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Hernando County briefs

Published May 28, 2013

LOCAL FANTASY 5 WINNER: One of the two winning tickets in the Florida Lottery's Fantasy 5 drawing on Monday was purchased at the 7-Eleven at 15310 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The other was purchased in Apopka.

Each winner will receive $93,519.71. The winning numbers were 1, 10, 19, 24 and 33.

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP: Sylvia Durell, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program coordinator with the Hernando County Utilities Department, will offer a rain barrel workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville.

Participants will learn how the use of rain barrels in a landscape can reduce irrigation dependence and provide water to plant beds and vegetable gardens.

The cost is $55 per person, which includes a completed rain barrel. Utilities Department customers who attend will receive a $25 credit on their water bill.

Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call Durell at (352) 754-4433.

LIBRARY TO OFFER CREATION STATIONS: The Hernando County Public Library System will officially launch its new Creation Stations from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

The event will include live and prerecorded demonstrations using audio and video editing tools, including Logic Pro, GarageBand, iMovie, Photo Booth, Photoshop Elements and others.

The Creative Stations were made possible by a bequest from the estate of Howard R. Frank. The stations include two Apple Mac Pro computers equipped with professional audio and video editing programs in two separate quiet-room workstations where individuals can create their own movies, multimedia projects or musical compositions. The workstations are outfitted with a MIDI keyboard, wireless headphones, graphic tablets and other devices.

For information, (352) 754-4043 or visit the library's website at

GED TESTING OFFERED: The HEART Adult Literacy Program will offer full General Educational Development testing and retakes Monday, Tuesday and June 5 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.

Advance registration must be completed in person at the Adult Education office at the high school; office hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

The cost to take the GED exam is $70, payable with cash or check. Stop by the office or call (352) 797-7091.

SHINE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Serving Health Insurance Needs of Florida, a statewide volunteer-based program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, needs volunteers in Hernando and Citrus counties.

Volunteers are trained to offer counseling and assistance to seniors regarding Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, prescription drug assistance, supplemental insurance and Medicare fraud.

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All training is provided free.

Those interested are invited to an orientation session from 1 to 3 p.m. June 7 at Elder Options, 100 SW 75th St., Gainesville.

A basic training program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 to 13; another will be July 15 to 17. Meals are provided and mileage reimbursed. Classes are at sites in Hernando and Citrus counties.

Registration is required. For information or to request a SHINE volunteer application packet, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337.

LEARN HOW TO WRITE GRANTS: A grant-writing workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The workshop, sponsored by Knowledge Gives POWER (People Opportunity With Every Resource), will be presented by Barbara Sweinberg. Participants will learn research and grant-writing techniques.

The cost is $50. All workshop materials will be emailed upon registration. For information, send email to

DISASTER PLANNING WORKSHOP: Nina Mattei, disaster planner for the Hernando County Health Department, will conduct a hands-on disaster planning workshop on June 6. Two sessions will be offered, 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., both at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

Participants will learn how to make an emergency kit, develop a plan and stay informed on potential local disasters. The workshop will cover the steps involved in developing a plan to evacuate or stay, keeping informed by tracking news and events, and creating emergency kits for children, seniors, pets and people with special needs.

There is no cost to participate. For information, call (352) 754-4043.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER OPENS: The Auroveda Operating Foundation, which has been designated a community partner agency with the Florida Department of Children and Families ACCESS program, has opened the Auroveda Community Outreach Center at 5390 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Florida DCF's ACCESS Florida Program provides assistance to individuals and families on the road to economic recovery in three categories: food assistance, temporary cash (for pregnant women in their third trimester and families with dependent children) and Medicaid (medical assistance to cover or assist with medical costs).

Call the center at (352) 610-4329. For information about the Auroveda Operating Foundation, visit or call (352) 593-5920.

DISABILITY CAUCUS FORMING: A disability caucus of the Hernando County Democratic Club and Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee is forming. Annual membership will be $10. Members need not have a disability to join, but must be registered Democrats. For details, contact caucus chairman David Philipsen at (727) 247-6202.

LINE DANCING: A Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

DJ Dave will entertain. Singles and couples are welcome. Guests may bring their own snacks, beverages and ice.

No lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance.

Admission is $5. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.

CLASS FOR PROSPECTIVE ADOPTING PARENTS: Youth and Family Alternatives will offer a class for those interested in adopting children in the foster care system. The free 10-week program will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 11, at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

For information or to sign up, call Maria Buckley at (352) 277-5860, ext. 4208.


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