1. News
  2. /
  3. Hernando

Hernando news briefs for Sept. 20

News and notes from Hernando County
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Sep. 16, 2019
Updated Sep. 27, 2019


AARP offers driver safety class to seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at several locations in Hernando County in October. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

• 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 and 8, Salishan Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. Call Lawrence, (352) 304-8363.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Wayne, (352) 597-9590.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, Spring Hill. Call Murray, (904) 535-2999.

• 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Dom, (352) 684-2524.


Traveling Smithsonian exhibit to arrive

The traveling Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” will be on display Sept. 28 through Nov. 9 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. An opening day kickoff will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 28.

The exhibit explores how sports shaped America, capturing stories that unfolded on the neighborhood fields and courts, fierce rivalries, underdog heroics and larger-than-life legends. The traveling exhibition is sponsored by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council.

Scheduled events and programs include a Florida Sports History at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, presented by Steve Noll of the University of Florida; The Early History of Hernando County Sports at 11 a.m. Oct. 12, presented by Bob Martinez of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories; Sports Photography at 11 a.m. Oct. 19, presented by Joe DiCristofalo of; and HYL Day: Shaping Lives Through Sports at 11 a.m. Oct. 26, a roundtable discussion with Hernando Youth League coaches, players and parents.

The exhibit and all programs are free. For information, visit or call the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation at (352) 540-3830.

Arts council launches downtown mural tours

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council has announced the launch of its expanded historic downtown Brooksville Mural Tours. Guests can join Jan Knowles, local historian and Arts Council’s projects coordinator, on a one-hour walking tour of downtown’s murals and public art.

Tours will be offered the third Friday of the month, September through May. The first tour will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Check in is at 10:20 a.m., with the tour beginning and ending at the Hernando County Courthouse steps, 20 N Main St.

A minimum of five and maximum of 15 people are required for the tour to be conducted. There is no set cost; donations to help support the arts in Hernando County are appreciated.

Advanced registration is required. Register at To register by phone, or to schedule custom tours on other days, call Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182 or email

Legislative Delegation hosts annual meeting

The Hernando County Legislative Delegation will conduct its annual public meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Hernando County Government Center, in Courtroom A on the third floor, 20 N Main St.

The meeting is for residents, elected officials, municipalities, local government and civic organizations to address the delegation before the start of the state Legislature’s 2020 session.

Requests for appropriations for Local Funding Project Initiatives must be submitted by Oct. 1. The Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives websites are at: and

Decisions regarding any local legislation for the 2020 Legislative Session will be made at this time. All proposals for local bills are to be presented at this public meeting and accompanied by a resolution from local government supporting the proposed legislation. Information may be sent to Sen. Wilton Simpson’s office, 4076 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606 by noon Nov. 8.

Those who would like to be on the printed agenda must contact Simpson’s office by noon Nov. 8 at or (352) 688-5077. Individuals also may complete a speaker’s form on the day of the meeting. Those speaking must submit or bring four copies of all handouts for distribution.

Sheriff reschedules ‘Safe Surrender’ event

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has rescheduled its “Operation Safe Surrender” event, which was postponed due to Hurricane Dorian. It will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 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.

Representatives from a number of agencies are coordinating 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.

Brookridge hosts Octoberfest Dance

Brooksville Social Dance will host its Octoberfest Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at the club house, 8150 Hampton St.

The event will feature music by Retro Express, with dancing to music from the 1950s through the ’80s. The dress code is casual. Coffee and ice will be provided. Guests may bring their own drinks.

Tickets are $7; tables of up to 10 are available. Space is limited. To reserve a ticket, call Val at (352) 616-0242.

Democrats host fundraiser dinner

The Hernando County Democratic Club will host a dinner and fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive. It will include speakers from the March of Dimes, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Planned Parenthood of Central Florida and Atheists of Florida.

Tickets are $55 and include dinner. For reservations and details, call (3520 556-4812.


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 ladies host rummage sale

The Ladies Guild at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 at the church, 18810 U.S. 41. For further information, call the church office at (352) 796-2792 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday).


College hosts workforce summit

Pasco-Hernando State College will host the inaugural Workforce Stakeholders’ Engagement Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Rao Musunuru, MD, Conference Center at the college’s Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. Hernando County educators, business owners and other stakeholders are invited.

Chancellor for Innovation Eric Hall of the Florida Department of Education will present a keynote address. Hall is the product of Pasco County schools and the son of Pasco and Hernando county teachers. Also speaking will be Frank Morsani, retired chairman of Automotive Investments, philanthropist and champion of the arts and education.

Presenters and panelists will discuss building stronger, more nimble workforce programs to meet local business and industry needs.The program will reserve time for presenters to field participants’ questions.

The Workforce Stakeholders’ Engagement Summit is sponsored by the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce, Career Source Pasco Hernando, and Chick-fil-A, Hernando County.

