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SHINE program helps with health insurance questions in Hernando County


Program breaks down health care questions

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at these county locations:

• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville.

• 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd.

• 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

• 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

• 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital), Spring Hill.

SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (figuring out paperwork, bills and filing appeals), Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs.

For counseling locations outside Hernando County, call the Elder Hotline toll-free at 1-800-262-2243.


Recreation Department offers several courses

The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering:

• American Red Cross Certification — Adult, Infant and Child CPR, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9, Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The cost is $35, which includes book and face shield. The instructor is Linda Christian. This class is for CPR only and does not include first aid. Space is limited. Advance registration and payment required.

• Dog Training in the Park, Saturdays starting Sept. 12, Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor St., Spring Hill. This is a six-week program. Puppy Kindergarten, for puppies 5 months and younger, is offered at 9 a.m. The cost is $75. Elementary School, for dogs 4 months and older, starts at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $95. The instructor is Dave of Dog Gone Solutions. Advance registration is required.

• Total Fitness Makeover, 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays, Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Bring a mat or towel and small hand weights (3 to 8 pounds). The instructor is Catherine Keefe. The cost is $8 per class or $15 per month.

• MACK Co-Ed Boot Camp, weekdays, Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. A class is offered at 5:30 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $159 per month for 20 sessions. For ages 15 and older. The instructor is Master Mark McCabe.

• Knitting will be offered one day per week (to be determined) at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Designed for beginners or as a refresher course. Bring your own yarn and knitting needles. Project patterns will be supplied. The cost is $35 for four weeks. The instructor is Brigitte Hearn.

For information on any of these courses, stop by the recreation office at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, or call (352) 754-4031.


Adult Education fall courses available

Hernando County Schools' Adult Education Department is registering students for classes.

There are exercise and fitness classes, such as dance exercise, tai chi, yoga and Zumba; arts and leisure classes, including painting, basketry, drawing, guitar, home improvement, silversmithing and woodworking; some computer and technology classes, including buying and selling on eBay, and digital photography; and educational classes, such as conversational Spanish, sign language and writing your life story.

Schedules and details are available at all public library branches, as well as online at hernando (go to "School Sites" and select "Adult Ed/GED from the drop-down menu).

The Adult Education office is located at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Call the office at (352) 797-7091. Prospective students need to provide a photo ID to be scanned in for a visitor pass to be issued.


United Way committee will meet Sept. 10

United Way of Hernando County will conduct the Florida State Employees' Charitable Campaign local Steering Committee meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Capital City Bank, 14302 Spring Hill Drive. Call (352) 688-2026.


VFW Post 8713 lists upcoming events

The Marion "Shorty" Nesbit Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary, 1681 E Jefferson St., will host:

• Fish and chips dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5. Call the post canteen at (352) 796-4449.

• Ladies Auxiliary Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call Debbie Parker at (352) 799-0475.

• The Country Pride Band will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call the post at (352) 796-4449.


Concealed weapons safety class scheduled

The Hernando Sportsman's Club will provide a concealed carry firearms safety class at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the clubhouse in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, off Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

Completion of the class qualifies for application of a carry permit. The course is about five hours, including range time. All equipment and materials are provided.

Class size is limited; register in advance. The cost is $50. To register, call (352) 597-9931. Visit


Just Because Dice Run set to roll on Sept. 19

ABATE of Florida, Freedom Chapter, will host a Just Because Dice Run Sept. 19, starting with signups from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Stops include Adventure Cycle Center Motorsports and the Rebar, both in Brooksville, the Dam Pub in Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County, the Ramble Inn in Brooksville and ending at Tail Gators in Weeki Wachee. Last bike in is at 4 p.m.

The cost is $10 per card or $15 for two. Call Dave Soles at (352) 232-3927, Ratt at (352) 584-1278 or Herb Robinson at (352) 596-1922, or send e-mail to


Pencil in some acting, playwriting classes

The Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center will offer introductory acting and playwriting classes for adults, taught by Tampa Bay area theater professionals, at 7 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 14 and running through mid-December. The center is on the campus of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road, off State Road 52.

The acting component will be taught by Ami Sallee Corley, who has acted, directed and taught for a number of theaters in the Tampa Bay area. Her acting credits include Woman in Mind, in which she was voted best actress in the 2007 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay, Jane Eyre for the Gorilla Theatre and Romeo and Juliet for the American Stage.

The playwriting component will be taught by Steve Mountan, former literary manager at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. His plays have been produced or had readings at a variety of area theatres, including the Gorilla Theatre in Tampa and the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Ga.

The cost is $125. Call (727) 857-2604, e-mail or visit


Machine Gun Shoot to destroy five cars

The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host a Machine Gun Shoot at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the club range in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, off Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Five cars and other targets will be destroyed.

Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and younger, who must be accompanied by an adult. Shooters with their own guns can participate in the shoot for $20 for the day.

Vendor spaces are $20. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernando


Stage West to produce 'Heaven Can Wait'

The classic play Heaven Can Wait will open at 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. The show will continue weekends through Sept. 27, with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

The play tells the story of Joe Pendleton, a professional boxer and pilot who, when a plan flight goes awry, has his soul pulled from his body, in error, before he has died. In heaven, Mr. Jordan is then forced to find him a new body. Joe finds himself in the body of a rich man, recently murdered by his wife.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for students, and can be purchased by calling the box office at (352) 688-8926. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


Go Hawaiian at Brookridge dance

Brookridge Social Dance will host a Hawaiian-themed dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Music will be provided by Marti Carroll. Ice, coffee and hot tea will be available throughout the evening and doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m. Guests can bring their own beverages. Tickets are $5. Call Dot at (352) 597-0723.


Hernando Oaks golf group hosts benefit

The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association will host the fourth annual Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. Oct. 21 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive.

Golfer registration is $65 and includes the tournament, buffet lunch, contests and prizes. Registration deadline is Sept. 15.

Sponsorships are also available. Tee sponsorship is $75, practice green sponsorship is $100 and beverage cart sponsorship is $100.

All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Marianne at (352) 796-4043 or Cheryle at (352) 345-4251.

SHINE program helps with health insurance questions in Hernando County 08/30/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 30, 2009 9:16pm]
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