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New this week

  • The IR-RU Family Social Club will host their annual Benefit for Autism Awareness on Sunday, April 7. The beneficiary of this fundraiser will be CREST School in Lecanto, whose students are all special needs, including autism. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. All of the local bands are donating 45 minutes of their time and talent. A live auction will precede the entertainment, starting at noon. The auction will take place during each band break. Raffles will also be held through out the day. Food will be available for $5 a plate. Monetary donations may be sent directly to Brannen Bank, 200 W. Main Street, Inverness. All funds collected will be donated to CREST. Sound and lighting will be provided by Steve Champagne/Shining Star Productions. For information, call 352-637-5118.
  • Seven Rivers Christian School’s 30th Anniversary Carnival will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the school’s Warrior Park in Lecanto. All students, families, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend. Grammar-school-age children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There will be games and fun for all ages, including slides, an obstacle course, a bounce house, dunk booth and rock wall, plus human hamster races, prizes and more. Admission is free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
  • The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., Yankeetown, will hold their Spring Book Sale beginning Saturday, April 6. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 13, during regular library hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs will be available.
  • Abigail Adera of Inverness has been awarded one of only two Civic Engagement Scholarships at Oglethorpe University for the incoming freshman class in fall 2019. Adera is a home-schooled senior who plans to major in Biology. The Civic Engagement Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition award that recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities as well as the promise of continued exemplary service at Oglethorpe and in Atlanta. Recipients compete for the scholarship during an invitation-only Scholarship Weekend hosted on campus. In addition to the full-tuition award, Civic Engagement Scholars complete a 60-hour-per-semester volunteer placement and a stipend for an internship at a nonprofit of the student’s choice, as well as an invitation to enroll in an exploratory Honors seminar during the first semester and eligibility for a research stipend for a senior honors thesis.
  • Time is running out to receive one of the free limited scholarships made available, through the Citrus County Library System, to earn a private high school diploma and career certificate. Individuals 19 years of age or older seeking to earn a high school diploma are encouraged to take advantage of Career Online High School, a program offered through the Citrus County Library System. Scholarships are being awarded to qualified residents looking to earn an accredited private high school diploma and advance their careers. To apply, visit www.citruslibraries.org/cohs for details and access the online self-assessment available at the bottom of the page. Each student enrolled in Career Online High School is paired with an academic coach who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. The program is specifically designed to reengage adults and prepare them for entry into the workforce or post-secondary education. Classes are supported by state board certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Computers and Internet access are available through the library if needed and can be scheduled to meet the course requirements. Many students are able to graduate in as little as four months by transferring in previously earned high school credits. All participants will also have the opportunity to earn a career certificate. The Citrus Libraries Career Online High School project is funded by the state of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons Career Online Education through a partnership with Gale Cengage Learning. For more information or questions, call 352-765-4785 or email cohs@citruslibraries.org.
  • Schools want what’s best for student health and academic success. Yet many lack the necessary resources to implement high quality programs and activities to improve our students’ physical and emotional health and their preparedness to learn. Since 2009 Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) has provided $8.7 million in grants and technical support to help schools achieve their student wellness goals. Now through April 5, schools and parents can apply for the following grants available for the 2019-20 school year: Game On Grants — Secure funding and resources for your school to introduce or improve nutrition and physical activity programs. With a grant of $1,000 or more utilizing AFHK’s flagship program, Game On, you can build a school garden, jump-start active recess, purchase physical education equipment, host taste tests, kick-off an after-school activity club, and so much more. Parents for Healthy Kids Grants — Parents: Here’s your chance to make your mark on school health! Parents and parent-led groups (PTAs, PTOs) can apply for a $1,000 school grant to provide funds and resources to introduce or improve fitness or nutrition programs and engage families in health at school and at home. Help ensure all students have access to healthy choices. School Breakfast Grants — Expand access to school breakfast for hungry and undernourished kids. Grants from $1,000 to $3,000 can support equipment and other resources needed to implement or expand Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab-and-Go Breakfast, or other alternative breakfast programs that help students start their day right. Visit http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/grants for more information and to learn how to apply.

