shine is looking for volunteers to help seniors
Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, a statewide volunteer-based program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, needs volunteers in Hernando County. Volunteers are trained to offer counseling and assistance to seniors regarding Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, prescription drug assistance, supplemental insurance and Medicare fraud. All training is provided free. An orientation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at Elder Options, 100 SW 75th St., Gainesville. Registration is required by Dec. 28. A basic training program will be offered Feb. 13 to 15 at Elder Options. Meals are provided and mileage reimbursed. Those who live more than 50 miles from Gainesville have an option of staying in a hotel and receiving full reimbursement during the training. To request a SHINE volunteer application packet, call (352) 692-5264 or toll-free 1-800-963-5337.
Group seeks aid for troops overseas
Gifts from Home, a nonprofit organization that sends packages to troops in Afghanistan, is in need of donations of food items for military members, such as crackers, granola/power/cereal bars, peanuts, Slim Jims, beef jerky, drink mixes, trail mix, hard candy (no chocolate or candy bars), tuna fish, VanCamp's Beanee Weenees and fruit roll-ups. Monetary donations are also welcome. For information or to make a donation, contact Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations also may be dropped off at Up 4 Breakfast in Spring Hill, the Magnolia Tea Room in Weeki Wachee or Marine Corps League Detachment 708 west of Brooksville.
Library set to host final 'Jazz' concert
The Hernando County Public Library System will host the final "It's Jazz" music program at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The program, which is about jazz in the 1950s and '60s, will be presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina. He will play and discuss selections from the period. All ages are welcome. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
Plants to be sold 50% off at nursery
The Spring Hill Garden Club's plant nursery, at 1489 Parker Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, then will be closed through the remainder of the year. The nursery will reopen Jan. 5. Plants will be sold at 50 percent off. The adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens are open daily from sunup to sundown. The gardens currently feature a display of 30 decorated Christmas trees. Visitors may vote for their favorites by making a donation; each dollar equals one vote. Monday is the last day to vote. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
Hernando County Aviation Authority, 3:30 p.m., airport office, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.
Arc open house: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 592-5650, ext. 408.
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