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Small farmers class teaches management of pasture weeds

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 19, 2007


The next free class offered for small farmers will be Pasture Weed Management, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

Small farmers will learn the best management practices to control pasture weeds. The class will be presented by regional specialized extension agent Stacy Strickland.

Additional classes include:

- Integrated Pest Management for Farmers, June 18.

- Plants that Poison Farm Animals, July 16.

- Basic Beef Production, Aug. 20.

For information or to register for a class, call 754-4433.

brooksville

Irrigation system is topic of free class

A free class, "Beat the Drought - Taking the Mystery Out of Your Irrigation System, " will be at 10 a.m. May 26 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.

Attendees will learn how to manage their irrigation systems to save money, water and protect the landscape.

Preregistration is required. Call 754-4433.

Continue hoop dreams in men's adult league

The city of Brooksville Department of Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for men's adult basketball, which will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting June 5, at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.

The cost is $30 per player; teams must have a minimum of eight players. Shirts will be provided.

There is a $200 sponsor fee per team, which must be paid by the next coaches' meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For information, call 544-5498.

SPRING HILL

Blood drives have military, pirate themes

LifeSouth Community Blood Center will host the following blood drives:

- "In Their Honor" Armed Forces Blood Drive, today Armed Forces Day, through May 28, Memorial Day. All blood donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and "I Gave" postcard that can be mailed to an enlisted service person.

- Pirates of the Caribbean Blood Drive, Wednesday. All donors will receive a complimentary movie pass to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, a special T-shirt and a Chick-fil-A coupon.

All donors receive free cholesterol screenings. To donate, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID.

LifeSouth Community Blood Center, at 12395 Cortez Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 596-2002.

NOBLETON

Have a snack and get in some bird-watching

The Hernando Audubon Society's annual picnic and bird hike will be Thursday at Lake Townsen Park on Lake Lindsey Road.

The bird hike will start at 5 p.m., followed by the picnic at 6:15. Those attending should bring their own place settings and drinks. Hot dogs will be provided. Bring binoculars for the bird hike.

For information, call Linda at 754-9436 or Elaine at 686-8195.

COUNTYWIDE

Health center now has colposcopy services

The Hernando County Health Department/Nature Coast Community Health Center now offers colposcopy services, which will be performed by advanced registered nurse practitioner Trish Robinson.

A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure used to help medical providers determine the cause of an abnormal pap smear. It is a visual examination of the cervix using a lighted, magnifying instrument that gives the ability to distinguish normal from abnormal tissue and take biopsies for further exam.

The colposcopy program at the Hernando County Health Department is funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Health, Women's Health Program.

Colposcopy services are provided at the Brooksville office, 300 S Main St. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 540-6800, ext. 82084.

HERNANDO BEACH

Auxiliary has boating classes, vessel checks

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following classes at the auxiliary at 4340 Calienta St.:

- America's Boating Course, 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 4-6. This course is a basic overview that includes topics such as: knowing your boat, before you get underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat, legal requirements, boating emergencies and Florida law. This course satisfies the requirements needed to receive a Florida Boating Safety ID card. The cost for the three-day course is $30. Call John at 200-8325.

- Who We Are and What We Do, 7 to 8 p.m. May 29. This free program will familiarize people with all aspects of the auxiliary, including member training, public education and community outreach. The auxiliary welcomes new members. Call Charlie McCaffrey at 597-8136.

- The auxiliary also offers free vessel safety checks. The checks can be done wherever the boat is, whether it is at one's home, ramp or dock. To arrange a safety check, call Jackie at 666-7239.

HIGH POINT

July Fourth parade entry forms are here

Entry forms are available for those wishing to participate in the High Point community's July Fourth Parade.

The lineup will start at 8:30 a.m., with the parade starting at 9 and ending at the community center, where there will be a flag-raising ceremony.

Monetary awards will be given to the best entry in various categories.

Those wishing to participate in the parade must fill out an entry form and return it by June 15. For an entry form or details, call 592-3829.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Luncheon, fashion show at Kontos center

The Alzheimer's Family Organization and Eiasi Pharmaceuticals will present a charity luncheon fashion show at noon June 18 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church's Kontos Community Center, 9426 Little Road.

Fashions will be provided by Stein Mart of Palm Harbor. Lunch will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. There will be door prizes, auctions and raffles.

Tickets are $25 each; purchase seven tickets and get the eighth one free.

For information or tickets, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.

HERNANDO BEACH

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day

The Hernando County Philippine-American Association will host a 109th Philippine Independence Day picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd.

There will be no admission charge, but those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. The association will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, Filipino desserts and drinks, as well as games for kids and adults.

Anyone interested may attend. For information, call Aurora at 848-1031 or Cobi at 666-5381.

SPRING HILL

Alex's Lemonade sites set for sales today

The Mother's Club of Hernando County will host Alex's Lemonade Stand today at these locations: 8 a.m. to noon, Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive; and 2 to 6 p.m., Wal-Mart Supercenter, 13300 Cortez Blvd. All money raised will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national foundation that raises money for pediatric cancer research. For information, call Anne Westrom at 688-4110.

SPRING HILL

Green project planned for botanical gardens

The "Renaissance in the Gardens, " a planting of Florida-friendly plants at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The gardens are at 1489 Parker Ave. Volunteers are needed to help with planting. Before starting work, volunteers will be treated to a continental breakfast, followed by programs, displays and information on Florida-friendly planting. For information, call 683-9933 or visit www. naturecoastbotanical.com