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Three Educational Series for UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Learn how to make smart choices for healthy relationships with three (3) educational series.

WHO:     Dating, Engaged, Individuals interested in marriage or long-term relationship

WHAT:   Before You Tie the Knot: A fun and dynamic premarital workshop for couples or individuals who want to start their marriages off right.

WHEN:   September 30, 2016 - October 28, 2016
            Friday Nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
            Register by September 23, 2016

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461


WHO:     Remarried or Re-partnered Couples in step-families

WHAT:   Smart Steps: A fun and empowering step-family workshop to help strengthen couples and their children, including non-custodial parents.

WHEN:  September 28, 2016 - October 26, 2016 
            Wednesday Nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
            Register by September 21, 2016

WHERE:YMCA of Citrus County, 4127 West Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto, FL 34461

WHO:     Couples who are Married, Dating, Cohabiting, Engaged   

WHAT:   Elevate: A fun and powerful relationship enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.

WHEN:  September 29, 2016 - October 27, 2016 
            Thursday Nights from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
            Register by September 22, 2016

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461

For more information or to register, contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM 0079-01-00.  These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in programs should contact their UF/IFAS Extension office no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting time or call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

Starting a Home-based Food Business

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Thinking about opening a Home-based Food Business? Are you interested in selling food products that you make in your own home? Do you want to sell your home-made baked goods, candies, preserves, and more to the general public? If so, you don’t want to miss this workshop! This workshop will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 5th, at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Pre-registration is required and the fee of $25 is due by September 28th. Registration fee includes materials, lunch, and refreshments and is payable by check, make checks payable to “The University of Florida” and mail or pay in person at: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office or register/pay online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cottage-food-workshop-tickets-27151269177.

For more information contact Stephanie Clamer at sclamer@ufl.edu or call 352-527-5700.

All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact our office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Our phone number is (325) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

Shelter Management Class to be Offered

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management has coordinated with The American Red Cross and is offering a Shelter Management Class to be given at the EOC on September 7, 2016, beginning at 8:30am.    We realize that this is short notice, and we will be scheduling another class in early 2017.

Course Purpose:

The purpose of this basic level Disaster Services training is to prepare volunteers and employees of the Red Cross and other agencies to effectively and sensitively manage shelter operations as a team while meeting the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this training, participants will be able to:

· Describe the procedures for opening, operating and closing shelters.

· Explain ways to demonstrate quality service.

· Organize available human resources as a shelter operations team.

· Identify resources available to assist shelter workers.

· Organize the physical facility and material resources to meet the needs of the people in the shelter.

Please pass along this information to anyone who you believe would benefit from taking this class, who would like to volunteer, or who would be assigned to work as a shelter manager, if the need arises.  This class will also be advertised on SERT TRAC for our region. 

Instructors will be provided through The American Red Cross.  Point of contact for the CCSO Division of Emergency Management is EM Planner, Bretlee Jordan.  You may reach him at: 352-249-2704, or you may email Bretlee at bjordan@sheriffcitrus.org.

Applications being Accepted for the Code Review and Appeals Board

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for the Code Review and Appeals Board (CRAB).

The Code Review and Appeals Board reviews any locally proposed technical amendments to building standards or regulations and makes recommendations to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners. It also hears appeals of code interpretations and makes decisions on variations and modifications concerning technical codes and standards. The board makes recommendations to the BOCC on changes to Article II, Chapter 18 of the Citrus County Code.

Applicants must have knowledge and experience in technical codes, i.e. design professionals, contractors etc.

Applications need to be in by September 10, 2016.

To get an application on-line go to:

http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

and return to:

Department of Planning and Development

3600 West Sovereign Path, Suite 111

Lecanto, FL 34461

ATTN:  CARL JONES

Any questions please contact the Citrus County Building Division 352-527-5310

Medicare Information Session

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

ARE YOU APPROACHING 65?  HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICARE?  JOIN UF/IFAS EXTENSION CITRUS COUNTY & SHINE FOR MEDICARE 101

WHO: Individuals approaching 65 or joining Medicare   

WHAT:            Medicare 101:

Learn about Medicare and your options.  Get answers to your Medicare questions, concerns, and options from a knowledgeable unbiased source.              

