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SPCA, PetLuv teaming up to find homes for 50 cats


SPCA, PetLuv want to find homes for 50 cats

This month the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County has partnered with PetLuv to find homes for 50 cats as part of Adopt-A-Cat Month.

For those who adopt a cat at the local SPCA, the adoption fee is $20 for cats that are older than 1 year, and $30 for kittens (does not include specialty cats).

The fee includes vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment and spay and neuter services, courtesy of PetLuv, a nonprofit clinic; as well as a bag of food, a free litter box and scoop, while supplies last, and a free office visit and exam at Primary Care Cat Clinic in Brooksville.

The SPCA shelter, 9075 Grant St., is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except on Wednesdays, when it is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by the shelter or call (352) 596-7000.


Adult classes offered for variety of interests

Adult Community Education classes will begin Monday through the Hernando County Schools' Adult Education Department.

Registration is being accepted for classes in exercise and fitness, and arts and leisure, such as tai chi, Zumba, cake decorating, acrylic or oil painting, ceramic pottery, basketry, basic drawing, home improvement, metal-smithing and woodworking.

Brochures of the Fall 2011 schedule of classes are available at all Hernando County branch libraries, as well as online at (click on "School Sites", then in the drop-down menu click on Adult Ed./GED, then the Adult Education Brochure or Community Education Fall 2011 Schedule).

Those interested in signing up should call the Adult Education Office, at Nature Coast Technical High School, between 12:30 to 7 p.m. weekdays to determine the best time to come in for registration.

To register, residents must provide a photo identification (such as a driver's license), which will be scanned and a visitor pass will be issued for the time they are enrolled in adult classes. Prospective students also need to pay registration fees at the time of registration. Payments must be made by either cash or checks (no credit cards accepted). Call the Adult Education Department at (352) 797-7034.


Openings available for next Citizens' Academy

Openings are available for the afternoon and evening sessions of the next Hernando County Sheriffs Office Citizen's Academy, which will be offered on Thursdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 3. The afternoon session meets from 1 to 4 p.m. and the evening session meets from 6 to 9 p.m.

The academy gives an insider's view of the Sheriff's Office and criminal justice system. Participants observe canine demonstrations, tour the Sheriff's Office and learn about the different units of the department. Graduates can either ride along with a patrol deputy, observe in the communications center and/or tour the jail.

The academy is free and is available to adults 18 and older. Applications must be submitted and accepted, and are available online at, or stop by the Sheriff's Office at For information, call Barbara Renfroe at (352) 754-6830, ext. 53678.


Paddle in fundraiser to fight breast cancer

A Paddling Adventure fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 1 at Paddling Adventures by Cape Leisure, at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

The cost is $35 for a single kayak, $45 for a canoe (seats 4-5 people), and $45 for a double kayak. All proceeds will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a walk that will be Oct. 22 at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel.

For information or tickets, call Amy at (727) 245-2310.


CPR plus defibrillator classes to start Oct. 6

A CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) class will be offered at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Additional classes will be offered Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17.

The class meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and is designed for professional health care providers, although anyone is welcome to attend. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.

The cost is $20. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 597-8875.


Humanitarian Award nominations accepted

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is accepting nominations for the 2011 Judy Schwartz Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an individual, organization or corporation in Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties who has had a significant impact on animal welfare during the past year. An individual's impact can be through their time, donations, campaigning for legislative reform or personal rescue of animals.

The award is in memory of Schwartz, who dedicated her life to wildlife rescue.

Nominations must be in 500 or less words, describing the efforts of the nominee on behalf of animals in the past 12 months, and mailed to: Judy Schwartz Humanitarian Award, Humane Society of the Nature Coast, P.O. Box 10328, Brooksville, FL 34603.

The deadline to submit nominees is Oct. 15. The award will be presented at the annual Humane Society of the Nature Coast Pet Expo, which will be Nov. 12-13 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville.

For information, call the shelter at (352) 796-2711.


