Events for mental retardation, developmental disabilities month
By TIMES STAFF
Published March 6, 2007
EVENTS FOR MENTAL RETARDATION, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES MONTH
This is National Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The community is invited to visit the Key Training Center's educational displays at the Crystal River Mall and Key Training Thrift Stores.
The public libraries have a display of fiction and nonfiction books on the subject of developmental disabilities. WYKE Ch. 47 (channel 16 on cable systems) will be airing educational programming at 7:30 a.m. Thursday , 4 p.m. March 17 and 8:30 p.m. March 23.
The Key Center's Inverness and Lecanto thrift stores will hold a blue ribbon day March 16; anyone wearing a ribbon gets a 15 percent discount. Ribbons will available at the thrift stores one week before the event.
More than 300 Citrus County developmentally disabled children and adults will compete in a variety of athletic events at 10:15 a.m. April 4, with a rain date of April 5, at Crystal River High School. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Homosassa Springs, with the assistance of many other volunteer groups and area businesses, the 21st annual Citrus County Field Day provides athletic experiences for students at CREST School and adults at the Key Training Center.
Citrus County Field Day provides a fun and memorable experience for all competitors. Medals and T-shirts are provided to the athletes by the Kiwanis Club.
Admission is free. The public is invited to attend as spectators or volunteers. For information, call Jim Harris, Homosassa Springs Kiwanis Club field day coordinator, at 382-1470.
Support group to meet at Key Training Center
Families and Friends of Retarded Adults will meet for coffee and refreshments at 9 a.m., a business meeting at 9:30 and an educational program at 10 on Friday at Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center, Key Training Center, 5521 W Buster Whitton Way. Guest speaker Emily Horton, benefits specialist and community work incentives coordinator with Abilities of Florida, will answer questions for the guardian or parent of a person with disabilities.
Horton will address Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.
FFRA is a group of parents and supporters from the community with two goals: to provide weekly social, creative and community inclusion activities for their children, and to present monthly educational programs about topics of interest to the developmentally disabled and their families. Call Ron Phillips, president, at 382-7819.
It's time to make the jelly at two workshops
The Citrus County Cooperative Extension Service offers two workshops on jam and jelly making from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 or 31 at the Citrus County Canning Center, 3405 W Southern St. Registration is required. The fee is $15.
Participants will make grape jelly or spiced wine jelly and strawberry jam to take home. Deadline to register is March 23 and can be completed at the extension service office, 3650 W Sovereign Path. Call 527-5700.
Food, fun and family additions at Pet Expo
The Nature Coast Pet Expo is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 and 18 at Tom Varn Park. Games, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family will be on hand.
Events will include the annual Open Hearts Photo Contest, Bow Wow Brigade and a pet fashion show. There will be a chance to win the Pets & Their People Grand Prize. The event will also feature nonprofit rescue groups from the area with pets available for adoption. Take a walk down Adoption Alley and see if the love of your life is waiting for you. All nonprofit rescue groups are invited to participate free of charge.
Admission is $5 for adults or $25 for a two-day pass (includes gift bag of goodies valued at more than $35); children under 12 are admitted free. Bring your chairs, your pets and spend the day.
For information, call 796-2711 or visit www.naturecoastpet expo.com.
Environmental group gathers March 22
TOOFAR will meet at 7 p.m. March 22 at the East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E Gulf to Lake Highway (State Road 44 E). The public is invited. For information, call the office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 726-5004.