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Hernando County news briefs for July 12

Published Jul. 3


Head Start enrollment underway for 2019-20

Mid Florida Community Services Head Start/Early Head Start of Hernando, Sumter and Volusia counties announced open enrollment for the 2019-2020 year. The program provides comprehensive early childhood services to the communities to enhance the lives of children and families and foster school readiness and self-sufficiency.

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are open to low-income families with children 5 years and younger, providing a variety of services, including no-cost childcare and early learning, health screenings, referral services and more.

Mid-Florida Head Start served more than 1,100 children and families in 2017-2018 and is projected to exceed this number in 2019-2020.

To apply for the 2019-2020 Early Head Start or Head Start programs, visit or call the Head Start office at 1-888-227-0010.


Rain barrel workshop offered July 31

A Rain Barrel Workshop will be offered at 10:30 a.m. July 31 at the Hernando County Utilities Office, 15365 Cortez Blvd. The program will be provided by Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator Lilly Browning.

The cost is $50, which includes a 55-gallon rain barrel to bring home (bring a vehicle that can accommodate the barrel). Preregistration and prepayment is required. Hernando County Utilities customers who attend and install a rain barrel at their home will receive a one-time, $25 credit on their water bill. Attendance at the workshop is mandatory to receive a rain barrel.

Payment may be sent to the Utilities Office (write "rain barrel workshop July 31" on the envelope). For information, call (352) 540-6230.

Public Works hosts water presentation

The City of Brooksville Public Works will host a presentation, "Water — Understanding its Trails and Trials," from noon to 2 p.m. July 31 in the Council Chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

The program will include a 30-minute presentation, "Save Our Planets," an eye-opening awareness of water management, conservation and protection of water resources. There will be a 15-minute video presentation, "Jonathan Bird's Blue World," which takes viewers on an underwater adventure through a series of complicated and dangerous caves and caverns in Ichetucknee Springs, Florida. Questions and discussion will follow.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There is no cost, but please RSVP by July 24. Contact Jon Dowler at Public Works, or (352) 540-3860.

Workshop offered on grant writing

The GFWC-Historic Brooksville Woman's Club will host a Grant Writing Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 at the clubhouse, 131 S Main St.

Participants learn the secrets of writing a successful grant proposal.

The cost is $50. A portion of the funds will benefit Crescent Community Clinic and help the Woman's Club with clubhouse renovations.

For information or to sign up for the workshop, call Janet at (352) 796-4895 or Jude at (352) 345-2173.


Polish club hosts dinner dance

The Polish American Social Club will host a dinner dance from noon to 5 p.m. July 21 at the clubhouse at 7615 New Jersey Ave. Music by Dave Massetto will begin at 2:15 p.m.

The dinner entree is a pork chop with stuffing or parmesan-crusted chicken, served with soup or salad, a vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea.

The cost is $12 for club members, $13 for nonmembers. A cash bar is available. Call Anne at (727) 372-0509.

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A day of learning about Alzheimer's

An Alzheimer's Learning Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.

The free event will feature information tables, workshops and presentations by the Alzheimer's Family Organization, Coping with Dementia LLC, Meridien Research and other organizations involved in research, care and other services for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Also at the library is the traveling Alzheimer's Awareness Photo Exhibit, which will be on display through the end of August. It includes portraits of 24 famous Americans who have had Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

For information, contact the Alzheimer's Family Organization at (352) 616-0170 or

Spring Hill

YMCA to offer youth free swim lessons

The YMCA of the Suncoast will offer free water safety lessons with the four-day "Safety Around Water" program July 29-Aug. 2 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.

The program is free and open to children ages 3-12 who are beginners or non-swimmers. During the four-day course, certified instructors will teach the children a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around the water.

Participants must be present the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. YMCA membership is not required; however, pre-registration is required, due to limited space. Stop by the YMCA or call (352) 688-9622.

New members welcome

The New Jersey Club of Spring Hill welcomes current and former residents and friends of New Jersey to our meeting at Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 12 noon for lunch, followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. The Lunch Bunch meets the second Monday of the month at various restaurants. Call Kathy at (352) 688-8997.

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


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