Shelter is collecting items for cats, dogs
The Community Animal Rescue and Educational Shelter is having a Claus for Paws drive during the holiday season.
Items needed include dog and cat food (Pedigree or Pro Plan), laundry detergent, tall kitchen bags, Waggin' Tail chicken jerky treats, puppy training pads, Kong toys, cat litter and paper towels. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
Drop-offs can be made at the following locations through Dec. 17: Fast Lane Express, Avon Discount Store, Brannen Bank on Cortez Boulevard, Julie's Dog Grooming, Exit Success Realty on Spring Hill Drive, Marvel Fitness, Garrison Animal Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast.
CARES pet rescue serves Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Call (352) 279-4953 or visit cares4pets.net.
See holiday trees at botanical gardens
Visitors to the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens are invited to vote for the best decorated tree in the gardens during the holidays.
There are 25 evergreen trees on the grounds that have been decorated by local clubs, organizations and businesses.
Residents may tour the gardens and vote for their favorite trees through the end of the month.
The 20 themed botanical gardens are at 1489 Parker Ave. and are open daily during daylight hours.
There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.
For more information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit the website at naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.
Breakfast with Santa will be next weekend
The Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville, will host Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 18.
The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee and tea. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Children 4 and younger are free. Tickets at the door are an additional $1 each. For information, call Larry at (716) 207-7382 or Jerry at (352) 610-4124.
Training program is offered for supervisors
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer a 10-week supervisory development training program for newly promoted and experienced supervisors. It will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, beginning Jan. 20 (dates are not consecutive), at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
The curriculum is designed to cover traits that a supervisor needs to be proficient. Topics will include team building, motivation, conflict resolution, government regulations, diversity, performance management, planning and organization, communication and leadership skills.
The program will be facilitated by experienced training consultants, using a combination of lectures, discussions and interactive learning activities.
The cost of the program is $395. Fifty-percent reimbursement may be available through the Pasco-Hernando Workforce Development Board for employees of eligible companies who complete eight of the 10 training sessions. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. Jan. 6.
The program, now in its ninth year, is co-sponsored by the Pasco Economic Development Council and the Hernando County Office of Business Development. For information or to register, contact Lori Bainum at (727) 816-3122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The course schedule is available online at phcc.edu/academics/noncredit/cpe-sdp.pdf.
Course will teach babysitting skills
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 23 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The class is for those ages 11 to 18.
The class will teach what potential babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics will include caring for children and infants; being a good leader and role model; making good decisions and solving problems; keeping children and sitters safe; handling emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents; and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.
The cost is $55, which includes pizza and drinks, as well as all certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years.
For information or to register, call the recreation department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit the website at cprresq.com.