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Hernando County news briefs for May 24


Fosters needed for veterans' dog program

K9 Partners for Patriots is in need of volunteers to foster a dog for a veteran in need. Volunteers help provide temporary care for dogs before they are matched with a veteran.

The nonprofit organization provides service dogs, many rescued from shelters, to veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. The veterans are partnered with dogs that are right for them so they can begin a training program together.

To foster a dog, an individual must be willing to include the dog in family activities and allow the dog to live indoors as a member of the household. It is recommended that they spend daily one-on-one time with the dog, such as cuddles, play and walks on a leash.

To learn more and apply for the K9 Partners for Patriots' Foster Care Program, visit the website at

Veterans can get free dental care at event

As part of its Healthy Mouth Movement, Aspen Dental will offer free dental care to military veterans at its sixth annual Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at all its locations, including offices in Brooksville and Spring Hill.

Interested veterans can call toll-free (844) 277-3646 to find a participating office near them and schedule an appointment. Visit


Live Oak to offer two youth summer camps

Live Oak Theatre Company has a limited openings available in its 10th-annual Summer Theatre Camp in June at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd.

A Beginner/Intermediate 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 who have attended at least two prior camps or have Live Oak production 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 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.

'Great Brooksvillian' nominations accepted

The City of Brooksville is accepting nominations for the 2019 "Great Brooksvillian" Award.

The annual program recognizes outstanding men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, culture and/or economy of the community.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. June 7 at the City Clerk's office at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Information, criteria and nomination forms are available at City Hall, or download from the website at

The Brooksville City Council will make the selection. A plaque naming each year's honoree is maintained at City Hall, and the winner receives an individual plaque, which will be presented at a reception held in their honor.

For information, contact deputy City Clerk Sandra Kirby at (352) 540-3853 or

AARP offers driver safety class to seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at several locations in Hernando County in June. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

• 9 a.m. to noon June 3 and 4, Salishan Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. Call Tony, (352) 678-3090.

• Noon to 3 p.m. June 11 and 13, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Wayne, (352) 597-9590.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 27, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, Spring Hill. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

• 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 28, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill, Call Dom, (352) 684-2524.

Schoolhouse museum needs volunteers

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

The museum, at 66 Russell St., offers fun and interactive lessons depicting the life of a child in 1852. Visitors sit at authentic wooden desks and receive unique tours.

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

Spring Hill

AARP hosts events, field trip

AARP Chapter 5445 will host the following upcoming events:

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

• Lunch meeting, noon June 12, at Kally K's Restaurant, 3383 Commercial Way. Speaker Casey Adams will speak about Edward Jones Investments.

• Lunch meeting, noon June 20, at Golden Corral, 5300 Commercial Way. Speaker Tina Kennedy will discus the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando.

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

Weeki Wachee

Youth orchestra wants musicians

The Hernando Youth Orchestra is seeking young musicians, ages 6 to 18, to join the nonprofit group. Adult mentors also are needed.

All levels of experience are welcome. Instruments and music lessons can be provided. Many instruments are available for loan at no cost. Violin and cello lessons are available.

Rehearsals are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way. To learn more, visit the website at

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