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CF Citrus Campus open house July 14

The College of Central Florida invites anyone thinking about college to an open house on Thursday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Charles S. Dean Sr. Educational Center at the CF Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

Future students are encouraged to tour the campus and learn about more than 150 academic pathways, including 70 job-training programs. Attendees can get help with admission and financial aid and register for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 15.

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Everyone who completes an admissions application at the event will have the $30 fee waived and will be entered to win free tuition for a 3-credit-hour class at CF’s standard tuition rate.

A virtual open house will take place Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Zoom.

Attendees are encouraged to register at For more information, call 352-873-5800, ext. 1379.

Take Stock seeks mentors to help kids

Take Stock in Children is a mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youth from Citrus County by offering college or vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors and support and encouragement for students as they work their way through middle and high school and prepare for college.

They are preparing to add new students to their program in the fall and are hoping the public might consider joining their mentor team and making a difference.

Mentoring starts with a TSIC mentor application, an interview and background check and a desire to make a difference in the life of a child.

Call Pat Lancaster, student services coordinator, at 352-344-0855 or go to the website at to learn more about the program.

Chronicle seeking kids doing cool stuff

We know they’re out there — kids doing cool stuff. Do you know of a kid or teen who: has an interesting hobby or talent, is an entrepreneur or an inventor, a child who shows exceptional kindness or empathy or a kid who has special bond with an animal/pet or a kid who volunteers or … The Chronicle would like to tell the stories of our youngest in the community who are making a difference, whether large or small.

Email your Kids Doing Cool Stuff story ideas to Executive Editor Jeff Bryan at [email protected] or Managing Editor Brian LaPeter at [email protected]

Citrus Schools to host summer career fair

The Citrus County School District will be holding a career fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21 at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

The career fair will offer opportunities for new and experienced teachers in all areas, para pros, bus drivers, food and nutritional services, custodians and much more.

Apply on-site for a position. Applicants will be able to speak directly to department administrators and school administrators who will be on hand to answer questions.

Members of the human resources team will also be available to help walk people through the entire application process online.

The CCSD serves over 15,000 students and is the largest employer in the county with more than 2,500 full/part-time employees and substitutes. The county is home to 23 schools, from preschool through grade 12, along with a technical college and an online school.

For any questions, go to and click the “Contact Us” button on the right-hand side. To learn more about openings and how to apply, visit

UF/IFAS Extension to hold free cooking class

The Citrus County UF/IFAS Extension Office is providing a free program on cooking for one or two.

Cooking for one or two may seem like an impossible task. Find out how to easily plan, shop for and prepare meals for one or two. There will also be a cooking demonstration to show how easy it can be.

This free program will be held at the Floral City Public Library, 8360 E. Orange Ave., Floral City, on July 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is appreciated. To register online, visit

For more information or to register, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700

CF continues business workshop series

The College of Central Florida and SCORE Nature Coast will be presenting a six session comprehensive business workshop “Achieve Your Business Dream.”

Each session will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the CF Citrus Campus, building 4, room 103, located at 3800 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto.

Guests can pay $25 per session.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

  • July 12, “The Digital Role”
  • July 19, “Increasing Profitability”

For more information, call 352-464-7971 or email [email protected]

Courthouse Museum holding Kids’ Corner, Crafternoons

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents free Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons events for children from 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Adult supervision and pre-registration are required for all Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons events. To register, call 352-341-6428.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a farmer’s market on the first and third Saturdays in Downtown Inverness at The Depot.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-341-6428 or email [email protected]

North Oak Church offers ESL classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the youth building at North Oak Church in Citrus Springs. Trained teachers will be using an ESL curriculum to assist with improving language skills for anyone who wishes to come.

There is no charge and no church affiliation needed.

For more information and to sign up, visit

Apply for a scholarship, mentoring program

Take Stock in Children of Citrus County is looking for qualified students to join their program. The application period for the first semester is about to end and Take Stock would like to help students with their dream of attending college.

To be considered for a scholarship, the student must be in a public school, in the sixth, seventh, or ninth grade, meet the financial eligibility requirements, agree to remain drug, alcohol and crime free and get good grades.

Take Stock in Children’s two-year tuition-free scholarships are provided through their partnership with the Florida Prepaid Foundation.

Applications are available through the guidance offices at all Citrus County public schools.

For more information about the program, the eligibility requirements or any questions, call the Take Stock in Children of Citrus County office at 352-344-0855.

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