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Legion Post 166 to host blood drive

On Sept. 9, the Arnold Vern Allen American Legion Post 166, located at 4520 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, will host a Blood Drive.

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The bloodmobile will be on site from 9 a.m. and will be available to everyone who would like to donate blood until 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, go to the sign-up link:

LifeSouth is facing a shortage of blood. All help will be greatly appreciated.

NAMI upcoming events

The local nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has several presentations coming up.

  • On Sept. 20, NAMI presents Part 1 of Hearts+Minds, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA. This free three-part wellness program will educate and empower people to better manage their mental and physical health. Additional presentations are on Oct. 11 and Nov. 15. Learn more and register at
  • On Sept. 22, NAMI presents the free certified class Mental Health 1st Aid for adults, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch provided. Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. A three-year certificate will be awarded. Seating is limited to the first 30 people who register. Learn more and register at
  • On Sept. 27, NAMI presents “In Our Own Voice” from 1-2 p.m. at the Coastal Region Library in Crystal River. Hear real life experiences from people who lead successful lives while living with a mental health condition. The presentation is free. Learn more and register at


Upcoming blood drives at Citrus Libraries

OneBlood is a nonprofit community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to hospital partners and their patients.

Every two seconds of every day, someone needs blood. Blood has a limited shelf life; consequently, the supply must constantly be replenished. OneBlood, working in conjunction with Citrus County Library System, will be providing the opportunity for community members to donate blood.

  • OneBlood will host a blood drive at the Lakes Region branch on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Big Red Bus will be situated in the library parking lot.
  • OneBlood will host another blood drive at the Homosassa Public Library on Monday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Big Red Bus will be stationed in the parking lot.

OneBlood awards incentives for donating blood as well, so be sure to take advantage of these pending opportunities to donate blood and to save lives.

Learn about Medicare at the Library

Navigating the Medicare maze can be difficult without help, and it can be hard to find a trustworthy guide. The Citrus County Library System has partnered with Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) to provide the public with an information presentation.

SHINE, a program created by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, is the official, unbiased source of information on all parts of Medicare. The upcoming presentation “Medicare Basics: Medicare 101” will be held at the Lakes Region branch in Inverness on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Additional information about SHINE, their services and the programs that they offer can be found at

For more information about this program, visit the online calendar at or call the Lakes Region branch at 352-726-2357.

To stay in the know about Citrus County Libraries, visit or follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram.

Church to host free Alzheimer’s and dementia workshop

North Oak Baptist Church, located at 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd., Citrus Springs, will host a free Alzheimer’s and dementia care and awareness workshop on Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Conducted by Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia LLC, the workshop will define Alzheimer’s and dementia, explain how dementia affects individuals, discuss ways to interpret dementia behaviors for better communication, and show how compassion and the proper use of voice, approach, and appropriate touch can result in more effective and less stressful caregiving.

Seating will be limited, so reservations are requested. To make reservations to attend, call 352-422-3663 or email

Bowling to benefit Shands Children’s Cancer Unit

The Bowler’s Hut Pro Shop proudly presents the Youth Eliminator Handicap Bowling Tournament to benefit Shands Children’s Cancer Unit.

The tournament will take place on Sept. 18 with check in at noon and bowling starting at 1 p.m. located at Sportsmen’s Bowl, 100 N. Florida Ave., Inverness.

Entry fee is $50 if in advance, $55 day-of.

Contact Mike Preston by phone at 352-538-3133. Prepayment is acceptable through Cashapp, Venmo, or PayPal, or call Sportsmen’s at 352-419-4316.

Coastal Region library has exercise series

Exercise is considered one of the best ways to stay healthy. Unfortunately, just going out and exercising isn’t always the easiest option. A previous injury may make it difficult to move around or the high impact exercises that everyone else is doing may be too hard.

This is where your local library comes in. The Coastal Region branch in Crystal River offers a free, low impact chair exercise series called “Sit & Be Fit!”

Classes are held Thursdays beginning at 10:30 a.m.

This class focuses on low impact stretches and strengthening exercises, all done from a seated position. These exercises are aimed at improving flexibility, learning weight control and reducing the chance of injury.

Also, stop by the Homosassa branch on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for belly dancing or the Lakes Region branch in Inverness on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. for Yang Tai Chi.

These programs are free for everyone with no registration required. For more information, visit or follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram.

Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s coming up

Coping with Dementia LLC and Dementia Education Inc. have announced that Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s will take place in Floral City on Oct. 15.

This year’s event will include two options: a walk on the Withlacoochee State Trail or a tour of the Historic District of scenic Floral City. Pets are welcome as well.

The 2022 Walk will be the fifth year for the event. The event will dedicate its proceeds to dementia education, awareness and the support of families living with dementia.

Funds are raised through sponsorship fees, donations and participation fees, which are $20 per person. Prizes will be given, including plaques for the largest team and top individual fund-raiser.

In addition to the walks, there will be music, food and other entertainment in the Floral City Town Center with free parking close by. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. and finish by noon.

For information on how to register, how to form a walking team or how to become a sponsor, contact Janice Martin at 352-477-1866 or email

ABC of Dementia schedule set

Coping with Dementia and the Citrus County Library System have announced the schedule of free ABC of Dementia workshops for the second half of 2022.

Coping with Dementia president and workshop presenter Debbie Selsavage said, “Our ABC of Dementia workshop explains Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in plain language, suggests techniques for becoming a better and less-stressed care partner, and provides useful resources to families living with dementia.”

