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AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in June. The six-hour classes cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards to class):

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 and 5, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 to register.

• Noon to 3 p.m. June 4 and 6, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Marilyn Turner at (727) 868-8726 to register.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 and 12, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Ed Baker at (352) 796-7079 to register.

• Noon to 3 p.m. June 10 and 11, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 to register.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, Brookridge Club House, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call Skip De Montozon at (352) 683-6840 to register.

SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET: The Black Educators Caucus, an affiliate of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, will host its annual Maria A. Lawson Scholarship Banquet on June 8 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. A meet-and-greet will be at 6 p.m.; the banquet starts at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $40; the cost for students is $20.

For information or tickets, call Gina Hall at (352) 346-8116, Christene Yant at (352) 398-9554 or Viennessee Black at (352) 584-4158.

LOW-COST PET VACCINATIONS: The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 8 at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6.

Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $14, and kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs will be $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.

COIN SHOW: The West Hernando Coin Club will host a coin and currency show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The event will feature more than 25 dealers with more than 35 tables that will sell, buy and appraise coins, including gold, silver, U.S. and foreign coins and paper money. ICG Grading Service will give free appraisals, as well as Brian Vaile of the Ike Group. The "Hobo Nickel Man" will be on hand.

Food and drinks will be available, and door prizes will be awarded. For information, call Bruce Schneider at (352) 584-3163 or Guy Ventre at (352) 345-9979.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS AT LIBRARY: A free workshop, "Digital Photography for Beginners," will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon June 8 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Participants will learn the best techniques for getting started with their digital cameras. Local photographers Karl and Kathleen Nichter will explain the basics of lighting, composition and the technology of digital cameras.

For information, call (352) 754-4043.

BABYSITTING COURSE OFFERED: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The class is for youth ages 11 to 18.

The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics include caring for children and infants, being a good leader and role model, making good decisions and solving problems, keeping children and sitters safe, handling emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents, and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.

The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first aid basics, good for two years. Participants are to bring a bag lunch.

For information or to register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit

BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM: HPH Hospice will offer its eight-week bereavement program, Grief's Journey, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 11, at the office at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The program is for newly bereaved adults, or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. A hospice bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies.

Sessions are open to all grieving adults; no prior association with HPH Hospice is required.

Preregistration is required; call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

LEARN ABOUT FIRE, WILDLIFE PROGRAMS: A session regarding the Southern Fire Exchange and Fire Adapted Communities programs will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. June 7 at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

David Godwin, outreach and communications coordinator for the exchange and outreach ambassador for Fire Adapted Communities, will discuss the two programs.

The University of Florida-based exchange is a regional program that is part of a nationwide effort to facilitate the sharing of new wildland fire science information among researchers, fire managers and the public. Fire Adapted Communities is a nationwide project led by the National Fire Protection Association, designed to encourage the development of homes, neighborhoods, businesses and communities that are resistant and prepared for fire-adapted ecosystems.

For information, call (352) 754-6722.

STYX TRIBUTE BAND: The Spring Hill Community Association will host an outdoor concert with Almost Styx from 8 to 10 p.m. June 8 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

The concert will include hits such as The Best of Times, Come Sail Away, Babe and Lady.

Tickets are $10. For information or tickets, call (352) 666-4746 or visit

HEAD START ENROLLMENT: The Mid-Florida Community Services Head Start Early Childhood Development Preschool Program is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.

The program serves children who will be 3 or 4 years old as of Sept. 1.

Head Start also serves children with disabilities.

The federally funded, income-eligible program encompasses nutrition, education, mental health and disabilities, medical/dental health, and parent and male involvement, as well as the family and community partnerships needed to support strong, healthy children and families.

These items are needed to apply:

• Birth certificate.

• Proof of residency (utility bill).

• Photo identification for parent/guardian.

• Proof of income for parent/guardian for the past 12 months or the prior calendar year, whichever is applicable.

• Documentation of a child's disability, if applicable.

• Proof of custody, if applicable.

Applications for enrollment will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or by appointment at these Head Start locations:

• 835 School St., Brooksville. Call (352) 754-2464.

• 11245 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 556-4800.

• 403 S Lincoln St., Bushnell. Call (352) 748-6677.

WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS WELCOME FOR SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is still accepting walk-in appointments.

School Readiness funds pay a portion of child-care costs for low- to moderate-income families. Families who think they might be eligible for assistance may call or stop by one of the coalition's offices:

• 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 754-5068.

• Dade City Business Center, 15000 U.S. 301, Dade City. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesdays, when hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (352) 834-0052.

• Courtyard Commons, 7334 Little Road, Suite 102, New Port Richey. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesdays, when hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (727) 569-1004.

For information, visit or call (727) 233-8291.

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