Voice your opinion on 2009 budget
County Administrator David Hamilton will conduct a series of budget workshops/meetings in May throughout Hernando County to discuss the 2009 Hernando County government budget.
Information will be provided on the current status of the budget as a result of the revenue reductions. Residents will be encouraged to discuss their priorities for county government services and additional ways expenditures might be reduced.
The feedback received at these workshops will be shared with the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners during upcoming budget sessions as they prepare for the July 15 budget submittal date.
Upcoming workshops include:
• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center, Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville.
• 2 p.m. Thursday, Withlacoochee Bicentennial Hall, 16257 Lingle Road, Istachatta.
• 2 p.m. May 15, Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor.
• 6:30 p.m. May 20, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
• 2 p.m. May 22, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach.
• 6:30 p.m. May 27, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.
Those with disabilities who need special accommodations to participate in the meetings should call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780; those who are hearing-impaired should call toll-free at 1-800-676-3777.
Lose the ponytail, help a good cause Sunday
Challenger K-8 PTSA and students of Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics will host A Hair Affair for Locks of Love from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Haircrafters Salon, 1436 Pinehurst Drive.
Donations of 10 inches or more of healthy hair are needed. A professional stylist will give all hair donors free haircuts.
Sign-up sheets are available through Saturday at Haircrafters and through Friday at the front office at Challenger.
For information, call Michelle Burns at 835-8412.
Locks of Love is a public, nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 17 and younger who have long-term hair loss because of a diagnosed medical condition.
Information on the organization is available online at www.locksoflove.org.
Your yard wants you to sign up for classes
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer these classes at its satellite office in the Westside Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill:
• Watering Efficiently, Tuesday.
• Choosing the Right Pesticide for the Job, May 13.
• Colorful Annuals for the Summertime Heat, May 20.
• Creating Home Compost, May 27.
These classes will be offered at the Extension office at 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville:
• Plant Propagation Made Easy, May 17.
• Groundcover Alternatives to Turf, May 24.
All classes start at 10 a.m. Registration is required for classes at the Brooksville location; no registration is required for classes in Spring Hill.
For information or to register for a class, call 754-4433.
Reception for artist
at 7 p.m. Wednesday
The Spring Hill Art League and Easy Street Home Decor will host a wine and cheese reception for artist Joe Galletta from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Easy Street, 838 E Jefferson St.
Galletta has been practicing photography for more than 15 years. He began converting his photo images to paintings in 2006, using Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. His works have been exhibited in various venues, including Brooksville City Hall, Spring Hill Art League's annual Fall Harvest of Art and throughout the Photographic Society of America in Baltimore.
Galletta has won numerous awards locally and nationally. He is a member of the Spring Hill Art League, Spring Hill Camera Club and the Photographic Society of America.
The reception will be held in conjunction with the monthly "Treasure Hunt on the Hill," where participants can visit eight downtown businesses in search of a clue, a code word pertaining to that business. A cash prize will be awarded. The hunt, which will be from 5 to 9 p.m., will include food and music.
For information, call Easy Street Home Decor at 848-0177 or visit www.spring
Hospice needs helpers on county's west side
Hernando-Pasco Hospice needs volunteers to help on the west side of Hernando County.
A two-day orientation for those interested in volunteering will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and May 9 at the facility at 12260 Cortez Blvd. The orientation will provide an overview of HPH's philosophy and the various volunteer positions available.
HPH is building a 24-suite Hospice Care Center adjacent to the team office and Hospice House on Cortez Boulevard. Also, HPH has its own adult assisted living facility, Hernando Lodge, that sits behind the campus.
Volunteers can assist in a variety of capacities, including helping with activities and crafts, preparing meals for Hospice House residents and more.
Anyone interested in volunteering full time, part time or seasonally are encouraged to attend. Registration is required. Call Mary Kay Sandell at 597-2611.
Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides care, comfort and support to individuals and families affected by a life-limiting illness, regardless of their ability to pay.
Write to support the troops, receive a treat
In honor of Armed Forces Day on May 17, Chick-fil-A and Treat the Troops will team up to collect cards and letters of support to be sent to the approximately 80 soldiers who recently left the local Army National Guard for a year's deployment, which includes duty in Iraq.
Hernando County residents are asked to write notes or letters, or make cards of support, and drop them off before or on May 17 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Those who drop off cards and letters will receive a coupon for a small Icedream or brownie; no purchase will be necessary. The coupon will be good all day on Armed Forces Day.
Once the local soldiers reach Iraq, Treat the Troops, a nonprofit organization, will start sending the cards and letters to them, along with boxes of home-baked cookies made by the Treat the Troops volunteers.
For information, call Barbara Newlin at 799-9750.
Book group to discuss Pulitzer Prize winner
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides.
The story is about Calliope Stephanides, who doesn't feel like the other girls her age. To understand why, she must uncover a guilty family secret and astonishing genetic history that stretches from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus at the beginning of the century to the Detroit race riots of 1967. This 2002 novel won Eugenides the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Registration is not required, but copies of the book at the library are limited. For information, call 754-4043.