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Home-school kick-off at Whispering Pines

Come out and meet with local home-schoolers at this event sponsored by the Citrus County Christian Homeschool Group. Get plugged in with this local support group for home-schoolers and find out about the GRACE home-school co-op learning program.

The event will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Whispering Pines Pavillion, 1700 Forest Drive, Inverness.

For more information, call contact Sarah at 352-860-1636.

Home improvement class slated at WTC

Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a Basic Home Improvement class for those interested in learning the basics of plumbing, electrical, drywall and repair. The class will help you gain confidence and competence doing basic home repairs, as well as help you learn when or if you will need a contractor or permit.

The class starts Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. at WTC, 1201 W. Main St., Inverness. There will be six sessions total. Each will be held on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 352-726-2430 for more information and to register.

WTC has Beginners Woodworking class

Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a Beginners Woodworking class for those interested in learning more about using hand- and power-tools in regard to carpentry. The class will help you gain confidence and competence working with wood and basic tools. You will even make a project to take home.

The class starts Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. at WTC,1201 W. Main St., Inverness. There will be six sessions total. Each will be held on Wednesday evenings from 4-7 p.m. 0 pm. Call 352-726-2430 for more information and to register.

Spring 2020 classes have begun at CF

Spring 2020 classes at College of Central Florida campuses begin Wednesday, Jan. 8. For more information, call the Ocala Campus at 352-873-5800, Citrus Campus at 352-746-6721, or Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus at 352-658-4077.

Girls State, Boys State need participants

Girls State is open to young women in their junior year of high school. It is a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip to Tallahassee for an intense study of government. College scholarship opportunities will also be available. Girls State will be June 10-18.

Qualifications for a junior female interested in Girls State include an interest in government, demonstrated leadership, Florida residency, willingness to salute the American flag and take the oath of office on a Bible and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For an application and/or more information about Girls State, contact the school’s guidance counselor or Elfi Baker, Girls State chairperson of the American Auxiliary Unit No. 155, at 352-564-2548 or rbaker244@tampabay.rr.com, or go online to www.girlsstate.alafl.org (Girls State). Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Boys State, June 21-27, is open to young men in their junior year of high school. It is a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip to Tallahassee for an intense study of government. College scholarship opportunities will also be available.

Qualifications for a junior male interested in Boys State are an interest in government, demonstrated leadership, Florida residency, willingness to salute the American flag and take the oath of office on a Bible and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For an application and more information about Boys State, contact the school’s guidance counselor or Robert Baker, Boys State chairperson of the American Legion Post No. 155, at 352-564-2548 or rbaker244@tampabay.rr.com, or go online to www.flondalegion.org (Boys State). Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Everyone invited to study abroad with CF

OCALA — Community members are invited to join College of Central Florida students on two study abroad trips this summer to Belize.

Both trips are from May 31-June 8, 2020. Cost is approximately $1,480 for each trip and includes eight nights of accommodations, all ground transportation, eight breakfasts and dinners, seven lunches and a full-time guide. Program price is an estimate until tickets are finalized.

Participants can choose between a traditional study abroad experience that includes snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, visiting Caye Caulker beaches, iguana farm, Blue Hole National Park and Xunatunich Mayan Ruins and an introduction to medicinal plants.

Or, choose a trip focused on allied health, which includes most of the traditional highlights as well as clinics, site visits and observations and a nursing workshop.

For more information, call Wendy Adams at 352-854-2322, ext. 1546.

Made for Trades dinner coming up in March

Withlacoochee Technical College’s second annual Made for the Trades Dinner and Auction will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium.

Come thirsty, hungry and ready to bid on unique items.

For more information, call Ashley Smerecki, sponsorship and donations coordinator, at 352-726-2430, ext. 4316.

Florida Elks Youth Camp open to kids

Registration is ongoing for the Florida Elks Youth Camp. The Elks camp is open to all children ages 9-13 for seven weeks each summer, membership in the order is not required. The camp features sporting opportunities such as two shaded pools, a large lake for boating, a gymnasium with three basketball courts, archery, soccer, climbing wall, rope confidence course and 150 acres of open space for other activities.

Campers are housed in block cabins which are air conditioned and heated. Each cabin accommodates seven campers and two trained staff members.

Meals are served family style in the pavilion and are prepared by the camp chef. There is a nurse on standby at the camp infirmary at all times.

The cost of the camp is $180 per week, but no one is turned away for inability to pay and all information is confidential. The Elks’ goal is for the children to have a week of fun.

Applications are only available on the State Elks website at FloridaElks.org, click on the “Read More” box under the Florida Elks Youth Camp heading at the upper right of the page.

Assistance with the application is available at the West Citrus Elks Lodge by calling the secretary at secretary at 352-628-1221.

Adult learning held in Old Homosassa

The Old Homosassa Learning Center has a new Adult Learning Schedule. Call 352-628-9333 for information including prices.

The current lineup is: Monday at 9 a.m., yoga with Michelle DiDomenico; Tuesday at 10 a.m., Zumba with Nadeen Horak; Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., body sculpting with Michelle DiDomenico; Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., Zumba with Nadeene Horak; Thursday at 9 a.m., yoga with Michele DiDomenico; Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m., Sew Cool! Workshop with Faith Peix; and Friday at 10:30 a.m., body sculpting with Michelle DiDomenico.

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