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LEARN CPR: A CPR and automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone may participate.

The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Reservations are required. Call Bob Kanner at (352) 597-8875.

PLANT SALE: The Hernando County Master Gardeners will host their fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.

Proceeds will help fund Master Gardeners educational programs. For information, call (352) 754-4433 or visit

ART RECEPTION: The Spring Hill Art League and Rising Sun Cafe will co-host an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville.

The reception will feature the works of local artists Carol Dentici, Karen Heidler, Judy Newton and Sonny Vergara. Refreshments will be served.

The artists' works will remain on display at the cafe through the end of October. For information, call Doris at (352) 593-4633.

LIBRARY CLOSURES: All branches of the Hernando County Public Library System will be closed Sept. 30 for staff development training.

All libraries will resume normal hours of operation Oct. 1. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

FALL FESTIVAL TICKETS: Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host their annual fall festival Sept. 29 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a social hour from 2 to 3 p.m., a buffet dinner from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and a concert with Gypsy Star from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The dinner will be catered by John Mason Catering; entrees include boneless breast of chicken and roast pork loin with gravy.

A cash bar will be available, and door prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Table reservations for eight or more may be made.

For information, reservations or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

GOLD STAR LUNCH: The District 21 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary will host a Gold Star parents luncheon from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Chester McKay VFW Post 7987, 7445 Chester McKay Drive, New Port Richey.

Gold Star parents — those who have had a child killed while serving in the military — from throughout the Tampa Bay area are invited to attend. The event will include Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and Fourth Degree Assembly 1565 of the Knights of Columbus.

Reservations are required. RSVP to (727) 376-2839 or

HELPING HANDS NEEDED: The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs needs volunteers for National Public Lands Day, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Volunteers may help in various capacities, including invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and general cleanup around the park.

Appropriate attire is suggested, such as closed-toe shoes and gloves. Participants should also bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent plus any equipment to help clear the trail.

Register on the Friends of Weeki Wachee's Facebook page or call the park at (352) 592-5656. For information about National Public Lands Day, visit

AAA DRIVER IMPROVEMENT CLASS: The program is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at AAA Spring Hill, 1410 Pinehurst Drive. The class will also be offered Oct. 19.

The class is offered through the Auto Club South Traffic Safety Foundation. It is designed specifically for drivers 55 and older, offering tips and techniques to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time; understand how prescription medications may affect driving; and drive defensively in a variety of situations.

Insurance providers may offer a reduction in premiums for drivers who successfully complete the course.

BOWL FOR HOSPICE: HPH Hospice will host a bowling benefit, "Get Rolling for Hospice," from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The party will include three games of competitive bowling with first- through third-place trophies, a best individual score trophy, door prizes, a silent auction, local radio personalities and music.

Participants must collect pledges to benefit HPH Hospice. For information, call Leslie Taylor at (352) 544-1181.

Hernando County news briefs 09/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:10pm]
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