Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

LifeSouth Community Blood Center offers free massage gift cards to lure donors

SPRING HILL

Free massageS offered to lure blood donors

LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an emergency need for all blood types and a critical need for O-negative blood. A drive with the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at Moss Chiropractic Clinic, 1377 Deltona Blvd. All donors will receive a gift card for a free 30-minute massage and will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad 2. The blood center, at 12395 Cortez Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent) and must present photo identification. Call (352) 596-2002.

Learn watercolor from a master

The Spring Hill Art League will host a watercolor workshop with award-winning artist Karen Heidler from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. For details, call Grace Ashcraft at (352) 556-3984.

BROOKSVILLE

Black history event moved to March

The annual Black History Banquet, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until March 24 at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A service will begin at 4 p.m., with dinner served at 5 p.m. There is no cost for the dinner, but reservations are required by March 15. Call Paul Boston at (352) 797-5451.

Reading Festival set for March 3

The annual Hernando County Reading Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Visitors can meet with authors, and there will be games, activities, door prizes and a children's book sale. Goody bags will be given to the first 300 children, and food will be sold. Participants include local writers Madeline Joan Wilks, the 10-year-old author of Yellow Dot, Red Dot; and Nancy Stewart, author of Sea Turtle Summer. Scheduled shows include John Storms' "World of Reptiles" at 10:30 a.m., CoREADian (a.k.a. Jiggleman) at 11:30 a.m. and storyteller Windell Campbell at 12:30 p.m. Call (352) 797-7018.

COUNTYWIDE

Homestead deadline March 1

The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office is taking applications for homestead exemptions (and the accompanying Save Our Homes 3 percent assessment cap) and low-income senior exemptions through March 1 for those who purchased a home or moved during the 2011 tax year. Applications are required to get the benefit for the 2012 tax year. Applications received after March 1 will be considered for 2013. For questions, visit the website at hernandocounty.us/pa, call (352) 754-4190 or one of the property appraiser's offices: the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, or 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Today's picks

'Telling Your Life Stories' workshop: 10 a.m.-noon, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4743.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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