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Hernando Briefs for April 20

COUNTYWIDE

Driver safety program training available

AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers.:

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Bayfront Health Brooksville Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call Pat at (352) 586-2731.

• 9 a.m. to noon May 7 and 8, Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, south of Brooksville. Call Tony at (352) 678-3090.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12, Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Pat at (352) 586-2731.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15, in the Quarry building at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call Bill at (352) 556-3050.

• 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 25, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Dom at (352) 684-2524.

BROOKSVILLE

Learn hurricane preparedness at expo

Hernando County Emergency Management will host its Hurricane and Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 pm. May 5 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. The event will feature a panel of TV meteorologists, public safety displays, SKYWARN training, vendors and activities for the kids. Learn to be better prepared to face the hurricane season. The event is free.

BROOKSVILLE

Garden club ends season with luncheon

The Brooksville Garden Club will end its season with a luncheon at noon May 9 at the Brooksville Country Club, 23446 Links Drive. Those interested in joining the club are welcome. The last meeting of the season will follow the meal. Tickets are $20 and reservations are required. To RSVP, call Jan at (352) 799-4319 or Ronette at (352) 544-5669.

Van offers free dental screenings for kids

The Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Van will be on site for the Mommies, Daddies and Me meeting from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 27 at Bene’s Career Academy, 698 S. Broad St. The van is a children’s oral health improvement program which provides free dental screenings for children ages 6 months to 12 years. Families will receive dental health education, treatment referrals if needed, a free toothbrush and toothpaste and brushing instructions for each child screened. For information or to register, call Atiya Spellman at (352) 999-1281.

Main library will be closed April 27

The Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., will be closed April 27 to accommodate the Brooksville Blueberry Festival activities. The library will resume normal hours of operation on April 30. For a list of other library locations, visit HernandoCountyLibrary.us or call (352) 754-4043.

Tickets are available for spring dance

The German American Club of Spring Hill will host a Spring Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. May 11 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dress is club casual. Music will be provided by DJ Herb. Bring your own beverage. Advance tickets are $11 for members, $14 for guests, and include coffee and cake. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets, call Lisa at (352) 688-3744.

Homefront education program begins May 1

NAMI Hernando will offer NAMI Homefront, a free six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 1 at Veterans HEAT Factory, 16230 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The program focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. For information or to register, call (352) 684-0004.

Jamboree will feature more than 60 bands

The ninth annual Orange Blossom Jamboree will be May 16 to 20 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road. Entertainment will be from 5 to 11 p.m. May 16, from 11 a.m. to midnight May 17, 18 and 19, and from 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. May 20. The music and art festival will feature more than 60 Florida-based artists, companies and vendors. Well behaved pets on a leash and coolers are welcome.

Food and beer available for purchase. The event will be rain or shine.

Cash only for tickets purchased at the gate. A pre-party will begin at 5 p.m. May 16 for early arrivals. Tickets for the pre-party are $20 and includes camping. Festival tickets are $99 for a 4-day pass; $89 for a 3-day pass (May 18-20); $30 for day pass May 20 (at gate only); $80 for 2-day pass (May 19 and 20). Primitive camping available. For information or tickets, visit orangeblossomjamboree.com.

BROOKSVILLE

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at dance

Brookridge will host a Cinco de Mayo social dance at 7 p.m. May 5, at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Music will be provided by Starburst. Bring your own beverages, coffee and ice will be provided. Advance tickets are $5. For information or tickets, call (352) 515-1765.

SPRING HILL

Bowling event to benefit Relay for Life

Oak Hill Hospital will host a Bowl-A-Thon from 6 to 9 p.m. April 21 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. The event benefits the American Cancer Society. The cost to participate is $15 per bowler, and includes three games and shoe rental. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The event will include a 50/50 drawing and a gift basket raffle. For tickets, call Katie Stacy at (352) 597-6317.

Kick-off gala will celebrate summer

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Summer Kick-Off Gala at 4 p.m. April 28 at the lodge, 13383 County Line Road. Tickets are $7 per person and include hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and baked beans. The event includes a social hour, music provided by Pauly G, dancing and a bonfire (weather permitting). Bring a chair if you plan to stay for the bonfire. No outside food or drinks allowed. For information or tickets, call (352) 799-7148.

Allstars will perform jazz favorites

The Hernando Jazz Society will perform at 2 p.m. May 6 at the Wellington at Seven Hills Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. The event offers an afternoon of listening and dancing to favorite tunes by the Hernando Jazz Society Allstars. In addition, the 2018 scholarship recipients will perform, and sit-ins are welcome.

Tickets for society members are free; $10 for guests, $15 for couples.

A cash bar and buffet will be available for purchase at the Sioux City Grill. For information, call Ike Johnson at (352) 263-8579.

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