Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

News and notes from Hernando County

YOUTH BOOT CAMP: The For Each 1 Reach 1 Mentoring Program will offer a cadet boot camp on the first and third Saturday of each month from Sept. 7 to April 19 at 7284 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The program is for youths ages 8 to 17, who will be exposed to physical fitness and leadership training. Registration is $50, which includes a T-shirt, a dog tag with chain and a pocket attitude card.

There is a monthly fee of $30. For information, call (352) 556-2768 or send email to [email protected]

HELP OUT AT BLUESAPALOOZA: The Hernando County Recreation Department needs volunteers ages 15 and older to help with the annual Bluesapalooza music festival on Sept. 21.

This year's event has moved to Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The music lineup includes Brandon Ruck at noon, Wendy Rich & the Soul Shakers at 2 p.m., Sarasota Slim featuring Nitro at 4 p.m. and RJ Howson & Friends at 6 p.m.

The headline band will be Damon Fowler with special guest Barry Oakley at 8 p.m. To learn more about volunteering, call (352) 754-4031.

LEARN CPR: A CPR/automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The class will be offered again on Sept. 19. The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone may participate.

The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Reservations are required. Call Bob Kanner at (352) 597-8875.

JOIN ENCORE ACADEMY: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College, which offers computer and personal enrichment workshops for adults 50 and older, offers two membership options.

The cost is $125 per academic year, which includes 20 hours or workshops.

Winter or part-time residents may consider a $99 single-term option. Membership is not required to participate. Nonmembers pay $6 per workshop hour.

Upcoming workshops, at the PHCC Spring Hill campus at 450 Beverly Court, include:

• "Beginning Digital Photography," 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12 through 26. Nonmember cost is $36.

• "HAPPINESS by Design," 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 16. Wellness psychologist and corporate trainer James Lin will teach the nine factors for building happiness. Nonmember cost is $12.

• "AGEING by Design," 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 23. Lin will show how to design and prepare an aging lifestyle. Nonmember cost is $12.

• "Beginning Drawing," 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 through 15. Nonmember cost is $36.

• "Introduction to Creative Writing," 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Oct. 2 through 16. Nonmember cost is $36.

• "Digital Photography II," 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3 through 17. Nonmember cost is $36.

Registration deadlines are two days prior to the workshop start date. For details, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit

BINGO FOR BREAST CANCER: Florida Cancer Affiliates will host "Bingo to Save the TaTa's" Sept. 28 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Tickets are $20 and include lunch, 10 bingo games (with three cards per game) and a raffle ticket to win a door prize. Extra cards are available for an additional cost.

Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., including hot dogs, chips, cookies and a beverage.

Participants will have an opportunity to win a 60-inch Vizio big-screen TV (must be present to win).

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

For information or tickets, call (727) 514-5646.

NAMI AWARDS LUNCHEON: The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will host an awards luncheon from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

The event will recognize those who have worked to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness.

To nominate a candidate, visit or visit Nami Hernando on Facebook.

Tickets to the event are $20; call (352) 684-0004 or (352) 683-1350.

FALL FESTIVAL TICKETS: Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary will host their annual fall festival Sept. 29 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a social hour from 2 to 3 p.m., a buffet dinner from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and a concert with Gypsy Star from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The dinner will be catered by John Mason Catering; entrees include boneless breast of chicken and roast pork loin with gravy.

A cash bar will be available, and door prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Table reservations for eight or more can be made.

For information, reservations or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

GOODWILL DONORS RECEIVE FREE AQUARIUM TICKETS: Those who donate clothing or household items in September at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast location will receive a coupon for up to three free tickets to the Florida Aquarium, one for each paid adult ticket.

The coupons are redeemable through Nov. 30 at the aquarium in Tampa. The local Goodwill store is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Other stores are in Pasco, Citrus, Marion, Pinellas, Polk and Hillsborough counties. For locations, visit

LIFEGUARD COURSE: The Hernando County Family YMCA will offer a lifeguard class from Oct. 9 to 19 at 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Classes are on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for two weeks. The course is for people 16 and older who do not hold a lifeguard certification. CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, first aid and oxygen administration are included in the class. Those interested must attend a mandatory prerequisite swim test at 5 p.m. Oct. 3. An optional lifeguard swim clinic will be offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 for those wishing to work on the skills required for the prerequisite swim test. For certification, attendance is required at all class dates. The cost is $254 for Y facility members and $354 for program members and nonaffiliated participants. The cost includes the book and certification costs for YMCA lifeguard, CPR pro, first aid and oxygen administration. Class space is limited to six participants. Registration must be completed by Oct. 1. Register online at or at the local YMCA. Call (352) 688-9622.

Jury deliberating in trial accusing Hernando deputies of abuse

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Police: Baby not abandoned; mother surrendered infant

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