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Hernando County news briefs for May 10


Hospitals' auxiliaries need volunteers

The auxiliaries of Bayfront Health Brooksville and Spring Hill need volunteers. Both campuses have openings for volunteers in the gift shop and patient care departments, as well as for golf cart drivers and lobby receptionists.

The nonprofit volunteer associations run the gift shops at the hospitals, with proceeds from the shops going toward scholarships for local high school students pursuing careers in the human medical field. For information about the auxiliary at Bayfront Health Brooksville, 17240 Cortez Blvd., call Alan at (3520 277-6349. For information about the auxiliary at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, 10461 Quality Drive, call Doris at (813) 390-6188.

Library offers events for youth and adults

The Hernando County Public Library System will host the following events for children and teens:

Avengers movie discussion and crafts for teens, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 15, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Those who have seen Avengers: Endgame are invited to come talk about Endgame, Infinity Wars and other Marvel Comics movies. Participants will make crafts based on their favorite comic book and movie characters. Recommended for ages 13-18.

• Watch A Dog's Journey, 2 to 4 p.m. May 21, at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere road, Ridge Manor West. Free popcorn will be served. The movie is about a lost dog that goes on a 400-mile journey to be reunited with her owner. All ages welcome.

• Countdown to Summer Storytime, 5 to 5:30 p.m. May 22, at the Spring Hill Branch Library. Youth can celebrate the end of the school year with stories, games, songs and more. Participants will get a sneak peek at the 2019 Summer Reading Program.

The following adult programs also are offered:

• Author Talk with Dr. Peter Dawson, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17, at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Dawson is the author of Dorothy in a Man's World: A Victorian Woman Physician's Trials and Triumphs. The discussion will be on pioneering Victorian physician Reed Mendenhall, who fought for equality in the male-dominated medical world and whose research saved countless lives.

• It's Jazz, 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 17, at the Spring Hill Branch Library. This is a musical program in the ongoing series about the Golden Age of Jazz, presented by former NPR Jazz Radio announcer Peter LaMattina.

For information about any of the library programs and events, visit or call (352) 754-4043.

Grant to benefit Alzheimer's program

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to Spring Hill-based Alzheimer's Family Organization for a public safety program that helps protect individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related illnesses who wander and go missing, and to reunite them with their caregivers.

Funds from the grant will provide medical ID bracelets, pendants and human scent preservation kits for individuals who participate in AFO's Wanderer's Reunification Program, which serves Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, Lake, north Hillsborough, north Pinellas, south Marion and Sumter counties.

To contact the Alzheimer's Family Organization, visit or call (352) 616-0170. To contact the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, call the toll-free helpline at 866-232-8484 or visit

Letter carriers' food drive set for May 11

On May 11, the National Association of Letter Carriers of Hernando County will collect nonperishable foods as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Residents are asked to donate bags of nonperishable food items and canned goods, such as soup, vegetables, pasta, rice and more. Food should be in non-breakable containers (no glass) and left next to the mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday.

The Letter Carriers will collect the bags and distribute to local food pantries and agencies.


'Artsy' event moves to nights for the summer

Brooksville Main Street's monthly UnCommon-Ly Artsy event is switching to evenings during the summer months. The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month from May through September. The next will be May 25 at Brooksville City Hall/Uptown Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave.

The evening event will include live art, exhibitor market, live local music, food and hands-on activities.

Exhibitors and food trucks can participate for $15 per 10-foot by 10-foot space (nonprofits pay half price). Applications are available at (select "Exhibitor Forms"). Artists interested in demonstrating their craft live in the Uptown Art Gallery are asked to email Tina Marie Polson at (describe your specialty and provide examples of work, if available). Musicians wishing to participate are also asked to email, with links to the band's live performances.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Email Polson or call (352) 540-6476.


Battlefield offers pioneer camp

The annual Pioneer Day Camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10-14 at Dade Battlefield Historical State Park, 7200 Battlefield Parkway.

This is an authentic 1800s-period camp that is ideal for youth ages 8-12. Each day will feature a different pioneer/Seminole theme from reenactors to pioneer games and toys, to a pioneer and Seminole food day.

The cost is $70 for the week, and includes daily snacks and a T-shirt. Preregistration is required by June 3. Campers are to bring their own lunch each day. Visit or call (352) 793-4781.

Spring Hill

AARP chapter hosts events, field trip

AARP Chapter 5445 will host the following upcoming events:

• Lunch meeting, noon May 15 at Kally K's, 3383 Commercial Way. The speaker is Karen Castle, who will discuss Senior Services of Hernando County.

• Lunch meeting, noon May 23 at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. The speaker is Angela Bonfardino with United Way of Hernando County.

• Field trip to Atria Windsor Woods in Hudson, June 4. Lunch will be provided free. Reservations are a must.

For information or to RSVP, call or text to (727) 919-2210.

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