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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.

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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 am 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

Knights to hold blood drive June 18

The next blood drive for Knights of Columbus Council 6168 Our Lady of Grace Parish will be on June 18 from 8 am to 1 pm at the council hall, 2389 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy., at the corner of West Pinecone Avenue and Route 486 in Lecanto.

This is the traditional third Saturday of June and has the required time between donations needed for repeat donors. As many seasonal residents have left the area, it is more important than ever to participate in this drive, and give the gift of life by providing precious blood to the community.

There will be a complimentary breakfast, E-gift cards and tokens of appreciation for all donors. LifeSouth protocols provide a safe and comfortable environment for donating.


ABC of Dementia free workshops slated

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:

  • July 18 – Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Ave., Beverly Hills.
  • August 15 – Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River.
  • September 19 – Homosassa Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa.
  • October 21 – Lakes Region Library.
  • November 21 – Central Ridge Library.
  • December 19 – Coastal Region Library.

All workshops are presented from 10 am 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 am 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.

Hospital to host joint pain seminar

HCA Florida Citrus Hospital will present a joint pain seminar on June 21 at 2 pm at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, located at 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy., Lecanto.

“Relief for Hip, Knee and Shoulder Pain” will be guided by a physical therapist who will walk attendees through causes of joint pain, diagnosis and the variety of treatment options available.

Those who are experiencing joint pain, have difficulty standing or walking or who experience trouble with daily activity due to joint issues would benefit from this seminar.

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

Penny Duteau Nursing Scholarship available

Applicants are being accepted now for the Penny Duteau Nursing Scholarship.

Qualifications are:

  • Must be a Citrus County resident
  • Must have been accepted in a recognized school of nursing program (proof is required)

Application must be completed and return by June 24 via email to or mail to: Penny Duteau Nursing Scholarship Fund, 109 S. Hunting Lodge Drive, Inverness, FL 34453.

Socialize with others at Cafe 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 Cafe 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 am Wednesdays and at 9 am 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 am 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 pm at the Homosassa branch, belly dancing classes will be available.
  • On the last Tuesday of each month at 5 pm, 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 pm 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 am and is designed for seasoned participants. Those looking to learn more about Tai Chi should attend the 10:45 am 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, announced two new additions to their community class schedule.

Tai Chi will be offered from 9 to 10 am Tuesdays. From 10 to 11 am 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 am to 12:30 pm 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 am 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 pm 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 US 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 am to 4:30 pm 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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