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DOGS HAVE THEIR DAY AT MCKETHAN PARK

PINE ISLAND

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will have its next Bark Beach on Saturday at Alfred A. McKethan Park on Pine Island Drive.

Dog owners will be able to take their pets to the beach from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dogs must be on leashes, and handlers will be responsible for picking up after their pets. The cost is $5 per car or walk-up patron (the cost remains $2 per vehicle for those without dogs). Proof of current vaccinations is required.

When the park closes at 10 a.m. for pets, it will remain open to people throughout the day. For information, call 754-4031.

SPRING HILL

Blood drive and health fair set for Friday

LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center, 7045 Evergreen Woods Trail.

Blood donors will receive a recognition gift and a complimentary cholesterol screening.

There will be a health fair at Evergreen Woods as well.

For information, call 596-2002.

Women's group holds scholarship benefit

The Hernando County Business Professional Women will host a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sam's Club, 13360 Cortez Blvd.

Sausage and pepper hoagies, chips and soft drinks will be sold. All proceeds benefit the BPW Scholarship Fund.

For information, call Ruth at 686-3991.

SPRING HILL

Green Party movie night set for Monday

The Hernando County Green Party will show the movie Dave at 6 p.m. Monday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

This 1993 comedy stars Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. president goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.

The film is part of the local Green Party's ongoing Green Screens program, a series of free films on current issues.

Other films include:

-Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, Feb. 11. This is Greg Palast's investigation into the 2000 elections, focusing on Florida.

Also, coming in March will be Thank You for Smoking and All the Little Animals. In April, Fast Food Nation and An Unreasonable Man. In May, Gore Vidal and Road to Guantanamo.

Suggestions for movies are always welcome.

For information, call Suzanne Touchton at 666-7576.

BROOKSVILLE

Marriage preparation class begins soon

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer its marriage preparation class from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St.

The class fulfills the requirements of the Florida Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act. Couples who complete the course get a $32.50 discount on their marriage license. Also, the waiting period upon applying for the license is waived.

The class is approved by the circuit courts in Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Pasco counties.

Couples must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. The class costs $10 per couple. Registration is required by Feb. 12. To register, call 754-4433.

Register now for adult education classes

Hernando County schools' Adult and Community Education Department is now registering students for the spring session. Students can stop by the office from 1:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.

The following Arts and Leisure classes are now being offered: acrylic/mixed medium painting, beginning basketry, advance basketry, basic drawing, bird watching and identification for children, cake decorating, fashion design, home improvement/home maintenance, jewelry-silversmithing, oil painting, pine needle and raffia basketry, pottery, quilting, sewing with patterns, watercolor painting and woodworking.

For information, call 797-7091.

FFA brings hypnotist to art center's stage

The Brooksville Senior Future Farmers of America will present a show with popular hypnotist Brian Imbus. The show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Hernando Performing Arts Center on the school campus, 700 Bell Ave.

Imbus has performed throughout the world for the past 15 years. During his show, volunteers will be selected from the audience to come on stage to be hypnotized. They then become the true stars of the show.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the front desk at the administration building at Hernando High School. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Rick Ahrens, chapter advisor for the Brooksville Senior FFA, at 585-6154. Information on Brian Imbus is available at www.brianimbus.com.

Tax help available now through April 15

Free federal income tax preparation will be offered through the VITA program at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, 830 Kennedy Blvd. (in the third mobile unit behind Mid-Florida Community Services).

The service is available to people with a total income of less than $50,000.

Certified volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through April 15. All returns are electronically filed with the IRS.

Those attending need to bring: Social Security card for everyone claimed on the return and a photo ID for taxpayers, all income documents (W-2s and 1099s), receipts for qualifying expenses, copy of prior year's tax return, and, if this is a joint return, both taxpayers must be present.

To schedule an appointment, call RSVP at 796-8117.

PASCO/HERNANDO COUNTIES

Discount available to spay/neuter pit bulls

The Coalition for Animal Welfare/West Central Florida, Pasco County Animal Services, and the Friends of the Pasco County Library System have received a $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to spay/neuter 200 pit bullterriers and to educate individuals about pet adoption.

The grant allows Pasco and Hernando residents a $40 discount on the cost of spaying/neutering their pit bulls. Participating clinics include: Pet Luv, 7346 Broad St., Brooksville (call 799-9990); Pasco Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), 11720 U.S. 19, Port Richey (727-819-1910); and Spay Pasco, 32347 State Road 52, San Antonio (352-588-2132).

The average price to spay/neuter a pit bull is $80, with larger dogs possibly costing more. To receive $40 off the cost of the surgery, appointments must be made no later than Feb. 29. The discount will be given to 200 pit bulls on a first-come, first-served basis.

The service is part of local efforts to promote responsible pet adoption and ownership in conjunction with the 14th annual Spay Day USA on Feb. 26.

DADE CITY

Discussion to focus on World War II, race

Pasco-Hernando Community College will host a black history talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the PST Auditorium (Room E-130) at the PHCC East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road.

The speaker will be Gary R. Mormino, author and University of South Florida professor. His topic will be "Jim Crow Meets G.I. Joe: World War II and Race Relations."

Mormino, who has taught at USF since 1977, has written extensively on immigration and urban America.

The presentation will be about one hour, including questions and answers. There is no cost to attend. For information, call Imani Asukile at (352) 518-1235.

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