AARP needs tax program volunteers
AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to join its program, which serves low- to middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and older.
Those wishing to volunteer must attend a free, week-long IRS-certified training course in January, pass a written exam and commit to work a minimum of four hours a week during tax season (February through mid-April). Volunteers are especially needed to assist with electronic filing of returns. Volunteers should have basic computer skills and experience in preparing their own returns. Other leadership positions that do not require tax training are available.
Bilingual individuals and adults of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to apply.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 10. Call Barbara at (352) 688-3303.
Polish veterans to host Christmas party
The Polish Legion of American Veterans, Walter Weiss Memorial Post 196, will host a traditional Polish Christmas party and sharing of the Oplatek on Saturday at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. A Polish dinner will be served at 3:30 p.m. and will include a herring appetizer, golabi pierogi, kielbasa and sauerkraut, fresh rye bread, complimentary wine, chrusciki and a European nut roll for dessert.
The Bee-Sharps will entertain with Polish and American dance music from 5 to 8 p.m.
Partygoers can bring their own snacks and drinks for the social hour. There will not be a bar available. The event will also include a communal tree decoration, the singing of Polish and American Christmas carols, a visit by St. Nick and the traditional sharing of the Oplatek.
Children are welcome at this event. Tickets are $20 for adults and youths; free for 11 and younger (but their complimentary tickets must be requested in advance when purchasing adult tickets).
All those attending are asked to bring a small gift-wrapped Christmas present for a hospitalized veteran, which will be donated to patients at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg or Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.
Since most veterans at the two facilities are men, gifts should be for men or nongender-specific; gifts should be marked whether they are appropriate for men or either gender.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information or tickets, call Rich Mellinger at (352) 688-7196, John Rakucewicz at (352) 650-9675, Earnie Stetz at (727) 848-7826 or Rose McDonald at (727) 863-6901. Ticket requests can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community college to host poetry program
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its third annual Fall Celebration of Poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Faculty, students and the community are invited to listen and participate in the open-mike poetry reading. Poets who would like to read one or two of their works during the program are advised to sign up in advance. The event is coordinated by professors Richard Downing and Kay McKamy. Refreshments will be served and a door prize awarded, courtesy of the North Campus Student Government Association. Those wishing to sign up to read their poetry should call Downing at (352) 797-5132 or McKamy at 797-5109.
Sign up for pancake breakfast with Santa
The Hernando County Family YMCA will host a Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the facility at 1300 Mariner Blvd. A Santa's Workshop with various projects for kids to create gifts will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost for the pancake breakfast will be $4. Photographs with Santa will be $10 ($5 for each additional photo). Proceeds will benefit the Hernando County Family Branch Scholarship Program. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Dec. 10. Stop by or call (352) 688-9622.
Property Appraiser to close for training
The Hernando County Property Appraiser office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 17 for training purposes. The offices are at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
Volunteers needed for library advisory panel
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the Library Advisory Committee. There are several vacancies on the committee, which acts as an advisory body to the commissioners on matters pertaining to the Hernando County Public Library System. Applicants must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, Room 460, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 15. For information, call (352) 754-4002.
High school seniors can seek scholarship
The GlenLakes Garden Club is offering a $1,000 horticulture scholarship for Hernando County graduating seniors. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must carry at least a 2.5 gpa and be planning on majoring in college in a field such as horticulture, landscape design, environmental studies, botany, turf management or a related field. Scholarship forms are available at all Hernando County high school guidance offices. Those who attend private school or are home-schooled can download the form from the Springstead High School Web site at www.hcsb.k12.fl.us/shs. Applications must be received no later than April 7.