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Events slated for youths facing grief

Children and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one will discover ways to address their grief and learn to cope at Camp Good Hope and Teen Encounter, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, in Homosassa Springs. This event brings together grief professionals and caring volunteers to help children learn about loss and healing and move forward during a day of group discussion, recreation, arts and crafts and fun.

To register a child for Camp Good Hope (for ages 6 through grade 5) or Teen Encounter (for middle and high school students), call 352-249-1470 or email

Camper applications must be completed by Nov. 6. A $10-per-child registration fee reserves your space(s). Grants are available upon request. Camp observes CDC guidelines for safety and gatherings. Since space therefore may be limited, be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is a charitable organization providing community grief support workshops for anyone who has experienced a loss; telephone support; grief support resources for all ages; educational materials for parents and teachers; and children’s grief support camps. For details about camp and other programs or for ways you can help, call 352-249-1470 or visit or Friends of Citrus on Facebook.

TOPS 401 meets in Hernando

Tops FL401 is currently meeting at a new time: 8:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church, 3790 Parson’s Point Road, Hernando, for weigh-ins and a very short program starting while weigh-ins are in progress. We use COVID-19 precautions: masks are required, and no more than two members per table. The meeting room is cleaned and sanitized prior to our meetings.

New members are welcome, there is no obligation for your first meeting. Those interested may call Nancy at 352-637-7196 or go to for other meetings in our area.

CMH offers mammograms to uninsured

Citrus Memorial Hospital will offer discounted 3D mammograms to uninsured patients in October at its Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in Inverness.

Uninsured patients will be offered $60 3D mammograms through the month of October.

“While most women in Citrus County have insurance that covers a yearly screening mammogram, there are many who are now struggling without health insurance,” said Citrus Memorial Director of Diagnostic Imaging Rocco Cirocco. “Our goal is to ensure everyone has access to the latest technology so we can make a quick diagnosis. Early detection is the key.”

Annual mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40 for average risk patients or earlier based on risk factors.

Screening mammograms can be scheduled by calling 877-351-7012. The Citrus Memorial Breast Imaging Center of Excellence is at 131 S. Citrus Ave., Inverness.

Come run with King’s Bay club

Residents of all ability levels are invited to join the new King’s Bay Running Club. The club will meet weekly on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. at the Crystal River Town Center water fountain.

Following a brief warm-up, stretch and tip of the day, the group will head out on the Crosstown Trail at 5:30 p.m. The group will be led by Crystal River resident and medical exercise specialist Bill Coyle.

This is a free community event and everyone is welcome to come exercise, socialize and improve. Please bring water and a mask. Call or text Coyle at 201-281-4444 for more information or to ask questions.

King’s Bay Walking Club meets Saturday

The King’s Bay Walking Club, a free community event, takes place every Saturday morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The club meets at the public parking lot across from Vintage on 5th in Crystal River (corner of NE First Avenue and NE Fifth Street).

The group will be lead by Crystal River resident and medical exercise specialist Bill Coyle. All ability levels are invited to join the group.

Come get some social and environmental wellness while you strengthen your heart and lungs. Please bring water and a mask. Call or text Coyle at 201-281-4444 for more information or to ask questions.

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