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Hernando in brief

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 12, 2001

Writer's lecture part of Black History Month

Pasco-Hernando Community College will feature Idella Parker, writer, speaker, educator and former maid for author Marjorie Rawlings during its annual Black History Celebration 7 p.m. Friday, at the Dade City campus, Room A-222.

The lecture is free, and the public is invited. For information, call Imani Asukil, (352) 567-6701, ext. 1235.

Groups combine to distribute food

Compassion Food Outreach, co-sponsored by Brooksville Assembly of God and Mid-Florida Community Services will distribute food at 9 a.m. Saturday at Brooksville Assembly of God, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Photo identification is required.

Free clinic offers dental care to needy

Pasco-Hernando Community College is offering a free dental clinic for needy children from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Working under the supervision of a dentist and several dental hygienists, PHCC students will provide sealant treatments to needy children from the community. The Pasco County Health Department and other agencies are expected to bring about 50 children to the sealant clinic.

Sealants help prevent what the American Dental Association says is the most prevalent form of dental disease among children: tooth decay.

The Dental Clinic at PHCC offers discounted dental services to the public throughout the year for a cost of about $20 for adults and $10 for children. Dental hygiene students perform dental cleanings, X-rays, fluoride and sealant treatments. They also perform deep periodontal scalings under the direct supervision of dental hygienists and a practicing staff dentist.

For information or to schedule dental appointments, call (727) 816-3281.

Reading festival features storyteller

The Hernando County Reading Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

Enjoy a storytelling presentation by expert storyteller Windell Campbell at 11 a.m. Admission and activities are free, and food will be available (for a nominal fee). Activities include newspaper and bookmark crafts, face painting, P.C. the reading robot, games, door prizes, free goody bags for the first 300 children, and activities for families.

Activities are accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. For information, 797-7018,

Workshops scheduled for taxes, planning

City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a family and small business tax workshop and a strategic planning workshop at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville.

The workshops will be March 23 and April 6 or April 13 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Cost is $15 per workshop. 544-5498.

Applicants needed for advisory boards

Brooksville is now accepting applications from those interested in volunteering on the following city advisory boards:

Beautification board -- one position for a term of office through Jan. 31, 2004.

Firefighter's Pension Trust Fund board of trustees -- one position for a term of office through Feb. 28, 2003. Must be a city resident.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board -- one position for a term of office through Aug. 31, 2005.

To apply, an application form must be completed. Resumes alone will not be accepted.

An application form may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk and must be completed and returned by 5 p.m. Feb. 28 to the City Clerk, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601-2041.

All applicants for these volunteer positions must be registered voters in Florida. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process may contact the City Clerk's Office at 544-5407, or TDD line, 544-5420.

Library seeks outbook sale volunteers

Friends of the Library needs volunteers for book sales planned twice each month at the East Hernando Library, 31170 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

For information, call Claire Walters, 583-5342 or leave your name and phone number with a staff member at the East Hernando Library, 745-4443.

Filing deadline nears for tax exemptions

The deadline is March 1 for filing for property tax exemptions such as homestead, widows, widowers, etc., as well as agricultural classification that is also known as "greenbelt."

Failure to file for these exemptions by March 1 is considered a waiver of the exemption privilege for this year.

If you have purchased a new or replacement residence in Hernando County, any exemption you received for your former residence will not transfer to your new residence. You must apply in person for your own exemption.

If the previous owner of your homestead property received an exemption, you may have had the benefit of their exemption for the remainder of last year, but their exemption does not transfer to you. You must apply in person. For information, call 754-4190 or 688-5090.

Outpatient center seeks volunteers

The Hernando Endoscopy and Surgery Center is seeking to expand its current corps of volunteers at the outpatient facility on Cortez Boulevard in the Hernando Medical Park, 1 mile east of Oak Hill Hospital.

The center provides a full range of ambulatory surgical procedures. Its physicians and surgeons represent a variety of specialties. Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer may call George Collins, nurse manager, 596-4999.

Events emphasize different cultures

BROOKSVILLE -- Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department announces Culture Nights: Black History Month, Feb. 23; Irish-St. Patrick's Day, March 30; and Italian Night, April 27.

All nights will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The game/recreation room will be open for youth and their parents, grandparents and friends.

Have fun with pool, pingpong, air hockey, Foosball, Play Station and arcade games. Join us for movies, poetry readings, quizzes, games, crosswords, word search puzzles, ethnic food, music, art and more. Prizes will be awarded. Emilia, 544-5498.

Space available for craft fest vendors

BROOKSVILLE -- Space is available for the Antique and Handmade Craft Fest, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24, outdoors on Main Street between Broad Street and Jefferson Street, downtown Brooksville.

Space rentals are $20 per 10-foot-by-10-foot area. The event will feature antiques, handmade crafts and food vendors. Funds raised will go to the Heritage Museum. For information, call Evelyn 797-9330 or 596-1106.

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