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The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites area residents to share ideas concerning potential water resources restoration projects at meetings of the Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council and the Hernando County Task Force today.

The Waterways Restoration Council will meet at 3 p.m. and the Hernando County Task Force at 3:45 p.m., both in Conference Rooms A and B on the first floor of Swiftmud's district office at 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.

During the meeting, the task force will consider potential restoration projects to enhance fish and wildlife habitats in Hernando County.

The Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council is responsible for reviewing data related to lake and river restoration techniques, sport-fishing population recovery, and sand and sediment control. The Hernando County Task Force is part of the council and also submits recommendations to the Florida Legislature in an annual report for funding to address those issues.

For information, call Josie Guillen at (352) 796-7211 or, toll-free, at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4227.


Hospice offers days of volunteer training

Hernando-Pasco Hospice will host training in Brooksville for people interested in being volunteers for the nonprofit agency. The two-day training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the facility at 698 S Broad St.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available, including office support, special events, phone calls or patient visitation.

Registration is required. To register or for information, call Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.


Food managers can take certification test

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide a food managers certification course and ServSafe certification test Nov. 17 at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St.

Training and the exam are $100; the manual is $40. Training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the exam. There is no "exam-only" option.

Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Health Department. All agencies accept the ServSafe certification.

Registration is required by Nov. 10. No walk-ins allowed. Call toll-free 1-888-232-8723.


Coast Guard auxiliary offers three programs

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs:

- How to Read a Nautical Chart, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 8. Topics include types of charts, capabilities and limitations of charts, interpretation of symbols and how to select a chart for use. The cost is $35, which includes text on chart nomenclature.

- America's Boating Course, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 11-13. This three-day basic course is an overview of boating safety, and includes all information to qualify for the Florida boating safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes a text.

All programs are at the auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St. To reserve a seat or for information, call John at (352) 573-8155.

The auxiliary provides free vessel safety checks. For an appointment, call Jackie at 666-7239.

Visit the auxiliary's Web site at


Jazz festival is looking for performers

Local musicians are invited to participate in the "Highlight on Hernando" event that will be part of the Hernando County Fine Arts Council's Taste of Jazz! Festival, Nov. 1-2 at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way.

Half-hour time slots are available for area jazz musicians who can perform for the full half-hour or just play a few numbers. Participants can be soloists, duos, trios, students, teachers, retirees or recreational players.

The music performed must be jazz.

Performances will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The Taste of Jazz! Festival will include a lineup of Florida jazz musicians, such as Late Night Brass and the Robert Harris Group. The event will also include food from local restaurants, vendors of wearable arts and fine crafts, and children's activities.

General admission will be $4, which will include all Weeki Wachee Springs park amenities.

Proceeds will benefit Hernando County arts organizations through grants that are awarded annually. For information, call Mary Jane Russell at (352) 754-4788 or visit the Web site at