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The salon offers free facial exercise classes

The From Head To Toe Salon offers free facelift exercise classes at 9 a.m. every Monday, including February 14, 21, and 28. The salon is located at 21 N. Croft Ave. in Inverness.

In this one-hour class, learn how to sculpt and revitalize your face with 25 facial exercises that increase volume, minimize wrinkles, and lift and tone for a more youthful appearance.

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Space is limited, so call Master Esthetician Stephanie Gombelli at 352-613-6111 to reserve a spot.

The knights hold a blood drive

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

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

Participate in an “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 include a presentation by registered nurses Lora Bird, Kelly Lake and David Avery. The discussion will focus on advances in drugs, technology and cardiac procedures. A brief question and answer session will follow.

Spaces are limited, an RSVP is required to attend. Call 352-637-3337 or visit to reserve a place.

ABC of Dementia Workshops in 2022

Coping with Dementia LLC and the Citrus County Library System will be offering free ABCs of Dementia workshops in 2022.

“Our ABCs of Dementia workshop explains Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in simple language, suggests techniques for becoming a better care partner with less stress, and provides helpful resources for families with dementia,” said said Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia.

The other workshops are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following days:

  • May 16 and September 19 at the Homosassa Public Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave.
  • February 18, June 10 and October 21 at the Lake District Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness.
  • March 21, July 18 and November 21 at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Ave. in Beverly Hills.
  • April 18, August 15 and December 19 at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St. in Crystal River.

Coping with Dementia LLC will also be presenting a free ABCs of Dementia workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on February 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 spot, call 352-422-3663 or email [email protected].

Chemo patients receive free treatment

Chemotherapy patients receive free microblading (permanent eyebrow makeup) by Stephanie Gombelli at the From Head To Toe salon in Inverness.

Call 352-613-6111 for more information and to schedule.

NAMI Citrus needs volunteers

Are you a family member of a loved one living with a mental health issue? Join NAMI Citrus for a support network, find the strength to help others, and fight the stigma around mental health.

NAMI is looking for people 18 or older to train to lead 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 to Sharon Edmunds, Program Coordinator.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization with over 600 local affiliates nationwide. Volunteers provide education, support and advocacy so that people living with mental health issues can lead fulfilling and productive lives. Visit for more information.

Aquagym at the Bicentenaire swimming pool

Citrus County Parks and Recreation offers 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 provide a fun and healthy fitness workout without added stress on the 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 9:30-11 a.m. every Tuesday at the Friends of Citrus and Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The group is led 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 course is offered free of charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information contact or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Wings Grievance Center offers advanced yoga

The Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast advanced yoga group meets every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. at the Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The class is led by Ellen Armitage, a yoga teacher with over 20 years of experience helping others find their way to their highest selves.

The sessions are provided as a community service and are offered free of charge. To reserve a spot, call 352-249-1470. For more information contact or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Free pregnancy test, ultrasounds available

Citrus Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests and free early pregnancy sonograms at two locations: 726 NE US 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.

The courses have a lower impact and are intended for seniors. The 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 at noon on 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 discussions about health and cancer care. A light lunch is provided, so RSVP is requested.

Bennett welcomes questions and open discussions, so bring your questions or email them ahead of time to [email protected]. Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine 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 need scarves, wigs or other helpful items for those undergoing cancer treatment, call Medical Social Worker Wendy Hall, LCSW, at 352-527-0106. The Robert Boissoneault Institute of Oncology in Lecanto has a resource room with over 100 wigs available for free. Stop by the Lecanto office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call to schedule an appointment.

RBOI medical social workers will help those in need of support through the emotional turmoil caused by cancer with resources, including applying for assistance from the Citrus Aid Cancer Foundation. Many services, including Zoom meetings for support and education, are available for cancer patients and their loved ones. Call 352-527-0106.

Free hearing screening available

Citrus Healing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS) offers free hearing screenings to Citrus County residents at the Old Train Depot, 109 NE Crystal St. in Crystal River.

Screenings are by appointment only. A hearing aid for low-income people is available.

For more information, call Maureen at 352-795-5000.

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