Learn lawn care and how to treat problems
A free class, Only the Young Die Good (Insects That Is!), will be presented at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service satellite office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll will discuss fertilization, water requirements and how to care for one's lawn, and how to recognize and treat problems.
No registration is needed, but seating will be limited. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Two locations offering pet adoption Saturday
Two adopt-a-thons with Home at Last Pet Adoptions are planned for Saturday: from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., and at Pet Supermarket, 4316 Commercial Way.
A variety of cats and kittens will be available for adoption. All have been spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have identity microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax-deductible.
Home at Last has weekly adopt-a-thons at Petco. Pets can be viewed online at halpet adoptions.petfinder.com, and requests to have particular cats brought to an adopt-a-thon can be made.
For information, call (352) 476-6832.
Parents, give kids an education jump-start
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will host several Jumpstart to Early Learning events for children 5 and younger:
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Redland Christian Migrant Association, 15029 14th St., Dade City.
• 2 to 5 p.m. July 23, Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St., Brooksville.
• 9 a.m. to noon July 26, Childhood Development Services, 6740 Commerce Ave., Port Richey.
The free events will include activities and educational experiences for school readiness children (5 and younger), who will each receive a lunch box or backpack filled with items such as books, tissues, crayons, glue and scissors.
Those interested may also visit the mobile outreach van, a library filled with toys, books and teacher resources to promote early learning, which will be at each location.
For information, call Shannon Dewey at (727) 233-8291 or Sheila Chambers at (352) 754-5068.
Vet injured by land mine to give pledge
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 67, which has been providing veterans to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings of the Hernando County Commission, will present Jim Sursley, the past commander of the national Disabled American Veterans, at the next meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
Sursley, of Apopka, is a Vietnam veteran and triple amputee who was injured by a land mine.
For information, call Deron Mikal at the local DAV at (352) 796-1679.
Celebration of the Beach Dance set
Brookridge Social Dance will host a Celebration of the Beach Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8151 Hampton St. Music for dancing will be provided by Marty Carroll.
Those attending can bring their own beverages. Ice, coffee and hot tea will be available throughout the evening. Doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m.
Dress is casual. Tickets are $5 per person. Call Dot at (352) 597-0723.
Kids, test your singing skills at choir tryout
The Nature Coast Children's Chorale will hold auditions July 24 and 25 for their upcoming choir season.
This is a nonprofit, regional choir that is open to children who are entering the third grade through high school in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Rehearsals are conducted at Powell Middle School in Spring Hill.
For details or to set up an audition time, call (352) 442-7060 or visit the Web site at www.nature coastchildrenschorale.org.
Free, reduced-price meal policy available
The Hernando County School Board's food and nutrition department has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals.
Application forms will be given to all district students, which includes a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Copies are also available at the principal's office at each school. Applications may be submitted any time during the year.
Examples of income eligibility guidelines through June 30 include:
For free meals for a household of two, the maximum annual salary is $18,200 ($350 weekly); for a household of four, the maximum annual salary is $27,560 ($530 weekly).
For reduced-price meals for a household of two, the maximum annual salary is $25,900 ($499 weekly); for a household of four, it's $39,220 annually ($755 weekly). These amounts are gross salaries (before taxes and other deductions).
Households that receive food stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families are required to list only the child's name and food stamp or TANF case number on the application along with the signature of an adult household member.
Foster children may receive benefits based on the child's personal income, regardless of the income of the household.
To determine eligibility for all other households, information required with the application includes total monthly household income, names of all household members, Social Security number of the adult signing the application and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information is correct.
For information, call (352) 797-7028. Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless or runaway should call the district liaison at (352) 797-7008, ext. 235.
Spend an evening with 'Joyful Music'
The Spring Hill Community Association will present "An Evening of Joyful Music" from 5 to 9 p.m. July 26 at the Palmwood Pavilion on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
The event is a benefit for Nature Coast Christian Church Ministries and will feature a variety of performers from Nature Coast-area churches.
Food and drinks will be available. There will also be craft vendors and informational booths. The local bloodmobile will be on site.
Admission will be free for those who bring a nonperishable food donation.
