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Hernando Briefs for Aug. 14

Spring hill

Art by the Lake event to accept entries

SPRING HILL — The Spring Hill Art League and Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department are looking for artists and crafters for their Art by the Lake event, formerly known as the Fall Harvest of Art, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

The juried and judged show will include a $1,000 Best of Show prize and monetary awards for first and second places. The event also will include food vendors and local bands. For information, call Marilyn Schaeffer at (352) 556-5640 or Carol Babicz at (352) 596-1015. Application forms are available online at

Operation Backpack returns this weekend

SPRING HILL — The second Spring Hill Operation Backpack will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, while supplies last.

The event is open to children attending kindergarten through eighth grade in Hernando County schools. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For information, call (352) 263-7829.


9/11 Memorial Bike Run to benefit veterans

BROOKSVILLE — The 9/11 Memorial Bike Run will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12, starting at the K9 Partners for Patriots training facility, 16230 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Kickstands up at 11:15 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office-escorted ride will benefit veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. The ride will end at Crystal River Eagles Aerie 4272, 5340 W Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa.

Proceeds will benefit K9 Partners for Patriots. Sponsorships are available. For information, call Dave, (727) 233-1111 or (727) 992-6247.

Old Hernando History Roundtable to meet

BROOKSVILLE — The Old Hernando History Roundtable will have its quarterly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd.

The program will begin at 12:30 p.m., after lunch. Sid Taylor, a ranger with the Florida Forest Service and a park naturalist, will present a program about the Centralia Sawmill and community. Visitors are welcome. Annual membership dues are $10 per couple.

For information, call Roger Landers, (352) 848-0505, or Sid Taylor, (352) 344-4705.

Annual Red Mule 5K will be Aug. 29

BROOKSVILLE — The 34th annual Red Mule Runners Labor Day 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 29 at McKethan Lake Park, 15185 Broad St., north of Brooksville.

Registration, which begins at 6:30 a.m., is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Participants will ride through the Withlacoochee State Forest in the timed race. Entertainment and refreshments will be served after the race. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners, first through third places in age divisions and first through fifth places for the 14-19 age groups.

For information, call Jennifer at (352) 346-5182 or Judy at (352) 585-7495.

Hernando County

Guardian ad Litem asks for volunteers

The Guardian ad Litem program needs volunteers in Hernando and Citrus counties. Volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Volunteers become familiar with the child's case and make recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child. The volunteers visit children in foster and group homes, go to their schools, arrange counseling and tutoring as needed and seize opportunities to praise the children's achievements and successes.

Volunteers must complete the pre-service training program and pass a criminal background check. For information about the program or how to join the next training class, contact Diana Hollwedel at (352) 812-6971 or Visit the website at

Sheriff asks for safety help from community

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis has announced a new program, "Eyes on the Street," designed to utilize the assistance of residents and businesses in the fight against criminal activity.

As part of the program, a log of all security cameras and surveillance systems throughout the county will be created. Participating volunteers may complete a registration form, which then allows detectives to contact them for possible investigative leads when crimes occur in specific areas.

For those who would like to participate, visit and complete the registration form. All information provided to the Sheriff's Office regarding surveillance systems will be for official use only and is exempt from the state's public records act.