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REGISTER NOW FOR YMCA'S SCUBA CLASSES

SPRING HILL

The Hernando County Family YMCA offers scuba lessons monthly. The next course starts Aug. 7 at the YMCA at 1300 Mariner Blvd. The course includes six classes and pool sessions, meeting from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lessons are open to adults and youths 12 and older. The cost is $180, which includes use of scuba equipment. Participants must bring their own personal equipment, such as a mask, fins and snorkel. For information, call instructors Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171 or Jack Farrell toll-free at 1-800-633-1633 or at (727) 861-3483. To register, call the Y at 688-9622.

Looking for kicks? Start kung fu class

Kung fu classes are available through the Hernando County Recreation Department. Classes are from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. Classes are for adults and youths 11 and older. The instructor is Kerry MacArthur of Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu. The cost is $75 a month; the first class is free. For information, call Hernando County Recreation at 754-4031.

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Research begins on road project

Contractors with Florida's Turnpike Enterprise are conducting field activities in Hernando and Citrus counties associated with the Suncoast Parkway 2 Project in Citrus County. As part of the data gathering, engineers, surveyors, planners and environmental scientists are performing research, inspections and surveys. The work is being done by Dyer, Riddle, Mills and Precourt Inc., Bowyer Singleton and Associates, and Reynolds, Smith and Hills, along with those organizations' consultants. The field work is expected to continue for at least a year. During this time, access to public or private properties might be required. Call (813) 558-1117.

Find answers to garden questions

Hernando County residents are encouraged to bring their questions about landscaping and gardening to the volunteer Master Gardeners with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. The Master Gardeners are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill; call 540-6232. They are also available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville; call 754-4433. All are University of Florida-trained Master Gardeners.

Volunteers needed as kids' advocates

The Guardian ad Litem Program needs volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in Dependency Court proceedings in Hernando County. Volunteers represent the children's best interests to the judge. Volunteering typically requires a few hours a week; all time and monetary donations are tax-deductible. The Guardian ad Litem program, supported by Voices for Children, also has staffers and volunteers available to speak to organizations. For information, call toll-free at 1-866-341-1425.

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