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Probation company to present options
By Times Staff Writer
Published January 24, 2008
A presentation on the various alternatives for pre-trial/conditional release will be presented by Jennifer Haley of Professional Probation Services Inc. at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
Alternatives to be discussed include GPS monitoring, house arrest (both involving ankle bracelets) and reporting supervision.
Those expected to attend the presentation include Hernando County commissioners, the Public Safety Coordinating Council and Hernando County judges. The public is welcome.
Professional Probation Services Inc. holds the contract with Hernando County for probation services for misdemeanor offenses.
Those with disabilities wishing to participate in this presentation should call Alice Gura at 754-4002. Hearing impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777.
Auxiliary offering GPS, informative programs
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs at the facility at 4140 Calienta St.:
- Navigating with Global Positioning System, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn how to use the GPS to get to a destination and back, how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. The cost is $35, which includes a text on use of GPS. For information or to sign up for a class, call John at 573-8155 or visit the Web site at a0701508.uscgaux.info.
- "Who We Are and What We Do," 7 p.m. Monday. This is a free class for those interested in volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. It is an overview of what auxiliary members do, such as conduct safety patrols and search and rescue missions, assist the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, teach boating safety classes and conduct free vessel safety checks. Also available are a variety of training opportunities. Call Charlie at 597-8136.
Veterans Car Show revving up for March
A Veterans Car Show will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home, 6919 Parkway Blvd.
Registration is free and will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Trophy presentation will be at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
The event is sponsored by the Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans and 100 percent of all proceeds and donations will benefit the veterans at the nursing home.
For information, call Fran Finley at 686-1820 or Ann Goldberg at (727) 863-9937.
Give blood at health center on Feb. 1
LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at Evergreen Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center, 7045 Evergreen Woods Trail.
Blood donors will receive a recognition gift item and a complimentary cholesterol screening.
There will also be a health fair at Evergreen Woods on the day of the drive.
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID. For information, call 596-2002.
Couples, learn how to manage your money
Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a two-evening series on Money Management for Couples from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 13 at the Extension Office, 19490 Oliver St.
This is a free program that will help couples understand each other's set of values and personal attitudes about money and provide insight on how couples can improve their financial health.
Registration required. Call Scott Taylor at 754-4433.
Play pinochle at senior center on Fridays
The Hernando Council Senior Citizens No. 1 offers pinochle games from noon to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the center, 8187 Fort Dade Ave.
The cost is $3 per person, which includes lunch and prizes.
Visitors and new members are welcome. For information, call Linda at 573-7696.
$1,000 scholarship available for grads
The Glen Lakes Garden Club will offer its annual $1,000 horticulture scholarship to graduating Hernando County high school seniors.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must carry at least a 2.5 grade point average and be planning on majoring in college in a field such as horticulture, landscape design, environmental studies, botany, turf management or a related field.
Application forms are available in the guidance offices of all Hernando County high schools. Students in private schools or who are home-schooled can access the Springstead High School Web site and download a scholarship form at hcsb.k12.fl.us/shs. All applications must be received by April 2.
Houghton alumni holding dinner Feb. 16
The Houghton College Alumni Chapter of West Central Florida will have an dinner and entertainment starting at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Nicholson Center, Wesleyan Village on Jasmine Drive.
For details, call 544-8281.
Elder council to meet at government center
The Hernando County Elder Affairs Advisory Council will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the fourth floor conference room at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should call Dianne Cox at 540--6453. For the hearing impaired, call 1-800-676-3777.
Love the theme for annual fashion show
Karen's Kit'n Kaboodle (St. Andrew's Thrift Shop) will host its annual fashion show Feb. 16 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd.
The theme will be love. Lunch will be at noon, followed by fashions from the thrift shop, modeled by thrift shop volunteers. Clothing will be available after the show.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the thrift shop or church office. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call 686-1114.
Fair association offering scholarships
The Hernando County Fair Association is offering scholarships to Hernando County graduating seniors. Recent Hernando County graduates and members of the Class of 2008 are eligible to receive scholarships up to $3,000.
The scholarships are made possible through proceeds from the annual Hernando County Fair. This year's fair will be April 7-13.
Applications, including all documentation and official transcripts, must be received by April 11.
Completed applications can be hand-delivered to the fair office at 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville (call the office at 796-4552 for staff hours), or mailed to the Fair Association at P.O. Box 10456, Brooksville, FL 34603 (mark envelopes "Attention: Scholarship Committee").
Applications are available on the Web site at www.hernandocountyfair.com, or by calling either Joy Jackson at 796-4552 or Nancy Moores at 754-4433.
Community yard sale set for March 15
The Brookridge Community Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
The event will include 60 tables with a variety of items available. Coffee, donuts and bake sale items will also be available.
For information, call Marie at 597-5155.
Squires to hold dinner at church hall
The St. Joan of Arc Squires will host a dinner at 5 p.m. March 1 at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
The dinner will include ziti with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $6. This is the first public event for the St. Joan of Arc Squires, which formed in September. For information or tickets, call Jim Nico at 799-0901 or the parish office at 688-0663.
Bike riders needed to ride for the homeless
Jericho Road Ministries is seeking bike riders in Hernando County to participate in the Joy FM Bike Ride for the Homeless, a two-day ride from Brooksville to Bradenton on Feb. 15 and 16.
The ride will include about 60 miles each day and will have three to four breaks daily, including lunch, dinner and entertainment each day.
A practice ride will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting at State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway in Pasco County (meet in the parking lot across from Target). The group will ride up the trail to Brooksville and back, which is about 50 miles.
The registration fee is $150, which includes a jersey, sag stops (for water, Gatorade and snacks), lunch both days, dinner both days and transportation to the starting point. Registration will be accepted through Monday. The event is sponsored by Joy FM. For information, call Pat Augustyniak at (813) 453-1804 or visit the Joy FM Web site at www.thejoyfm.com and download a contribution form.
Volunteers, groups needed for child fest
Participants and sponsors are needed for the Week of the Young Child Fun Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
The free annual event includes entertainment and activities, and promotes the need for quality education and childcare. There will also be exhibits with many Hernando County agencies.The event is funded and operated by local businesses and organizations, and is sponsored in part by the St. Petersburg Times. All volunteers and groups are welcome. Those interested in helping out can call Sheila Chambers at 754-5068, ext. 210.
Register now for spring session
Hernando County School's Adult and Community Education Department is now registering students for the spring session. Students can stop by the office from 1:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.
Brochures containing class descriptions are available at the office, at all Hernando County Public Library branches and the Let's Eat restaurant in the Silverthorn Shopping Plaza at Barclay and Powell Road.
The brochure gives a brief description of each class offered, along with the starting date, instructor and length of program. Classes are divided into four categories: arts and leisure, computers and technology, exercise and fitness, and educational offerings.For information, call 797-7091.