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Hernando in brief

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001

Event to benefit campers seeks help

The first Treasure Hunt Extravaganza is looking for volunteers and financial sponsors from Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

The event is scheduled for May 26 and 27 at the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp, home of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival. Proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor local children ages 6-17 to attend Weeki Wachee Christian Camp for a week. The camp is a non-profit organization offering activities such as canoeing, archery, and arts and crafts with emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship.

For information in Hernando County, call (877) 860-3900; enter PIN 991041.

Elks lodge throws charity bingo bash

The Brooksville Elks Lodge will hold a charity bingo bash March 24 at 14494 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The cost is $30 per person and includes reserved seating and bingo papers. Doors open at 8 a.m.; bingo begins at 9:30 a.m.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served at the morning session, with a hot dinner to be served in the afternoon. Menu will be chicken breast, potatoes, vegetable of the day, roll and butter, coffee and dessert. For information and reservations, call Harry Smith at the lodge, 596-2582; Jerry Hite, 592-1293; or Larry Thibert, 799-5752. Some of the charities the lodge supports are the Elks National Foundation, Florida Elks Youth Camp for all children who are Florida residents ages 9 to 12, Florida Elks Therapy Services (providing physical and occupational therapy to children throughout the state), Key Training Center, Veterans Services, DayStar, the "Turn Around" program, hospice, scholarships for outstanding high school graduates and Christmas food baskets.

Orators change location of their weekly meeting

The Nature Coast Orators, Unit 8122 of the International Toastmasters, District 42, has changed its meeting place to a room in the Tourist Bureau, Industrial Park, near the post office.

The group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call president Boyer Ali, 666-5331, or vice president of publicity Carol Newell, 683-0420, for information. Visitors are welcome, and admission is free. Businesses and schools may underwrite employees.

Wheelchairs provided to those who can't walk

Miracle on Wheels makes powered wheelchairs available to qualifying non-ambulatory people age 65 and older, usually at no out-of-pocket expense, with no deposit required.

The chairs are provided to those who cannot walk and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair in their homes or independent living quarters and who meet the additional qualifications of the program. This service also may be available to the permanently disabled of any age.

For information and details, call toll-free (800) 749-8778 or visit

Church plans dinner, 'Krazy Carol' show

St. Anthony Catholic Church invites the public to its dinner show, "Krazy Carol Is Back," March 25 at the church, 20426 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

A ham dinner with potatoes, green beans, dessert and coffee will be served at 1 p.m. with the show beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Reservations are required. Call 799-0901 or 796-2096.

Free shots available from health department

The Hernando County Health Department will give free hepatitis B vaccines to students.

All students entering the seventh grade must have the three-series vaccine before starting school. The latest the vaccine can be started is April to meet the Florida requirements.

The vaccine is given as a series of three doses over four to six months. Vaccines are free; no appointment is necessary. Shots will be given from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the following dates at the following locations: March 19, Parrott Middle School; March 20, Powell Middle School; March 21, West Hernando Middle School; March 22, Fox Chapel Middle School.

Parents must bring their children's immunization record. If the child will be accompanied by anyone other than the parent or guardian, a notarized letter must be sent stating such. For information, call Ann Faith, school health coordinator, Hernando County Health Department at 754-4067, ext. 139.

Horticulturist presents gardening discussions

SPRING HILL -- Jim Moll, Hernando County's urban horticulture agent, will present talks on timely topics on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Cooperative Extension Service's office on Forest Oaks Boulevard. Each talk will begin at 10 a.m. with a question-and-answer session to follow. The February and March schedule is as follows:

Tuesday -- What Fertilizer Should I Use?

March 27 -- Ridding Your Landscape of Weeds'

For information, contact the Cooperative Extension office at 754-4433.

Parks and rec offers senior fitness class

The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will offer senior and special-needs fitness class from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The cost is $18 per month for one class per week, or $34 per month for two classes per week. Classes will be at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. Call Emilia at 544-5498 to register.

Crafters and vendors can rent space at fest

Space rentals are available for the Antique and Handmade Craft Fest, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 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 space.

The event will feature antiques, handmade crafts and food vendors. Proceeds will go to the Heritage Museum.

For information, call Evelyn 797-9330 or 596-1106.

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