Hernando County news briefs

News and notes from Hernando County
Published March 3


Health department closes for training

The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County will be closed on March 15 while it conducts special-needs shelter training. It includes locations at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, and 300 S Main St., Brooksville. Both offices will reopen for regular business hours on March 18. For information, call (352) 540-6800.

Scholarships available for students

The following organizations are offering scholarships:

• The Glen Lakes Garden Club will award a scholarship for a minimum of $1,500 to a Hernando County graduating senior. To be eligible, the student must pursue a degree at an accredited college, university or technical school, and have participated in at least 150 hours of volunteer or community service while in grades 9-12. Students must also have at least a 3.5 grade point average and provide three letters of reference.

Applications are available in all Hernando County high school guidance offices. Completed applications must be returned to the guidance office no later than Feb. 28. The scholarship winner will be requested to attend, along with a parent or guardian, to the club’s fashion show and luncheon on April 5. For further information, contact Patti Radion at [email protected], or Peggi Sullivan at [email protected]

• Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections will award three $1,200 scholarships this year to political science/public or business administration or journalism/mass communication majors who have completed two years of junior college or undergraduate work.

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Completed applications along with two letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than March 29 to the Supervisor of Elections office in which the applicant is registered to vote. For information or an application, stop by the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections office at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, visit hernandovotes.com or call (352) 754-4125.

• The Sons and Daughters of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will offer two $1,000 scholarships to Hernando County graduating seniors of Italian descent. To be eligible, students must be accepted as a full-time student at an accredited junior college, college or university following graduation in 2019. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (unweighted), complete a four-page application and submit a 750-word essay relating to Italian history or culture. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 18. Winners will be requested to attend a dinner meeting on April 25 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Rosmini Hall, along with their parents/guardians. Applications are available in all Hernando County public high schools.

• The Hernando Audubon Society is offering the Stephen B. Fickett Memorial Society Scholarship for 2019. The scholarship is for $1,500 and is open to qualified Hernando County high school seniors and students at Pasco-Hernando State College who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental sciences. Students who have previously participated in science/conservation/environmental clubs or other related activities are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship will be presented to the selected candidate at the Audubon's April 25 meeting.

Applications must include transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 GPA, college or university the student plans to attend, intended field of study, a resume indicating academic achievements and extracurricular activities, and a 500-word essay describing: "My Personal Goals and Ambitions to Help Protect Florida's Natural Environment." Applications must be postmarked no later than April 12 and should be submitted to: Hernando Audubon Scholarship Committee, Attn: Tom St. Clair, 4217 Lordings Lane, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607; or email to [email protected] Questions should be directed to Tom St. Clair via email or by calling (904) 303-0919.


Baby shower set for new parents

The 2019 World's Greatest Baby Shower will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.

The free event is for pregnant mothers and families with infants younger than 12 months. Parents will learn about community resources, and there will be educational exhibits and chances to win door prizes.

For information or to donate to the event, contact Blaire Peterson at (352) 228-9047 or [email protected]

Spring Hill

Zumba, movies and more at YMCA

The following events and programs are planned in March at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.:

• St. Patty's Dinner Dance, 7 to 9 p.m. March 15. Tickets are $5, and include dinner, beverages (non-alcoholic) and dancing. Register by March 11 at the member services desk.

• Movie matinee, 2 p.m. March 18. The movie is The Perfect Family, starring Kathleen Turner. Different movies are shown on the third Monday of each month. Check the sign-up sheet.

• Zumbathon, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 23. Join instructors as they have participants dancing through the decades at this fun event. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 on event day. Register at the member service desk or on active.com.

• Lunch and Learn, noon to 1 p.m. March 28. Join Jay Michael with Timber Pines, who will discuss options and opportunities for seniors and caregivers. RSVP by March 26.

• Yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30. Spots are available for $10. Sign up by March 22.

The YMCA also has a book club and travel club, and is seeking a new instructor for its line-dancing club. Volunteers are wanted to help in various capacities at the Y. For information, call the Y at (352) 688-9622.

Yard sale benefits botanical gardens

The Spring Hill Garden Club will have a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.

All proceeds will go toward completion of the brick pathways at the gardens. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.

Golf tourney to benefit Wounded Warriors

A two-day golf tournament to benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation will be March 23 and 24 at Seven Hills Golfers Club, 10599 Fairchild Road. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with the shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

A prime rib dinner will be served after golf on Saturday, and food will be served after golf on Sunday. The event will include a contest for closest to the pin and closest to the line, a 50-50 drawing, raffles and awards.

The cost is $150 per golfer. Dinner for non-golfers is $20. The entry fee must be paid by March 9. For information, call Rich Maura at (860) 916-4133, or Tony Fernandes at (727) 277-1280.

Columbiettes' craft fair set for March 16

St. Joan of Arc Columbiettes Auxiliary 11317 will hold a craft and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church parish hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.

This one-day event will include a variety of items, from handcrafted wooden items and jewelry, to paintings, quilts, spool dolls and items for children. There will be vendors selling Pampered Chef, LulaRoe clothing, Scentsy, Bonworth and more. Admission will be free, and there will be free raffle drawings. Call Ellen at (352) 515-0380 or email to [email protected]

Food fest to feature Jewish fare

Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., will host its 24th annual Jewish Food Festival from noon to 4 p.m. March 24.

The festival will feature foods such as blintzes, corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, kugel and stuffed cabbage, as well as a variety of desserts. There also be music, entertainment and vendors.

Parking and admission is free. Some food items may be pre-ordered. Visit tbdfl.org or call (352) 686-7034.

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.