Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Nominate local hero for Habitat for Humanity gala

COUNTYWIDE

DO YOU HAVE A LOCAL HERO? let it be known

Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County encourages residents to nominate their favorite local hero to be recognized at the Building Hope in Hernando Heroes Gala. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Sept. 25. Sponsorships and tickets are available for the gala, 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. Tickets are $90 each or eight for $600. Visit the website at habitathernando.org or call Debbie Prescott at (352) 754-1159.

Folks needed to help prepare taxes

The United Way of Hernando County, in partnership with the IRS, is seeking Volunteer Income Tax Assistance volunteers to help Hernando County residents, starting in January. Volunteers who want to help with tax preparations should be computer-literate and have good communication skills. All VITA volunteers will attend a training class in December, then become IRS-certified to prepare tax returns. Other volunteer opportunities include greeters and site coordinators. Those interested may complete a Volunteer Hernando application and indicate they are interested in becoming a VITA volunteer. Visit unitedwayhernando.net or call (352) 688-2026.

See the Rays play and help education

The Hernando County Education Foundation is selling tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays game at 1:40 p.m. Sept. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Gates will open at 11:40 a.m. The first 10,000 children 14 and younger will receive a Matt Joyce bobblehead. Kids also will have a chance to run the bases after the game. Lower-level outfield tickets are being sold for $20 each, with a portion to benefit the foundation. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday. Contact Frank Zito at (407) 697-0867 or [email protected] Tickets may be ordered online at hcefraysday.eventbrite.com.

BROOKSVILLE

Learn about CPR and defibrillators

Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church hosts two American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR, automated external defibrillator and first aid classes Saturday at the church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. The class will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon, then again from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Space is limited. To register or for information, call Cathy at (813) 838-6047.

Today's picks

Hernando Jazz Society Big Band Bash: 1-3 p.m., Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. (352) 835-7183.

Kids Fun Day: noon to 5 p.m., Mariner Auto Repair, 5234 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5; all activities and food items are one ticket apiece. Raffle tickets are $5. (352) 428-1250.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

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