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Summer camps, art classes and more in Hernando County


Christian academy sets summer program

Spring Hill Christian Academy will offer a summer day care program at the school, 3140 Mariner Blvd.

The cost per week is $85 for full time, $55 for three days or $40 for two days. A $50 registration fee to secure a place in the program is applied to the first week. There is a one-time $30 supply/activity fee ($5 discount if paid by May 28). Campers are also asked to purchase a Summer Bridge book at a local store or through the school office.

Weekly activities include skating, bowling, indoor and outdoor games, Friday special events, Wednesday field trips and more. A hot lunch and cold breakfast is included each day.

For information, visit online at or call (352) 683-8485.


Citizens needed for grant task force

Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on a Citizens Advisory Task Force for the Small Cities, Community Development Block Grant Program. Positions for the volunteer board are open to Hernando County residents interested in providing input relative to all phases of the Community Development Block Grant application and process.

The purpose of the task force is to encourage residents, particularly low and moderate income individuals who live in blighted areas of the county, to offer input.

Applications are available in the County Health and Human Services office, Room 161 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Monday.

Applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. Visit hernando or call (352) 540-4338 for information.


Everything from quilts to poetry at City Hall

The Spring Art Exhibit has opened at Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave.

The exhibit, which continues through Aug. 6, includes etched and carved glass by Robert G. Smith, sculptures by Rosalie LoCurcio, handmade quilts by the Hernando Quilters, ship models by the Suncoast Ship Model Society, photographs by the Spring Hill Camera Club and a new selection of poetry by members of Just Poets. There are also paintings by artists Kris Crollard, Carole Knudson, Carol Kreider and Caroline Kwas, as well as the photography and digital art of S.J. "Joe" Galletta.

A reception to meet the artists is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on June 10. During the reception, there will be a Taste of the Arts sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council and Brooksville Junior Service League. It will feature culinary delights from area restaurants.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (352) 540-3810.


Apply for a passport at Passport Fair

The Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court will host a Passport Fair from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 22.

Passport information will be offered and U.S. citizens can have their passport applications accepted at the fair.

Those applying for passports must bring the following documentation: birth certificate (from Vital Statistics with raised seal), driver's license, two passport photos, and must make two separate payments (checks only), one to the U.S. Department of State and the other to the Clerk of Circuit Court.

Effective June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a passport book, passport card and application forms are available online at Citizens may also obtain passport information by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

For information on the Passport Fair, call the Hernando County Clerk's Office, Recording Division, at (352) 540-6768.


Do you know the next Great Brooksvillian?

The city of Brooksville is accepting nominations for a "Great Brooksvillian" to be honored at a ceremony during Founder's Week celebrations in October.

This annual program recognizes outstanding men and women who have made significant positive contributions to the history, culture and/or economy of Brooksville.

Each year the City Council determines the number of recipients and makes the selection from the nominees. A perpetual plaque is maintained in City Hall to commemorate and memorialize each year's honorees. An individual plaque is presented to each honoree.

Information, program criteria and nomination forms are available at The deadline for nominations is June 25. For information, e-mail or call (352) 540-3853.


Try a new art without buying all the supplies

Hernando County POP (People of Passion) will offer a Day of Discovery for artists from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 at the facility at 417 W Jefferson St.

The program is for those wishing to try a new or different art medium without having to purchase all the supplies. It will be a day of experimentation, with five area artists offering their supplies and expertise. Mediums include watercolor, oils, sculpture, pastels, batik and polymer clay.

The cost is $25, which includes a light lunch. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 345-4462.

Hernando County POP is a nonprofit community cultural arts center. Visit the website at


Enrollment roundups for prekindergarten

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is offering VPK Round Up enrollment events for parents to receive certificates of eligibility to enroll their children in Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program.

Required documentation includes proof of the child's age (original birth certificate and/or original blue shot record) and proof of residency (Florida driver's license/identification card or current utility bill).

Roundups offered in Hernando County include:

• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Early Learning Coalition, 15506 County Line Road, Suite 103, Spring Hill.

• 5 to 8 p.m. May 27, Early Learning Coalition, 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville.

The free VPK program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. For a compete list of roundup dates, including Pasco County sites, visit Those who can't attend a roundup may visit one of the Early Learning Coalition offices. Call (727) 233-8291.


Open house celebrates NAMI's 28th birthday

The National Association on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando hosts a Birthday Party Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Beautiful Mind Center, 10544 Spring Hill Drive. The community is invited to help celebrate NAMI Hernando's 28th birthday. Refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated. For information, call Rita, (352) 556-5077.


Baptist church offers summer camp

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 14236 County Line Road, will offer Summer Camp from June 14 through Aug. 20. Camp will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

The cost is $50 per week. For information, call (727) 856-8336.


Knights of Columbus plans veterans salute

Knights of Columbus 11317 hosts a Salute to Veterans dinner on May 29 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The entree choice is chicken or fried fish, served with salad, potato, dessert and coffee or tea.

The K of C Assembly 1721 Honor Guard will perform a flag ceremony.

Tickets are $12 per person and are available in the parish office during business hours and after all Masses. Proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Catholic School. Call (352) 688-0669.

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