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Boaters can join Christmas parade and other Hernando news

News and notes from Hernando County
Bobbie and Lee Williston's boat won the Best Original design in the 2004 Hernando Beach Yacht Club's Christmas Boat Parade. BRIGITTE HAAG [HANDOUT | Handout]
Published Nov. 9


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


  1. The principal of Parrott Middle School, Ed Larose, looks at bikes donated to needy children at his school by The Matthew Project last Christmas. Monte Patterson
  2. The Teal Plank Workshop in Brooksville is gaining popularity as a place to host a party with friends and make something for your home — all at the same time. CAITLYN BRAY  |  Special to the Times
  3. Hernando County Government Center
    Maus Nissan hopes to build Hernando County’s first Nissan dealership on Wiscon Road.
  4. The annual Veterans Day parade was held Nov. 9 in Brooksville to honor Hernando County's local veterans and military servicemembers. ALICE HERDEN | SPECIAL TO THE TI
  5. Kasha, Squeeks, Baz and Marshall are up for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. Times
    Tampa Bay shelter pets available for adoption
  6. Hernando County community news Tara McCarty
  7. The Mark Anthony Band will perform at Hernando Untapped on Nov. 15 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host its signature event from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at American Aviation Flight Academy, in the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport. The craft beer and wine tasting event. Mark Anthony Band
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
  8. Hernando County community news Tara McCarty
Aerial of the road work at the I-75 interchange at State Road 50 east of Brooksville. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Race Trac plan includes fueling for cars and trucks and a bigger convenience store.
  10. Northwood Plams Boulevard in Wesley Chapel has been closed for six months for sewer repair, and residents are ready for it to reopen. After a couple delays, Pasco County expects the project to be complete by the end of the week. Times File
    A Wesley Chapel reader wants to know when Northwood Palms Boulevard will reopen.