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Meetings, events upcoming in Hernando

Today is deadline to join men's football league: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department is signing up teams for the 2014 Men's Adult Flag Football League (4 on 4) until the end of today. The league starts July 18. Teams and individuals may join; the league is open to men ages 18 and older.

Games will be played starting at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Three to four games may be played per night.

The season schedule includes 12 games, plus playoffs for teams with a record of .500 or better.

For fees and information, call the Parks and Recreation office at (352) 754-4031 or visit

Leaders wanted for chronic disease management: Elder Options is seeking individuals with one or more chronic health conditions to offer support and help others learn to take control of their ongoing health situations.

A four-day Chronic Disease Self-Management Program leader training program will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14, 15, 21 and 22 at the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center, 2153 SE Hawthorn Road, Gainesville.

Upon completing the workshop, program leaders will facilitate workshops that are offered for 2 1/2 hours, once a week, for six weeks. Registration is limited. For an application, contact Betty Flagg at Elder Options at (352) 692-5219 or

IQuit smoking cessation programs: The Area Health Education Center will offer the following free IQuit programs:

• "Tools to Quit" is a one-time, two-hour tobacco-cessation class. Participants learn strategies and skills for quitting and receive nicotine replacement therapy, if needed. Follow-up support included. Upcoming classes: 10 a.m. to noon July 18, Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill; 5 to 7 p.m. July 23, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Road, west of Brooksville, and 4 to 6 p.m. July 29, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

• "Quit Smoking Now" is a six-week class that will be offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays, July 21 to Aug. 25, at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Participants can receive, at no cost, an optional four-week supply of free nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, lozenges or gum.

Registration is required. For details or to register for a class, visit or call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.

Book sale: The Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Spring Lake, will host a Books Galore book sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18, 19 and 20. There will be hundreds of popular titles available in a variety of genres for all ages. The recently published Spring Lake Cookbook will also be for sale.

The purpose of the sale is to clear out the library room, which has been a part of the center for several years. The room will be converted into a memorabilia room, with a variety of Spring Lake historical items. For more details, call Jim at (352) 688-2237.

Music, comedy event to benefit clinic: "A Casual Evening of Music and Comedy" will be from 7 to 10 p.m. July 26 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

The event will include a guitarist, comedian Ron Feingold and Big Daddy DJ.

Tickets are $30 each and include food and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit Crescent Community Clinic, a nonprofit clinic that provides medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet federal poverty guidelines. For information or tickets, contact Bev at or (352) 634-1637.

Citrus, Hernando pageants unite: Due to scheduling conflicts, the Miss Crystal River and Miss Hernando American Beauty and U.S. International pageants will combine this year and be held at 3 p.m. July 26 at the Crystal River Mall, 1801 U.S. 19, Crystal River.

The pageant is an official preliminary event to the Miss Florida American Beauty and Miss Florida U.S. International pageants. Age divisions start at newborn and continue to the Elite/Over 50 age division.

Entry fees start at $80. There is no cost for spectators.

No talent or previous pageant experience is required to participate. Winners will receive more than $1,000 in prizes, including entry fees paid to the state pageant. For information, contact Suzi Hosfeld at (352) 256-9959 or

TRIM notices coming in mail: The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be mailing Truth in Millage notices to property owners on Aug. 15. While this is a notice of proposed taxes and fees and not a bill, residents should be aware that the notice contains date-sensitive information.

The appraiser's office urges taxpayers to read the notices carefully. The office also reminds residents that market, assessed and taxable values are the only issues the office can address. Questions about tax rates and government budgets should be addressed to the appropriate taxing authority. For those who receive the low-income senior exemption, the yellow renewal card will be included with the TRIM notice. It must be completed and returned to the office prior to March 1.

Meetings, events upcoming in Hernando 07/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:20pm]
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