Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Spring Hill woman wins $500,000 in Florida Lottery

SPRING HILL

$20 SCRATCH-OFF ticket REVEALS A $500,000 winner

A Spring Hill woman won a $500,000 prize in the Florida Lottery's Gold Rush Tripler Scratch-Off game. Thanh Thuy Lu, 40, recently claimed her winnings at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Lu purchased her winning ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 6016 Spring Hill Drive. The $20 scratch-off game is the latest installment of the Gold Rush games, promoted as offering better odds of winning $30 to $500. There are two $3 million top prizes and two $500,000 prizes remaining.

WEEKI WACHEE

Looking to adopt a dog or cat?

Pet adoptions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Animal Care Center of Weeki Wachee, 7068 Commercial Way. They are organized by the Animal Rescue Friends Network in an effort to find homes for cats and dogs at the Hernando County Animal Services facility. All adopters will receive coupons for 50 percent-off vaccinations at the Animal Care Center, free doggie day care and grooming. Hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase, as well as raffle tickets for door prizes, to include specialty dog collars and a $150 gift certificate to the Palm Restaurant. All proceeds will go to the Friends groups. An animal trainer will be on hand to give free advice to pet owners, and an exercise area will be available for prospective adopters to bond with their new pets. For information, call Debbie at (813) 340-1887 or Suzanne at (352) 684-9050.

HERNANDO/ PASCO COUNTIES

Harriet Tubman topic of MLK series

A one-woman monologue, "Harriet Tubman: the Chosen One," will be presented Jan. 16 and 17 at Pasco-Hernando Community College campuses as part of the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series. The historical performance will be presented by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Tubman's death, taking the audience on a journey with Tubman as she risked her own freedom to free others from slavery. The Jan. 16 presentations will be at 10 a.m. at the East Campus in Dade City, and 7 p.m. at the Spring Hill Campus. The Jan. 17 presentations will be at 9:45 a.m. at the West Campus in New Port Richey, and 6:30 p.m. at the North Campus in Brooksville. There is no cost to attend. For information, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422.

BROOKSVILLE

Learn more about winter landscaping

The next program of the Hernando County Water Awareness Series will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at the Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd. The topic is "Winterize Your Florida Lawn and Landscape," presented by Citrus County Extension director Joan Bradshaw. She will offer a variety of tips for winter landscaping, as well as discuss what types of plants to cover, and when and how; when to fertilize and if a "winter" grass should be planted. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. Call (352) 754-4705.

Today's pick

Ghost tours: 8-10 p.m., Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. $20, cash only. For ages 16 and older. Reservations required. (352) 799-0129.

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