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Hernando Briefs for Aug. 21


Parks and recreation moves its offices

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has moved its offices from 205 E Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville to 16161 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.

The move, which was effective Aug. 12, will allow all Parks and Recreation Department staffers to work in one central location. The phone numbers and office hours will remain the same.

The Recreation Department can be reached at (352) 754-4031. The Parks Department can be reached at (352) 754-4027. For more, visit

Animal shelter to host annual Disco InFURno

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will host its 12th annual Fur Ball-Disco InFURno from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.

After being greeted by adoptable dogs, guests can enjoy hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert, followed by an evening of disco favorites. The gala will feature a silent auction, live auction for the cover of the 2016 calendar and a drawing for a cruise.

Disco attire is optional. Tickets are $75 per person. Multi-level sponsorships are available, and donated items are needed for the silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, a no-kill, no-time-limit shelter that provides a safe haven for homeless, neglected and abused animals.

For information, call Dina Athanassie at (352) 796-2711 or visit


AARP Driver Safety classes in September

AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are scheduled in September:

• 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 1 and 3, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Tony Stramiello at (352) 684-6348.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 2, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Bayfront Health Brooksville Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Skip De Montozon at (352) 683-6840.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and 17, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Wayne Millington at (352) 597-9590.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Bayfront Health Spring Hill Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Rich Deso at (352) 600-7353.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Skip De Montozon at (352) 683-6840.

Youth orchestra offers low-cost lessons

The Hernando Youth Orchestra offers low-cost lessons and loaned instruments.

Students ages 6 to 21 who don't have their own instruments, but are interested in playing classical music, are invited to borrow instruments. For those students interested in lessons, the orchestra offers low-cost violin and guitar lessons.

For those who already have an instrument and know how to play, the orchestra welcomes new players. The group rehearses from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

For information, visit, call (352) 600-9555 or email


Event to educate on political activism

A Liberty Forum, for those who want to know more about becoming political activists, will be at 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Euphoria Emporium Hookah Cafe, 1381 Kass Circle.

The event will include several speakers — Libertarian congressional candidate Matt Schnackenberg, songwriter and artist Matt Voscinar, School Board candidate Michael Gordon and Alexander Snitker of the Florida Libertarian political action committee — and a question-and-answer period.

The cost is $5. For information, call Schnackenberg at (352) 232-1126.


Chamber of Commerce to host reception

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host a Hernando County Residents Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions about schools, public safety and law enforcement, local government, health care and where to shop, eat and play. Representatives from the County Commission, Sheriff's Office, Property Appraiser's Office, Tax Collector's Office, Supervisor of Elections' Office and School Board will be present.

Local restaurants will offer free samples of their signature items.

Admission is free. For information, visit or call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.