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Citrus Hospital to host stroke seminar

HCA Florida Citrus Hospital will present a stroke seminar at 2 pm May 17 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.

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

Libraries: Healthy mind, healthy body

Citrus Libraries will host several Health & Wellness events throughout the month of April and beyond.

On April 21 at 1 pm at the Central Ridge branch, Reiki master Betsy Schwartz will be presenting “The Ancient Practice of Reiki for Wellness.”

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.

Child Health & Safety Fair on April 30

The Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) and the City of Inverness will host a Child Health & Safety Fair from 9 am to noon April 30 at Depot Pavilion at Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave. in Inverness. The event is free and open to the public.

The event, geared toward families with children ages 5-11, will feature exhibits and activities including: kids yoga, cyber security, pool/water safety, bicycle helmet fittings, safe sleep, fire safety, vision screenings, nutrition education, information on low /no-cost car seats and more.

Community partners joining DOH-Citrus and the city include Cayla’s Coats, Citrus County Children’s Advocacy Center/Jessie’s Place, Citrus County Fire Rescue, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, Citrus County Mosquito Control, City of Inverness Fire Department, Episcopal Children’s Services and Healthy Start.

For more information about DOH-Citrus, go to or follow them on Twitter at @FLHealthCitrus.

Retired Nurses to conduct joint meeting

The Citrus/Marion Retired Nurses will host a joint meeting with the Orlando Retired Nurses at 11 am April 26. They will meet at Mimi’s Café, 4414 SW College Road, State Road 200, Ocala.

Guests will order off the menu. Baskets will be available to bid on. Following lunch, the meeting program will be “Beyond Statins” with speaker Abby Anderson, ANRP.

For information, call Judy Herron at 352-860-0232 or email [email protected]

Citrus Spine Institute’s Health Screening Expo

Citrus Spine Institute will be holding a Health Screening Expo on May 1 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Inverness Depot Pavilion, 300 Withlachoochee State Trail.

This is a free community event designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent and manage disease and connect people to resources. Visit the Health Screening Expo stations about nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, air, rest, trust, discover your health age and more,

They are also offering “Building Your Immune System Now!” at their Healthy Living Series on April 26 at 6 pm in preparation for the Health Screening Expo. The presenter is Carin Lynch from LIGHT Ministries.

The Healthy Living Series will be held at the Inverness Seventh-day Adventist Church, 638 S. Eden Gardens Ave., Inverness.

Blood drive to be held in April

The next blood drive for the Knights of Columbus Council 6168 and Our Lady of Grace Parish will be from 8 am to 1 pm on April 23 at the council hall, 2389 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, at the corner of West Pinecon Avenue and County Road 486 in Lecanto.

There will be a complimentary breakfast and all donors will receive a LifeSouth umbrella and $20 e-gift card. LifeSouth protocols provide a safe and comfortable environment for donating. If there are any questions, call LifeSouth at 352-527-3061.

Senior Center offers low-impact Zumba classes

Zumba Classes with certified instructor Donna are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 am 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 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.

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.

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 am 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]

Coping with Dementia event rescheduled

The eighth annual Coping with Dementia Family Care Partner Conference has been rescheduled for May 12. The event will take place at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. The conference will last all day and is free, including lunch, and open to the public.

Seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to reserve their seats soon.

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

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 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 [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 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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