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The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club will offer an entry level referee certification course Aug. 24, 25 and 31 at the Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St.

The course will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 (there will be a 30-minute break for lunch) and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31.

This is the course for those wishing to become a Florida State Certified soccer referee that allows one to referee soccer games anywhere in the state. The course is available to adults and youth 12 and older.

The cost is $60. For information, contact Robert Andreu at 683-7443 or e-mail


Dunking the sheriff helps beat the heat

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will have its annual Beat the Heat event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in front of Hungry Howie's off Spring Hill Drive, at Kass Circle.

The event is designed for youths from toddlers to teens. It is a chance for children to experience positive interaction with law enforcement officers.

Activities include watermelon-eating contests, basketball games, a water balloon toss and inflatable bouncers. Kids can try to dunk Sheriff Richard Nugent and some of his staff in the dunk tank.

The marine patrol, aviation unit, SWAT and the sheriff's community personnel services will have displays. Spring Hill Fire Rescue will have its "smoke house." Hungry Howie's will offer discounted food specials.


Free wind inspections available for some

The My Safe Florida Home program is offering free wind inspections by qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors to eligible homeowners.

To qualify for the inspection and possibly receive a matching grant, residents must apply to the Florida Department of Financial Services. Homes that have undergone wind certification and hurricane mitigation inspections approved by the DFS may be eligible to apply for matching grants up to $5,000.

Eligibility for a matching grant includes living within the designated "wind-borne debris area," which in Hernando County is within 1 mile of the coast. Also, requesting or obtaining an inspection does not guarantee or automatically qualify for a grant.

For information, call Hernando County Emergency Management Department at 754-4083 or visit the Web site at


Car and bike show benefits Toys for Tots

The Spring Hill Drifters car club will host a Santa's Summer Car and Bike Show on Aug. 5 at Hardee's Restaurant, 6292 Commercial Way. The show is a benefit for the local Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots program.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. The show will feature antique, muscle and sports cars, as well as motorbikes. Music will be provided by All American DJs, featuring Scott Urban. Prizes and awards will be presented at 7 p.m. On-site registration is $15.

Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a trophy in their name, or as a memorial, are welcome. Sponsorship levels are $25 and $50. Sponsors will be announced during the show.

All money raised will benefit Marine Corps League Detachment 708's 2007 Toys for Tots drive. For information, call Linda at 688-0316.