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Hernando Briefs for Sept. 16


Health Department wins $25,000 grant

The Renaissance Family Foundation, an affiliate of Renaissance Dental, recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County for its school-based sealant programs. The foundation is dedicated to improving oral health in Florida, where almost one-quarter of third-graders have untreated tooth decay. Sealants are painless and less expensive than fillings. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Renaissance Dental. It awards grants to organizations that provide dental care for the under-served, to programs that promote good oral health and to educational institutions to enhance dental education and research.


Entries sought for Cardboard Boat Race

The Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group with sponsor the fourth annual Cardboard Boat Race on Oct. 8 at the Hernando Beach Marina, 4139 Shoal Line Blvd. Boat check-in starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and runs until 8 a.m. Oct. 8. The event opens at 11 a.m. and the race starts at noon on Oct. 7. All entries must be received by Oct. 4. A seafood festival, hosted by the Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4136 Shoal Line Blvd., with entertainment, will follow. Awards will be presented in several categories: individuals, businesses, and the Titanic award for the most dramatic sinking. Boat registration is $25 for individuals and $50 for businesses. For information, call Julie at (352) 238-4947.


Meeting will finalize Healthy Babies plan

The Department of Health in Hernando County will host a community meeting to finalize its Florida Healthy Babies-Hernando County action plan from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. Florida Healthy Babies is a statewide initiative designed to reduce disparities in infant mortality by positively influencing the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. To RSVP, call (352) 540-6800, ext. 82153.

Meal, presentation planned at Chinsegut

The public is invited to a five-course meal and to hear a presentation about the Chinsegut Hill property from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. The theme of September's Dinner on the Hill will be frequent visitor J.C. Penney. The cost is $40 per person. To RSVP, call (352) 799-5400.


Day for Kids planned at Boys and Girls Club

To celebrate its annual Day for Kids, the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County will offer a free day of fun — including flag football, soccer, volleyball, arts and crafts, tick-tac-toe races, food and other surprises for both parents and children — from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the westside unit, 5404 Applegate Drive. The event is planned nationwide to allow clubs to help kids and teens become more actively engaged in their community, live healthy lifestyles and achieve academic success. For information, call (352) 666-0068 or visit

Community health is topic of meeting

The results of the Hernando County Community Health Assessment will be the topic of the Community Health Improvement Plan Partnership meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Department of Health, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. The assessment is conducted every three years. The meeting is open to the public and will provide an opportunity for shared understanding of the current health status and key health system and health outcome indicators in the community. For information, call Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817.


After Hermine, blood center needs donors

LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd., has announced that due to cancellations, power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Hermine, blood donations are down and much needed. Platelet donors and donors with negative blood types are especially needed. Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. A photo ID is also needed. All donors will receive a T-shirt and complimentary cholesterol screening. For information, call (352) 596-2002.


Commissioner to speak at AARP lunch

Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson. To RSVP, call (352) 666-5483.