fate of bus service for Hernando students who live within 2 miles of school will likely be sealed today. The School Board is expected to vote to eliminate so-called courtesy busing to save roughly $810,000 toward the $11.4 million shortfall in the 2011-12 general fund. The board has already given informal approval to the idea in budget workshops, though they weren't happy about it, citing safety concerns. More than 2,400 students used the service last year, an expense that is not covered by the state. Board members have voiced support for a plan to hire 16 more crossing guards for the county's busiest intersections, reducing the savings to about $700,000. The meeting is slated for 10 a.m. at the district office, 919 N. Broad St., Brooksville.
This July 4 party features animals
Hernando Primate Inc. will host a Fourth of July Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday at 14495 Chicaric Road, north of Weeki Wachee. The nonprofit exotic animal sanctuary has primates, lions, tigers and other animals. Hot dogs and soda provided; guests are asked to bring a dish to share. Activities include a giant waterslide, tug-of-war with the tiger (really), feeding the monkeys and other animal contact. The cost is $10 per person; ages 3 and younger are admitted free. Call (352) 848-0879.
Summer camp still has spots available
Spaces are still available at the summer camp that will be offered at the Springs Coast Environmental Education Center, 9170 Cortez Blvd. Camp for children entering fourth and fifth grade will be July 11-15, and for those entering sixth and seventh grade July 18-22. Camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Activities include kayaking, swimming, discovering birds, bugs, animal tracks, nature photography, games and solar oven cooking. Campers bring their own lunch; snacks will be provided. The cost is $140 per week. For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 592-5737.
Program needs senior volunteers
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking volunteers 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, child or elder programs. Those interested can stop by the RSVP Welcome Center, 880 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. (352) 796-8117.
Hernando County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Florida Library Youth Program presents Tony the Balloon Guy: Two showtimes: 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. For children ages 5 to 12. Free. (352) 540-6391.