Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Program educates people about adopting foster care kids

BROOKSVILLE

Event teaches about adoption of foster kids

An orientation program for people interested in learning about adopting children from the foster care system will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Youth and Family Alternatives, 19245 Cortez Blvd. Information will be provided about Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting classes. For information, call Maria Buckley at (352) 277-5860, ext. 4208.

Applications open for housing board

The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the Brooksville Housing Authority board. One position is available to fill a four-year term that expires in June 2016. There is no residency requirement for the position, but all applicants must be registered Florida voters. To apply, an application form must be completed, along with an authorization for a background check. Applications are available in the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. All completed applications must be returned to the clerk's office no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Call (352) 540-3810.

Dinner benefits Juneteenth fest

A Juneteenth fundraiser dinner will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge 1270, 510 E Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. The event will include a light barbecue luncheon and music. The cost is $10. Proceeds will go toward the Juneteenth Festival, which will be June 15 and 16. Also, advertisements for the event journal are being sold; the deadline is June 11. Ad prices vary from $10 to $100. Contact Paul Boston at (352) 797-5451, (352) 410-4108 or [email protected]

COUNTYWIDE

Library, Rays offer reading program

In an effort to combat summer learning loss, the Hernando County Public Library has teamed up with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Times to offer "Reading with the Rays," a summer reading program for schoolchildren throughout Hernando County. Students who participate will be eligible to win prizes; chances increase with the more hours participants read. To kick off the program, a celebration will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 16 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The Tampa Bay Rays street team will participate, and there will be inflatable games and activities. For information, visit hernandocountylibrary.us or call (352) 754-4043.

WEEKI WACHEE

Hurricane expo touts safety

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will present the 2012 Hurricane and Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. The event will include emergency vehicle displays, a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle rollover simulator, safety and hurricane preparedness vendors, a presentation about identity theft, a presentation on flood risk and mapping for Hernando County, and a KID (Kids in Disaster) Korner with snow cones, cotton candy, face painting, a bounce house and popcorn. Television news meteorologists from the Tampa Bay area will participate. There will also be a giveaway of two generators. Parking and admission to the attraction will be free. Call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830.

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