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Withlacoochee Technical Institute class registration now open


Withlacoochee Tech registration now open

Withlacoochee Technical Institute in Inverness is now taking registration for several classes scheduled to start Aug. 18:

• Administrative assistant. Students are prepared for employment as a general office clerk, clerical support/secretary, assistant digital production designer or administrative assistant. The program is about two semesters long for registered full-time students; part-time enrollment is also available.

• Carpentry. Training includes construction theory, blueprint reading, cost estimating, layout, fabrication, assembly and installation of structures and fixtures, building codes and care of equipment. The class is about two semesters long for full-time students.

• Early childhood education. Students are prepared for employment as early childhood educators and child care providers. The course includes Part I and Part II State-Mandated Child Care Training in order to prepare for the state competency examinations. Completion of this course will prepare students for earning the child development associate equivalency credential. The course is about 600 hours.

• Marine service technology. Students are prepared for employment as machinery mechanics or marine engine mechanics. Instruction includes service, repair and overhaul of four-stroke and two-stroke cycle engines and outboard motors. The service and repair of boating accessories, electrical systems, fuel systems, cooling systems and other related systems are included. The course is about three semesters for full-time students.

Unless otherwise specified, all classes meet from 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. weekdays. A high school diploma is not required to take these courses.

Withlacoochee Technical Institute is at 1201 W Main St. For registration, class details, costs, requirements and financial assistance information, call (352) 726-2430.


Give to marine safety group's yard sale

The Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group will host a "huge" indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.

Donations of salable items are appreciated, and donations of large items are tax-deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Coast Guard Auxiliary building from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Pickups can also be arranged.

The Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help promote boating safety for organizations such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary. For information, call Bill at (352) 596-9396.


Florida KidCare applications available

The Hernando County Health Department wishes to remind residents about the Florida KidCare program for families who do not have health insurance for their children.

Florida KidCare provides health care benefits to people 18 and younger. Those enrolled in the program have access to preventive care such as regular doctor's visits, immunizations, dental and vision benefits. Most families pay $20 or less per month; some pay nothing at all.

KidCare applications are available at Hernando County Health Department locations, online at or by calling toll-free at 1-888-540-5437.


AARP to host concert, luncheon for seniors

AARP Chapter 1026 invites area seniors to a meeting at noon Aug. 28 at Fletcher Music Center, 13176 Cortez Blvd.

A meal of fried chicken, salads, beverages and desserts will be served. There will be a concert of music from the 1940s and '50s, including Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and requests.

After the concert will be a drawing for four attendees to receive a free six-week course of organ lessons.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost is $6 and is limited to the first 40 paid attendees. For information or tickets, call Bob at (352) 596-0722 or Jill at (352) 678-5719.

Make reservations for VFW dinner dance

A dinner dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

The orchestra performs big band, Frank Sinatra, polkas, waltzes, Latin, jazz, ballroom and other music to dance to.

The cost is $10 for dancing only and $16 for dinner and dancing. Several dinner choices are available and meals can be served starting at 1 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.

Reservations are suggested. For tickets or information, call Mary at (352) 596-9486.

'Nineteen Minutes' on book club's agenda

The Spring Hill Book Discussion Group will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

The book to be discussed is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It is about Sterling, a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens — until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence.

In its aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice but also come to terms with the roles they played in the tragedy.

The story focuses on Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case. She could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened.

Lake House Cabaret tickets now on sale

Tickets are now available for the Lake House Cabaret Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

The event will feature Norman Bernard's Southern Exposure with Kim Evans and special guests.

The cost is $20 for advance reservations. Tickets on the day of the show, if available, will be $25.

For tickets or information, call (352) 666-4746 or visit

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