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Hospice has volunteer opportunities

On June 8 from 10-11 a.m., HPH Hospice in Lecanto invites the public to hear about a host of volunteer opportunities available.

Come learn about the Chapters Health Valor Program for veterans and first responders which offers companionship, support and more. Light refreshments will be served.

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Have a certified therapy dog and willing to visit patients? Want to call and check on caregivers and their loved ones? Attend this information session to learn more.

Reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, call 352-359-8373 or email [email protected] HPH Hospice is at 2939 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto.

Life Skills to host wellness class

Life Skills Service Center is hosting a Wellness Class featuring Amy DiMauro, Innov8tive Nutrition promoter.

The class will broach the topics of overcoming fears, expectations, outcomes, commitments and goals, as well as nutritional topics of sleep, energy, anxiety, pain, weight loss, joint support and adult/children multivitamin and collagen nanotechnology patches and programs.

This class is $35 and includes a meal and two free raffles along with the class. There will be a 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. session to choose from.

The class will be held every third month: June 6, Sept. 9, Dec. 12 and March 3, 2023. If they sell out for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for one of those dates, they will add an additional session time.

RSVP’s can be made to Avon Hambrick by calling 352-257-5636, emailing [email protected] or in person at 121 N. Florida Ave., Inverness, with a paid ticket purchase. They can also be made to promoter direct, Amy DiMauro, by calling 352-292-2824, emailing [email protected] or by mail to P.O. Box 158 Candler, FL 32111.

Dementia conference has free book

Debbie Selsavage, organizer of the Coping with Dementia Family Care Partner Conference that will take place on May 12, has announced that her new book entitled “Coping with Dementia” will be given free to everyone who attends the conference.

Subtitled “Thoughts on the philosophy, principles, and practice of person-centered compassionate care,” the book contains more than 70 of her columns on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia published in the Citrus County Chronicle over the past six years.

The eighth annual Coping with Dementia Care Partner Conference will take place at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and will feature expert speakers, music and lunch. Seating will be limited, so reservations are requested. To reserve seats, call 352-422-3663 or email [email protected]

Cancer support group to meet

The Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group will be having their last meeting May 13 at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto.

Any lady diagnosed with breast cancer or going through treatment for breast cancer is welcome to attend. At this meeting, they will be discussing issues some of the ladies are facing going through their treatments and handling their diagnosis.

To reserve a spot, call facilitator Judy Bonard at 352-220-3693 or Shawn Gundersen at RBOI 352-527-0106 as a light lunch is served to those attending.

The meeting is closed during the summer months and will resume in September on the second Friday at 11:45 a.m. of each month.

Hospital to hold stroke seminar

HCA Florida Citrus Hospital will present a stroke seminar on May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, located at 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

“Stroke 101” will focus on the types of stroke, signs and symptoms. Attendees will learn about the steps they can take to prevent a stroke as well as the treatment and recovery process for stroke survivors. A brief question and answer session will follow.

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

Wings to hold ‘Grilling Food Safely’

The Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center will be presenting “Grilling Food Safely” on May 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. located at 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane, Homosassa Springs.

This workshop will be conducted by Family and Community Services Program assistant Stephanie Clamer McMinds from UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Services. Reserve a spot in advance by calling 352-249-1470.

Libraries: Healthy minds, bodies

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 vets

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.

Senior Center offers low-impact Zumba classes

Zumba Classes with certified instructor Donna are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Citrus County Senior Center, Lecanto, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court.

Classes are low impact and geared to seniors, with a lot of laughter included. Get your workout in while dancing and having fun; $5 per class.

Call 352-527-5942 to pre-register or email [email protected] for more information.

Community center adds new 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 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.

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.

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.

June 10 and Oct. 21 at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness.

Aug. 15 and Dec. 19 at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St. in Crystal River.

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.

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 [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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