Camp Good Hope

Camp Good Hope, Teen Encounter Mini-Camp

Children and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one will discover ways to address their grief and learn to cope at the Camp Good Hope and Teen Encounter Mini-Camp on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs.

Mini-Camps, held from 9 a.m. to noon, bring together grief professionals and caring volunteers to help children learn about loss and healing through interactive stations of arts/crafts, music, nature and wellness.

To register a child for the Camp Good Hope (for ages 6 through grade 5) or Teen Encounter (for middle and high school students) Mini-Camp, call 352-249-1470 or email info@friendsofcitrus.org.

Camper applications must be completed by Feb. 22.

A $10-per-kid registration fee reserves your space(s). Scholarships are available upon request.

Camps observe CDC guidelines. Space limited.

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is a charitable organization providing community grief support workshops for anyone who has experienced a loss; telephone support; grief support resources for all ages; educational materials for parents and teachers; social support activities; wellness support programs and children’s grief support camps.

For details about these programs or for ways you can help, call 352-249-1470 or visit www.friendsofcitrus.org or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Living will workshop at Friends’ on Feb. 18

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast will present a Five Wishes Workshop from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 18, at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane (gold building on right), in Homosassa Springs.

“Five Wishes” is free and easy-to-complete. It is used in all 50 states, meets legal requirements for advance directives in 42 states and Washington, D.C., and is available in 28 languages and braille at agingwithdignity.org.

Provided as a community service and offered to all at no charge, this workshop will observe CDC guidelines, and space may be limited; reserve a seat by registering in advance at 352-249-1470.

Donate blood, save a life

The Knights of Columbus Council 6168 will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Council Hall, 2389 W. Norvell Bryant Highway.

A light continental breakfast of coffee and wrapped pastries will be available, as well as tokens of appreciation for all donors.

For information, call LifeSouth at 352-527-3061.

Hospital offers heart care seminar

Citrus Memorial Hospital is offering a free heart seminar at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Feb. 16, at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA in Lecanto. “Advances in Heart Care” will feature a presentation from cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Dr. Bao Hoang. The discussion will focus on advancements in cardiac surgery with a highlight on minimal incision surgeries.

Seating is limited, so an RSVP is required by calling 352-637-3337 or visiting

The Citrus Memorial Heart and Vascular Center recently began offering transcatheter aortic valve repair, electrophysiology, transcatheter mitral valve repair, and left atrial appendage closure.

Libraries can help with vaccine questions

The Citrus County Department of Health encourages citizens who would like additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Citrus County to phone any of the local library branches. Staff is on hand to answer questions and provide the required paperwork necessary to receive the vaccine.

Citizens can also download paperwork at the Department of Health, such as the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent and the Moderna Fact Sheet, which has information on what to expect during and after the injection will also be given before receiving the vaccine. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y5ue5ax4 (http://citrus.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/COVID19InfoCitrusCounty/index.html).

Phone numbers for COVID-19 vaccination distribution information are as follows:

  • Central Ridge Library: 352-746-6622
  • Coastal Region Library: 352-795-3716
  • Floral City Library: 352-726-3671
  • Homosassa Library: 352-628-5626
  • Lakes Region Library: 352-726-2357

Citizens are asked to be patient as the COVID-19 vaccination program continues in the months to come. Additional locations, dates and times will be announced as the vaccine becomes available.

Women of Sugarmill Woods sponsor Caring Concerns

Do you live alone and sometimes worry that, if something happens in your home to you, someone might not know it, or do you just miss some contact each day?

Women of Sugarmill Woods is starting a volunteer group called Caring Connections, a free, opt-in, wellness check telephone service to check on our residents.

Every day, a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time.

These calls will take place. as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant.

If the participant does not answer the first call or return the message within an hour, they will be tried one more time. If that call is not answered, an additional call will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment. This could be an adult child, a neighbor, or another loved one.

The alternate who has a key for the participant’s house will then be encouraged to check on the adult program participant. The alternate will call 911 if medical help is needed.

If we still can’t reach the participant, we will call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number and requesr a wellness check.

This program only provides a daily phone wellness check. Participants can call 211 for information on who to call for other services provided by the community.

For more information on how to apply for this service or to volunteer to make the daily wellness calls, email slmrn@hotmail.com or call 503-3237.

CHIPS to offer free hearing screenings

Are you having a difficult time hearing certain sounds? Do conversations frustrate you and require extra effort to understand? Are you asking people to repeat information more frequently? Hearing loss can affect anyone. It can be caused by loud noise exposure and illness, as well as the natural aging process.

Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) is offering free hearing screenings at the old train depot (the green, beige, and red-striped train car) at 109 NE Crystal St., Crystal River.

Screenings are by appointment only. To reserve a time, call Maureen at 352-795-5000. Low-income hearing aid assistance is available.

CHIPS is a nonprofit organization and the screenings are for information only. Information about CHIPS programs will also be available.

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