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What’s New at Citrus County Community Centers

 

The Senior Community Centers in Citrus County provide meeting places throughout the County for Citrus County residents of all ages. Centers offer people a place to go for nutritious meals, social activities and an array of programs such as health screenings, health and consumer education, creative arts, computer classes, dancing, exercises, and more!

 

The centers provide a friendly atmosphere bringing fun, laughter and companionship into the lives of our senior citizens. The centers also offer volunteer opportunities where people can contribute their experience and skills in meaningful ways.

 

Here are just a few of the exciting programs being offered at area Centers in 2018:

 

Zumba Gold at East Citrus Community Center

Moving, Grooving, and Smiling.  Classes can be done sitting or standing.      

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. 

Cost $5.00 per 1-hour session.

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

 

Art Classes with Lucy at Central Citrus Community Center

Learn how to sketch and paint.  All materials provided.

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

Cost $20.00 a month.

Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (3520 527-5993.

Hawaiian Dance with Carolyn Derrico - Learn authentic Hawaiian Dances! (three locations)

Mondays at 9:30 a.m.  Cost $5.00

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL 

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

 

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center - 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

 

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993

 

 

Belly Dance Lessons with Carolyn Derrico (two locations)

Tuesdays at 11:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center – 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

 For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

 

Thursdays at 2:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993

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Upcoming Old Courthouse Heritage Museum Events and Programs

 

Today museums are much more than they have been in the past.  Today they are places of discovery, exploring, learning, and conversation. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents many ways to engage with history through events, exhibitions, and the Music at the Museum concert series.  The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays you may call and make arrangements for a special guided tour of the Museum.

 

On the third Wednesday of each month guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Inverness are available.  The next entertaining and educational tour will be held on Wednesday, January 17th, leaving promptly at 9 a.m. from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness are your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the beautiful and quaint, walkable downtown and its historic buildings. Even locals will be amazed by what they learn! Call 352-341-6428 to reserve your space today. All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

 

We are delighted to bring Panhandle folk trio The Currys to the Old Courthouse on January 11! The Currys are brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music. The group is an Americana trio, comprised of brothers, Jimmy and Tommy, and cousin Galen Curry. Check out their music at www.thecurrysmusic.com -- then call (352) 341-6428 or email citrushistoricalsociety@gmail.com for tickets!

 

Next on the calendar is the Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series program hosted by the Florida Humanities Council and the Citrus County Historical Society. This program will feature author and journalist Craig Pittman discussing "How Florida Contracted Manatee Mania" on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.

 

Ever since 1893, when Florida passed its very first law protecting manatees, these ungainly marine mammals have been casting their spell over the people of this state. Once a staple of the early settlers’ diet, manatees are now a popular icon of Florida’s environment, featured on everything from license plates to cheesy knick-knacks. This presentation traces the history of how manatees wound up on the endangered species list and why they remain there today, a story that features such characters as Jacques Cousteau and Jimmy Buffett. Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, winning state and national awards. 

 

Finally, the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. will hold their annual meeting on Friday, February 2nd at 11:30 a.m. in the upstairs courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.  It is open to the public, and all Society members will be eligible to vote for 2018 officers and directors. There is no charge to attend, but if you are interested in the luncheon there is a fee of $10. The luncheon begins at 11:30 and the election of officers shortly after, with a presentation of awards after the installation of officers by Angela Vick, Clerk of the Courts and Comptroller to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners. Call(352) 341-6428 for reservations.

 

Always check with us on www.cccourthouse.org and click on the Facebook button to get current information and to like and share activities and events. Thank you all for your support during the past year -- let's make 2018 even more historic!

 

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Why We’re for Water

 

Arguably, water is cheap. The Citrus County Department of Water Resources’ water costs less than one cent per gallon for the first 10,000 gallons, including its base water charge. Compare that to the cost of bottled water at the store, or filling up at your local gas station, and it becomes apparent that water, one of our most precious natural resources, is a bargain.

But while the cost is low, the stakes are high. In some communities, the water supply might seem abundant, but often that’s not the case.  According to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, its northern region groundwater percentiles have fallen below the 20th percentile 5 out of the last ten years. 

So what’s a concerned citizen to do? Start by standing up for water.  You can join thousands of your neighbors supporting the We’re for Water Campaign, organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program, and by making simple changes at home.

If your home has an automatic irrigation system, examine its schedule.  On average, fifty percent of irrigation is wasted due to over watering and other inefficiencies.  Begin by adopting a seasonal irrigation schedule such as one day per week irrigation during rainy season months of late May to mid-October, as well as one irrigation day every fourteen days during the winter months of December, January and February. 

“The most frugal watering method is only applying ½ to ¾” of irrigation when 30-50% of the lawn shows signs of need like grass blades folded in half lengthwise or foot prints lingering in the lawn, said Debra Burden, water conservation manager with the Citrus County Department of Water Resources.  Then, set the seasonal irrigation schedule while away from the home for extended periods,” she added.  Those that prefer to set the controller and forget it, consider installing a Water Sense labeled controller that acts like a thermostat for the lawn by automatically adjusting for weather and season.  A $150 account credit is available to Citrus County Utilities customers that install qualifying controllers.   

Inside the home, the average American water use is about 100 gallons day.  It’s easy to find a few gallons to spare with these three simple steps: Check. Twist. And replace.

First, check toilets to reveal any silent leaks. Easy-to-fix household leaks can waste enough water each year to fill a backyard swimming pool. Just add a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 10 minutes before flushing.  If dye appears in the toilet bowl, your toilet has a leak. If you find a leak, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.

