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Hernando Briefs for June 24

Published Jun. 22, 2016


Orlando tragedy adds to shortage of blood

Hernando County's LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd., is facing an emergency need for blood. "The response to donate prompted by the mass shooting in Orlando was amazing," said J.B. Bowles, LifeSouth vice president of operations. "We were able to assist the blood center in Orlando with blood, but we were limited in how much we could help because of our own shortage."The annual summer drop-off of donations began before the tragedy on June 12, and blood donations to help resupply local hospitals are greatly needed, Bowles said. To make an appointment to donate, call (352) 596-2002. For information on upcoming blood drives, call toll-free 1-888-795-2707.

Ballroom dance set for Lake House

USA Dance, a volunteer nonprofit organization promoting both social and competitive dance, will host a Social/Ballroom Dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 14 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Music will be provided by DJ Travis, and a free dance lesson by Emily and Travis will be given at 6:30 p.m. All dancers, beginners to advanced, are welcome. The dance is open to the public. Tickets are $6 for USA Dance members and $8 for nonmembers. For information, call Robbie at (727) 207-8077.


New co-dependants group has formed

A new co-dependents anonymous group CoDA 12&12 has formed and will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, in the Medical Arts Building, Room 120, at Bayfront Health Brooksville, 17222 Hospital Blvd. For information, call Shelly Holmes at (352) 631-1210.

Applications sought for event funding

Florida's Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for grant funding for local events planned between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Applications must be received by July 18. Applicants will give oral presentations to the Tourism Development Council during the council's meeting Aug. 24 in the administration building at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.

The primary purpose for the program is to provide funding to local organizations to market special events that promote Florida's Adventure Coast as a tourist destination. For an application, visit For information, call (352) 754-4405.


9.12 group to host candidate forum

The Nature Coast 9.12 Group will have a candidate forum at 11:30 a.m. July 16 at Praise Family Worship Center, 17920 Meridian Blvd. Candidates participating, include: Donald M. McCathran Jr., candidate for Hernando County judge; Paula S. O'Neil, candidate for Pasco County clerk of circuit court and county comptroller; Deborah J. Wells, candidate for Pasco County Commission District 1; William James Vonada, candidate for Hernando County School Board District 4; Jeff Huffman, candidate for Hernando County property appraiser; Linda Prescott, candidate for Hernando County School Board District 2, and Thomas A. Celotto, candidate for Pasco County Commission District 5. For information, call Jose Lugo at (917) 620-1811.


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