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National Volunteer Week Volunteer Fair Scheduled

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Do you want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Then come to the National Volunteer Week Volunteer Fair hosted by The Nature Coast Volunteer Center. The Volunteer Fair is being held at the Central Ridge Community Center located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills, Florida on April 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

The Volunteer Fair is a way for those who desire to serve and volunteer to explore opportunities and talk with organization representatives in a casual atmosphere. Organizations face a shortage of volunteers. At the same time, many people have a desire to volunteer but just don’t know where the need is. The volunteer fair brings these two together. Potential volunteers are exposed to a wide variety of organizations that need their help in a fun and relaxed format. Volunteers can sign-up to help their favorite organization right on the spot.

For more information, please contact Rhonda at rhonda.noel@citrusbocc.com or call 352-527-5959.

Non-Profits Invited to Participate in NCVC Volunteer Fair

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is proud to sponsor the NCVC Volunteer Fair, which will be held at the Central Ridge Community Center located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills, Florida, April 12, 2019 from 10:00am to Noon. 

The NCVC Volunteer Fair is a way for community non-profits and service organizations to highlight their work and their need for volunteers. It is also a way for those who desire to serve and volunteer to explore opportunities and talk with representatives in a casual atmosphere. Organizations face a shortage of volunteers. At the same time, many people have a desire to volunteer but just do not know where the need is. The volunteer fair brings the two together.

There is no non-profit or community service organization vendor registration fee, and table and chairs will be provided. RSVP for vendor space to Rhonda.noel@citrusbocc.com or call 352-527-5959.

Long Range Transportation Plan Public Workshop Scheduled

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Two Public Workshops have been scheduled by the Metropolitan Planning Organization(MPO) for the Long Range Transportation Plan.

April 16, 2019, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Spring Hill Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Colleen Conko, Administrative Assistant, no later than seven days prior to the workshop at (352) 754-4082.

April 24, 2019, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the City of Inverness City Hall, Council Chambers, 212 West Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Susan Jackson, City Clerk, at (352) 726-2611, at least two days before the workshop.

For further information regarding the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Organization visit us online at:

https://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-f-m/metropolitan-planning-organization

MPO Environmental Justice Workshop Rescheduled

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The April 8, 2019, Citrus/Hernando Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Environmental Justice Workshop (EJ) has been rescheduled to April 24, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The workshop will be held at the City of Inverness City Hall, Council Chambers, 212 West Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Susan Jackson, City Clerk, at (352) 726-2611, at least two days before the workshop.

The April 10, 2019, Citrus/Hernando Metropolitan Organization (MPO) Environmental Justice Workshop (EJ) has been rescheduled to May 2, 2019, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, The workshop will be held at the Hernando County Building Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL  34601 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Colleen Conko, Administrative Assistant, no later than seven days prior to the workshop at (352) 754-4082.

Matter of Balance Class Begins May 1

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Are you concerned about falling?  Join UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County   for Matter of Balance.

WHO:    Have you turned down a chance to go out with friends or family because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance is a program for you.

WHAT: Matter of Balance Class                

WHEN:  Wednesdays, starting May 1, 2019 until June 19, 2019. Two sessions will be offered, session 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or session 2 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, please choose one. Classes are held once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours each. 

WHERE: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. 

WHY:     Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with friends and family. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

                        Pre-registration is required and is first come first serve so call early. 

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

Cast Your Vote for People’s Choice in the First Recycled Art Contest “Trash to Treasures”

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

For the first year, Citrus County government, UF Extension, Keep Citrus County Beautiful and Lecanto High School Culture of Clean marketing team are offering the Trash to Treasure recycled art competition for middle and high school students and an opportunity for the public to vote on their favorite artwork. 

Twelve students will be displaying their art at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, Florida, from Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. 

Be sure to stop by to see the environmentally themed creations.  Artwork will be judged by a team of local artists, and you can vote for your favorite, the “People’s Choice Award”, at the courthouse any time while the art is on display.

The public will also be able to cast their vote between 9:00am to 10:00am, at the Extension’s FREE Earth Day event on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Extension Campus at 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida. Certificates and cash prizes will be awarded at 11:00am and the Earth Day event runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm with hands on activities for all ages.

The Trash to Treasure contest was created, through a collaborative effort, by the University of Florida Extension Services, Citrus County government, the Culture of Clean Initiative, and Keep Citrus County Beautiful, to raise awareness about the environment and encourage the practice of recycling and up cycling.

Questions about on the contest or Earth Day event call the Extension @ 352-527-5700.

CoreCivic Donates to the March for Meals Campaign

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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CoreCivic Donates to the March for Meals Campaign

Laura Touchton, Site Manager for the Inverness Community Center reached out to Core Civic to see if they wanted to partner with Citrus County Senior Programs, March for Meals Campaign.  Core Civic    happily agreed and donated $668.86 to the Shamrock Fundraiser.  Thank you Core Civic for your support.

Photo from Left to Right:  Warden Mike Quinn; Jennifer Bussey, Correctional Counselor; Carrie Poust, Program Assistant; Lt. Crystal Thompson; Laura Touchton, Site Manager; Becky Worrell, Account Clerk and Derik Touchton, Unit Manager.

Citrus County Animal Services Receives Second National Maddie's Fund® Grant

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Animal Services has just received its second grant from Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

The Maddie's Fund® Challenge Completion Award for the Get ‘Em Home Challenge in the amount of $1,000. Maddie's Fund® supports the lifesaving efforts made by staff and volunteers at the Animal Shelter.

“This is one of the many national programs the shelter participates in throughout the year to enhance the shelter experience in Citrus County. The shelter also relies heavily on local volunteers and donations,” said Animal Services Director Colleen Yarbrough. 

The Get ‘em Home Challenge, which was held over three months, focused on dogs and cats that had been in animal shelters for more than 30 days. The contest shined a light on pets who have been waiting a little longer for a home, often due to no fault of their own. Over 16,000 dogs and cats from across the country found homes, thanks to this special contest hosted by Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Over $50,000 in grant money was awarded to 19 organizations. 

“We are so proud of these organizations for their creativity, and their commitment to the well-being of animals is inspiring,” said Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund. “So many of these programs incorporated foster care for the first time. This not only gave dogs and cats a break from the shelter, it also helped the shelter to learn more about the pet’s personality, allowing them to help find their match.”

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in April

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Right plant, right place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on April 9, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering.  Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. 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 or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on April 23, 2019 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 or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Public Meeting Scheduled for Input on Update to MPO Plan

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The public will have opportunity to comment on the five-year update to the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  Environmental Justice Public Workshops have been scheduled as follows:

•             April 8, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto Florida. 

•             April 10, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm:  Hernando County Building Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL  34601

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Colleen Conko, Administrative Assistant, no later than seven days prior to the workshop at (352) 754-4082.

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