Cat adoption fees reduced for June
As part of Adopt-A-Cat Month, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast has reduced the adoption fees for adult cats for the remainder of June.
All adult cats that are a year old (or older) can be adopted for $25, which includes spay/neuter, microchip and all shots.
The shelter is at the corner of Mobley and Wiscon roads. Visiting hours at the shelter are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at naturecoasthumanesociety.org.
Festival and fireworks planned for July 3
The "Inverness Patriotic Evening — An Old-Fashioned Hometown Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza" will be from 5 to 10 p.m. July 3 at both Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park in downtown Inverness. Liberty Park is off N Apopka Avenue just past the Withlacoochee State Trail; Wallace Brooks is off Dampier Street.
There will be children's activities, local nonprofit food vendors, music and fireworks at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and flashlights. No personal fireworks or pets will be allowed.
Admission and parking are free. For information, call (352) 726-3913 or visit the website at inverness-fl.gov.
Driver safety classes available in July
The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in July.
This is a six-hour class that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 6 and 13, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 684-2524 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. July 11 and 13, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. July 12 and 14, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16, Brookridge Club House, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 20, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.
Extension Service offers class series
A free class series on pasture management will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, July 12-26, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The series will be presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. The topic on July 12 is "Weed and Insect Management"; July 19 is "Fertilization Pastures"; and July 26 is "Hay Production."
There is no cost to participate. To register, call (352) 754-4433.
3 classes planned on using defibrillator
A CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) class will be offered at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd.
Additional classes will be offered July 21 and Aug. 4.
The class meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and is designed for professional health care providers, although anyone is welcome to attend. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
The cost is $20. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 597-8875.
Federal aid available for energy efficiency
Mid-Florida Community Services has applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Through federal funds, residents can receive assistance for improvements toward making their homes more energy efficient.
Types of assistance are based on the home inspection and include repairs and replacements to items such as water heaters, duct work and inefficient heating and cooling units, providing weather stripping, attic and/or wall insulations, and other repairs.
Applications must include documentation of all annual household income, copies of Social Security cards and photo IDs of all household members, current ownership documentation and recent electric bill.
For an application, call (352) 796-1427.