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Israeli Food Fest is March 10

JEWISH FOOD FIESTA: Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill, will host its 20th annual Israeli Food Fest from noon to 4 p.m. March 10.

The event will feature homemade Jewish foods, including blintzes, kugels, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, chopped liver, kosher hot dogs and other items and home-baked goods.

The temple's Judaic Gift Shop will host a sale, and there will be a variety of vendors. Israeli folk dancing will be presented throughout the day.

Admission is free. For information, call (352) 686-7034.

CIVIL WAR-ERA BROOKSVILLE: An interactive discussion about Brooksville during the Civil War will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon March 8 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The program will be given by Bob Martinez, publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories. He will provide facts and stories about the town and its importance during that time period.

There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 754-4043.

LEARN ABOUT ADOPTING A ROAD: Presentations about the Hernando County Adopt-a-Road program have been scheduled at the following Hernando County Public Library branches. All programs will begin at 3 p.m.

• March 5, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• March 12, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• March 19, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

• March 26, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

The Adopt-a-Road program allows individuals or groups to demonstrate community pride by keeping neighborhood roadways clear of litter. The presentations will describe program requirements and benefits.

For information, call (352) 754-4043.

FUNDRAISERS BENEFIT YOUTH CAMPS, SCHOLARSHIP: The Brooksville Garden Club will host two fundraisers to benefit the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Wekiva Youth Camp and scholarships to Pasco-Hernando Community College:

• Wine Tasting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8, Strong Tower Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. Tickets are $12 each or $20 per couple. Call Peggy Pope at (813) 380-1424.

• Plant and Tag Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9, Tom Varn Park, playground shelter, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville.

For information about the garden club, visit online at brooksvillegardenclub.us or call Louise at (352) 799-3160 or Ingrid at (352) 277-3183.

RUN BENEFITS DAWN CENTER: A "Dash for the Dawn Center" will be March 16 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m.

The event, hosted in association with the Red Mule Runners, will include a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile support walk.

Runners, supports and survivors of domestic violence are encouraged to participate.

In lieu of a registration fee, participants are asked to collect pledges. A prize will be awarded to the participant who raises the most.

Sponsorships are also available. Those who donate at least $100 will have their name on the T-shirt; a $250 sponsorship includes a logo on the back of the T-shirt, and a $500 sponsorship will include a prominent logo on the front of the T-shirt.

T-shirts are guaranteed to everyone who preregisters by March 6.

For details, contact Missy Hoppes at (352) 684-7191 or visit dawncenter.org.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION DEADLINE IS MARCH 1: The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office is taking applications for homestead exemptions, low-income senior exemptions and exemptions for disabled veterans, surviving spouses of disabled veterans and surviving spouses of first responders who died in the line of duty.

Property Appraiser John Emerson reminds residents who purchased a home during the 2012 tax year and moved in prior to Jan. 1 of this year that they need to submit an application for a homestead exemption by Friday to get the benefit for the 2013 tax year. Applications after Friday will be considered for 2014.

There are three ways to file for exemption: apply in person, by mail or online at hernandocounty.us/pa.

To qualify for the homestead exemption and the 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 low-income seniors eligible for a homestead exemption: If at least one owner is 65 or older prior to Jan. 1 and the total household adjusted gross income in 2012 did not exceed $27,590, and the applicant did not apply for the exemption for 2012, an application must be submitted by March 1.

For seniors who did receive a low-income senior exemption for 2012, a 2013 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 Friday to one of the property appraiser's 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 the homestead exemption and the Save Our Homes assessment cap are available at hernandocounty.us/pa. For information, call (352) 754-4190, option 1.

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