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Church to host free dementia workshop Aug. 13 in Brooksville

The Stable Faith Cowboy Church, located at 12077 Broad St., Brooksville, will host an ABC of Dementia workshop from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 13. The workshop is free and open to the public.

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Conducted by Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia LLC, the workshop will define Alzheimer’s and dementia, explain how dementia affects individuals, discuss ways to interpret dementia behaviors for better communication and show how compassion and the proper use of voice, approach and appropriate touch can result in more effective and less stressful caregiving.

Due to limited seating, reservations are requested. To make reservations to attend, call 352-422-3663 or email

Blood drive slated in Lecanto

The next blood drive for Knights of Columbus Council 6168 Our Lady of Grace Parish will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the council hall, 2389 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

As many seasonal residents have left the area, it is more important than ever to participate in this drive.

There will be a complimentary breakfast, e-gift cards and tokens of appreciation for all donors. LifeSouth protocols provide a safe and comfortable environment for donating. For any questions, call LifeSouth at 352-527-3061.

The June 18 drive collected 21 units from 27 donors at the council hall and two units from two donors at a LifeSouth Facility for a total of 23 units of blood from 29 donors. The generosity of all donors is greatly appreciated.


Attend a fireside chat

Dr. Joey Bennett hosts the monthly Fireside Chat the first Wednesday of every month at 11:45 a.m. Mae Natteal, a Jazzercise instructor for more than 10 years, will discuss balance, strength training, fall recovery, mobility and the top five benefits to movement. Natteal has worked 19 years in the health care field with seniors, in addition to her Jazzercise career.

The meeting will be held on Aug. 3 at Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, 522 N. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. This meeting is free and a light lunch is provided for cancer patients and their loved ones.

To register, call Wendy Hall at RBOI at 352-527-0106.

HCA to host heart health seminar Aug. 16 at YMCA

HCA Florida Citrus Hospital will present a heart health seminar at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, at 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

The presentation, Atrial Fibrillation (Afib): the Beat Goes On, will be hosted by a member of the HCA Florida Citrus Hospital heart and vascular team.

The focus of the talk will be on atrial fibrillation, how it is related to stroke and innovative new treatment options. A brief question and answer session will follow.

Afib is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart beat too fast and with irregular rhythm. Afib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than five million Americans. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with Afib, and Afib-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling.

For anyone interested in attending, call 352-637-3337 or visit HCAFloridaHealth to RSVP. Seats are limited.

Coastal Region library has exercise series

Exercise is considered one of the best ways to stay healthy. Unfortunately, just going out and exercising isn’t always the easiest option. A previous injury may make it difficult to move around or the high impact exercises that everyone else is doing may be too hard.

This is where your local library comes in. The Coastal Region branch in Crystal River offers a free, low-impact chair exercise series called “Sit & Be Fit!”

Classes are held Thursdays beginning at 10:30 a.m.

This class focuses on low impact stretches and strengthening exercises, all done from a seated position. These exercises are aimed at improving flexibility, learning weight control and reducing the chance of injury.

Also, stop by the Homosassa branch on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for belly dancing or the Lakes Region branch in Inverness on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. for Yang Tai Chi.

These programs are free for everyone with no registration required. For more information, visit or follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram.

Dementia Education Inc. needs tech volunteers

Dementia Education Inc., a Citrus County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of families living with dementia, is seeking a tech-savvy volunteer, or a company willing to offer pro bono service, to provide support and maintenance for its website.

Updating is not frequent. Technical demand is not high, but the individual should be familiar with Wordpress systems and software.

Interested parties can contact Ed Youngblood at 614-519-2843 or email

DOH to offer free school immunizations

The Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) will offer no-cost school immunizations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday, thru Aug. 12.

DOH-Citrus will also offer immunizations on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition, $35 school entrance physicals (not sports) will also be available.

Immunizations will be provided on a walk-in or appointment basis. Physicals are available by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, call 352-527-0247.

For more information about DOH-Citrus, visit or follow @FLHealthCitrus on Twitter.

Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s coming up

Coping with Dementia LLC and Dementia Education Inc. have announced that Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s will take place in Floral City on Oct. 15.

This year’s event will include two options: a walk on the Withlacoochee State Trail or a tour of the Historic District of scenic Floral City. Pets are welcome as well.

The 2022 Walk will be the fifth year for the event. The event will dedicate its proceeds to dementia education, awareness and the support of families living with dementia.

Funds are raised through sponsorship fees, donations and participation fees, which are $20 per person. Prizes will be given, including plaques for the largest team and top individual fund-raiser.

In addition to the walks, there will be music, food and other entertainment in the Floral City Town Center with free parking close by. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. and finish by noon.

For information on how to register, how to form a walking team or how to become a sponsor, contact Janice Martin at 352-477-1866 or email

ABC of Dementia schedule set

Coping with Dementia and the Citrus County Library System have announced the schedule of free ABC of Dementia workshops for the second half of 2022.

Coping with Dementia president and workshop presenter Debbie Selsavage said, “Our ABC of Dementia workshop explains Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in plain language, suggests techniques for becoming a better and less-stressed care partner, and provides useful resources to families living with dementia.”

The remaining 2022 schedule will include:

Aug. 15 – Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River.

Sept. 19 – Homosassa Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa.

Oct. 21 – Lakes Region Library.

Nov. 21 – Central Ridge Library.

Dec. 19 – Coastal Region Library.