Seating is limited to 120 participants. The $25 registration fee covers a continental breakfast, lunch and a signed copy of Morsani’s biography, To Be Frank: Building the American Dream in Business and Life. Proceeds will establish a new scholarship for Hernando County residents and employees of Hernando-based businesses.

Register at

Cabrini fest set for Nov. 7-10

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church will host the annual “Feast of Mother Cabrini” Nov. 7-10 on the church grounds, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Artists and crafters, as well as merchandise and food vendors, are welcome to participate. For further details, call (352) 683-9666 or email to

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, by Joe Menasce.

• Sept. 27, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Part 2, 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

• Nov. 15, bus excursion to Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College; 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. Cost for the series is $65 and includes the bus excursion. Walk-ins pay $9 for individual lectures. Call (352) 686-4035 or visit

Methodist men host flea market

The Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 inside the fellowship hall and lighthouse buildings of the church.

Indoor vendor spots are available for $25, with one 6-foot table. Large outdoor handicap spots are $25, but a table is not included; regular outdoor parking spots are $15 (no table). Those interested in being a vendor can contact Herb at (239) 271-9073.

Workshop available for new voters

Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office is offering a workshop series, Beyond the Ballot, for voters who wish to learn more about the elections process in Florida. The workshops will be offered at the Supervisor’s Office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., on the following days: 3 p.m. Oct. 21; 6 p.m. Oct. 24; 3 p.m. Nov. 4; 9 a.m. Nov. 5; and 6 p.m. Nov. 7.

Voters will check on an electronic poll simulating the check-in process at a polling site. After a brief presentation about the ways to vote, participants will cast a “ballot” on a tabulation machine. The entire workshop will mimic what a voter will experience on Election Day or during early voting. Participants will learn about the Vote-by-Mail process, election results and election security.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 754-4125 or email to

Gardens hosts annual plant sale

The Nature Coast Botanical Gardens will host its Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 at 1489 Parker Ave.

Many of the plants have been grown at the botanical gardens. Members of the Spring Hill Garden Club will answer questions and help with selections.

All proceeds will go toward the upkeep of the gardens, which is open daily during daylight hours and is free. Visit or call (352) 683-9933.

Basketball team hosts flea market

The Springstead High School boys basketball team will host several fall flea markets at the school, 3300 Mariner Blvd. The first will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Springstead Theater parking lot. Others include Oct. 12 in the main school parking lot, and Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 in the theater parking lot.

Vendor spaces are available; the cost is $10 for two car spaces (one to park a car and the other to set up merchandise). Vendors must provide their own tables and chairs. For information, call Greg at (352) 683-3528.

YASS! sobriety program kicks off

Young Adults Supporting Sobriety will have its first meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at 10554 Spring Hill Drive. Pizza will be served, and visitors can meet the facilitators.

This is a new addiction recovery support initiative for young adults in and around Hernando County. It is designed to compliment traditional Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery group meetings, providing peer support for young adults on their recovery journey. Weekly meetings are facilitated by those with personal recovery experience.

There is no cost, but those attending must be at least 18 years old. For information, call (352) 540-6817. Visit the YASS-Young Adults Supporting Sobriety page on Facebook.

Oy Vay Cabaret to return

Tickets are now on sale for the Oy Vay Cabaret, which will be Oct. 26 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show time is 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by singer Carla Becker, who will join some of her friends to present an evening of music from country to Sinatra.

Tickets are $18 and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is firs-come, first-served. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Carla at (352) 428-9946.


  1. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Michele DiLuzio, will present the Spectrum concert this weekend at the Central High School theater. Courtesy of Jeff Turner
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
  3. School buses line the parking lot of the Hernando County Schools Transportation Center earlier this month. Detailed bus route information is expected to be available July 31, and can be found on the district website, (select "District," then "Transportation". [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Jeff Bulloch with Exiom Inc. talks on Wednesday with visitors to his booth interested in Exiom's 3D-printed casts, splints and braces at the Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena in Tampa.  MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times
  5. Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff conduct regular seagrass monitoring to assess the health and diversity of seagrass meadows within the St. Martins Marsh and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserves north of Tampa Bay. A state legislator wants to extend the aquatic preserve to all of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts
  6. Jennette Seachrist, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  7. Spring Hill welcome sign
  8. One reader wrote to Dr. Delay suggesting the state post more signs that read: "Slower traffic keep right" on the highways to ease traffic stacking up in the left lane. (Times)
  9. A Spring Hill woman in her mid-60s was critically injured Friday when she was attacked in her own front yard by a group of dogs who escaped from a neighbor’s home, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
  10. MICHELE MILLER |  Times
Raelynn Reagan offers bits of hay to a heifer named Ariel on opening day of the 2019 Pasco County Fair in Dade City.
  11. These pups need a forever home. Meet Rosebud, Cash, Bishop and Daisy.