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Hernando Briefs for Feb. 23



Driver safety program training available

AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are scheduled in March:

• 9 a.m. to noon March 5 and 6, Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, south of Brooksville. Call Bill at (352) 556-3050.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Bayfront Health Brooksville Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Beverly at (813) 907-3908.

• Noon to 3 p.m. March 13 and 15, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Wayne at (352) 597-9590.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 20, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Call Bill at (352) 556-3050.

• 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 23, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Dom at (352) 684-2524.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24, Brookridge community clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Pat at (352) 586-2731.

Science summer camp seeks applicants

Florida high school junior and senior students are encouraged to apply for the Florida Youth Institute’s science summer camp, a week-long program in July at the University of Florida in Gainesville. There are two sessions to choose from: July 15-20 or July 22-27. The program is sponsored by the University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the World Food Prize Foundation. Students attending will learn how the agricultural, natural and life sciences impact their families and communities. The cost is $350 per participant. Applications are at cpet.ufl.edu/students/florida-youth-institute/ and are due by Feb. 28. For information, call Dana Edwards at (352) 392-1963 or email [email protected]


Road improvements to cause detours

The long-awaited improvements to the CSX railroad crossings on State Road 50 truck bypass and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will require temporary road closures and detours for approximately 30 days, weather permitting. Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor, Cheyenne Associates, began making improvements to SR 50 truck bypass and Main Street to west of Oxley Road on Feb. 12. Construction activities include removing approximately 800 feet of asphalt roadway on each side of the railroad crossing and replacing it with concrete, increasing the roadway’s turning radius onto Main Street and adding sidewalks, as well as installing new railroad tracks and signals. Through traffic will be detoured around the work zone using Broad Street, Jefferson Street and Cortez Boulevard. Motorists should expect heavier than normal volumes of traffic. For information, call (352) 848-2600.

Photo-blitz set for March 10

A photo-blitz for Florida Nature Trackers will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsay Road. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission needs help documenting plant and animal species on its Wildlife Management Areas. Learn about iNaturalist and Florida Nature Trackers while having fun taking pictures. Volunteers interested in photographing spiders, insects, pollinators, birds and flowers are welcome. Bring a camera or smart phone. The free program is open to all ages, no registration required. Florida Nature Trackers download required from FloridaNatureTrackers.com. For information, call (352) 754-6722.

Golf tournament benefits animals

Register now for the eighth annual Cause Fore Paws golf tournament on March 27 at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club, 4200 Summit View Drive. The four-man scramble will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The event, which benefits the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, includes prizes for best score and raffles. Tickets are $100 per golfer, $400 for foursome, with breakfast and lunch included. For information or to register, call (352) 796-2711.

Garden club plans trip to Bok Tower Gardens

The Brooksville Garden Club is planning a field trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales on March 21. The trip is open to the public. Those interested should attend the club’s meeting at noon March 14 at the Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Carpooling to Bok Tower Gardens will be available. Bok Tower Gardens is a nonprofit organization supported by tax-exempt gifts and contributions. All revenue and membership support continues Edward W. Bok’s dream of helping to preserve and sustain the gardens for future generations. Adult tickets are $20. The club recommends you bring a bag picnic lunch or plan to purchase lunch at the cafe on site. The cost to carpool with a club member is $5. For information on the trip and carpooling, call Diane at (727) 418-6678. For information on joining the club, call Jan at (352) 799-4319 or Cathy at (352) 585-6834.


Volunteers needed for oyster restoration

The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Hernando County Extension seeks volunteers to help assemble oyster bags for an upcoming restoration project. The opportunity is limited to the first 40 registrants. To register for a time slot and a free T-shirt, while supplies last, visit volunteersignup.org/KMKR8. Volunteers will meet from 10 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 3 p.m. March 11 in the county lot next to the Hernando Beach water tower off Shoal Line Boulevard, across the street from Blue Pelican Marina, 4500 Shoal Line Blvd. Volunteers will use shovels to fill bags with recycled oyster shells. The bags will then be loaded for transport to a holding site. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes, bring a pair of heavy-duty gloves and should wear pants made of a sturdy fabric like denim. It also is recommended to bring a water bottle, insect repellent, sunglasses and sunscreen/protection. For information, call Brittany Hall-Scharf, Florida Sea Grant agent, at (352) 754-4433.


Tickets available for Elvis tribute show

Entertainer and Elvis impersonator Brian Lee will perform an Elvis Tribute show from 7 to 9 p.m. March 16 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road. Tickets for the show, presented by the High Point Ladies Golf League, are $10 and available at the High Point office, pro shop and the Dime Jingle. For information, call (352) 596-0833.


African violet show, sale set for March

The Fantasy African Violet Club’s 24th annual show and sale, Violets by the Shore, will take place on March 9 and 10 at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizen Club, 3357 Susan Drive, in Weeki Wachee Acres. On March 9, sales will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the showroom will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On March 10, hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Thad Scaggs at (352) 345-5271.

Columbiettes will host craft and vendor fair

St. Joan of Arc Columbiettes Auxiliary 11317 will host a Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, parish hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The family-friendly event will feature more than 30 craft tables offering stained glass, hand-carved and fiber art items, along with greeting cards, jewelry and other hand painted items, as well as multiple vendor tables. The event is indoors and will feature three raffle drawings every hour. Food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit a local charity the auxiliary chooses. For information, call Ellen at (352) 515-0380.

Local authors, presenters wanted

The African American Club of Hernando will celebrate National Women’s Month at 2 p.m. March 1 at Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. The event will include a tribute to the chorus girls of the 1920s, and presentations and book signings by local authors. Local authors who wish to participate should call Velda at (352) 666-4421.

Radio club will meet at new location

The Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club, a family-oriented group of amateur radio operators that foster the advancement of the amateur radio hobby, has changed its meeting location. The group meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. All hams or those interested in becoming hams are welcome. For information, visit springhillarc.com or call Lenny Sechrist at (352) 686-1393.

Teens invited to play basketball at the Y

The Centers for Disease Control and Preservation invite all Hernando County middle and high school students to participate it its Friday Night Done Right Basketball Tournament from 7 to 9 p.m. March 2 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. Make a team, join a team or show up and be assigned to a team. The event is free. For information, call (352) 688-9622 or (352) 596-8000.

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