Safely dispose of old medicines at events
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will conduct its Operation Medicine Cabinet pharmaceutical take-back program at two locations:
• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wachovia Bank, 4319 Commercial Way.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Senior Expo at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
The program provides residents a chance to bring unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. For information, call (352) 754-6830.
WEEKI WACHEE — Academia Hernando will present its Winter 2011 Lecture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Jan. 17 through March 21, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
• Jan. 17: The United States and Rising Powers, presented by Jack Herman.
• Jan. 24: All That Jazz, presented by Joel Fyvolent.
• Jan. 31: Persia and Cyrus the Great, presented by Joe Menasce.
• Feb. 7: Nicholas and Alexandra, presented by Anne Shamas.
• Feb. 14: Ethically Doing Unethical Things, presented by Douglas Fairbanks.
• Feb. 21: Eleanor Roosevelt with Susan Marie Frontczak.
• Feb. 28: Bus trip to the new Dali Museum (for subscribers only).
• March 7: Touring the Classics that Shapes Literature and Art, presented by Betsy Hatton Wood.
• March 14: NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, presented by Russell R. Romanella, associate director for engineering and technical operations at the center.
• March 21: Concert (to be arranged).
Subscriptions to the series is $55 per person. Walk-ins pay $8. To subscribe or for information, call (352) 597-0158.
Learn boating skills in nine-week program
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8, will offer its Boating Skills and Seamanship course at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 18, at the facility at 4340 Calienta St.
This is a comprehensive nine-week program designed for the experienced and novice boater. Topics include boating safety, rules, navigation, weather, radio and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement for the Florida Boating Safety ID.
The cost is $50, which includes all materials and a textbook. Registration is conducted a half-hour before the first class. For information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.
Get yard tips, free tree at Arbor Day event
The Withlacoochee Forestry Center and the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program will team up to host a Florida's State Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Withlacoochee Forest Visitor Center on U.S. 41, just north of Lake Lindsey Road.
Forestry folks will have information on how to maintain healthy forests and wildlife regions. Florida Yards and Neighborhoods will offer information on maintaining an environmentally friendly and attractive home yard. There will also be a variety of tree seedlings available, which will be distributed one seedling per visitor, while supplies last.
For information, call Hernando County Forester Justin Draft at (352) 754-6777.
Service honors four chaplains who died
American Legion Post 186 will present the annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The service honors the four military chaplains (a Methodist minister, a rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Lutheran minister) who died aboard the USS Dorchester, which was torpedoed during World War II on Feb. 3, 1943.
The chaplains handed out life jackets to the servicemen aboard and, when there were none left, gave up their own. They remained aboard, comforting those who were too severely wounded to abandon ship. They were last seen with their arms linked, praying with the remaining men on the ship as it sank.
For information, call Charles Haig at (352) 597-1210.
Fundraiser concert aids Fire Department
The High Point Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary will host a fundraiser concert, Florida Stars On the Horizon, at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the High Point Clubhouse, 12249 Club House Road.
Featured performers include Country Clay Kirk, Jessie Jay Hudson, Sondra Hunt, Normie Dunn, Ashley Shannon and Madi T. Bachellor.
There is no set admission price. A donation box will be set up at the door. For information, call (352) 597-9887.
Rain barrel workshop slated for Thursday
A rain barrel workshop will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1563 Blaise Drive.
The program will be presented by John Korycki of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Participants will each receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use, placement and decoration.
The cost for the class is $30, which covers the cost of the completed barrel. Seats are limited; registration is required. Call (352) 754-4433.
Learn firearm safety at sportsman's club
A firearm safety program, First Steps Pistol, will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area.
This is a National Rifle Association course that lasts about five hours. Completion of the class will qualify participants for an application for a concealed carry permit.
The cost is $50. Participants may bring their own firearm and a box of factory ammunition or use one of the club's firearms. There is an additional cost to use club ammunition.
Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosports mansclub.com.
YMCA hosts free skin cancer screenings
The Hernando County Family YMCA will host free skin cancer screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Monday in the conference room at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
The screenings will be provided by Dr. Natalie Ellis of First Choice Family Medical Center. Ellis is board certified in family medicine and holistic medicine.