WHEN:           September 14, 2016

                    Wednesday Night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE:        UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County

                  3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461

WHY: What to do about Medicare can be one of the most complex questions you will face when you reach 65. Understanding the basics can provide you with the ability to take the proper steps when required and helps you to deal with problems when you need to. 

For more information or to register, contact Sarah at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations.  For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact our office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Our phone number is (325) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in September 2016

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Invasive plants in and around your landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Some plants are easy to grow. Many have been introduced into our country for agricultural or horticultural reasons. Often these plants escape cultivated areas and invade native forests, wetlands, meadows and disturbed areas of development. Identifying these introduced invaders, the habitats where they thrive and management practices essential for their control will be discussed during this workshop.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service Building located at 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Creating a Florida-friendly landscape 

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 20, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include: site evaluation, selection and placement of the proper materials and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape” is the theme of this workshop.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service Building located at 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at 352 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

 

Go Back in time with the Central Florida Rat Pack

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council announces an Encore Performance with the Central Florida Rat Pack on Thursday, September 29th at The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum!

Go back in time with Dino, Marilyn, Frank, and the Central Florida Rat Pack! Tickets are $25 and include appetizers and cash bar.

The Central Florida Rat Pack, a Tribute to Frank, Marilyn and Dean, have been entertaining fans all over Florida and the United States, paying tribute to some of the greatest performers of our time!

The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council is a dba of the Citrus County Historical Society (a not for profit corporation) who asks you to support and or sponsor this performance series. All proceeds benefit the ICHC and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. exhibitions and programs, which is all in furtherance of culture and heritage in Inverness.

Mark your calendars and call now at 352-341-6428 to reserve your seats.

Citrus County Employee Ken Wells Saves Life

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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Citrus County Assistant Veteran Service Officer, Ken Wells, was formally recognized for saving the life of a choking co-worker, by the Board of County Commissioners at their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

University of Florida's Dr. Alexa Lamm to speak on the social Side of Water Issues

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will present its first Coffee and Conversation Speaker Series Program of the season, featuring Dr. Alexa Lamm, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m, on the second floor courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. She will be speaking on The Social Side of Water Issues – How this Influences Decision-making. Dr. Alexa Lamm is an assistant professor and associate director of UF’s Center for Public Issues Education (PIE Center).  This group conducts and disseminates objective interdisciplinary research and educational programs to increase public understanding of, and engagement in agricultural and natural resources issues.

Dr. Lamm conducts research on public opinion of agricultural and natural resources with a specialty in water issues. She evaluates techniques used to measure the impacts of educational initiatives and communication campaigns. Recent research includes: Public Opinion Analysis of Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues, Impacts of Individual and Collective Decision Making Processes, Opinion Leadership of Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues, and Measuring Impacts of Educational Initiatives.

This program is funded by the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and is free and open to the public. Call 352.341.6428 to reserve a seat today.

New Exhibition Opens at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The new exhibition on display in the traveling/rotating gallery at the Museum is titled, Water’s Journey: A South Florida Ecosystem. This exhibition has been brought to the museum from the South Florida Water Management District in collaboration with the Museum Exhibits and Program Team Committee. We ask visitors, while viewing this exhibit, to consider the comparisons and differences between Citrus County and its water bodies as a microcosm of the south Florida ecosystem.

Today, Citrus County, like many other areas of Florida with its abundant water resources, is at a crossroads. The county, though mostly surrounded by water except for the southern boundary, has seven rivers and its own “River of Grass”; the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes which is made up of the Hernando, Inverness, and Floral City pools of water bodies. The Withlacoochee River meanders its way north from the Green Swamp in Polk County to the Gulf of Mexico in the northwest point of Citrus County.

There are three first magnitude rivers; the Crystal, the Homosassa and the Chassahowitzka rivers, just south of where the Withlacoochee meets the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, to three smaller rivers the Salt, St, Martins and the Halls River all run between Crystal and Homosassa rivers. Much needed work is taking place in all these natural water resources which are in peril of being lost for our future generations.

Through this exhibition, you can explore and discover the natural wonders of our state and find out what you can do to make a difference.

This program is funded by the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and is free and open to the public. For more information call 352.341.6428 or visit our website, http://www.citrusbocc.com/.

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