Alzheimer's group seeking volunteers

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is expanding its volunteer program and is seeking volunteers to donate their time and expertise to help individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

The nonprofit organization provides programs and services, including respite care assistance, the Wanderer's I.D. Program, support groups and educational events. AFO serves the central Florida area, including Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, Sumter, Lake, upper Hillsborough and upper Pinellas counties.

To learn more, call the AFO office at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.


Swiftmud selling hog hunts permits this fall

The Southwest Florida Water Management District land managers will conduct a series of hog hunts on district land this fall and winter to help reduce the wild hog population.

Prospective hunters can purchase permits for these hunts starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 10, on the website at Permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through 5 p.m. Oct. 24, or until they are sold out. The cost is $50 per permit.

All hunts will adhere to the hog-dog format. No still hunts will be available.

Scheduled hunts include:

• Nov. 15-17, Upper Hillsborough Preserve-Alston Tract (Pasco County).

• Dec. 13-15, Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve-Hampton Tract (Polk County).

• Jan. 10-12 and Feb. 7-9, Edward W. Chance Reserve-Coker Prairie Tract (Manatee County).

• Jan. 17-19, Little Manatee River Southfork Tract (Manatee County).

• Feb. 7-9, Conner Preserve (Pasco County).

These District-managed properties will be temporarily closed to the public during the hog hunts. Only permitted hunters will be allowed access. For information, call (352) 796-7211.


Workshop information for flood-prone areas

The Emergency Management division of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office will host a flood mitigation workshop at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.

The focus of the workshop is to discuss preparedness and mitigation efforts for those who live in flood-prone areas, and to provide information on the following topics: the Community Rating System, flood insurance, flood insurance rate maps, repetitive loss property, the Local Mitigation Strategy Committee, and available mitigation grants.

Emergency Management is seeking every available resource to address the needs of residents who may be affected, directly or indirectly, by storm surge or inland flooding.

For information on the workshop, or those with disabilities who need special accommodations to participate in the meeting, call Pam Harris at (352) 754-4083. Those who are hearing impaired should call toll-free 1-800-676-3777.

For information on understanding hurricane evacuation zones, storm surge and flood zones, visit the website at (click on Evacuation Information Zone Map).


Humane Society opens mall adoption center

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will host a grand opening celebration starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at its newly opened Humane Society of the Nature Coast ReTAIL and Adoption Center in Suite 369 at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19.

The first 500 customers will receive free gifts. Various rescue groups will be on hand with adoptable dogs; cats will always be available for adoption at the store. Also, Mary Peter of Stillwater Dog Training will conduct a demonstration at 1 p.m. in the store's "Pet Playground."

The store features a variety of specialty pet items and animal-related gifts. It also serves as an adoption center referral source with a special cat section within the store. A classroom will also be available and special training classes and consultations will be conducted.

The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For information, call (352) 796-2711, or visit the website at and check for the ReTAIL store on the web page sign in.


Latina Beauty Pageant taking registrations

DiAna's Dance Express and Envy Pageant Productions have teamed up to present the Hernando County Premier Latina Beauty Pageant Oct. 2 at R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd.

Lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the pageant.

The pageant includes divisions for girls from 12 months through misses up to 25 years old, and "Mrs. Latina" for married women of any age. Boy divisions available from 12 months through 20 years old.

Contestants can register up to Sept. 29; entry fees vary $60-$150. Spectator admission is $15, which includes lunch. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Foundation.

For information, call (352) 597-5979 or (352) 256-9959.


Master Gardeners' Fall Plant Sale on Oct. 1

The Hernando County Master Gardeners will host their Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St.

The sale will include hundreds of trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers and perennials that have been specifically grown to tolerate local climate conditions. All plants have been propagated and grown by the Master Gardeners.

Proceeds will be used to maintain and grow the Hernando County Master Gardener program. For information, call (352) 754-4433.


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The Hernando County Master Gardeners will host their Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St.

The sale will include hundreds of trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers and perennials that have been specifically grown to tolerate local climate conditions. All plants have been propagated and grown by the Master Gardeners.

Proceeds will be used to maintain and grow the Hernando County Master Gardener program. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

SPCA, PetLuv teaming up to find homes for 50 cats 09/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:22pm]
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