Second, if you don’t have them already, twist an aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow.  Faucet aerators cost as little as a few dollars and can save a household more than 500 gallons each year—enough to do 14 loads of laundry. For confidence that an aerator will have your faucet using 30 percent less water while still flowing with force, look for the WaterSense label, which is only awarded to products independently tested and certified to meet EPA’s water efficiency and performance criteria.  The Citrus County Department of Water Resources’ Lecanto office offers free aerators to county citizens that mention the “We’re for Water” campaign.

Third, replace your old showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, which helps you shrink your water footprint while still enjoying a satisfying shower.  Making this switch not only reduces a household’s water use by 2,300 gallons annually, but also saves enough energy from heating less water to power a television for a year.  Accompanying savings on utility bills are an added bonus.

 

“We forget the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” – Jacques Cousteau

 

Want to do more? Then visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the “I’m for Water” pledge.

 

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products and services.

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Extension to offer Matter of Balance Class

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

  
WHO: Anyone who is concerned about falls, anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength, anyone who has fallen in the past, and anyone who has restricted their activities due to concerns about falling.   


WHAT: Matter of Balance Class                 

 

WHEN: February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 Time: 10:00 am—12:00 pm. There are eight, two hour sessions beginning Tuesday February 6 to Tuesday March 27.

 

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

 

WHY: Many older adults have concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

 

This program will teach you practical strategies to manage falls. Learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals to increase activity, make changes at home to reduce your fall risk, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Pre-registration is required.  To register online: https://citrusmatterofbalance.eventbrite.com

For more information or to register, contact 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 (352) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

 

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Two Citrus County Projects Receive Funding from the Fighting for Florida’s Future Budget

 

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems. This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds. Combined with match funding from Florida’s water management districts and local partners, the investment in springs projects statewide will total more than $94 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

 

“Thanks to the continued commitment of Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature in securing a dedicated funding source for springs restoration and protection, we can continue to focus on completing strategic acquisitions and projects that will produce real benefits for our spring systems,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and Legislature, the water management districts and partners in the environmental, agricultural and local communities to conserve and protect Florida’s iconic springs.”

 

“This funding allows our district scientists to continue the important work of protecting our water resources,” said Brian Armstrong, P.G., executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. “We are thankful to Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for their financial commitment to ensure these environmental treasures are protected for future generations of Floridians.” The project development process is a collaborative effort among the department, water management districts, community leaders and local stakeholders. Projects are selected based on pollutant reduction, water conservation, cost effectiveness and available matching dollars.

 

The following are the two selected projects for Citrus County, Kings Bay:

 

Citrus County Advanced Wastewater Treatment Upgrades: A total of $1.5 million in collaborative funding will be used for construction upgrades to the existing Brentwood Wastewater Treatment Facility to produce advanced wastewater treatment level reclaimed water. This project will result in an estimated total nutrient reduction of 13,698 pounds of nitrogen per year.

 

Citrus County Northwest Quadrant Sewer Extension: A total of $6 million in collaborative funding will be used for sewer main expansion construction within the Northwest quadrant of Citrus County primarily serviced by septic systems. This sewer main extension will route up to 2 million gallons per day of wastewater flows to the Meadowcrest Wastewater Treatment Facility to produce additional high-quality reclaimed water flows to be sent to the Duke Energy Crystal River Power Complex. This project will result in an estimated total nutrient reduction of 87,791 pounds of nitrogen per year.

 

A complete list of the springs protection projects funded by the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget can be found at:

http://www.flgov.com/2017/08/07/gov-scott-announces-50-million-for-springs-restoration-projects-across-florida/These projects will be considered by the water management district Governing Boards as part of their upcoming budget hearings.

                                                                       

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Gym Passes Available at Central Ridge Community Center

 

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is announcing the enhancement of the Gym at the Central Ridge Community Center at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Parks and Recreation has recently acquired specialized equipment that works every part of the body with easy to use devices. The gym is open to all county residents from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Monthly passes are $10 per person. Staff is available to give you a tour of the facility and register you for a pass.

  
In addition, you can stay a while and play a game of pool or ping-pong, take a walk in our beautiful park, play a round of tennis or lounge poolside at the Central Ridge Swimming Pool. For more information, you may call the Community Center at 352-746-4882 or the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Administration office at 352-527-7540 

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Recycling Center Locations Open to the Public
At the March 28, 2017 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners voted to keep the remaining Recycling Drop-off Collection Centers open. The three which have already been closed, located at Withlacoochee Technical College in Inverness, the West Side Convenience Center on Rt. 44 in Crystal River, and the center in Citrus Springs, will remain closed.
The locations of the Recycling Centers, which are OPEN to the public, are:
  • West Citrus Community Center          East Citrus Community Center 
  • Beverly Hills Plaza,                             One Civic Circle, Beverly Hills 
  • Lecanto Government Building            Citrus County Central Landfill 
  • Arlington Street                                       Inverness Citrus County Fairgrounds
  • Citrus County Animal Shelter              Duval Island Boat Ramp 
Should you have any questions about this, or any other program or service offered by the Division of Solid Waste Management, please call 352-527-7670, or email landfillinfo@citrusbocc.com .       

         

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Transit offers new program for residents 60 and over The Citrus County Transit’s Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board has approved a new option for residents sixty years of age and over.   The new program invites any resident that is age sixty and over to get a free pass to ride the Deviated Fixed Route, and have a discount on the Para Transit service.  This opportunity is not income based and residents will need to show proof of age for the bus pass to be issued.  Passes and applications are available at the Citrus County Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. as well as on the Citrus County BOCC website http://www.citruscountytransit.com/. For more information, call our office at 352-527-7630.                 

                                                                       





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