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HIV/AIDS awareness seminar set

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 15, 2007


BROOKSVILLE

HIV/AIDS AWARENESS SEMINAR SET

A free "Silence is Death" HIV/AIDS awareness seminar will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22 at Allen Temple AME Church, 824 Leonard St.

The program will be presented by Hillsborough County Health Department Human Services Manager Mellita Mills-Kendrick and Hernando County Health Department Health Services Representative Laura Dunn. Free HIV/AIDS testing will be offered, using the OraSure HIV-1 specimen collection method, which involves no needles.

Snacks and beverages will be served. For information, call 799-6625.

BROOKSVILLE

Garden Club cookbook on sale at hospital

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a cookbook sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the hospital cafeteria, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The auxiliary will be selling copies of the Brooksville Garden Club's most recent cookbook, A Taste of Brooksville. A percentage of the sales will go to the Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. For information, call 596-9807 or 442-0169.

BROOKSVILLE

NAACP branch holds meeting on Monday

The Hernando County Branch NAACP will have a general membership meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 661 S Brooksville Ave.

Meetings are typically on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library in Spring Hill. For information, call Wayman at 442-4242 or Evelyn at 428-3597.

SPRING HILL

Boots and Pearls Ball will include an auction

Youth and Family Alternatives will host its second annual Boots and Pearls Ball on June 15 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Ave.

The event will begin with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. A barbecue dinner by Bear's Monster Grill will be at 7 p.m., followed by entertainment by the Wiley Fox Band. There will be a live auction conducted by George Johnson from G.E. Johnson Auctioneers from McAlpin. Tickets are $60 each.

Table sponsorships are available and range from $1, 000 to $1, 500. Advertising in the event program is also available and ranges from $50 for a business card ad to $250 for a full-page ad. The deadline for sponsorships and ads is June 1.

For information, call Martha Gonzalez at 797-7566.

SPRING HILL

Saturday Bike-A-Thon on Suncoast Trail

Junior Achievement will host its "Speed to Achieve" Bike-A-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday along the Suncoast Trail, starting at Anderson Snow Park off Anderson Snow Road.

Cyclists will have a choice of an 11-mile or 37-mile ride. The cost to participate is $10 for cyclists ages 13 and older who register before in advance; the cost is $15 on event day. The cost for ages 12 and younger is $5. Participants are also asked to collect pledges and can win prizes.

To register or to get sponsorship information, call Michelle Torigan toll-free at 1-800-481-7599, ext. 34, or visit www.jahernando.org.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and entrepreneurship. Through a volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after school programs for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Head Start preschool enrollment starting up

The Mid-Florida Community Services/Head Start Early Childhood Development Preschool Program in Hernando and Sumter counties is accepting enrollment applications for the 2007-08 school year.

This is a federally funded, income-eligible program for children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1. Head Start also serves children with special needs and disabilities.

Applications are being accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, or by appointment, at these locations:

-Moton Early Intervention Center, 835 School St., Brooksville. Call 754-2464.

-Head Start Hence Street Center, 805 Hence St., Wildwood. Call (352) 748-6677.

-Head Start Jackson Street Center, 610 N Jackson St., Wildwood. Call (352) 748-4802.

For an appointment in Bushnell, call (352) 748-4802.

To complete an application, parents or guardians must bring these documents: certified birth certificate, proof of guardianship (if applicable), documentation of child's disability (if applicable) and proof of income for the last 12 months or prior calendar year, including four current weekly pay stubs (or two biweekly), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SSI letter, W-2 form from the prior year, statement of earnings from employer, unemployment verification, notarized statement of earnings for those self-employed or Form 1099.

For information, call one of the numbers listed above.