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Gifts From Home seeks donations

Gifts From Home, a local nonprofit organization that sends care packages of snacks, toiletries and other items to troops serving overseas in Afghanistan, is in need of nonperishable food items and monetary donations to cover postage. The packages provide soldiers with some of the comforts of home and remind them that their service is appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, or at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Items needed include: beef jerky, nuts and/or trail mix, hard candy, fruit snacks, crackers or chips, granola or cereal bars, drink mixes and canned tuna. For information, call Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185.

Elections office sets voter outreach events

Shirley Anderson, Hernando County supervisor of elections, has announced voter registration and outreach events that will take place during August. • 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

• 2:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22, Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

• 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26, Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4125.


Local airport receives state recognition

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport was recently named the 2017 General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation. The award recognized the airport's achievements in airport aesthetics, safety and services. Eligible nominees must be a public-use general aviation airport in Florida. Other nominees included the Boca Raton, Page Field and Vero Beach Municipal airports. Airport manager Kevin Daugherty accepted the award during the Florida Airports Council meeting in Miami Beach on July 22. The 2,400-acre airport is classified as a regional general aviation airport and is home to 148 aircraft. The airport is owned and operated by the county and has an air traffic control tower with two runways capable of accommodating small and large corporate aircraft.

Annual Mud Endeavor will be Sept. 9

The annual Mud Endeavor, a 5K mud obstacle race, will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 9 at Castle Canyon, 10444 Beggs Lane, the site of a former mining operation. The course is on more than 100 acres and includes high elevations, innovative obstacles, wooded trail runs and scenery unlike anywhere else in Florida. Early registration is $49.95. For information, call Teresa at (352) 588-0323 or visit

County fairgrounds to host Lego Expo

The Bricks-N-Blocks Lego Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. "Brick artists" from all over the country will show off some of their creations, as well as local children and adult fans of Legos. The event will include building challenges, hands-on activities, games and a mini food truck rally. Vendors will offer brick building supplies. General admission is $8, and children ages 5 and younger will be admitted free; a family four-pack is $25. For information, call (352) 502-2050 or send email at For tickets, visit


Tickets available for Lip Sync Battle

The 2017 NAMI Hernando "We Love the '80s" Lip Sync Battle will be Sept. 9 at the Heritage Pines community clubhouse, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd. The event includes cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit NAMI Hernando and the Vincent Academy of the Adventure Coast. Performers will include: Kevin Carroll, Hernando County Fire Rescue; Shawn Foster, Sunshine Consulting; Karen Dove, Dove Dream Developers, and Elliott Steele, Vincent Academy/Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The event will be choreographed by John Vincent Leggio and will include a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Sponsorships are available. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit For information, call (352) 684-0004.


After maintenance, Rock Cannery reopens

With the completion of scheduled maintenance, Hernando County's Little Rock Cannery, 15487 Citrus Way, north of Brooksville, has reopened. The cannery is a place where Florida residents may prepare fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to be jarred. It has the capacity to pressure can up to 96 jars at one time, along with a double-water bath processor. High-speed commercial food prep equipment and a gas stove/oven allow users to prepare food and fill their jars in a safe and clean kitchen setting.


Inaugural Mermaid Race is Sept. 23

Registration is open the first Mermaid Race on Sept. 23 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Participants will be able to walk or run along the trail route, which incorporates sidewalks and urban trails. The open-road course starts and finishes at the park. Choose from three distances: half marathon, 5K and a 1-mile dash. Purchase the Big Splash Package (all three distances) and earn not only the three finisher's medals, but also a bonus fourth Big Splash medal. Tentative start times are: 7 a.m., half marathon; 8 a.m., 5K (for those only participating in the 5K); 1 p.m., 5K (for those also participating in the Big Splash challenge), and 3 p.m., 1-mile dash. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Advance registration (before Sept. 23) is $30 for the 1-mile dash, $40 for the 5K, $95 for the half marathon and $150 for the Big Splash Package. Registration includes access to chip-timed races, race bib, one-day admission to the park (Sept. 23 or 24), choice of swag and a finisher's medal. For information or to register, visit


Mental health first aid course to be offered

Registration is open to participate in NAMI Hernando's Mental Health First Aid course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive. The free eight-hour course for adults includes a workbook, certificate of certification and lunch. Participants will learn to assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis, including risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to get help. To RSVP, call Jennifer Bliska at (352) 596-8000 or email

High blood pressure program offered

Crescent Community Clinic, in partnership with the American Heart Association, will host a free three-week program aimed at improving the lives of those with high blood pressure. The session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, beginning Aug. 14, at the clinic's Boutique of Hope, 5244 Commercial Way. Participants who attend all three sessions will receive a free analog and digital medical blood pressure monitor. To RSVP, call instructor Beverly Beall at (352) 232-1348.

Shopping tips to be offered at NAMI lunch

NAMI Hernando's monthly Lunch and Learn will be noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive. Scott Taylor will answer questions about how to shop on a budget, getting the most of your money at the grocery store and couponing. A free lunch will be provided. To RSVP, visit or call (352) 684-0004.

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