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Boaters can join Christmas parade and other Hernando news

News and notes from Hernando County


AARP offers driver class for seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at several locations in Hernando County in November and December. 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 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Dom, (352) 684-2524.

• 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 and 3, Salishan Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. Call Lawrence, (352) 835-7017.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, Spring Hill. Call Murray, (904) 535-2999.

• 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10, Hernando County Mining Association, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Murray, (904) 535-2999.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Wood Trail, Spring Hill. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

Unwanted RVs can help house the poor

Nature Coast Community Service Foundation is seeking unwanted RVs to help house homeless people. The RVs must be drive-able, but those needing inside repair are acceptable.

All donations are tax-deductible. The Nature Coast Community Service Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless where they live with food, clothing, bedding and compassion. For further information or to donate, call (352) 600-9555.

PHSC collecting supplies for Bahamas

Pasco-Hernando State College is collecting donations of school supplies to assist schoolchildren of the Bahamas. An estimated 18,000 Bahamian children and their families have been displaced since Hurricane Dorian struck the islands on Sept. 1; 10 schools were destroyed and many others sustained damage.

Needed items include backpacks, flash drives, notebooks, binders, calculators, pens, pencils, art material and other typical classroom items. Donations can be dropped off at all PHSC libraries. Each college store is also accepting donations and selling discounted supplies to those who contribute to the drive. Campuses are in New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Dade City, Spring Hill and Brooksville.

Dec. 5 is the last day to donate items, as they will all be shipped to the Bahamas in December. For information, contact Lucy Miller at


Boaters invited to enter Christmas parade

The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host the annual Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 14, starting at the yacht club at 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. Boat owners are invited to decorate their boats and participate.

Boats must be registered from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 or 12 at the yacht club. Trophies will be awarded for the most original theme and best lighted boat. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Those who don’t own a boat can view the parade from the club. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dec. 14, with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, chili and drinks will be available for purchase. Santa will visit. For further details, contact Commodore Patti Ames at (206) 919-8921.


Holiday in the Gardens returns

The Nature Coast Botanical Gardens will host the 12th annual “Holiday in the Gardens” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. The event will include businesses, organizations, nonprofits and individuals decorating trees throughout the gardens.

The event will include Santa Claus, tree decorating, food, an angel display, holiday music, a miniature railroad, a Children’s tree and a snowman village.

The annual poinsettia planting at the Spring Hill waterfall, at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14. Spring Hill Garden Club members will be planting poinsettias and will assist individuals who wish to plant a poinsettia in memory of a loved one.

For further details of either event, call (352) 683-9933.


Youth orchestra seeks new musicians

The Hernando Youth Orchestra is recruiting musicians, ages 6 to 18, to join the orchestra. Musicians can play strings, brass, woodwinds or percussion. Rehearsals are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way.

The nonprofit orchestra can assist with instruments and music lessons for those who need them. To learn more, visit the website at