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Use extra caution in dry, fire-prone areas in Hernando County


Be extra careful in dry, fire-prone areas

Due to the extremely dry conditions, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has suspended controlled burns on district lands and is asking others to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires.

Dry weather is expected to continue through June. In addition to the lack of rain, several freezes this winter have made grasses and other light vegetation extremely dry and volatile, increasing the potential for wildfires.

District staffers are asking campers and other outdoor enthusiasts to take the following precautions:

• Campfires and other sources of open flames are not allowed on district lands at this time.

• Be careful with gas lanterns, gas stoves and anything that can be a source of ignition for a wildfire.

• All vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and off-highway vehicles, must stay on designated roadways or trails. Avoid driving vehicles on roads with tall, dead grass.

• Avoid parking vehicles in areas of dead grass, brush or other vegetation as vehicle catalytic converters get very hot and can quickly ignite dry brush or other vegetation such as pine needles or dead leaves. Park in areas with little or no vegetation or over low "green" vegetation.

• Dispose of smoking materials properly; do not toss them on the ground.

• Carry a shovel and fire extinguisher in your vehicle.

The district also says that if you see a fire while on district land, you should call 911.


See 'The Rookie' free at the library

The Hernando County Public Library System will have a free showing of the film The Rookie at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Dennis Quaid stars in this true story about teacher Jim Morris, who, 12 years after leaving minor league baseball because of an injury to his pitching arm, is encouraged to try out for the majors by the high school baseball team he coaches. He ends up signing with Tampa Bay's minor league system and, at age 35, becomes the oldest major league rookie in nearly 30 years.

The movie is rated G. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391 or 540-6374.


Second Hand Rose Show tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the General Federation of Women's Club/Spring Hill Service League's Second Hand Rose Fashion Show, which will be at noon April 18 at First Untied Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.

The luncheon will be catered by La Fontana and will include quiche Lorraine and dessert. The fashion show will follow, with members and friends of the GFWC/Spring Hill Service League modeling "second hand" fashions.

Tickets are $15; all profits will be donated to the Children's Advocacy Center in Brooksville. Call Nancy Cannon at (352) 596-9690 or Dee Smith at (352) 597-1103 for tickets.


Motorcycle poker run benefits Relay for Life

A Ride for Relay motorcycle ride/poker run is slated for 10 a.m. April 4 to benefit the American Cancer Society's Spring Hill Relay for Life.

Those wishing to ride are to meet at the northeast corner of the Target parking lot at 4401 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The group will end its ride about 4 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow, 10333 E Gobbler Drive in Floral City.

The event is sponsored by Oak Hill Hospital and a number of area businesses. Call Tracey Reynolds at (352) 596-2378 or 596-6632.


Easter Parade show features fashions

Spring Hill United Church of Christ's annual Easter Parade fashion show and luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. April 2 in the fellowship hall, 4244 Mariner Blvd.

The luncheon will be prepared and served by church members. The show will feature fashions for women from Bon Worth, modeled by church members, who will be escorted by men from the congregation. The event will include door prizes, entertainment and music.

Tickets are $12. Call the church office, (352) 683-4870, between 9 a.m. and noon weekdays.


Learn about tribal cultures at event

The ninth annual Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow will be April 10 to 12 at Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., off U.S. 41, 8 miles south of Inverness (at E Floral Park Drive). The event will be presented by the Red Eagle Lodge of West Central Florida, in conjunction with Citrus County Parks and Recreation.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 10 and 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. It will include lectures on Native American topics, history and a drumming circle. The host drum group is the Descendants. There will also be native crafter booths, native foods, dancing and storytelling. A children's Easter egg hunt for ages 4 to 12 will be on April 11.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for ages 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and younger. For information, contact Pansey Cleaveland at (352) 400-5644 or cp5@infi, or John Porter at (352) 563-2817 or Visit the Web site at


Girl Scout Shout features games, fun

The Brooksville Ridge and Spring Mermaids Service Units of Girls Scouts of West Central Florida will host a Girl Scout Shout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.

The event will include games, hands-on activities, displays and information about Girl Scouts. Registration and troop placement will be available. Girl Scout membership is $10 for the year; financial aid is available. Call toll-free at 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1798, or send e-mail to


Dayspring Church hosts Spring Day

Dayspring Church will host Spring Day, a "Celebration of God's Creation for Families," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 on church grounds, 6000 Mariner Blvd.

The event will include Easter egg hunts, a bounce house, live music and a fossil hunt. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors are asked to bring canned goods to benefit the church's emergency food pantry. For information, call Pastor Barnes at (352) 556-8706 or visit


Tennis, golf programs are open to kids

The city of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will offer the following programs at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place:

• Start Smart "Little Buddies" Tennis, Mondays, starting April 6. The program is for parents and children ages 4 to 7. The indoor program will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for beginners and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for rookies. The cost is $50 for the eight-week program, which includes a T-shirt.

• First Tee Little Buddies Golf, for children ages 5 to 7, will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting April 9. The cost is $50, which includes a T-shirt. This is an introduction to the First Tee Target program, through which children are introduced to the basic fundamentals of golf.

For information on either program, call (352) 540-3835.


AIDS seminar at PHCC is April 7

Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer an AIDS seminar from 6 to 10 p.m. April 7 at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive.

The cost is $16.48 for the program. Registrations are accepted on a first-paid basis. For details, call (352) 688-8798.


Bowl a few frames to help shelter animals

A Pins Four Paws Bowl-a-thon to benefit the SPCA of Hernando County will be at 1:30 p.m. April 19 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.

There will be prizes and raffles. The cost is $15 per bowler, with 93 percent of the proceeds to benefit the local animal shelter.

Reservations are required. Call Charlene at (352) 556-3266 or Aline at (352) 688-9483.

Use extra caution in dry, fire-prone areas in Hernando County 03/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 23, 2009 7:45pm]
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