Special notices

  • The sixth annual Suncoast Credit Union Schoolhouse Hustle 5K/10K/1-Mile “Walk for Chalk” will take place 6:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Join Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel and other local education and community leaders in the area’s largest charity walk. There will be a Family Health Expo; a YMCA Kids Zone with free child care, games and snacks; the “County’s Biggest Pep Rally” with bands and cheerleaders; Mascot Mania representing each shool; a scavenger hunt through the Health Expo for drawings and prizes; spirit contests for schools; and more. The Community Challenge will honor the company or community group with the most participants. Citrus County Education Foundation, the county’s only nonprofit organization supporting public education, will be the beneficiary. Visit www.citruseducation.org or www.facebook.com/citruseducation.
  • Friends of the Homosassa Library will have its Spring Book Sale Friday, March 22 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Saturday, March 23 (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), and Monday, March 25 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Homosassa Public Library is at 4100 Grandmarch Ave.The Friends of the Homosassa Library’s Spring Book Sale will sell gently used paperback and hardcover books, CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and games. Prices are 50 cents for paperbacks, $2 for hardcover books and five for $1 for Harlequin novels. All proceeds benefit the library and go toward projects, equipment and supplies that tax dollars cannot be used for. The event is free.
  • Girls and boys age 3 years old to eighth grade are invited to CRHS Camp Rah Rah June 11 through June 14 at Crystal River High School. Campers will learn cheers, dances and make crafts, and older campers will learn basic jumps, tumbling and stunting skills with CRHS Cheerleaders. At noon Friday, June 14, campers will perform what they have learned throughout the week. Cost is $60 and includes a daily snack, crafts and performance shirt. Pre-Registration is open through June 1. Registration will be taken the first day of Camp Rah Rah for an additional fee of $5. To register, contact Kate Whited-Proch at crhscheerleading@gmail.com or 352-436-3303.
  • Florida’s free Voluntary Pre-K program has been operating in Citrus for 20 years. These state-funded classes are offered in all primary and elementary schools. This program was designed to help prepare our children with the challenges of succeeding in kindergarten. An Early Learning Center can offer small classes and lunch rooms. Many parents may enroll their child in extended care also. Some offer a summer VPK program. All VPK classes base curriculum on the Florida Standards: 4-year-olds to kindergarten. Teachers monitor the children’s growth throughout the year. These children enter kindergarten with confidence in coping skills and able to interact socially. VPK has a positive impact on pre-math, pre-reading, pre-writing, vocabulary and literary skills. Any child living in Florida, that has their fourth birthday by Sept. 1, is eligible. For more information about this free educational program, contact the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast at 352-563-9939 or Crystal River Preschool at 352-795-2266. Applications for the 2019-20 school year are being accepted now.
  • High school and college students interested in getting assistance with the free application for federal student aid can attend a workshop Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Citrus Learning and Conference Center at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parent or guardian. Required documents to bring include the student’s photo identification, parents’ and student’s 2017 income tax returns and all W-2s, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of parents and student, and records of all 2017 untaxed income. Space is limited. Register for the event at www.CF.edu/fafsaworkshop. For more information, call 352-249-1215.
  • Your journey to a new life starts now! Take your first step at Withlacoochee Technical College. Earn your GED(R) test credential, increase your TABE scores, or improve your English language skills. Enroll now for GED(R) preparation, ESOL, and Applied Academics for Adult Education classes. Convenient times and caring, certified instructors want to help you reach your goals.Tuition is $30 per semester. There is a once a school year $15 application fee. Withlacoochee Technical College is located at 1201 W. Main St., Inverness. Visit www.wtcollege.org.
