Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Kindergarten, VPK, Head Start enrollment

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP: Spring Hill Elementary's Kindergarten round-up will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. The school is at 6001 Mariner Drive, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 797-7030.

ENROLL CHILDREN FOR FREE VPK: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host enrollment events for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program at its Hernando County offices:

• 3 to 7 p.m. today and May 1, 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville.

• 3 to 7 p.m. April 18 and May 9, 15506 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The free program is for 4-year-old children. Parents must bring the following documentation to enrollment: a child's original birth certificate, immunization record or passport, and proof of Florida residency (valid Florida driver's license or current utility bill).

For information, call (727) 233-8291 or visit phelc.org.

SHINE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Serving Health Insurance Needs of Florida, a statewide volunteer-based program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, needs volunteers in Hernando and Citrus counties.

Volunteers are trained to offer counseling and assistance to seniors regarding Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, prescription drug assistance, supplemental insurance and Medicare fraud.

All training is provided free.

Those interested in becoming SHINE volunteers are invited to an orientation from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Elder Options, 100 SW 75th St., Gainesville. Additional orientation dates include 1 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. June 7.

A basic training program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 to May 2. Meals are provided and mileage reimbursed. Additional training dates include: May 14 to 16, June 11 to 13 and July 15 to 17. Classes are at various sites in Hernando and Citrus counties.

Registration for both the orientation and the training are required. For information or to request a SHINE volunteer application packet, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337.

HEAD START ENROLLMENT: Starting Monday, the Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start Early Childhood Development Preschool Program will accept applications for enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.

The program serves children who will be 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with disabilities.

The federally funded, income-eligible program encompasses nutrition, education, mental health and disabilities, medical/dental health, and parent and male involvement, as well as the family and community partnerships needed to support strong, healthy children and families.

The following items are needed to apply:

• Birth certificate.

• Proof of residency (utility bill).

• Photo identification for parent/guardian.

• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the past 12 months or the prior calendar year, whichever is applicable.

• Documentation of a child's disability, if applicable.

• Proof of custody, if applicable.

Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at the following Head Start locations:

• 835 School St., Brooksville. Call (352) 754-2464.

• 11245 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 556-4800.

• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. Call (352) 748-6677.

YOUTH CLUB OPEN HOUSE: In recognition of National Boys and Girls Club Week, an informal open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill.

There will be a collection of items for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Visitors are encouraged to bring something to benefit the pets at the nonprofit shelter. Reservations are requested. Call (352) 666-0068.

LOW-COST PET VACCINATIONS: The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6.

Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $14, and kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs will be $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.

FLEA AND CRAFT EVENT: The Regency Oaks Civic Association will host its annual Spring Flea and Craft Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at the association clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill.

Flea market vendors, crafters, and art and antique dealers are invited to participate. Indoor vendor tables are $10 for association members and $15 for nonmembers; outdoor spaces (bring your own table) are available for $10 for both members and nonmembers. For information or to reserve a space, call Joyce at (352) 597-1405.

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