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Hernando County news briefs


Expert landscape care class offered

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a four-week "Expert Lawn and Landscape" class that will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, starting April 8, at the extension office, 16110 Aviation Loop Drive.

Accurate gardening and landscape information can sometimes be hard to find, and misdiagnosed problems and overuse of chemical products can be expensive. This course will cover topics such as how to care for turf, palms and other landscape plants, and how to diagnose pests and diseases. Upon completion, participants will know more than many commercial lawn care and landscape professionals.

The course is $45. Registration and payment is required by April 5. Register online at, or contact William Lesster at or (352) 754-4433.

Schoolhouse museum needs volunteers

The Hernando Historical Museum Association's Countryman Family One-Room Schoolhouse Museum is in dire need of volunteers.

The museum, located at 66 Russell St., offers fun and interactive lessons depicting the life of a child in 1852. Visitors sit at authentic wooden desks and learn how the Pledge of Allegiance was originated, what are the three Rs, how discipline was carried out and more.

Volunteers can donate as little as three hours (one day) per week. To learn more, contact Mary at (352) 515-3054.

Art council schedules meetings

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will host the following meetings:

• 1:30 p.m. April 7 at the Hernando County Health Department, 300 S Main St. This will be an organizational planning workshop to discuss the long-term Strategic Operating Plan.

• 5:30 p.m. April 11 in the council chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. This is the regularly scheduled meeting and will include a follow-up discussion on the Art in the Park festival that was held March 9-10.

Meetings are open to the public. For information, contact the council at (352) 587-8062 or

Chinsegut Manor to host Easter brunch

Chinsegut Hill Manor Museum and Retreat Center will host an Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 on the grounds at 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.

The event will include a carving station, pasta bar, omelet bar and assorted cheese and fruits at four stations under a grand tent. There will be live music, family games and activities for all ages. An Easter egg roll will be held on the lawn at 1 p.m.

Docents will be on hand to provide guided tours of the historical property. Guests are welcome to bring a chair and relax on the lawn.

The cost is $25 per person. Children younger than 12 may eat free with a paying adult. Desserts and beverages are included in the price. Tickets are limited to 150 guests. Call (352) 799-5400.

Theater summer camp registration underway

Live Oak Theatre Company will offer its 10th annual Summer Theatre Camp in June at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd.

A Basic Skills Camp will be June 17-21. It is for youth with limited or no Live Oak Theatre experience. An Advanced Camp will be June 24-28 for those with considerable Live Oak experience. Those with no Live Oak experience who wish to attend the advanced camp may submit a video audition.

The camps will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; special arrangements may be made for early drop-off. Children are to bring lunch, healthy snacks and water.

The camp is for youth ages 7 to 18; special exceptions can be made for younger children based on an interview/audition. Participants will learn various concepts of musical theater, including vocal technique, song interpretation, dance and movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup, and various acting skills.

The cost is a suggested $150 donation. To register or for information, call the box office at (352) 593-0027, email or visit the website at and click on the Summer Camp tab.

Music fest benefits cannabis research

The inaugural Emerald Nature Coast Health and Music Fest will be April 19 and 20 at Florida Classic Park, 52360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Gates open at 3 p.m. April 19 and at 10 a.m. April 20.

The festival features eight bands, food vendors, beer and wine, as well as vendors selling artwork, accessories and other items.

The event is a fundraiser for the Therapeutic Cannabis Research Industry. There will be education exhibits on the history and future of the medical marijuana industry, and leaders in the cannabis and hemp industry will offer seminars and presentations.

Musical entertainers will include Russ Bowers Isn't Dead Yet, a Grateful Dead tribute band; Heavy Petty, a Tom Petty tribute band; Holey Miss Holey, Gridestone Sinners, Spred the Dub, Applebutter Express, the Groove Orient and Uncle John's Band, another Grateful Dead tribute band.

Passes vary from $30 to $150. Camping will be available. Parking will be $5 each day. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with ticketed adult.

For details and tickets, visit Those interested in being a vendor or sponsor can contact Steven Pritchard at or (352) 527-0456.

Hernando Beach

Paddling race open to doubles, singles

The third-annual Mermaid Chase Paddling Race along the Bayport Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13, starting at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard. Packet pick-up will be from 8 to 9 a.m.

The race will travel along the 3.5-mile loop. Participants will be released by corrals to prevent overcrowding, and must finish the race within three hours of starting. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in various divisions.

Participants may use their own kayaks, canoes and paddleboards; there will be an option to rent kayaks and equipment at the race. Participants who bring their own equipment must bring a life vest and whistle.

Registration can be done online at; online registration ends on April 11. Registration may be done on race day, but those with on-site registrations will not be guaranteed a T-shirt.

The cost is $40 for singles, $60 for doubles; kayak rentals are an additional $10.

For information or sponsorship information, call Theresa Weglarz at the Hernando County Extension Service, (352) 754-4433.

Spring Hill

Community invited to Passover Seder

A Community Passover Seder will be offered at 6 p.m. April 19 at Temple Beth David, 123158 Antelope St. It will include a catered brisket meal, Haggadah reading, insights and songs.

Tickets must be purchased by April 12 and can be paid by check at the temple, or purchased online at No walk-ins will be allowed. The cost for temple members is $25, $7 for children ages 4-12; nonmembers pay $30, and $10 for children ages 4-12. There is no cost for children ages 3 and younger and the temple's religious school children (ages 4-12). Call the temple at (352) 686-7034.

Doctor offers free health lecture

A free lecture, Green is the Color of Life: Add More and See Change Happen, will be presented from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 11 at Access Health Care, 5350 Spring Hill Drive.

The speaker is Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh, who is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Singh focuses on combining traditional medicine with holistic treatments to maximize healthcare and nutrition.

For information or to register for the lecture, call (352) 688-8116, ext. 4344.

Italian group hosts scholarship dance

The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, will host its scholarship dinner dance April 13 in Rosmini Hall at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m.

Music will be provided by Angelo from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be raffles on a number of baskets. Dinner will include breaded chicken cutlets, sausage and peppers, roasted potatoes, salad and rolls, as well as dessert, coffee and tea. Beer and wine will be available for donation.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance; no tickets sold at the door. Call Steve at (352) 556-4739, Nina at (352) 683-7713 or Weezie at (917) 617-7459.

Hispanic group hosts show, dance

The Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation will host a Welcome Spring 2019 Variety Show and Dance Celebration from 7 p.m. to midnight April 13 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive.

Music will be provided by David Mojica "El Indio."

Admission is $15; children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Beer, wine, water and hot snacks will be available. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 and a Mother's Day raffle.

Proper dress is required. For information or tickets, call Orlando D'Agrella at (352) 238-6863, Eddie Velazquez at (352) 263-1142 or Gladys Pedersen at (352) 683-6235.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.