Hernando news briefs for Sept. 6

News and notes from Hernando County
An engine crosses the track as an LED crossing signal flashes at a 2018 train show in Tampa. A running train layout will be available at the Regal Railways Toy Train and Collectible Show Sept. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds.
An engine crosses the track as an LED crossing signal flashes at a 2018 train show in Tampa. A running train layout will be available at the Regal Railways Toy Train and Collectible Show Sept. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. [ MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sep. 9, 2019|Updated Sep. 9, 2019


Sheriff offers ‘Safe Surrender’ on Sept. 7

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will offer “Operation Safe Surrender” from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, in Courtroom D.

The program allows individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants a chance to have their warrants reviewed and resolved, instead of being arrested. Operation Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program, but it will offer favorable consideration from the court.

There are more than 650 misdemeanor warrants on file at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals with warrants for non-violent offenses (retail theft, unlicensed animal, trespassing, etc.) are encouraged to contact the Warrants Division at (352) 797-3654 to determine if they qualify for the Hernando County Operation Safe Surrender.

Those who attend the event on Sept. 7 are reminded that no weapons or children are allowed, and a valid photo ID is required. Fines and/or fees may be reduced and collected at the event.

Representatives from a number of agencies are working together to coordinate this event, including the Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Courts, Hernando County State Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office and Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court. For further information, call the Warrants Division at the number listed above.

Donations wanted of unwanted bicycles

The Nature Coast Community Foundation is collecting unwanted bicycles and parts that will be reconditioned and given to the needy.

This effort is held in partnership with the Grace Presbyterian Bicycle Ministry. Those who wish to make a donation can call (352) 600-9555 to schedule a pick up or to obtain more information.


Volunteers needed to feed the needy

Jericho Road Ministries is seeking volunteers to help distribute food supplies to the poor and needy at its food distribution barn at 1165 Howell Ave. Assistance is needed with administrative duties and handing out food.

There is also a need for volunteers to help at the Jericho thrift stores in various capacities, such as receiving and sorting donations, as well as tagging furniture, clothing and housewares with price tags.

Jericho is facing pressure due to growing numbers of unemployed and homeless families in the Hernando County area.

Volunteers can help as little as two days a week, from 9 a.m. to noon at the food bank, or any time from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the thrift stores.

Jericho Road Ministries is a Christian-based ministry; pastoral reference is required for all volunteers. For information, contact Hommy Navarro, food services manager, at (352) 799-2912, ext. 112; or Savannah at ext. 110.

Train show to return to fairgrounds

Regal Railways will host a Toy Train and Collectible Show/Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St.

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Vendors will sell model trains, toys and diecast cars, among other collectible items. There will also be a running train layout

Admission is $5; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Credit cards accepted. Prepayment may also be made at

Vendors interested in participating can call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit the website.

Save the date for delegation meeting

The Hernando County legislative delegation has scheduled a meeting for 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 in Courtroom A (second floor) at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

The annual meeting serves as an opportunity for residents, local elected officials and civic organizations to address the delegation before the start of the 2020 Legislative Session. Delegation members include State Sen. Wilton Simpson, and State Reps. Ralph Massullo, MD, and Blaise Ingoglia.


Flotilla to offer safe boating course

The Hudson Flotilla 11-7 Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Florida-mandated “About Boating Safely” class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the training facility at 9135 Denton Ave.

The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional member. It includes the class, digital library and processing fee. Those who complete the class will receive the Florida Boating Safely Education Card.

The class is offered on the fourth Saturday of each month. Group rates are available, and private classes can be scheduled for groups of five or more. Advance registration is appreciated. To register for the class or for information, send email to or call (727) 697-8013.


Church guild to host rummage sale

The Ladies Guild at St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Catholic Church will host its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 at the church, 18810 U.S. 41.

For information, call the church at (352) 796-2792 between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.


Religious school to start classes

The Irwin Lieberman Religious School of Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., will begin classes on Sept. 7 for the 2019-20 school year. Classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays throughout the school year.

The school is dedicated to instill a love of Judaism in students ages 5 to 13. Using a multi-media approach, the children learn about Jewish holidays, the Torah, customs, ethics, prayer and Hebrew. Music, arts and crafts, games and participation in Shabbat services are part of the curriculum.

For further information or to sign up, contact Heidi Shilensky, principal, at (352) 593-0081 or email at

Arts council to meet Sept. 12

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council invites county residents to its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at WellCome OM Center, 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive.

At this meeting, the council will consider an important decision to allocate funding for a feasibility study for a visual and performing arts center in Hernando County.

The council’s mission is to encourage, support and promote all creative arts and assist in bringing arts to the community. For information, call (352) 587-8062, or email to Visit the website at

Resource event set to ‘kick addiction’

Community partners are teaming up to host a “Kickin’ Addiction” event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

This free, family-friendly event will include a variety of activities, including live music by Borderline, a bounce house and other games for children, free hot dogs, food trucks and door prizes. Mental health, addiction and recovery providers will also be on hand to answer questions and increase awareness about local resources.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy this outdoor alcohol-free event. Organizers include Bayfront Health Brooksville, New Vision at Bayfront Health Brooksville, Hernando Community Coalition, NAMI Hernando, the Department of Health in Hernando County, and Baycare Behavioral Health.

For information, or to be an event vendor, contact April Hassell at (205) 362-8615.

Academia Hernando to kick off lecture series:

Academia Hernando has announced its Fall 2019 Lecture Series:

• Sept. 20, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Part 1, presented by Joe Menasce.

• Sept. 27, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Part 2, presented by Joe Menasce.

• Oct. 4, “The Big Easy”— The Colorful History of New Orleans, by Rick Kistner

• Oct. 11, Vietnam — 50th Anniversary, by Fred Tomasello

• Oct. 18, A New Year, A New Decade, A New Song, by Joy Katzen-Guthrie

• Oct. 25, Archaeology — Just Diggin’ in the Dirt?, by Jack Herman

• Nov. 1, Ernest Hemingway — Innovative Author, Daring Adventurer, by Deedee Aleccia

• Nov. 8, History of Tarpon Springs, by Tina Bucuvalas (docent from Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art)

• Nov. 15, bus excursion to Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College; this trip is for series subscribers only.

All lectures will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. The series is sponsored by the Residence of Timber Pines and the Tampa Bay Times. The cost for the series is $65 and includes the bus excursion. Walk-ins pay $9 for individual lectures. Call (352) 686-4035 or visit

Italian group to host Columbus Day Fiesta

The Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, is accepting vendor applications for the second-annual Columbus Day Fiesta, which will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way.

The event will feature a variety of entertainment, music, Italian food, a beer truck, raffles, prizes and face painting for children.

The cost is $40 for craft vendors, $75 for food vendors. For details, contact Nina at (352) 683-7713 or Fred at (352) 442-0238.


Youth orchestra seeks musicians

The Hernando Youth Orchestra is seeking musicians, ages 6 to 18, to join the group. The orchestra rehearses from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way.

The orchestra can help youth who need an instrument and/or lessons. For information or to sign up, visit the website at