Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Historic home tour in Hernando

HISTORIC HOME TOUR: The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will host a Sweetheart Home Tour as part of the Heritage Day Festival on Feb. 16 at the Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville.

The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will include two historic homes.

The Lovelace home is the old St. Anthony Catholic Church, built in 1908. There will be a wine tasting at the home, presented by Brookstone Wines; wine will be available for purchase.

The second home will be Saxon Manor, built in 1876. There will be a brief lecture, "The Language of the Fan," presented by Victoria Jimmerson, who will be in period costume. Fans will be available for purchase.

Tickets cost $15. To reserve tickets, call (813) 470-0085.

Admission to the festival is free. For festival details, call Linda at (352) 799-5811.

GED TESTING OFFERED: The HEART Adult Literacy Program will offer full General Educational Development testing and retakes Monday through Feb. 13 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.

Advance registration must be completed in person at the Adult Education office at the high school; office hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

Additional test dates for the exam and retakes are March 18 to 20, April 22 to 24 and June 3 to 5. Dates for the full exam only (no retakes) are March 4 to 6, April 8 to 10 and May 6 to 8.

The cost to take the GED exam is $70, payable with cash or check. Stop by the office or call (352) 797-7091.

CAT ADOPTIONS: Home at Last Pet Adoptions will host adopt-a-thons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday through the end of February at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.

Although the organization specializes in Siamese cats, other cats and kittens will be available.

All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites.

Fees vary and are tax deductible.

All pets may be viewed online at halpetadoptions.petfinder.com.

Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon may be made, and individual appointments may also be scheduled.

Call (352) 476-6832 or send email to [email protected]

MEETING ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at ARC Marion, Inc., 2800 Maricamp Road, Ocala.

The Marion County Disability Alliance will be at the meeting. Those interested in issues regarding people with developmental disabilities and their families are encouraged to attend.

New members are being sought.

Area 13 covers Hernando, Citrus, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.

For details, contact Betty Kay Clements at (352) 753-1163 or [email protected]

JAZZ PROGRAM AT LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer the second of the "It's Jazz" music programs at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The final program will be March 15.

The programs are about jazz in the 1950s and '60s, and will be presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina, who will play and discuss selections from the period.

All ages are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

For information, call (352) 754-4043.

EVENING OF MUSIC: An Evening with Louie Fortunato will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point.

The event, sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary, will benefit the community's volunteer fire department. Admission is a donation of choice.

For information or tickets, call LaVerne Oswald at (352) 596-2827.

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