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Hernando County news briefs for March 15

Published Mar. 7


Donors get Renaissance Fest discount

Those who donate to Goodwill Industries-Suncoast during March can receive a discount for $4.45 off regular adult gate admission to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Tampa, which runs weekends through March 31.

A coupon with promo code will be given to each person who drops off a donation at a Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hilslborough counties. The discount applies to tickets purchased online at The coupon is good for up to four discounted admissions. Shoppers who round up their purchases to the nearest dollar also will get a coupon.

In Hernando County, Goodwill is located at 4750 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. For information and other locations, visit

Where to get free tax help

Low- and middle-income residents can have their federal income taxes prepared for free through two organizations in Hernando County:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance — With support from the United Way of Hernando County, the VITA program is providing free federal tax preparation assistance through April at the following locations:

• United Way of Hernando County, 4028 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only, through April 11. Call (352) 251-7178.

• Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, by appointment only, through April 12 (closed Feb. 18). Call (352) 688-8502.

• Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through April 13, by appointment only. Call (352) 688-8502.

One-day VITA sites with the Mobile One United Bus will be at the following locations: 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at Publix at Hernando West Store 220, 1400 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill; and 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Publix at Barclay Store 630, 14371 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Appointments must be scheduled; call (352) 688-8502.

The service is available to those with low to moderate incomes (generally $66,000 or less) who do not own rental property or have farm income, and who have a small Schedule C-EZ (expenses $10,000 or less and no net loss).

The following items are needed: Social Security or Individual Taxpayer ID cards for everyone claimed on the return; photo ID for taxpayers; all income forms, W-2s and 1099s; information for all deductions/credits; a copy of last year's tax return; and proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g. a voided check).

AARP Tax-Aide — Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, offer free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income residents. AARP membership is not required to use this service, and all ages are welcome.

Tax filing assistance will be offered at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, Feb. 1 through April 12. No appointments are scheduled; early arrival is recommended since full capacity is typically reached by 11 a.m.

• Mondays: Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

• Tuesdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• Wednesdays: High Point Clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point.

• Thursdays: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

• Fridays: Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

Those wishing to have their tax forms prepared must bring: a copy of last year's tax return (if available); proof of account for direct deposit or refund (e.g. a voided check); Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer ID cards for filer, spouse and dependents; photo identification for self and/or spouse on the tax return; Social Security 1099-SSA; wage and earning statement(s) W-2, W-2G, 1099R, 1099-Misc from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099), and, on a joint return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Further information is available online at or by calling toll-free 1-888-227-7669.


Sen. Rubio offers local mobile hours

The office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will offer mobile office hours from 1 to 5 p.m. March 21 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.

Residents can meet local staff and learn about services Rubio's office can offer constituents, such as: immigration, Medicare, IRS and banking, military and Veterans Administration, Social Security and legislative issues.

For information, call (813) 853-1099 or email

Arc to host annual 10K, 5K runs

The Arc Nature Coast will host the annual Spring Lake Memorial Classic 2M, 5K and 10K race on May 25. The event, which kicks off at the Arc Nature Coast, 5283 Neff Lake Road, will include a 10K starting at 7:15 a.m., a 5K run starting at 7:45 a.m., and a 2-mile fun walk/run starting at 8 a.m.

All three courses, with chip timing, take participants over a variety of terrain, including asphalt, a nature trail through woods and an equestrian stable, and up and down some challenging hills.

The event will include a post-race food festival, and prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age group. Registration is $35 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K, and $25 for the fun walk/run. The event benefits the Arc Nature Coast, a nonprofit charitable organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hernando and Pasco counties.

For information, call (352) 544-2322. To register, visit

Spring Hill

Crests concerts to benefit children's hospital

Two concerts with Tommy Mara and the Crests will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. March 22 at the Wellington at Seven Hills Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., off Mariner Boulevard.

Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Tables of 10 can be reserved. For information or to purchase tickets, call Chuck Kirst at (352) 688-9146.

Coin show features 20-plus dealers

The West Hernando Coin Club will host a Coin and Currency Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.

The show will feature more than 40 tables, with at least 20 dealers selling, purchasing and appraising coins (gold, silver, foreign), as well as stamps and collectibles.

Admission is free. There will be hourly door-prize drawings, including a silver eagle drawing. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 587-3344 or email to

Annual 5K/10K will benefit scholarships

The sixth-annual Hernando Bar 5K/10K will be March 30 at the Weeki Wachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd. The event is to raise money for scholarships for Hernando County students interested in going into law enforcement or law school.

There will be chip timing. Signature shirts will be given to preregistered runners and volunteers.

The cost is $25 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K; students 19 and younger pay $15 for either race. Sponsorships are available.

For information, call (352) 606-0141 or email to Registration is also available on

Feast will celebrate St. Joseph

The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will host a St. Joseph's Day Feast and Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. March 24 in Rosmini Hall at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way. Complimentary pasta will be served. St. Joseph pastries and bread will be available for purchase.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted for charity. Everyone is welcome. For information, call Nina at (352) 683-7713 or Weezie at (917) 617-7459.

Dinner show benefit to feature MLB all-star

A dinner and show with Ray Negron and the cast from the off Broadway play, Batboy, will be presented March 30 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.

Negron, whose long history with the New York Yankees began as a bat boy for the club, penned Batboy, which retells the 1970s Yankees as seen through his eyes. The show will feature special guest star Dwight "Doc" Gooden, former Yankees pitcher (who also played for the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, among other teams).

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for Veterans' Heat Factory, a nonprofit organization, with 100 percent of proceeds to go toward programs that benefit veterans and first responders dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at or by calling (352) 251-7015.

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


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