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Parking fee goes on hiatus at Pine Island park


Parking fee on hiatus at McKethan Park

The Hernando County Parks Department will discontinue charging the annual peak-season $2-per-vehicle parking fee at Alfred A. McKethan Park on Sunday.

Gates will remain open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the park on Pine Island, 10800 Pine Island Drive. The parking fee will not be charged again until Feb. 15. For information, call (352) 754-4154.


Volunteer as long-term care patient guardian

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is in need of volunteer ombudsmen in Hernando County.

The organization trains and certifies volunteers to protect the health, safety, welfare and human and civil rights of elderly people in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. All program services are free and confidential.

Mileage and meal reimbursements are provided at the state rate for all official ombudsman duties.

To volunteer or for information, call toll-free at 1-888-831-0404 or visit

Also, the Withlacoochee Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council, which serves Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Marion and Lake counties, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Lake Panasoffkee Parks and Recreation Community Center, 1582 County Road 459. For information on the meeting, call (352) 620-3088 or send e-mail to


Be a juror in the trial of the Big Bad Wolf

A student production of The Big Bad Musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave.

The show joins the Fairy Godmother, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and others in a class-action lawsuit against the Big Bad Wolf, whose "reprehensible behavior has completely infringed upon the rights of the fairy tale people to live happily ever after." The audience will serve as the jury.

Tickets for all evening performances are $8 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets are $5 for the 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 22. For information, call the school at (352) 797-7015.


Sign up now for next County Connection

The Hernando County community relations office is now accepting registrations for the next County Connection program.

The 10-week program will run Jan. 15 to March 19 and will include weekly three-hour interactive sessions with presentations that inform participants about the services and programs provided by various offices and departments within Hernando County government.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet elected officials and learn about county government.

To register to attend, call (352) 540-6780 or go online to


Drop off donations for Bag of Love project

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition is conducting its Bag of Love project.

Donations of food, hygiene items, basic necessities and bags (recyclable bags or backpacks) are needed and may be dropped off through Friday at the following Hernando County locations: Hernando County Health and Human Services office, Jericho Road Ministries and its thrift stores, Mid-Florida Community Services, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, St. Theresa Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

Monetary donations can be made to the Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition and sent to P.O. Box 1527, Eustis, FL 32727-1527. Call Barbara Wheeler at (352) 860-2308.


Nominate a property to decorations contest

The city of Brooksville Beautification Board is hosting its annual Best Christmas Decorations Contest.

Members of the Beautification Board will determine winners in the residential and business categories — within the city limits — on Dec. 10. An award for the best display in each category will be given.

Award winners will be recognized during the Brooksville City Council's meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

To nominate a property or for information, call Lindsay Morgan at (352) 544-5407, ext. 130.


Animal shelter needs cash gifts to operate

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County is in need of donations to help keep the shelter running in 2009.

Several thousand dollars are needed each year to cover veterinary expenses, spay and neuter expenses, medications and building maintenance.

To encourage all donations, no matter how small, the SPCA is hosting Dollar Days on Nov. 22 and 23 at the shelter, 9075 Grant St. Shelter volunteers encourage the public to stop by and donate $1.

The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (closed on holidays and Sundays). For information, call (352) 596-7000.

Donations also can be mailed to the SPCA at P.O. Box 3161, Spring Hill, FL 34611-3161.


Yard sale proceeds will help out veterans

The Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans will have a fundraiser yard sale at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday at 2462 Sunset Vista Drive, off Osowaw Boulevard.

All proceeds will benefit veterans at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes. For information, call (352) 686-1820.


Benefit craft show set for Guard Armory

The Citrus County Craft Council's 19th annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Crystal River National Guard Armory on Venable Street, off U.S. 19.

The indoor and outdoor show will feature numerous crafters. There also will be raffles throughout the day, and refreshments will be available for purchase from the National Guard Armory Family Support Group.

The show will benefit the Dream Society, a nonprofit organization that helps people with physical challenges become independent. There also will be a collection of new, unwrapped toys to benefit disadvantaged children in Citrus County.

For information, call Marie or Gene at (352) 621-3608.


Kick off season with cocktail party Dec. 13

The Regency Oaks Civic Association will host a holiday cocktail party at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the association's clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.

The event will include a selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, holiday punch (nonalcoholic), iced tea, a variety of desserts, coffee and hot tea; those attending may also bring their own beverages. Door prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased no later than Nov. 29; tickets will not be available at the door.

For tickets or information, call (352) 597-1405, 597-2988, 596-9213, 597-0158 or 592-3911.


Gift fair planned for Nov. 24, 25 at hospital

The Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a gift fair from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25 in Conference Room 2 at the hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd.

Money raised will benefit the scholarship fund. For information, call Pam at (352) 442-0169.

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