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ARE SINKHOLES AFFECTING YOUR GROUNDWATER?

The Hernando County Utilities Department will conduct the next session of its Water Awareness Series from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd.

The topic will be sinkholes. The presentation will be given by Ann Tihansky, a hydrologist for the United States Geological Survey. It will include an overview of sinkhole geology, how and why sinkholes occur, and how they can affect groundwater.

Reservations are recommended. Call Pamela Gaines at 540-4368, ext. 35140.

BROOKSVILLE

Christmas dance to benefit charity

The Arc Nature Coast will host its annual Christmas Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8 at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway.

Admission will be $3 per person, which includes a gift from Santa, pizza, sodas, snacks and door prizes. Music for dancing will be provided by a DJ, and Santa will arrive at 8 p.m.

The Arc Nature Coast is a nonprofit organization that provides supports and services to developmentally disabled Hernando County residents and their families. Donations of door prizes and sponsors are welcome.

For information, call 544-2322, ext. 109.

BROOKSVILLE

Teleconference about stormwater changes

A stormwater teleconference, "Coping With Federal Phase II Storm Water Enforcement Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act," will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.

The teleconference may be of interest to compliance officers, developers, engineers, environmental professionals, accountants, architects and public works directors. It is open to anyone interested. For information, call Laureen Busacca at 544-5465.

SPRING HILL

Wrestling club looking for members 10 and up

Youth ages 10 and up can learn the fundamentals of wrestling by joining the Spring Hill Youth Wrestling Club at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd.

Practices are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Dec. 5, in the school wrestling room. Practices will not be held on days that there is no school.

The cost to join is $50, which includes AAU Wrestling membership. For information, call 797-7010, ext. 347, or visit the Web site at www.springhillwrestling.com (and click on "Youth Wrestling.")

BROOKSVILLE

Dance to feature Darrel and Take Two

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Christmas Dinner Dance Dec. 9 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

Cocktails will be from 4 to 5 p.m., dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. and dancing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The dinner choice is roast turkey or baked ham. Music will be provided by Darrel and Take Two.

Tickets are $12 each and are available at the lodge from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, or by calling Doris Cloman for reservations at 796-9784.

HERNANDO BEACH

Reserve your spot for kids' Christmas party

VFW Post 9236 will host the annual children's Christmas Party at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd.

Reservations are required by Dec. 13 and the party is limited to 100 children. For information or reservations, call Kathy at 596-6803.

HERNANDO COUNTY

Want a horse? Place your bid online

Hernando County Animal Services has seven horses available for adoption through online auction.

In order to ensure the horses are placed into good homes, a home inspection will be conducted prior to the horses being released. Also, the new owner will be required to meet the terms of the Equine Adoption Agreement.

The horses include a 7-month-old paint colt, a 1-year-old chestnut mare, a 2-year-old tricolor paint colt, a 7-year-old tricolor paint stallion, a 15-year-old buckskin mare quarter horse and an 18-year-old paint mare with her 4-month-old colt.

The horses may be viewed at the Animal Services facility at 19450 Oliver St. in Brooksville during regular business hours.

Interested bidders can visit the auction Web site at www.atkinsonline.com. The Web site includes complete details, terms and conditions, as well as a copy of the Equine Adoption Agreement.

Bids can be placed online, by mail or by fax. The auction will close Dec. 4.

Home inspections of the successful bidders must be completed within 48 hours of the auction and, if the adopter is approved, the horses must be removed from Animal Services by Dec. 8. For information, call Animal Services at 796-5062.

BROOKSVILLE

Free training for future foster parents

The Harbor Behavioral Health Institute offers a free training program for people interested in becoming foster parents.

The next orientation will be 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Harbor, 7074 Grove Road.

A five-week session will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, starting Jan. 13, at the Harbor.

The Harbor was awarded a contract from Kids Central Inc., a nonprofit agency funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families, to provide licensing for foster care homes in Hernando County for children in state care who need temporary placement.

Foster parents must be at least 21, married or single, and must have a stable source of income and sufficient space in the home. They must also clear a criminal background check and complete home inspections for health and sanitation, fire, radon and, if there is a pool or spa, water safety.

A foster parent cannot have more than five children at a time, including biological children. For information, call the Harbor at 344-2933.

SPRING HILL

New breast cancer group seeks members

A new "Women to Women" breast cancer support group is forming.

The first meeting will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Medical Arts Professional Health Services, 10441 Quality Drive.

This group is for women who are in treatment or about to finish, who will share information and help one another along the way.

Those interested can call 683-1842 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays).

Fish out of water

Denise McGrath, a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs, has the final touches of makeup applied for her role as Juliet Reeves' double in Second Coming, a psychological thriller being filmed at the amusement park. The movie, which will be released next year, is being directed by Jose Zambrano Cassella of Orlando and produced by Jose David Yacaman and Ralph Harden. The crew finished location work on Monday.

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