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Brooksville

Hospice volunteer training offered: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and 29, Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 698 S Broad St. Volunteers are needed to provide care, comfort and support to hospice patients and families affected by a life-limiting illness in eastern Hernando County. Volunteers spend a few hours a week with a patient in their home. Typically, a volunteer is matched with a patient that lives close by. Pre-registration is required. 796-2611.

Spring Hill

Breast Cancer Support Group: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). 684-4549.

Compassionate Friends of Brooksville/Spring Hill: 7 p.m. today, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). This is a self-help group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child at any age, whether recently or long ago. Lorraine, 684-1308, or Marie, 683-8038.

Florida Cancer Institute's Caregiver Support Group: 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, Florida Cancer Institute, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203. Dorothy Hiller, 688-7744.

Gardner Audiology to host open house and "Hear TV Dialog Clearly with Less Volume" seminar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Gardner Audiology Clinic, 5340 Spring Hill Drive. There is no cost, no appointments required and walk-ins are welcome. 666-8910.

Health Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21, Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd. The free event will include free food and giveaways from various vendors and sponsors. Among services provided include free chair massages from Rowan Hill, a licensed massage therapist at Changes. Free fitness information will be given to all ages and ability levels. Health screenings will be provided by Atenda from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Blackburn's office will also be on hand to provide health screenings. Also on hand will be a Medicare benefits consultant, Spring Hill Rehab and Lymphedema Center, HearX and Ali-Med. 200-4680.

Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center to present "A Natural Approach to Weight Loss": 3 p.m. Feb. 19, Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center's conference room, Hernando Medical Park, 12208 Cortez Blvd. The speaker is David Moreno, M.D., who is Board-certified in internal medicine. Refreshments will be served. The seminar is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. 596-4999.

"Look Good, Feel Better" program for female cancer patients: Two groups are scheduled to meet: 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14, Florida Cancer Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, off Cortez Boulevard. RSVP to Mary Capo, 596-1926, ext. 150. Another group will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at Florida Cancer Institute's Spring Hill Center, Suite 203 of the Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive. RSVP to Peggy Dome, 688-7744. The program, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teaches beauty techniques to help combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Free cosmetics will be provided. Reservations are required.

Senior Strength and Stretching classes: 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd. This class will be offered free throughout February; gym membership is not required (the class normally costs $6 per class or is free with gym membership). Exercises will include gentle stretching, seated strength work with dumbbells and exercise bands. This class is for those wanting to improve their posture, strength and flexibility. The class is taught by massage therapist and personal trainer Rowan Hill. Call to reserve a spot, 200-4680.

"Stop Falling, Start Living" free seminar: NoonFriday, 11373 Cortez Blvd., Suite 300. The topic will be "Fall Prevention." Speakers include Drs. Rashid Saba, DO, and Q.A. Fattah, and physical therapist Tom Saltzman. Refreshments will be provided by Gentiva Health Services. Space is limited. RSVP to Pam, 683-6858.

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