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Things to do in Hernando County for May 12 and beyond

SUMMER ACADEMIC AND GED PROGRAMS: The For Each 1 Reach One mentoring program is offering a six-week summer academic program for school-aged youths, designed to close the gap for students before the new school year begins.

A GED tutoring program will also be available.

All programs will be at the mentoring program's office at 7284 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Sessions will be on Mondays for elementary students, Tuesdays for middle school students and Wednesdays for high school students. There will be several sessions offered: 9 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

The cost for those who register by Wednesday is $50.

Late registration will be taken through June 4 for $75.

GED tutoring will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $35 per session.

For more information or registration, call (352) 556-2768.

SAFE BOATING CLASSES: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 15-08 will offer the following safe boating programs at its facility at 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach:

• How to Use Your Marine Radio, 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 28. Learn how to use DSC radios, Coast Guard 21 procedures and emergency positioning indicating beacon. The cost is $10 and includes printed materials.

• Basic Kayaking and Canoeing Practices, 9 a.m. to noon June 15. This is a safety program for paddling enthusiasts. Topics include entering and exiting your canoe or kayak safely, hull designs, boating emergencies and legal requirements. The cost is $20 and includes a text.

• Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 18. Designed for those not generally at the helm, this program will help prepare those in case of an emergency. The cost is $10 and includes printed materials.

• About Boating Safety, 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 25, 26 and 27. This is a beginner program to teach safe boating practices, the use of safety equipment, navigation and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement to obtain a Florida Boating Safety ID. The cost is $35 and includes a text.

Registration for each program starts a half hour prior to the first class. For information, call Jeff Hoff at (352) 397-5417.

SHOWCASE OF TALENT: Hernando High School's drama department will present a Star Performers Night at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.

The show will include dancing, skits, singing and video performances. The community is invited. Admission is $3, which includes one ballot to vote for a favorite performance. Additional votes may be purchased for $1 each. For information, call (352) 797-7015, ext. 333.

CLASS FOR PROSPECTIVE ADOPTING PARENTS: Youth and Family Alternatives will offer a class for those interested in adopting children in the foster care system. The free 10-week program will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 11, at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

For information or to sign up for the program, call Maria Buckley at (352) 277-5860, ext. 4208.

PIONEER CAMP: A Pioneer Day Camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10-14 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell.

The program is geared for youth ages 8 to 12. Campers will interact with living history characters of the 1800s, make pioneer toys, play with musical instruments of the era, learn how to milk a cow, make ice cream, candles, soap and other activities.

The cost is $75 per child, which includes lunch daily and a T-shirt. Space is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come basis. The registration deadline is June 3.

The camp is sponsored by Dade Battlefield Society. For a registration form, call (352) 793-4781 or visit

HOSPITAL WANTS VOLUNTEERS: A variety of openings for volunteers are available at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Volunteer positions can fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. To learn more, contact the hospital's auxiliary at (352) 544-6080 or visit

SHINE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Serving Health Insurance Needs of Florida, a statewide volunteer-based program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, needs volunteers in Hernando and Citrus counties.

Volunteers are trained to offer counseling and assistance to seniors regarding Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, prescription drug assistance, supplemental insurance and Medicare fraud.

All training is provided free.

Those interested are invited to an orientation from 1 to 3 p.m. June 7 at Elder Options, 100 SW 75th St., Gainesville.

A basic training program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 to 13; another will be July 15 to 17. Meals are provided and mileage reimbursed. Classes are at sites in Hernando and Citrus counties.

Registration is required. For information or to request a SHINE volunteer application packet, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337.

ZOO OFFERS VETERINARY COURSE: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer a veterinary assistant certification program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting June 5, at the Sumter Adult/Community Education Center, 200 Cleveland Ave., Wildwood.

Lectures include veterinary aspects of diseases, emergency situations, nutrition, taxonomy, internal and external parasites and client management skills. Laboratory classes include bandaging and fecal parasite analysis.

The Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will cover species from dogs and cats to zoo animals to horses and pet birds. Tests will be administered.

Certification will be provided upon course completion. Past graduates of the program are currently employed in veterinary clinics, pet grooming salons, exotic animal facilities and pet rescue facilities.

Tuition is $500 and is tax-deductible; all proceeds benefit the Teaching Zoo's facility in Bushnell and distance learning/Web programs.

For information or to register, call (352) 748-1510, or call the zoo director, Dr. Mark Wilson, at (352) 867-7788. Visit the website at or visit the Florida International Teaching Zoo on Facebook.

Things to do in Hernando County for May 12 and beyond 05/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 5:20pm]
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