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OPEN HOUSE FOR ALZHEIMER'S VOLUNTEERS: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host a Volunteer Open House for current and new volunteers from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the office at 6616 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Refreshments will be served. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

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HOSPITAL AUXILIARY WANTS VOLUNTEERS: The Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary is seeking volunteers for various positions. Morning and afternoon shifts are available for volunteers. Year-round residents are preferred. To learn more, call (352) 544-6117 or (352) 544-6080, or visit the website at brooksville

MANATEE FEST: The 25th annual Florida Manatee Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at Citrus Avenue and U.S. 19, downtown Crystal River.

The event includes a fine arts show, craft show, manatee education, car and boat shows, manatee boat and kayak tours, entertainment, food and children's activities.

Admission is $3. Parking and shuttle service available from the Crystal River Mall for $1 (free for children 11 and younger). The event is hosted by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Crystal River and the city of Crystal River. For more information, visit the website at or call (352) 795-3149.

VENDORS WANTED FOR 'ART IN THE PARK': The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will host the 28th annual "Art in the Park" Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Vendors can participate for $75. The deadline to register is Feb. 27. For additional information, contact Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182 or janknowles@earth

HEALTH CARE ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FORUM: HPH Hospice will host a free community forum, "It's Your Right to Decide," from 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, in the Conference Center/Building B.

The presentation will be given by lawyer George Germann and Dr. David McGrew. Germann specializes in probate, estate planning, guardianship and elder law. McGrew is the medical director of HPH Hospice. The forum will cover power of attorney, living wills, do-not-resuscitate, or DNR, orders, health care surrogates and other topics. A continental breakfast will be served.

There is no cost, but registration is required. For additional information, call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

VENDORS WELCOME FOR MOTORCOACH EVENT: The Hernando County Tourism Bureau is seeking vendors for the Southeast Area Family Motorcoach Association's Rally Brooksville Bash on Feb. 4. The bash is an event created for the FMCA's annual visit to Brooksville, extending the weekly Saturday Market on Main Street (in downtown Brooksville) into the afternoon and early evening. The market will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the bash following until 7 p.m. Vendors interested can call Lisa Callea at (352) 848-0090.

PHIL DIRT AND DOZERS CONCERT: Brookridge Entertainment will present Phil Dirt and the Dozers in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

The concert is a musical tribute to the Beach Boys, but will also include music from the Hondells, Ronny and the Daytonas and others.

Tickets are $20. Fore more information, call Larry Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.

ELVIS PERFORMANCE: The High Point Community will host an Elvis Show from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road. Admission is $10. For information, call Joyce Senf at (352) 200-8843.

'COLLEGE CONNECTION' PROGRAM: A "Children in Crisis Services" seminar will be presented at 2 p.m. Friday at Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. The speaker will be Katie Williams of Youth and Family Alternatives' New Beginnings Runaway and Youth Crisis Center.

The free program is part of the College Connection at PHCC, a series of seminars that introduces local health and human service programs in Hernando County. Additional sessions include:

• Feb. 3 — Developmental Disabilities, with Mark Barry of the Arc Nature Coast.

• Feb. 17 — Unemployment/Training, with Joe Mascaro of Pasco-Hernando Job and Education, and Frances Hay, coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation.

• March 9 — Health Care Services, with Nancy Davis and Ann-Gayl Ellis of the Hernando County Health Department/Nature Coast Community Health Center.

• March 23 — Medicaid/Food Stamps, with Robert Bradburn of Access Florida/Florida Department of Children and Families.

• April 6 — Mental Health Support, with Judy Thompson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando.

All sessions start at 2 p.m. and are about 90 minutes. For information, contact Sonia Rodriguez at (352) 797-5004 or

SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAMS: Pasco-Hernando Community College is joining with the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center and the Hernando County Health Department to provide a free six-week program for those interested in quitting tobacco use.

The program aims to facilitate the process of quitting through the use of counseling and optional nicotine replacement therapy.

Participants can receive up to four weeks of free replacement products, including gum, patches and lozenges. To register, call (727) 816-3743. The program will be offered at the following PHCC campuses:

• 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.

• 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 25-March 7, North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 27-March 9, East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City.

GONG SHOW FOR ALZHEIMER'S: The Alzheimer's Family Organization is selling tickets for the 13th annual "Gong Show," which will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey.

Tickets are available for $40 (preferred seating), $30 and $25 each. The cost includes a dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill and soft drinks. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Along with the show, there will be door prizes, silent auctions and raffles. For more information, call the Alzheimer's organization at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System offers preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination. The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. The screenings will be offered at the following times and places:

• Jan. 25 at Explorer K-8 School, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.

• Feb. 22, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 6 at Exception Student Education, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville.

News briefs of note in Hernando County 01/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 7:05pm]
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