  • Take Stock in Children is a school-based mentoring program ponsored by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youth by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, tutoring and long-term support. Take Stock in Children currently monitors 56 active students enrolled in Citrus County’s middle and high schools. By the end of December, we will be adding new students to the program and we are looking for caring adults who will help make a difference by mentoring these students, once a week, in school, for 30 minutes. Take Stock is not a tutoring program; rather, it is a program that provides support, guidance and encouragement for students as they work their way through middle and high school, and prepare for college. Call Program Manager Pat Lancaster at 352-422-2348 or 352-344-0855 to learn more about the program, to get an application and to sign up for mentor training.
  • The Citrus Youth Orchestra is in need of a violin teacher for students ages 7-17. Classes are held weekly on Tuesday afternoons at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness. Teachers do receive compensation for their instructional time and mileage expenses. The Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra Inc. (CYESO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that seeks to inspire a love of classical music in the young people of Citrus County and the surrounding area by teaching symphonic music to children ages 5 to 19, instructing them in music theory and performance techniques, as well as presenting public performances. A prospective teacher should have an undergraduate degree in music or equivalent experience, and be able to demonstrate teaching ability in an actual class setting. All prospective teacher candidates are asked to submit a resumé to yes2cyeso@gmail.com. Visit the website or email for more information: www.cyeso.org or www.facebook.com/cyeso.
  • A Citrus County School District volunteer may be a parent or grandparent, a member of the business community, a retiree or any individual who is willing to give freely of his or her time to make a positive difference in the lives of students. Every day during the school year, hundreds of volunteers are spending time in Citrus County Schools and classrooms and sharing their talents with students and teachers. Volunteers may choose among numerous activities that include mentoring or tutoring students, sharing special interests or talents, working in media centers, listening to children read, setting up learning centers and helping students with special projects. For more information on volunteer opportunities and districtwide volunteer training, call Bernadette Salmaggi at 352-726-1931, ext. 2246, or Helen Pannelli, ext. 2233.

Classes and courses

  • Individuals 19 years of age or older seeking to earn a high school diploma are encouraged to take advantage of Career Online High School, a program offered through the Citrus County Library System. Scholarships are being awarded to qualified residents looking to earn an accredited private high school diploma and advance their careers. To apply, visit www.citruslibraries.org/cohs for details and access the online self-assessment available at the bottom of the page. Each student enrolled in Career Online High School is paired with an academic coach who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. The program is specifically designed to re-engage adults and prepare them for entry into the workforce or post-secondary education. Classes are supported by state board certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Computers and internet access are available through the library if needed and can be scheduled to meet the course requirements. Many students are able to graduate in as little as four months by transferring in previously earned high school credits. All participants will also have the opportunity to earn a career certificate. The Citrus Libraries Career Online High School project is funded by the state of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons Career Online Education through a partnership with Gale Cengage Learning. For more information, call 352-765-4785 or email cohs@citruslibraries.org.
  • The Old Homosassa Learning Center has a new Adult Learning Schedule: Monday and Thursday at 9 a.m., yoga with Michelle DiDomenico, $5 charge. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., body sculpting with Michelle DiDomenico, $5 charge. Tuesday at 10 a.m., Zumba with Nadeen Horak, $5 charge. Thursday, 12:30-3 p.m., Sew Cool! Workshop, no charge.
  • Do you have a friend or a neighbor who wants to learn English? Do you need to improve your English skills? Withlacoochee Technical College is now enrolling in its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Contact Student Services at 352-726-2430, ext. 4301, for more information on how to enroll. The college is at 1201 W. Main Street, Inverness, and is online at www.wtcollege.org.
  • The Blind Americans Wishing Well Center, 6055 N. Carl G. Rose Highway (State Road 200), Hernando, offers classes from Lighthouse at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays for iPhone, independent living and computers. Classes are free for the blind and vision-impaired. For information, call 352-754-1132.
