Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Volunteer to help clean up Cypress lake Preserve on Saturday

RIDGE MANOR

Help spruce up Cypress lake Preserve Saturday

Volunteers are needed for the environmentally sensitive lands workday from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd. (at the gate on Olancha Road). Those interested will help clean up trash and debris and clear small trees. The Hernando County Planning Department staff will provide a guided nature walk at the completion of work. Free oak firewood will be available; bring a saw. For information, call Jim King at the Planning Department, (352) 754-4057, ext. 28020.

COUNTYWIDE

Kids poetry contest prize is savings bond

Friday is the deadline for youth to submit entries for the poetry contest conducted by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. The contest is open to Hernando County students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The theme is "Spring." The winner will receive a $50 U.S. savings bond. The winner and runnersup will be invited to recite their poems at Art in the Park on March 11 at Tom Varn Park. Poems may be any style, four to 16 lines. Entries must include the student's name, age, grade, school, parents' names, address, telephone number and email address. Entries may be emailed to [email protected] bay.rr.com. Members of Just Poets will judge the poetry. For information, call Jerry Cowling at (352) 797-0984.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Commission/International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3760, collective bargaining session, 8:30 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Commission/Teamsters Local 79, collective bargaining session, 1 p.m., Department of Public Works, 1525 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Housing Authority, 3 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Today's pick

Spring vegetable gardening class: 10:30 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4433.

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