Vendor spaces are available for $25. Electricity is an additional $5 and will be available first-come, first-served. Vendor setup will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on the day of the event.
For information, call (352) 666-4746 or visit www.spring hilllakehouse.org.
NEW PORT RICHEY
New chapter of Blue Star Mothers to meet
The first meeting of the new West Coast Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Lauren Frazier, 4642 Ontario Drive.
The nonprofit group consists of mothers who have or have had children honorably serving in the military.
Members get together to support each other and their children while promoting patriotism. The group is nonpartisan and nonpolitical.
All mothers of servicemen and women are invited to join. Also welcome are associate members (fathers, grandparents, siblings, cousins, etc.), as well as Gold Star Families.
For directions or information, call Frazier at (727) 849-2732.
Gardeners, find out how to get rid of bugs
At 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., urban horticulture agent Jim Moll will present a free class, "What Can I Use to Get Rid of All These Bugs?"
Those who are plagued with pest problems in their landscapes are encouraged to attend and learn how pesticides work and how to choose the correct product for a particular problem.
Seating is limited. To register, call (352) 754-4433.
Residents can safely dispose of medication
Hernando County Northwest Solid Waste Facility now offers a Medication Disposal Program for county residents.
Residents can bring their unwanted non-narcotic prescriptions to the facility at 14450 Landfill Road, north of Brooksville, for disposal.
Residents are required to dump their medications and dispose of their medication bottles properly. For information, call Jeff Howley at the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at (352) 754-4906.
AARP to meet, host retired Army speaker
AARP Chapter 1026 invites area seniors to a meeting at 11 a.m. July 24 at Honeybaked Ham Co. and Cafe, 4638 Commercial Way.
The speaker will be retired Col. Mark Denner, D.O., who will discuss "What is a D.O." He will also give a Power Point presentation on his two service assignments in Iraq. Denner recently retired from the Army National Guard after 32 years of service.
For information, call Bob at (352) 596-0722 or Jill at (352) 678-5719.
Kids, improve your golf game at camp
The Brooksville Recreation Department will host Golf Camp 4 Kids from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through July 24 at the Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.
The camp is for beginners and intermediate-level players ages 6 to 12. The cost is $60, which includes lunch each day and a shirt with initial registration.
After-care is available from 2 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $12 for the week.
Adult volunteers who have golf experience are welcome.
For information, call (352) 544-5498.
'63 Leopards holding 45th reunion Saturday
The Hernando High School Class of 1963 will host its 45th class reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road).
Leopards from other classes are also invited. Reservations are a must.
For details, call Pam Kinnear Whitehead at (352) 596-9944 or Bonnie Erickson Yungmann at (352) 796-8177.
Volunteer to help adults read, do math
The HEART Adult Literacy Program is in need of volunteer tutors to teach adults reading, language and math skills.
A training class for new volunteers will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the HEART office, 801 N Broad St. There will be a 30-minute break for lunch.
Those interested can call Justa Bozman at (352) 797-7018.
Kids 5-12 can stay busy at libraries
The Florida Library Youth Program for children ages 5 to 12 will offer these free programs next week:
• Razzmatazz with Lowell Tauszik on Tuesday at the West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill; and again July 23 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The show includes ventriloquism and magic while focusing on the fun of reading books and using the library.
• Mad Science — Fire and Ice on July 24 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. This is a fast-paced, high-energy science presentation for all ages.
• Jiggleman on July 25 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This is a jumping, joking, juggling show that includes audience participation.
All programs start at 10:15 a.m. Parents or guardians must remain on library premises during the one-hour programs. No registration is required, but early arrival is recommended for best seating.
Additional youth events scheduled for next week include:
• Showing of the film The Game Plan, 2 p.m. July 24, at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. The movie, rated PG, is about an NFL quarterback, living a bachelor lifestyle, who discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. The family comedy stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Pettis. There is no cost or registration required. Light refreshments will be served.
• Teen Game Day, 2 to 4 p.m. July 23 at Lykes Memorial Library; and again July 25 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. The program is geared for youth ages 12 to 17, who can play video games such as Rockband and Wii games. Participants can enter a drawing to win an iPod Nano. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. each day and the winner must be present to win. No registration is required.
All programs are free and are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.