All workshops are presented from 10 a.m. to noon. Care partners and their loved ones living with dementia are welcome. While the workshops are free, reservations are encouraged.

For more information or to reserve seats at any of the workshops, call 352-422-3663 or email

Zumba classes available every week

Zumba classes with Certified Instructor Donna are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.

Classes are low impact and geared to seniors with a lot of laughter included. Get a good workout while dancing and having fun. The cost is $5 per class.

To pre-register or for more information, call 352-527-5993 or email Classes are not held on government holidays.

Socialize with others at Café Break!

Among the wellness programs offered by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast at its Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane (gold building on right) in Homosassa Springs is Café Break!

At Café Break! Anyone grieving or lonely can find a safe place to socialize with others, work puzzles, play games or chat over a cup of coffee and snacks for 2-1/2 hours starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information or to join this program that follows CDC guidelines, call 352-249-1470.

Salon offers free facial exercise classes

From Head To Toe Salon offers free face lift exercise classes at 9 a.m. every Monday. The salon is located at 21 N. Croft Ave. in Inverness.

In this one-hour class, learn to sculpt and revitalize your face with 25 facial exercises that build volume, minimize wrinkles and lift and tone for a more youthful appearance.

Space is limited, so call master esthetician Stephanie Gombrelli at 352-613-6111 to reserve a spot.

Chemo patients receive free treatment

Chemotherapy patients receive free microblading (eyebrow permanent makeup) by Stephanie Gombrelli at From Head To Toe Salon in Inverness.

Call 352-613-6111 for more information and to schedule.

Blood donors needed as shortage continues

Blood donors are needed as the nation and local communities continue to feel the impact of blood shortages. All blood types are needed to help the local blood supply.

Donating blood is safe, takes about an hour and can save three lives. LifeSouth blood donors serve patients at HCA Florida, including Citrus Hospital, UF Health Leesburg Hospital and UF Health Villages Hospital.

Blood can be donated after receiving the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines for COVID-19 or the flu vaccination.

All blood donors receive a thank you gift, refreshments and a mini-physical including cholesterol, iron level, temperature and blood pressure.

Find the nearest blood drive or donor center at Appointments can also be made online.

Citrus Libraries: Healthy mind, healthy body

Citrus Libraries will host several Health & Wellness events.

On Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Homosassa branch, belly dancing classes will be available.

On the last Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m., the Coastal Region branch hosts Doreen Lavista who guides an immersive meditation session. Bring a yoga mat, cushion, pillow or back support for using a chair.

Every Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at the Lakes Region branch, Eric Poling teaches Yang Tai Chi 13. This form emphasizes building strength, balance and coordination through simple movements. Registration is required.

On Thursdays, Tai Chi classes are held at the Floral City branch. The first class is Beyond the Basics Tai Chi at 9:30 a.m. and is designed for seasoned participants. Those looking to learn more about Tai Chi should attend the 10:45 a.m. beginner class.

For more information, follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram or visit

Lions Club offers vision care for veterans

Any veterans in Citrus County who cannot afford their eyeglasses or are in need of vision care can contact Inverness Lions Club at 352-560-8741.

The club can help with any vision need. Residency and income requirements apply.

Community center offers classes

The East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Inverness, offers healthy choices on its community class schedule.

Tai Chi will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, certified Silver Sneakers Flex instructor Kathy Johnson will lead “Kathy’s Crazy Cardio Class.”

The cost for each class is $3 per person or $1 for Silver Sneakers members. For those who wish to participate in both classes, there is a reduced cost of $5 per person. For more information, call 352-344-9666.

Water aerobics at Bicentennial Pool

Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s offer a water aerobics class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Bicentennial Park Pool, 8145 W. Bicentennial Park Drive in Crystal River.

The cost is $3 per person per class. These classes offer a fun, healthy fitness workout without added stress on joints. Participants must be 16 years or older.

For more information, call 352-795-1478.

‘Stepping Stones to Wellness’ meets weekly

Stepping Stones to Wellness will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The group is facilitated by yoga teacher Ellen Armitage. By combining walking in place, guided meditation/relaxation exercises and a process group, it is designed to help promote overall well-being.

Provided as a community service, the class is offered at no charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, call or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Wings Grief Center offers advanced yoga

The Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast advanced yoga group meets from 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The class is facilitated by Ellen Armitage, a yoga teacher with more than 20 years of experience helping others find their way to their highest self.

Sessions are provided as a community service and are offered at no charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, call or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Free pregnancy testing, sonograms available

Citrus Pregnancy Center is offering free pregnancy testing and free early pregnancy sonograms at both locations: 726 NE U.S. 19 in Crystal River and 3185 E. Thomas St. in Inverness.

For more information, call 352-341-5176.

RBOI has supplies for cancer patients

If you are in need of scarfs, wigs, or other helpful items for those going through cancer treatments, call Medical Social Worker Wendy Hall, LCSW, at 352-527-0106. Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto has a resource room with more than 100 wigs available for free. Stop in the Lecanto office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call to make an appointment.

Medical Social Workers at RBOI will assist individuals needing support through the emotional turmoil caused by cancer with resources, including application for Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation assistance. Many services including Zoom meetings for support and education are available for patients with cancer, and their loved ones. Call 352-527-0106.

Free hearing screening available

Citrus Healing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) is offering free hearing screenings for Citrus County residents at the old train depot, 109 NE Crystal St. in Crystal River.

Screenings are by appointment only. Low-income hearing aid assistance is available.

To learn more, call Maureen 352-795-5000.

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