32nd annual Christmas Bird Count is Dec. 17 in Hernando County

COUNTYWIDE

BIRD COUNT IS SATURDAY and you're invited

The Hernando Audubon Society is conducting its 32nd annual Christmas Bird Count Saturday throughout the county. It runs all day, but participants are free to join or leave as their schedules permit. Home feeder watchers are also needed. Information collected is used by Audubon scientists to determine bird population trends. The information has also been used in studies regarding climate change, disease transmissions and avian genetics. Activities will end with a countdown dinner. Beginners are welcome. For information or to be assigned to a team, call Clay Black at (352) 592-4949. And on Tuesday, Bev Hansen leads the Aripeka/Bayport Christmas Bird Count. Call Hansen at (352) 688-0460.

BROOKSVILLE

A 'Free Day' offers help for the needy

Second Chance Restoration Ministries hosts a "Free Day" for the needy at 10 a.m. Saturday at 19235 Cortez Blvd., in Killingsworth Plaza. There will be a giveaway of new and used clothing, shoes, toys, electronics and other items. Complimentary refreshments, including hot dogs, chips and drinks, will be available. Call (352) 585-6083.

Swap meet, more at the fairgrounds

There's a Swap Meet benefit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6146 S Broad St., including a bike show, games, raffles and live music with J. Coker and Westbrook and Root Swamp Funk. Admission and parking are free. Funds raised will benefit the 2012 Hernando County Fair. For information, call (813) 735-9005.

SPRING HILL

Latkes, candles and more Dec. 23

Today is the reservation deadline to participate in the Dec. 23 Hanukkah celebration at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will include a barbecued turkey dinner, potato latkes and drinks. Guests are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. The event will include a service in the social hall. There will be music, dreidel playing and other activities. Each family is asked to bring a menorah. The temple will supply candles to those who do not have them. The goal is to have at least 100 menorahs to light. There is no cost for temple members; nonmembers pay $10 per person or $20 per family. Send email to Rabbi Lenny at rabbi@tbdfl.org or call the temple at (352) 686-7034.

WEEKI WACHEE

Park's board meeting Monday

The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will conduct a board of directors meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Grand Ballroom at the park, 6131 Commercial Way. Those interested are welcome to attend. For information, contact Barbara Manuel at (352) 796-7469.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Local Mitigation Strategy Committee, 11:30 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

City of Brooksville Firefighters' Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees, 6 p.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in the Tampa Bay section.

32nd annual Christmas Bird Count is Dec. 17 in Hernando County 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 4:51pm]

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