October reading challenge: Books for Bikes
Citrus Libraries, in partnership with the Inverness Walmart, is pleased to announce a new reading challenge for the month of October: Books for Bikes.
This new challenge is for any readers in preschool to 12th grade with a current Citrus Libraries library card. Tracking reading digitally through a smartphone, tablet or computer will be available from Oct. 1-31 through the Beanstack Trackers app.
Readers who participated in the Summer Reading Challenge will just need to register for this new challenge.
Readers who have not participated in the past can learn more about Beanstack, how to register, the various challenges currently offered and more by visiting citruslibraries.org/books-media/beanstack.
For additional assistance, contact the staff at a nearby branch.
To stay up-to-date on all of the classes and programs being offered at Citrus Libraries, visit the website at citruslibraries.org or follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram.
Withlacoochee Tech to hold open house Oct. 31
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) located at 1201 W. Main St., Inverness, will host an Open House event on Monday, Oct. 31, from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Interested persons are invited to visit the college, meet the instructors, visit classrooms and shops, ask questions, enroll in classes, and learn more about WTC and the programs it offers.
Most programs at WTC can be completed in one school year or less.
Among the more than 20 career and technical education programs offered are medical assisting, nursing assistant (articulated), cosmetology, medical coder/biller, industrial machinery controls technician, automotive service technology, professional culinary arts and hospitality, technology support services, and massage therapy.
Additional programs offered include adult education such as GED(r) preparation and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Law enforcement and corrections training are available through our Public Safety Academy.
Museum program: Secret Codes and Code Breakers
On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be holding Coffee and Conversations “Secret Codes and Code Breakers – The Role of Women in Winning WWII” at the museum.
The speaker will be Ken Marotte discussing the role of women in winning World War 2 by deciphering the enemy’s messages, plus tips and tricks to keep safe in today’s online world.
Ancient rulers since the time of Julius Caesar used special codes and ciphers to keep their messages secure. Since that time, battles have been won or lost based on the ability to keep messages secret from the enemy.
Using the Internet is fraught with hidden dangers from hackers, hacktivists and Nigerian Princes. Based on best practices developed by the FBI and other agencies, come learn common-sense tips and tricks to help keep messages and transactions safe and secure while on the Web.
It is a free event with free refreshments. To RSVP, call the museum at 352-341-6428 or register online at cccourthouse.org.
VFW kicks off annual $30,000 scholarship
Commander James Fuller of the VFW U.S. Dumas-Hartson Post 8189 announced the kick-off of the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition youth essay competition.
Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Students must write and record a three to five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by Oct. 31. The 2022-23 theme selected is “Why is the Veteran Important?”
Students begin by competing at the local Post level, then Post winners compete at the District level with the winner advancing to the state level.
All first place winners receive a four day trip to Washington D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. The first place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.
Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post 8189 by phone at 352-795-5012, email email@example.com.
Take Stock adding new students in October
Take Stock in Children is preparing to add new students to the program during the month of October and are hoping that people might consider joining the Mentor Team to help.
Take Stock in Children is a mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youth from Citrus County by offering college or vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, and support and encouragement for students as they work their way through middle and high school and prepare for college.
Mentoring starts with a TSIC mentor application, an interview and background check, and a desire to make a difference in the life of a child. To learn more about the program and how to help them “keep their promise,” call Pat Lancaster, Student Services Coordinator, at 352-344-0855 or go to the website at takestockcitrus.org.
CRHS class of 1972 reunion scheduled
The Crystal River High School class of 1972 is hosting its 50-year reunion Oct. 7, 8 and 9.
Call or text Donna Allen McLeod at 352-422-1557 for any questions or additional information, plus follow the CRHS Class of ‘72 Facebook page.
Veterans In The Classroom program
As one of the events of the annual Veterans Appreciation Week, the Veterans In The Classroom (VITC) program allows veterans to give presentations about their military service to Citrus County school children.
The VITC program will operate from Oct. 31 through Nov. 10. Veterans interested in participating in this event are required to register on the Citrus County school district website at citrusschools.org.
On the website, scroll down to the red circles. Click the arrow right or left to find the “Veterans in the Classroom” flag icon. Then click on the icon to read about the VITC program and complete the registration process. Registration closes on Oct. 14.
Take Stock seeks mentors
Take Stock in Children is a mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youth from Citrus County by offering college or vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors and support and encouragement for students as they work their way through middle and high school and prepare for college.
They are preparing to add new students to their program in the fall and are hoping the public might consider joining their mentor team and making a difference.
Mentoring starts with a TSIC mentor application, an interview and background check and a desire to make a difference in the life of a child.
Call Pat Lancaster, student services coordinator, at 352-344-0855 or go to the website at takestockcitrus.org to learn more about the program.
North Oak Church offering ESL classes
English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered at North Oak Church in Citrus Springs. Classes will begin at 6 p.m.
Anyone who wishes to improve their English speaking skill is welcome to come and work with teachers trained in assisting. There is no charge for the classes.
North Oak Church is located at the corner of North Elkcam Boulevard and North Citrus Springs Boulevard in Citrus Springs, entrance off of North Elkcam Boulevard. The building is across from the playground. For more information, call 352-489-1688 or email northoakbc.org.
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