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Meet Santa, Weeki Wachee mermaids for holiday breakfast at state park


Meet Santa, mermaids for holiday breakfast

The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and International House of Pancakes of Spring Hill will present Breakfast with Santa and the Weeki Wachee mermaids from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

The cost is $10 per person, which will include a 4- by 6-inch photo with Santa and the mermaids. For information, call (352) 592-5656.


Market on Main Street returns on Dec. 18

The next Market on Main Street and Brooksville Nights will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 in downtown Brooksville.

The event includes the Love Your Neighbor Farmer's Market, a craft and antique fair, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a variety of other family-friendly activities. For information, call (352) 848-0090 or (352) 428-9275.


Volunteers needed for SHINE counseling service

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs needs volunteers in Hernando County for its SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders).

SHINE is a statewide volunteer-based program offering counseling and assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, prescription drug assistance, supplemental insurances and Medicare fraud.

Volunteers attend a six-day training program, broken into several phases. The introductory training will be from 9:30 a.m. to no later than 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Elder Options office, Suite 222, 5700 SW 34th St., Gainesville. Phase I training will be Feb. 8-10; Phase II will be Feb. 23-24.

Mileage is reimbursed at the state rate. Lunch will be provided.

Preregistration is required. For information or to request a SHINE Volunteer Application Packet, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337.


Adult education class registration under way

Hernando County School's Adult Education Department is accepting registrations for the Spring 2011 schedule of classes.

Numerous classes will be available in exercise and fitness, arts and leisure, and computer and technology, such as tai chi, zumba, auto shop, beginning sign language, cake decorating, acrylic painting, advanced basketry, basic drawing, silversmithing, ceramic pottery, beginning basketry, writing your life story, woodworking and basic computer skills.

Community Education brochures are available at all branches of the Hernando County Public Library System. It is also can be viewed online at (click on "School Sites", then select "adult education/GED in the drop-down menu).

To register, residents should call the office between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays to determine the best time to stop by the office, which is located at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Call (352) 797-7091.

Registrants must provide photo identification (such as a driver's license), which will be scanned and a visitor pass will be issued for the time they are enrolled in adult classes. Also, all class fees are due at time of registration, and must be paid in cash or check (no credit cards accepted).


Hospital, clinic need additional volunteers

Brooksville Regional Hospital and Good Shepherd Medical Clinic are seeking volunteers for various positions.

Morning and afternoon shifts are available at the hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; and from 7 a.m. to noon at the clinic at 8425 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.

Year-round residents are preferred. For information, call (352) 544-6117 or (352) 544-6080, or visit


Help wanted to serve free Christmas dinner

Jericho Road Ministries is looking for volunteers to help serve its free Christmas meal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S. Broad St.

Donations of food and toys are also needed.

Gifts for teenagers are especially needed. Some of the food items needed include turkeys, hams, pies, instant potato mix, stuffing, milk and other food items. Paper grocery bags are also needed.

The ministry is planning to serve and deliver more than 400 meals this season. For information or to help, call Pastor Bruce Gimbel at (352) 799-2912, ext. 100.

Meet Santa, Weeki Wachee mermaids for holiday breakfast at state park 12/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:58pm]
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