The DOH-Citrus changes the schedules of the vaccination site

For January 2022, the Citrus County Florida Department of Health (DOH-Citrus) COVID-19 vaccination site will be changing the hours of operation.

Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen (J&J) vaccines are offered by appointment or walk-in from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through January 14 at UF / IFAS Extension Citrus County, 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. The clinic will be closed on January 17 for the feast of Martin Luther King.

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DOH-Citrus also offers the Pfizer vaccine suitable for the age of children 5 to 11 years old. Call 352-527-0068, option 3, then option 9 for more details. It is also widely available in the local community at retail pharmacies.

To make an appointment, visit For more information on DOH-Citrus, visit or follow @FLHealthCitrus on Twitter.

NAMI Citrus needs volunteers

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

NAMI is looking for people 18 years of age or older to take training to run a weekly 90 minute family support group on Thursday evenings. The trainees will always be accompanied by a second facilitator.

Email [email protected] or call 844-687-6264 and ask to speak to Sharon Edmunds, Program Coordinator.

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

Attend an ABC of Dementia workshop

Coping with Dementia LLC will be presenting two free workshops from noon to 2 p.m. on January 6 and February 3 at the Dunnellon Public Library, 20351 Robinson Road.

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

Although the workshops are free, reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 352-422-3663 or email [email protected]

Get your lifeguard certification

  • The City of Inverness offers an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course on the following dates at the Whispering Pines Park Pool, 1700 Forest Drive in Inverness:
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 22
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 23
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 30

There is a mandatory preliminary swim from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. January 9. The registration fee of $ 150 is due after the end of the swim.

Swimmers must demonstrate the following:

  • Swim 300 meters continuously.
  • Appropriate kick, swimming and rhythmic breathing using breaststroke / freestyle.
  • Walk on the water for 2 minutes using only your legs.
  • Swim 20 meters (without goggles), dive to the surface at 10 feet, collect a 10 pound object, swim on your back while holding the object, return to the starting point and out of the water in 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Applicants must be 15 years old, pass the prerequisite swimming, validate online studies and attend all class sessions.

For more information, call 352-726-1995.

Make mental health resolutions

The Citrus Memorial Hospital will be presenting a mental health seminar at 2 p.m. on January 18 at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway in Lecanto.

“New Year’s Mental Health Resolutions” will feature a presentation by Laura Sturdevant, Certified Clinical Social Worker. The seminar will focus on ways you can improve your outlook on life and regain your balance in 2022 with realistic New Year’s resolutions for mental health. A brief question-and-answer session will follow.

Places are limited, so an RSVP is required to attend. To reserve, dial 352-637-3337 or visit

Aquagym at the Bicentennial swimming pool

Citrus County Parks and Recreation offers an 11:30 am to 12:30 pm water aerobics class on 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 workout without additional stress on the joints. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

For more information, call 352-795-1478.

“A springboard towards well-being” meets every week

Stepping Stones to Wellness will meet from 9:30 am to 11:00 am every Tuesday at the Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa.

The group is moderated by yoga teacher Ellen Armitage. By combining walking in place, guided meditation / relaxation exercises and a group process, 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, dial 352-249-1470. For more information contact 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 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday 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, dial 352-249-1470. For more information contact or visit Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

Free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds available

The Citrus Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests and free early pregnancy ultrasounds 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 am to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except holidays) at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.

The lessons have less impact and are aimed at the elderly. The cost is $ 5 per class.

To pre-register, call 352-527-5993 or email instructor Donna Scarpello at [email protected]

Watch Dr. Bennett’s “fireside conversations”

Dr. Joseph Bennett offers monthly “fireside conversations” starting at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at the Robert Boissoneault Institute of Oncology (IRBO), 522 N. Lecanto Highway.

Sessions often feature guest speakers, as well as an open discussion on cancer health and care. A light lunch is provided, therefore RSVP is requested.

Bennett accepts questions and open discussions, so bring your questions or email them in advance 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 need scarves, wigs, or other useful 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 more than 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 make an appointment.

RBOI’s medical social workers will help those in need of support navigate the emotional turmoil caused by cancer with resources, including a request for help 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 for residents of Citrus County at the Old Train Depot, 109 NE Crystal St. in Crystal River.

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

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