  • The Citrus County Library System’s Literacy Services offer an array of pre-GED classes to help you reach your education goals. The library can help you get prepared with its pre-GED classes such as math, language arts, science and social studies. If you need different help, Literacy Services can match you with a tutor for one-on-one sessions in any of these areas. Call 352-765-4785 or visit citruslibraries.org.
  • Do you have a special talent, interest or ability that you would like to share with the community? Withlacoochee Technical College’s Community Education Department is looking for instructors and their course ideas for the community education program. Call 352-726-2430, ext. 4360.
  • Withlacoochee Technical College offers ed2go courses. Visit www.ed2go.com/wti to find out more about all available ed2go classes.
  • Withlacoochee Technical College offers a Basic Motorcycle Rider course. For information, go to http://wtcollege.org/motorcycle_basic.html; or call 352-726-2430, ext. 4304 or 4360.
  • Withlacoochee Technical College has Community Education classes. Seating is limited; register early. Visit www.wtcollege.org, click on “Community Education“ and “Register Now“ for details and to enroll. WTC: 352-726-2430, ext. 4360.
  • Apply for admission to CF at www.CF.edu. A high school diploma or GED is required prior to admission. Upon acceptance into the college, students can register for the certificate courses. For information, Dr. Judy Downer at downerj@cf.edu.
  • The city of Inverness classes at Whispering Pines Park. To register, visit www.inverness-fl.gov or the Administration Office in Whispering Pines Park at the Aquatics Complex. 352-726-3913; between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Citrus MacIntosh Users Group (CMUG) is a local group to assist Apple product owners with their Mac computers, iPads, iPhones, iPods and Apple software. All activities are at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto. Register for the classes, labs, and workshops at CMUGonline.com under Calendar and Classes.

Scholarships and contests

  • Nature Coast Friends of Blues (NCFB) will present two $500 Susan Mitchell and one $500 Ben Medrano scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to young musicians who are home schooled, public or parochial school students; based upon musical ability and interest in the continued study of their instrument or voice. Interest in the blues is not a requirement for the award. The scholarships honor the memory of Susan Mitchell, whose love of blues music, especially involving young musicians, was the passion of her life. Mitchell founded the Nature Coast Friends of Blues, a not-for-profit corporation, to continue the annual Blues ’n Barbecue event founded by James “Boe” Anderson. In 2019, NCFB, in partnership with the Citrus Cultural Alliance, will honor the memory of guitarist and composer Ben Medrano by awarding a $500 scholarship to a young, aspiring guitar player. Medrano composed and performed on classical, acoustic and electric guitar with numerous local musical groups and in local churches. The application for the scholarships is identical for the Mitchell and Medrano scholarships. Applicants must submit contact information, a letter of recommendation from a music instructor or teacher and a recording of the applicant in MP3, video or .wav format. Scholarships are to be applied to music lessons, instrument purchases, music camp or college tuition. Completed applications must be physically received or postmarked no later than May 1. Applications are available from Jim Davis, 44 Dogwood Drive, Homosassa, FL 34446 or via email to davisj0826@gmail.com. Judges for the scholarship include two professional musicians. Nature Coast Friends of Blues hosts the annual Blues ’n Barbecue festival each fall and presents monthly events at the Museum Café in Homosassa from December through May every year. For more information about NCFB, visit their Facebook page. 