For information, call (352) 688-9622.
HPH Hospice seeking volunteers in all areas
HPH Hospice needs volunteers. Adults and youngsters 14 and older are welcome. Volunteer opportunities include working on office projects, helping with an event, answering phones, and visiting patients at their homes or at an HPH Hospice facility.
A volunteer orientation will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the HPH Hospice office at 698 S Broad St. Attendance on both days is required. Lunch will be provided.
To register, call Anne Clark at (352) 796-2611. Visit the website at hph-hospice.org.
United Way seeks more volunteers
The United Way of Hernando County is looking for volunteers to meet the growing needs of the Volunteer Hernando program, as well as the disaster program's volunteer reception center.
A rally is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Way office, 4030 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. To learn more, call the United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit unitedway hernando.net.
Learn to perform CPR, use defibrillator
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course, as well as the first aid course, on Saturday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
CPR/AED will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; first aid training will be from 2 to 5 p.m.
The cost is $40 for CPR/AED only, $30 for first aid only, or $60 for both. Additional classes will be offered Feb. 5 and 26, March 3 and 19, and April 9 and 30. To register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664.
Adult education class registration under way
The Hernando County school district's Adult Education Department is accepting registrations for the spring schedule of classes.
Numerous classes will be available in exercise and fitness, arts and leisure, and computer and technology.
Brochures are available at all branches of the Hernando County Public Library System and online at hernandoschools.org (click on "School Sites," then select "adult education/GED" in the drop-down menu).
To register, residents should call the office between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays to determine the best time to stop by the office, which is at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Call (352) 797-7091.
Course enlightens about mental illness
The National Association on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will offer its free family-to-family course at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 20, at the Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive.
This is a 12-week program for friends or family members of people with a known or suspected diagnosis of a brain disease or mental illness, such as bipolar, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and schizophrenia.
The purpose is to help better understand and cope with mental illness. The series covers behaviors, brain biology, how medications work, treatment options, communication techniques and how to get the most support for both the loved one and yourself.
Participants must be able to attend the full 12 weeks.
Registration is required. Call Judy at (352) 544-0352.
Groups encouraged to fix meals for the needy
People Helping People of Hernando serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill.
The group is a local interfaith nonprofit organization and is in need of volunteers and donations. Groups are encouraged to help by preparing the entree at one of the dinners.
People Helping People also provides free clothing, groceries and resource materials to those in need.
Call (352) 686-4466. Checks may be mailed to People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.
Volunteers needed for SHINE counseling service
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs needs volunteers in Hernando County for its SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders).
SHINE is a statewide volunteer-based program offering counseling and assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care planning, prescription drug assistance, supplemental insurances and Medicare fraud.
Volunteers attend a six-day training program, broken into several phases. The introductory training will be from 9:30 a.m. to no later than 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Elder Options office, Suite 222, 5700 SW 34th St., Gainesville. Phase I training will be Feb. 8-10; Phase II will be Feb. 23-24.
Mileage is reimbursed at the state rate. Lunch will be provided.
Preregistration is required. For information or to request a SHINE Volunteer Application Packet, call toll-free 1-800-963-5337.
Reservations open for club's Bingo Bash
The Brookridge Woman's Club is taking reservations for Bingo Bash, which will be March 19 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and games start at 10 a.m. The cost is $35. Dessert, coffee, iced tea and a doughnut will be provided; participants may bring a sack lunch. Proceeds will go to the scholarship fund.
Those interested in the floor plan are welcome to attend one of the weekly bingo games from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Fridays and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
For information or reservations, call Norma Rankin at (352) 597-3530.
Teacher of the Year event needs sponsors
Sponsors are needed for the 2011 Teacher of the Year recognition program, which will be Jan. 28 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
The Hernando County Education Foundation will recognize the "best of the best." More than 400 educators and administrators will be in attendance to support their nominated candidates.
Various sponsorships are available, from $100 to $5,000. For details or sponsorship forms, call Roy Gordon at (352) 797-7029 or Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322.