Hernando in brief
By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001
Polish American Club hosts dinner, dance
The Polish American Club is hosting a dance today at the clubhouse, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the menu includes pot roast or chicken, along with soup, salad, vegetable, dessert, coffee or tea and will be served from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dancing to the music of the Music Blenders will follow from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for members and $9 for non-members.
For reservations call Eleanor (727) 934-3065, Phyllis 688-6385, or the Club, (727) 868-9763.
Marriage preparation workshop scheduled
BROOKSVILLE -- The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a marriage preparation class Monday and Tuesday at the office, 19490 Oliver St. in Brooksville. Students must attend both sessions of the two-evening workshop to receive a certificate of completion.
Besides a $32.50 discount on the cost of a marriage license, couples get grounding in communication, conflict management, money management and child rearing.
Because the class fulfills the requirements of the state Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, the Hernando County Circuit Court will waive the marriage license waiting period for couples who have completed the course.
Class hours are from 6 to 9 p.m., and there is a $10 registration fee per couple. For information, call the extension office at 754-4433.
Healthy Heart classes offered at two sites
The Nutrition and Preventive Services Department of the Hernando County Health Department is offering free Nutrition for a Healthy Heart classes at both Brooksville and Spring Hill offices.
Classes are taught by registered dietitians, with the classes offered at the Brooksville office, 300 S Main St., 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at the Spring Hill office, at the Government Complex on Forest Oaks Boulevard, at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
For information, call 754-4079, ext. 148. These activities are part of a larger national effort, sponsored by the American Heart Association to help Americans learn more about cholesterol control.
Class in rubber stamping and embossing offered
The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a rubber stamping and embossing class starting Monday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville.
The class will be 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $10 per two-hour class or $37.50 for the month (eight sessions). Call Emilia, 544-5498.
Hernando library fines to be waived Wednesday
The Hernando County Library System is having patron appreciation day on Wednesday.
Any fines owed on overdue materials will be forgiven if returned Wednesday. This does not include fees associated with replacement costs. In addition, if you go to any branch library on Wednesday, you can have existing fines waived by asking a staff member.
Center offers session on wildlife tracking
Chinsegut Nature Center will go on a gopher tortoise radio telemetry demonstration/nature walk, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Commission, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville.
Participants will learn how biologists use radio telemetry to track gopher tortoises and get hands-on experience tracking wildlife. Attendees also will walk the trails of Perry Oldenburg Mitigation Park on the way to the gopher tortoise tracking site and back.
Meet at Perry Oldenburg Mitigation Park's parking lot, about 1 mile east on Deer Run Road, off U.S. 41. 754-6722.
Library advisory panel plans Monday meeting
The Library Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Main Library Meeting Room, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
Home buyers workshop scheduled for Saturday
A free community home buyers and credit rebuilding workshop will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kennedy Park, 1000 Kennedy Park Blvd., Brooksville.
The workshop provides low- to moderate-income people with valuable information about credit rebuilding and down payment and closing cost assistance programs. A certificate of achievement will be given to all who complete the seven-hour course that can be used to apply for special financial assistance programs and discounts.
This workshop is sponsored by Hernando County Housing Authority and conducted by Consumer Credit Counseling Service. For information and registration call 754-9675, ext. 127.
Reading festival slated at library
The Hernando County Reading Festival at the West Hernando/Foggia Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Families are invited to participate in games, crafts, storytelling and more. Goody bags will be given to the first 300 children and numerous door prizes will be awarded. Activities will be accessible to the hearing-impaired.
This event is sponsored by the Hernando County Public Library System. H.E.A.R.T Literacy, St. Petersburg Times, Friends of the Library, Hernando Today, Time Warner Communications, and the Deaf Service of Pasco-Hernando Co. Inc.
Fine Arts Council seeks help with grants
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is seeking retired high-level corporate executives to serve as advisers in its current undertaking to identify and apply for grants from corporate foundations.
The grants will be used for the proposed Nimmagadda Cultural Center. Contact Barbara Manuel, 796-7469 or fax to 597-4203.
Kiwanis collecting books for 'America Reads'
The Ridge Manor Kiwanis Club members are collecting books for the "America Reads" program at Lacoochee Elementary School, accepting donations and taking reservations for table rentals for a flea market to be Feb. 24 at Hernando East Realty, at U.S. 98 and State Road 50.
The flea market will be from 8 a.m. to noon, and table rentals are $5. All books can be dropped off at Gavish Century 21 Realty, Hernando East Realty and Dow Arms Room. Flea market donations can be dropped off at Hernando East Realty.
For information, call (352) 583-2603, fax 799-4231..
German American Club will host dance Friday
The German American Club of Spring Hill will host a Fasching (Mardi Gras) Dance Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
Appropriate costumes are welcome. Music will be provided by Alpen Diamanten. Tickets are $5 for members, $7.50 for guests. For reservations call Anni, 684-2589.
Knights of Columbus sponsors day at the races
The Knights of Columbus St. Theresa Council 11877 Parish Hall will sponsor a day at the races at Tampa Bay Downs today. Tickets are $25, and the public is invited. The bus will leave the parking lot of St. Theresa Church at 10:30 a.m. A continental breakfast is offered from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and a roast beef dinner is offered upon return. Carl Pirro, 686-8500, Larry Buono, 686-8127.
Income tax filing assistance available
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, sponsored by the Hernando County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers help with basic income tax returns at the following locations and times:
STAR Education Center -- 1036 Varsity Drive, Brooksville, 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Senior Citizens Center -- 7925 Rhanbuoy Drive, Spring Hill, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.
West Hernando Library -- 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
East Hernando Library -- 31170 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West, 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays.
Free assistance is offered to those with special needs, including persons with disabilities, non-English speaking persons, and older taxpayers who file Form 1040 EZ, 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 federal tax return.
Volunteers also will alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring this year's tax package, wage and earnings statement (W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (forms 1099) a copy of last year's tax return if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses. Electronic filing also is available.
All volunteers must complete an IRS training course in basic income tax return preparation before they can assist taxpayers. Volunteers are trained to complete forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040.
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