  • WoodmenLife is once again sponsoring the “America Is…” Video Contest, which aims to get elementary school students excited about their country and to show pride in their school and their community. Starting March 25, classrooms can share an original 30- to 60-second video on the topic “What America means to me” on the contest page located on WoodmenLife’s corporate Facebook page. Students and school representatives across the nation have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 for their school. People can watch the videos on WoodmenLife’s Facebook page where the public can vote for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded to the top three videos with the most online votes. Visit Facebook.com/WoodmenLife for more information and additional prizes. All elementary school classroom teachers, band directors, coaches, principals and school-affiliated organizations are eligible to participate in the contest. Beginning Tuesday, March 25, school representatives can enter their video on the America Is … Patriotic Video Contest tab. Entries will be accepted through 1 p.m. Friday, April 19. Facebook fans will then cast their vote for their favorite videos from Monday, April 22, through noon Friday, May 3. The contest winners will be announced Tuesday, May 7, via WoodmenLife’s corporate Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • The Woman’s Club of Dunnellon is offering two $1,000 scholarships to graduating 2019 Dunnellon High School females for the fall semester to the college or technical school of her choice. All applicants must be registered students at Dunnellon High School. Applications are available from the school’s college and guidance counselors. Completed applications are due no later than April 1 and may be dropped off at the guidance counselor’s office.
  • Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fifth annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms. This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks. All necessary supplies are provided by the utility. This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks. According to EPA Water Sense, one leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day. Using dye tablets provided by the utility, 27 classes from six schools tested 352 home toilets for leaks in 2018. Together, students found 68 leaky toilets with an estimated saving of 13,600 gallons of water a day when fixed. This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms. All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party. Teachers interested in participating in the 2019 challenge should send an email to Debra.Burden@citrusbocc.com by April 12 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students. The utility will mail toilet leak detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra Burden at 352-527-7684.
  • Take Stock in Children is a program that helps economically disadvantaged students and their families realize their dream of sending their child to college. To be considered for a scholarship, a child must be in a public school, in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade, meet the financial eligibility requirements, agree to remain drug, alcohol and crime free and get good grades. Take Stock in Children’s two-year, tuition-free scholarships are provided through a partnership with the Florida Prepaid Foundation. Applications are now available in the Guidance Offices of Citrus County School District’s middle schools or high schools or through the Take Stock office (352-344-0855) or at the Take Stock in Children website: www.takestockcitrus.org. For more information, call 352-344-0855.
  • The local Fort Cooper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is offering two $1,000 scholarships for young women graduating from Citrus County high schools and also two $500 awards for women studying non-traditional female trades at Withlacoochee Technical College. The state DAR chapter also offers similar scholarship opportunities. Guidelines and application forms are available at school guidance offices.The deadline for high school applications is March 15. For more information, contact Fort Cooper Chapter Scholarship Chairman Shirley Hartley at whartley1@tampbay.rr.com or 352-270-8590.
  • Homosassa Civic Club will award scholarships for graduating high school seniors and adults living in Homosassa. Applications are available at homosassacivicclubinc.org. Mail applications to: HCC Scholarships, P.O. Box 493, Homosassa, FL 34487. Applications must be received by March 31.
  • The Ladies Auxiliary Knights of Columbus Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating 2019 high school female for the fall semester of 2019 to the college of her choice. Applications can be obtained from the college counselor at her high school. All applicants must be a Catholic female registered at a Catholic Church and must be a resident of Citrus County. Applications are due at the counselor’s office no later than March 29.
  • An additional scholarship program is being instituted this year as Fort Cooper DAR Chapter will offer two $500 awards for women students at Withlacoochee Technical College for the purpose of furthering the occupational advancement of women in the trades. Applications and information are available from WTC’s scholarship coordinator.
  • DAR scholarships are also available at the state level. The Florida State Society Daughters Of The American Revolution offers scholarships for Florida residents who are attending or will attend accredited in-state or out-of-state colleges or universities. Application forms for state awards are available from high school guidance offices and must be submitted first to the Fort Cooper scholarship chairman. FSSDAR also provides scholarships for women in the trades. Applications are available at withlacoochee Technical College.
  • The National Society Daughters of The American Revolution provides many scholarships in a variety of fields for high school graduates, current college students and graduate students. Information and application forms are available on the national organization’s website, dar.org (click on “Scholarships”). For more information about all DAR scholarships, contact Fort Cooper Chapter scholarship chairman Shirley Hartley at 352-270-8590 or whartley1@tampabay.rr.com.
