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Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will present a workshop, "Your Landscape Can Survive Watering Restrictions" from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.

Discover drought tolerant landscape plants, organic soil amendments, native plants for your landscape and more in one exciting and informative event. Door prizes, refreshments and educational materials available.

The cost is $10 per person. Registration is required by Monday. Registration is limited and is accepted on a first paid, first registered basis. To register, visit the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. For information, call 754-4433. HCUD customers who prepay and attend the workshop are eligible for a $10 rebate. One rebate per account. For information on the rebate, call 540-4368, ext. 35139.


Sponsors needed for Young Child festival

Participants and sponsors are needed for the Week of the Young Child Fun Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.

The free annual event includes entertainment and activities, and promotes the need for quality education and childcare.

There also will be exhibits with many Hernando County agencies.

The event is funded and operated by local businesses and organizations, and is sponsored in part by the St. Petersburg Times.

All volunteers and groups are welcome. Those interested in helping out can call Sheila Chambers at 754-5068, ext. 210.


Veteran Service Office revises hours, locales

Hernando County's Veteran Service Office has revised its service locations and hours as follows:

- 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 Broad St., Brooksville.

- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Career Central, 7631 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

- Noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

For information, call Veteran Services at 754-4033.


Openings available for Citizen's Academy

There are openings available for the evening session of the next Hernando County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy, which will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, March 6-April 10.

The Citizen's Academy gives participants an insider's view of the Sheriff's Office and the criminal justice system. Throughout the six-week course, participants will observe demonstrations by K-9 handlers, have tours of the Sheriff's Office and learn facts about forensics, uniform patrol, traffic unit, administration, investigations, vice and narcotics, communications/911, aviation and marine units, mounted patrol and legal issues and perspectives.

Course graduates will have the option of riding along with a patrol deputy, flying in the helicopter and observing in the communications center.

The Citizens Academy is available to adults 18 and older. To register, call Vickie Porter at 754-6830, ext. 53664.


Church plans March fundraiser, family fest

These events are planned at Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive:

- The Alliance Women's annual rummage and bake sale, 8 .am. to 3 p.m. March 7 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8. A variety of items will be sold, such as furniture, books, toys, clothing, season items, jewelry and appliances. Hot dogs and sodas will be available. Funds raised will benefit missions.

- Spring Fling Family Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15. There will be an Easter egg hunt starting promptly at 10 a.m., as well as games, moonwalks, prizes, a puppet show, face painting, clowns and free hot dogs and sodas. The Easter Story will be told by storyteller Debbie Willman.

For information on either event, call Debbie Willman at the church, 686-6020.