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Learn to grow and cook with herbs Everyone enjoys tasty, seasoned dishes at the dinner table. To learn how to grow and cook with fresh herbs, attend the Growing and Cooking with Herbs workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast […]

Learn to grow and cook with herbs

Everyone enjoys tasty, seasoned dishes at the dinner table. To learn how to grow and cook with fresh herbs, attend the Growing and Cooking with Herbs workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa Springs.

This workshop will be conducted by family and community services program assistant Stephanie Clamer McMinds of the UF/FAS Citrus County Extension Services.

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Space may be limited. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information, visit or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Mended Hearts to gather Feb. 11

The Mended Hearts Chapter 367 will meet at the Historic Citrus Schoolhouse adjoining the Citrus Memorial Hospital at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2022,

The speaker will be Dr. Peter Kim, cardiac and thoracic surgeon at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

The Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit support organization for heart patients, their caregivers, health professionals and any others interested in assisting patients with physical and emotional recovery from cardiac disease.

Contact President Gail Granger at 352-795-7742 for more information.

Coping with Dementia postpones conference

The Coping with Dementia Family Care Partner Conference, scheduled for Feb. 17, has been postponed.

Other ways to conduct the conference later in the year are being considered. Those who have already registered will be advised if a new date is chosen.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 352-422-3663.

Salon offers free facial exercise classes

From Head To Toe Salon offers free face lift exercise classes at 9 a.m. every Monday, including Feb. 14, 21 and 28. 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.

Breast cancer support group to meet

The women’s breast cancer support group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 11 in the lobby of the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, 522 N. Lecanto Highway.

This meeting’s speaker is Cheryl Yarchuk, board certified occupational therapist and owner of Miracle Mile Therapy in Hernando. Discussion will be on lymphedema and edema, scar release, post-surgical swelling, functional limitations and more.

Yarchuk also performs natural hands-on treatment for pain anxiety. Measurements and garments are completed on site. A referral from your doctor is required to meet with

Masks and social distancing are required for those who are not vaccinated. Women who have been diagnosed with cancer, are going through treatment or are survivors of cancer are welcome.

Meetings are held at 11:45 a.m. the second Friday of each month except June, July and August.

A light lunch is served at the meeting. Reservations are required by Feb. 9. Call facilitator Judy Bonard at 352-220-3693 or Shawn at RBOI 352-527-0106.

Renew your lifeguarding certification

The City of Inverness will be offering an American Red Cross lifeguarding certification class with a mandatory prerequisite swim from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 12 at Whispering Pines Park Pool, 1700 Forest Drive in Inverness. Registration is $150.

Class Times:

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20

Candidates must be at least 15, pass the prerequisite swim, turn in completion for online studies and attend all 10 hours of class sessions. Those who pass the prerequisite swim will receive a CPR pocket mask and a “Guard” hip pack.

At the prerequisite swim, students must:

  • Have an active Red Cross lifeguard certification
  • Swim 300 yards continuously (goggles permitted) using breast and/or freestyle.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only.
  • Swim 20 yards (no goggles), dive to 10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, swim on their back holding the object on their chest, return to the starting point and get out of the water with the object in no more than 1 minute and 45 seconds.

For more information, call the pool office at 352-726-1995.

Knights to host blood drive

The first blood drive of 2022 for Knights of Columbus Council 6168, Our Lady of Grace Parish, will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the council hall, 2389 W. Norvell Bryant Highway in Lecanto.

There is no better New Year’s resolution than giving the gift of life to the community and there is a great need for blood at this time. Support the community by participating in this New Year’s drive.

There will be a complimentary breakfast and tokens of appreciation for all donors. As usual, Life South protocols provide a safe and comfortable environment for donating.

On Dec. 18, 2021, the drive collected 21 units from 26 donors at the council hall and two units from two donors at a LifeSouth Facility.

‘Advances in Heart Care’ seminar

Citrus Memorial Hospital (CMH) will present a cardiac seminar at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway in Lecanto.

“Advances in Heart Care” will feature a presentation from registered nurses Lora Bird, Kelly Lake and David Avery. The discussion will focus on advancements in medication, technology and cardiac procedures. A brief question and answer session will follow.

Seating is limited so an RSVP is required to attend. Call 352-637-3337 or visit to reserve a seat.

ABC of Dementia workshops in 2022

Coping with Dementia LLC and the Citrus County Library System will offer free ABC of Dementia workshops in 2022.

“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,” Coping with Dementia president Debbie Selsavage said.

Remaining workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon on the following days:

  • May 16 and Sept. 19 at the Homosassa Public Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave.
  • Feb. 18, June 10 and Oct. 21 at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness.
  • March 21, July 18 and Nov. 21 at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Ave. in Beverly Hills.
  • April 18, Aug. 15 and Dec. 19 at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St. in Crystal River.

Coping with Dementia LLC will also present a free ABC of Dementia workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Dunnellon Public library, 20351 Robinson Road.

Care partners and loved ones living with dementia are welcome. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 352-422-3663 or email [email protected]

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.

NAMI Citrus in need of volunteers

Are you a family member of a loved one living with a mental health condition? Join NAMI Citrus for a network of support, find strength in helping others and fight the stigma surrounding mental health.

NAMI is looking for persons 18 or older to become trained to facilitate a weekly 90 minute family support group on Thursday evenings. Trainees will always have a second facilitator with them.

Email [email protected] or call 844-687-6264 and ask to speak with Sharon Edmunds, program coordinator.

NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the nation with more than 600 local affiliates throughout the country. Volunteers provide education, support and advocacy so those living with mental health conditions can lead fulfilling, productive lives. Visit for more information.

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.

Senior Center offers low-impact Zumba classes

Zumba Classes with Certified Instructor Donna Scarpello are held from 11 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except holidays) at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.

Classes are lower impact and geared toward seniors. Cost is $5 per class.

To pre-register, call 352-527-5993 or email instructor Donna Scarpello at [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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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