  • The Citrus Community Concert Choir offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to qualified students residing in Citrus County who wish to further their education in vocal or instrumental musical arts. Information is at www.citruschoir.com or call 352-637-2377.
  • The Timucan Indian Chapter of Colonial Dames will participate/sponsor the Pocahontas Scholarship Program for a medical student, via the area schools. It is the oldest project of the society. Initially, the scholarship was only open to Native American women studying nursing. It was broadened to be available to males: in 1975, the first male nursing student was awarded the Scholarship. The $500 per semester award is for ancestrally documented Indian heritage students in all parts of the country. For information or an application form, call Bev Gentry at 352-212-2363.
  • The Riverhaven Garden Club in Homosassa has been giving scholarships for more than 20 years to area seniors interested in pursuing a career in botany, landscape design, or ecology. The scholarship alternates between Lecanto and Crystal River, since these are the two area high schools that students in Homosassa attend. The scholarship amount has varied, as has the number of recipients, but we have given these scholarships for amounts between $500 to $1,500 toward a recipient’s college tuition. Email elainemoore4@gmail.com or call 352-621-3004 for information.

Miscellaneous

  • In the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion, Lake, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties, more than 2,100 children are involved with our local dependency courts due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. The majority have been removed from their homes due to their parents’ abuse of drugs and alcohol. As a volunteer Guardian ad Litem, we can help give a child a gift for life. As a trained volunteer, Guardians ad Litem are assigned to an abused or neglected child, whose case is involved with the courts. They are charged with advocating for the child so that he/she is safe and protected and given the chance to live in a stable, loving home. To find out more about volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem, visit our website at www.guardianadlitem.org.
  • EMS Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the fields of Health and EMS. EMS Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career opportunities. Explorers get to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Explorers will develop work experiences to begin building their resume, important leadership skills and an understanding of the importance of teamwork in a professional setting. Explorers will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on projects to give them a real feel for whether this career is the right one for them. They will have an opportunity to network with professionals who work in these careers every day — they are using the latest technology, they are aware of emerging trends, they know what it takes to get into college for their specific career. Contact Nature Coast EMS for more information: 352-249-4751.
  • Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County is $15 yearly. Costs for care programs are $75 per month for after-school and $20 per month for before-school care; scholarships may be available. Pickup is available for the clubs in Inverness, Beverly Hills and Homosassa/Crystal River. Visit bgccitrus.org or call 352-621-9225.
  • In 2010, Cayla Barnes was a beautiful 20-month-old little girl who drowned on a hot July afternoon in Citrus County. Since then her parents, Sean and Jessica Barnes, have turned a devastating loss into a charitable organization known as Cayla’s Coats. With help from the community, Cayla’s Coats is now a nonprofit with the mission is to provide drowning prevention and awareness education, swimming lessons during the warmer months and coats during the colder months to children in need in Citrus County. Visit www.caylascoats.org. For information, call 352-316-6409.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, serving Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties, offers a monthly training and orientation meeting at the Citrus YMCA. Find out more about the program and become a Big Brother, Big Sister or Big Couple. Email SheriC@bbbsTampabay.org. Visit www.bbbstampabay.org.
  • Citrus County 4-H clubs welcome new members. Call 352-527-5700. 4-H is a community of young people engaged in learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
  • The Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra music lessons. Students 5 to 19. Beginning students will learn to read music and play string, woodwind or brass instruments. Students who already play, will learn to play in an ensemble. See cyeso.org or facebook.com/cyeso for information or email yes2cyeso@gmail.com. Classes 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness.
  • Citrus County YMCA Community Champions program. The Y Community Champions program embraces volunteers to help in a variety of areas with the YMCA organization. Volunteers needed in the areas of coaching, program assistants, special events and office administration. All volunteers must undergo a background screening. To volunteer, call 352-500-9622, or stop by 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Beverly Hills, FL 34461.

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