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CFCC's Citrus campus schedules courses

By Times Staff Writers
Published January 18, 2006

LECANTO - The Central Florida Community College Citrus campus offers these continuing education courses:

How to Write and Publish Your Own Book: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 17. This course, taught by local author and publisher Claudine Dervaes, will offer specific information on the advantages and disadvantages of writing and publishing your own works. Topics pertinent to both fiction and nonfiction works will be covered. Cost: $55.

Beginning Guitar: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through March 11. Instructor Joe Cucchiara teaches the basics such as reading music and writing chords. Students will be offered individual attention while receiving the benefit of playing with a group. Cost: $65.

Basics of Knitting: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays to Feb. 11. Students will practice basic knitting techniques. Each student will leave with a completed project. Cost: $30.

Introduction to Computers: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays to Feb. 11. For the beginner, topics include keyboard and mouse use, software, navigating Windows, Internet surfing and e-mail. Cost: $55.

Microsoft Office Basics: 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 30 to March 20. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be covered. A certificate of completion awarded to those who successfully complete the course. Cost: $120.

Phlebotomy Information Session: Informative sessions from noon to 1 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m., Jan. 25; or 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 30. Information will be provided on how spending eight weeks in class can prepare the student for work as a phlebotomist. Session registration is not required. A new course will begin Feb. 6.

To register or for information about these and other CFCC continuing education courses, call Amy Prodan at 249-1210.

Learn how to make all manner of sweet treats

LECANTO - The Citrus County Cooperative Extension Service will hold candymaking classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 4 at the Citrus County Canning Center, 3405 W Southern St., Lecanto.

Learn to make caramel, fondant, turtles, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and more. Ingredients, molds and recipes provided. Bring lunch and an apron; for safety, wear rubber-soled, close-toed shoes. Register before Friday. Fee: $25.

Pilot Club to have membership drive

CRYSTAL RIVER - The Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County is a service organization whose main focus is helping people with brain-related disorders, as well as their families and caregivers.

The group will hold an informational wine and cheese membership drive, "Operation Membership," at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Crystal River Village Clubhouse, 1601 SE Eighth Ave.

Attendees will learn about the club's support of local projects and organizations including the Alzheimer's Family Organization and donations for Citrus County Car Seat Safety Program, Relay for Life, Citrus Abuse Shelter Association, "Shop With a Cop," National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and scholarships for local students.

The group conducts its business-dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St. To attend the membership event or for information, call Jan Robertson at 795-2422.

Crab trap cleanup coming to local rivers

St. Martin's Marsh Aquatic Preserve and Crystal River Reserve State Park will hold derelict crab trap removal events on the Homosassa River on Saturday and on the Crystal River on March 4.

Last year's removal involved more than 40 community volunteers, commercial fishermen and staff members who collected 94 traps from both rivers. A trap becomes derelict when it lacks at least three of the following requirements: a buoy, line, current Fish and Wildlife Commission issued trap tag or identification, current commercial saltwater products license. To volunteer or for information, call Melissa Zirhut at 563-0450.

Early learning group plans next meeting

LECANTO - The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast will facilitate the Tri-County Advisory Council meeting scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday in the second-floor conference room of the Citrus County Health Department, 3700 W Sovereign Path. For information, call toll-free 1-877-336-5437.

Crime novelist to read from his bestseller

OCALA - Lee Irby, author of the bestselling novel 7,000 Clams and the soon-to-be-released sequel, The Up and Up, will read from his novel at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 111 of Building 7 at Central Florida Community College, 3001 SW College Road. 7,000 Clams, a Roaring '20s crime novel, tells the story of Frank Hearn, a down-and-out bootlegger who finds an IOU signed by Babe Ruth. The event is made possible by a grant from the CFCC Foundation. The public is invited. For information, call Sandra Cooper at 854-2322, ext. 1361.

[Last modified January 18, 2006, 01:10:21]

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