Homestead exemption deadline is March 1
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 2010 tax year that they need to submit applications for homestead exemption by March 1 to get the benefit for the 2011 tax year. Applications after March 1 will be considered for 2012.
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 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 in 2010 did not exceed $26,203, and they did not apply for the low income senior Exemption for 2010, an application must be submitted by March 1.
For those seniors who did receive a low income senior exemption for 2010, a 2011 renewal card was mailed last month.
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 offices. Offices are at the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; and at 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
A list of requirements for Homestead Exemption and the "Save Our Homes" assessment cap are available online at hernandocounty.us/pa. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
Peace coalition plans demonstration
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will have a demonstration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Cortez Boulevard and Commercial Way, across from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
The demonstration is to support Egypt's prodemocracy movement and its efforts to end state violence and oppression, as well as to protest the continued American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
For information, call (352) 686-9936 or (352) 585-2907.
Soup, raffles, more at 'Soup-R Bowl Party'
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a Soup-R Bowl Party starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
There will be a homemade soup contest with prizes for the winner.
There will also be a "Cooler of Cheer" raffle. Guests who do not bring a soup are asked to bring a covered dish.
There is no cost for admission. For information, contact Vinnie Shevlin at (352) 684-3143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springstead High presents Seuss show
Springstead High School will present Seussical the Musical at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Feb. 12 and 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
Reserved seating. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.
Visit shstickets.com or call (352) 476-9086.
High schools' advisory council meets Monday
Weeki Wachee High School will conduct a School Advisory Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the media center. Parents and students are welcome.
The school is at 12150 Vespa Way. Call (352) 797-7029.
Get landscaping tips from the professionals
Hernando County Utilities and Southwest Florida Water Management District will present the 2011 Landscape Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Hernando Realtor's Association, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Demonstrations and talks will be provided by Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program coordinator John Korycki, Sumter County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program coordinator Jim Davis, and Manatee County extension agent Jack Tichenor.
The cost of the workshop is $5 per person. The registration deadline is Feb. 14. Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first paid, first registered basis. To register, call John Korycki at (352) 540-6230
Hernando County Utilities customers who prepay and attend the workshop are eligible for a $5 rebate. For information on the rebate, call (352) 540-4368, ext. 35139.
Sample chili for $3, join club for free
The Hernando Beach Club will host a chili cook off and membership drive at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.
Admission is $3 per person to sample the various chili recipes. There will also be entertainment and prizes. Since space is limited. Reservations are recommended.
The club membership initiation fee will be waived for those who join the club on the day of the event.
To enter the cook off or for reservations, call Patt at (727) 862-7356 or Jane at (727) 861-1666.
Mermaid art featured at exhibit at bank
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is sponsoring an art exhibit, "It's a Matter of the HeaRT" throughout February at Center State Bank, 12435 Cortez Blvd. A reception for the artists will be 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13.
The featured artist is Patricia Ritter of Spring Hill, whose series of paintings of mermaids is being exhibited. The series illustrates Ritter's personal journey through cancer treatment.
For information, call Jerry Cowling at (352) 797-0984.
Social Security topic at free lectures
A free lecture, "Social Security's Role Going Forward," will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Medical Training facility at 661 S Broadway, Conference Room 13.
The discussion is sponsored by Americaretoday. There will be a drawing at each meeting to win a three-day, two-night vacation.
For information or to RSVP, call Jim at (352) 293-4496.
Group sets next two book discussions
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will gather for an informal talk at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The group will discuss The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. The discussion will be led by Mary Sciglia. On March 21 they'll discuss Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. That discussion will be led by Dora and Keith Furr. No registration is required. To reserve a copy of the book, stop by the library's front desk. For information, call Ronette at (352) 544-5669.
Arc students riding in equestrian show
Students of the Arc Nature Coast's POSSE Equestrian Program will be participating in the 18th annual Challenged Equestrian Horse Show on Feb. 12 at the Florida Carriage Museum and Resort, 3000 Marion County Road.
Those interested in attending to support the local riders, call Theresa Smith for details at (352) 544-2322, ext. 122.
Free estate planning seminar is Feb. 11
The Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will present a free estate planning seminar from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in the conference center, Building B, at the PHCC Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, off Commercial Way.
The seminar will cover advantages to planned gifts, advanced care directives, and wills and trusts.
Speakers include certified personal accountant Jackie Campbell and attorneys Sallie Skipper and Sean Hengesbach.
A free continental breakfast will offered at 8 a.m., sponsored by Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested. Call (352) 340-4807 or e-mail Maria Hixon at email@example.com.
Author to speak about mental illness, crime
Author Mary Beth Pfeiffer will speak from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at Pasco-Hernando Community College's North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., in Room B-209.
Pfeiffer, an investigative reporter, is the author of Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill, and has written about the lack of treatment for the mentally ill that often leads to incarceration.
The event is sponsored by PHCC and the North Campus Psychology and Psi Beta clubs.
There is no cost to attend. For information, call Kathleen DeSousa at (352) 797-5101.
Try out Sunday for adult baseball league
Tryouts for the West Central Florida Adult Baseball League's spring season will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd.
The season begins Feb. 13. League games are played in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.
The entry fee is $80 per player, with full or half payment due on Feb. 13. The season includes 12 games through May.
For information, call Brian Moore at (352) 686-9936 or Charlie Strazzullo at (727) 808-7974.
Speakers, more for AIDS Awareness Day
The Hernando County Health Department will host a community event in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 600 Wood Drive.
Keynote speakers include Reggie and Dionne Smith, HIV/AIDS activists from Atlanta.
Also, Portraits of the World, a Leesburg-based praise team, will give a presentation through dance and drama.
The Florida Office of Minority Health will also be on hand with information on establishing a local faith-based health ministries.
For information, call Lashaundra Ellison at (352) 540-6873.
Mary Martha Guild hosts fashion lunch
The Mary Martha Guild at Christ Lutheran Church will host its annual Fashion Show and Luncheon on Feb. 19 in the church, 475 North Ave. W.
Lunch will be served at noon, with the fashion show to follow.
The show will feature fashions in multiple sizes, jewelry, and Red Hat fashions and accessories.
Tickets cost $12 and must be purchased before Feb. 13. Call Inge at (352) 686-8751 or Barbara at (352) 799-3082.