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Hernando County briefs for Oct. 3

New staff, hours at cannery: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has announced new operators and hours at the Little Rock Cannery, 15487 Citrus Way, north of Brooksville.

The new operators are Sandi Woodhams and Kathi Comandi. Hours are currently 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; extended hours will be announced soon.

Annual family membership at the cannery is $50 for up to four family members living in the same household. Daily passes are available for $10.

To schedule an appointment or to become a member, call the cannery at (352) 799-4246. For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit

brooksville Street closures: The city of Brooksville has announced that Main Street, from Broad Street to Jefferson Street, will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. today (Friday) through 6 a.m. Monday. The purpose is for cleaning, leveling and sealing brick crosswalk pavers; sealing requires 48 hours of curing time.

Broad and Jefferson streets will each have only one lane open for traffic throughout the weekend in the vicinity of the work.

Drivers are asked to exercise caution when using these roadways.

For information, call the Brooksville Public Works Department at (352) 540-3860.

Library branches to close for a day: All branches of the Hernando County Public Library System will be closed on Monday to allow for a staff development training session. All libraries will resume normal hours on Tuesday.

For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

Fundraiser benefits wounded veterans: A fundraiser dinner to benefit Operation Outdoor Freedom will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Florida Cracker Kitchen, 966 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.

The cost is $10 for all-you-can-eat pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, roll and non-alcoholic beverage. Live music will be provided by 75 South.

Operation Outdoor Freedom is an endeavor of the Florida Forest Service that provides recreational opportunities for wounded veterans, such as camping and fishing.

For information, call Brian Prill at (352) 523-5102.

'Mockingbird' auditions: Auditions for the play To Kill a Mockingbird will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The play, based on the classic novel by Harper Lee, calls for 12 men and eight women. Also needed is one girl age 8 to 11 who can pass for a 6-year-old and one boy age 10 to 14.

Production dates are weekends, Jan. 15 to 25. For information, call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Learn more about PHSC's bachelor's degree in nursing: Pasco-Hernando State College will host an informational session on its new bachelor of science in nursing degree from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Campus at 10320 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

The new online program provides additional management, leadership, theory and research training to licensed registered nurses holding associate in science in nursing degrees. The session will include advisers, and faculty will provide details about admission requirements and prerequisite courses, available at all five PHSC campuses.

Seating is limited. RSVP online at Applications for the next class, beginning in January, are due by the extended deadline of 4 p.m. Oct. 31. For information, call (727) 816-3274 or visit

Art auction: The second Building a Foundation Fine and Decorative Arts Auction Gala will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The event will include live jazz music by Johnny Magsax, a gourmet appetizer buffet, wine tasting by the glass and a live art auction.

The auction will include original art by listed artists, lithographs and prints, oil paintings, mixed media, hand-painted porcelain and other items.

Dress is semiformal. Tickets are $40 each or two for $75. Proceeds will benefit Building a Foundation Through the Product of My Environment, a nonprofit outreach program. For information or tickets, call (352) 293-3075.