The remaining 2022 schedule will include:

  • Sept. 19 – Homosassa Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa.
  • Oct. 21 – Lakes Region Library.
  • Nov. 21 – Central Ridge Library.
  • Dec. 19 – Coastal Region Library.

All workshops are presented from 10 a.m. to noon. Care partners and their loved ones living with dementia are welcome. While the workshops are free, reservations are encouraged.

For more information or to reserve seats at any of the workshops, call 352-422-3663 or email

Zumba classes available every week

Zumba classes with Certified Instructor Donna are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.

Classes are low impact and geared to seniors with a lot of laughter included. Get a good workout while dancing and having fun. The cost is $5 per class.

To pre-register or for more information, call 352-527-5993 or email Classes are not held on government holidays.

Socialize with others at Café Break!

Among the wellness programs offered by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast at its Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane (gold building on right) in Homosassa Springs is Café Break!

At Café Break! Anyone grieving or lonely can find a safe place to socialize with others, work puzzles, play games or chat over a cup of coffee and snacks for 2-1/2 hours starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information or to join this program that follows CDC guidelines, call 352-249-1470.

Salon offers free facial exercise classes

From Head To Toe Salon offers free face lift exercise classes at 9 a.m. every Monday. The salon is located at 21 N. Croft Ave. in Inverness.

In this one-hour class, learn to sculpt and revitalize your face with 25 facial exercises that build volume, minimize wrinkles and lift and tone for a more youthful appearance.

Space is limited, so call master esthetician Stephanie Gombrelli at 352-613-6111 to reserve a spot.

Chemo patients receive free treatment

Chemotherapy patients receive free microblading (eyebrow permanent makeup) by Stephanie Gombrelli at From Head To Toe Salon in Inverness.

Call 352-613-6111 for more information and to schedule.

Citrus Libraries: Healthy mind, healthy body

Citrus Libraries will host several Health & Wellness events.

  • On Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Homosassa branch, belly dancing classes will be available.
  • On the last Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m., the Coastal Region branch hosts Doreen Lavista who guides an immersive meditation session. Bring a yoga mat, cushion, pillow or back support for using a chair.
  • Every Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at the Lakes Region branch, Eric Poling teaches Yang Tai Chi 13. This form emphasizes building strength, balance and coordination through simple movements. Registration is required.
  • On Thursdays, Tai Chi classes are held at the Floral City branch. The first class is Beyond the Basics Tai Chi at 9:30 a.m. and is designed for seasoned participants. Those looking to learn more about Tai Chi should attend the 10:45 a.m. beginner class.

For more information, follow @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram or visit

Lions Club offers vision care for veterans

Any veterans in Citrus County who cannot afford their eyeglasses or are in need of vision care can contact Inverness Lions Club at 352-560-8741.

The club can help with any vision need. Residency and income requirements apply.

Community center offers classes

The East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Inverness, offers healthy choices on its community class schedule.

Tai Chi will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, certified Silver Sneakers Flex instructor Kathy Johnson will lead “Kathy’s Crazy Cardio Class.”

The cost for each class is $3 per person or $1 for Silver Sneakers members. For those who wish to participate in both classes, there is a reduced cost of $5 per person. For more information, call 352-344-9666.

Water aerobics at Bicentennial Pool

Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s offer a water aerobics class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Bicentennial Park Pool, 8145 W. Bicentennial Park Drive in Crystal River.

The cost is $3 per person per class. These classes offer a fun, healthy fitness workout without added stress on joints. Participants must be 16 years or older.

For more information, call 352-795-1478.

‘Stepping Stones to Wellness’ meets weekly

Stepping Stones to Wellness will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The group is facilitated by yoga teacher Ellen Armitage. By combining walking in place, guided meditation/relaxation exercises and a process group, it is designed to help promote overall well-being.

Provided as a community service, the class is offered at no charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, call or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Wings Grief Center offers advanced yoga

The Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast advanced yoga group meets from 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The class is facilitated by Ellen Armitage, a yoga teacher with more than 20 years of experience helping others find their way to their highest self.

Sessions are provided as a community service and are offered at no charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, call or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Free pregnancy testing, sonograms available

Citrus Pregnancy Center is offering free pregnancy testing and free early pregnancy sonograms at both locations: 726 NE U.S. 19 in Crystal River and 3185 E. Thomas St. in Inverness.

For more information, call 352-341-5176.

Attend Dr. Bennett’s ‘Fireside Chats’

Dr. Joseph Bennett offers monthly “Fireside Chats” beginning noon the first Wednesday of each month at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute (RBOI), 522 N. Lecanto Highway.

Sessions often feature guest speakers, as well as open discussion regarding health and cancer care. A light lunch is provided, therefore RSVP is requested.

Bennett welcomes questions and open discussion, so bring your questions or email them ahead of time to Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing inside the building.

Call Shawn at 352-527-0106 to make a reservation.

RBOI has supplies for cancer patients

If you are in need of scarfs, wigs, or other helpful items for those going through cancer treatments, call Medical Social Worker Wendy Hall, LCSW, at 352-527-0106. Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto has a resource room with more than 100 wigs available for free. Stop in the Lecanto office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call to make an appointment.

Medical Social Workers at RBOI will assist individuals needing support through the emotional turmoil caused by cancer with resources, including application for Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation assistance. Many services including Zoom meetings for support and education are available for patients with cancer, and their loved ones. Call 352-527-0106.

Free hearing screening available

Citrus Healing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) is offering free hearing screenings for Citrus County residents at the old train depot, 109 NE Crystal St. in Crystal River.

Screenings are by appointment only. Low-income hearing aid assistance is available.

To learn more, call Maureen 352-795-5000.

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