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IPS Upward Bound students

Upward Bound is a program that recognizes fourth- and fifth-grade students who have made a strong effort to improve in their behavior, academics or both.

The Rotary Clubs of Citrus County combined with the Citrus County School District conducts the Upward Bound Program three times during the school year. The students are honored with a breakfast and award.

The first Upward Bound Program for the year was held on Nov. 13 at the Citrus Springs Community Center. Fourth-grade students from Inverness Primary School were Madisyn Acosta, Cody Burrows, Preston Lamphier, Madison Lindsay and Gavin Vergara. Fifth-grade students from Inverness Primary School were Aiden German, Brian Hammerle, Trystan Morris, Yulissa Pilon and Hailee Speir.

Foundation Fest coming up Friday

The sixth annual Foundation Fest is coming back to Crystal River after four years in Inverness. The Plantation Resort, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, is the setting for the Friday, Nov. 22, fundraiser for the Citrus County Education Foundation. The fundraiser runs from 6-10 p.m.

CCEF plans for than 21 features to make this fundraiser a success. There will be the Battle of the Band Teachers, raffles, silent auction, food and drinks, and 20 celebrity bartenders competing to raise the most tips.

Tony Lucca, a Mouseketeer with Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, who also came in second place on season two of “The Voice,” will perform.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets and more information, contact Susan Frampton at, or 352-726-1931, ext. 2240. All funds raised will benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation.

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.

Save the date for annual dinner

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, 2020, 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.

AACCC plans annual scholarship fundraiser

The Afro-American Club of Citrus County (AACCC) will host their 30th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraiser and Christmas Dance on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Saint Michael’s Banquet Hall, 4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Music by the Soul Sensations. Donations $75. No tickets will be available at the door.

For tickets and information, call Carol at 352-302-9453 or Gaynell at 347-306-5915.

Florida Elks Youth Camp

November first marks the opening of the registration period 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, 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.

Classes, training

Adult learning 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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