Eating smart tips at back-to-school events
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will sponsor "Eat Smart for a Healthy Start" back-to-school giveaway events at these offices:
• 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7334 Little Road, Suite 102, New Port Richey.
• 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville.
• 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 15000 U.S. 301, Dade City.
The purpose of the events is to focus on the importance of healthy nutrition when preparing young children for school. The coalition will partner with area childcare providers to demonstrate healthy snack or lunch ideas.
The first 250 children ages 8 and younger who attend will receive a brightly colored lunch box filled with informative materials and treats. Families will receive small recipe booklets and will be able to create some of the creations. For information, call (727) 233-8291.
Driver safety classes offered in August
AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered at these locations in August. The six-hour class is $12 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $14 for nonmembers.
• 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11 and 18, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 and 19, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
Vendors may sign up for multicultural fest
Vendor applications are now being accepted for the HUMAN (Hernando Unified Multicultural Association Network) Festival, which will be from 10:30 a.m. to dusk Oct. 3 at the SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center grounds, 13383 County Line Road.
Clubs, merchants and entertainers can participate by selling food, art, offering presentations and stage performances. Independent participants must keep a multicultural theme to their presence. There will be a food court serving ethnic foods. Booths are $50 each; electricity is available for an additional $5. The exclusive use of the kitchen and food court is $200 for the entire day.
Those wishing to reserve kitchen and food court needs must respond as soon as possible. All applications must be received by Sept. 22. For applications or information, call Dennis and Arlene Cotto at (813) 841-7700, Gladys Pedersen at (352) 683-6235, Santos and Rosemarie Reyes at (727) 856-0135 or Justa Bozman at (352) 796-0570.
Volunteers needed to fill several city boards
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from those interested in volunteering on these boards:
• Cemetery Advisory Committee. One application to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2011. Applicants must be city residents or have a documented tie to the Brooksville Cemetery.
• Brooksville Housing Authority. One position to fill an expiring four-year-term through June 30, 2014. City residency is not required for this seat.
• Planning and Zoning Commission. One alternate position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.
Applicants for all seats must be registered Florida voters. To apply for any of the seats, an appropriate application form must be completed, along with an authorization for a background check. Applications are available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
All positions are open until filled. For information, call (352) 540-3810.
Latin American club invites public to luau
The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association will have a Summer Luau from 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 7 at SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
Music will be provided by DJ Mandy.
Guests are encouraged to dress Hawaiian style and can bring their own beverages. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call Ana Burgos at (352) 540-5066 or Rico Torres at (727) 869-9398.
Backpacks, supplies up for grabs at event
Operation Backpack 34606 will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive.
Backpacks and school supplies will be given to children first-come, first-served. Light refreshments will be served. Limit one backpack per child, and children must be present to receive a backpack.
The event is a collaboration between the Spring Hill Neighborhood Project Advisory Council and the Advocates of 34606.
For information, call Noreen St. Jean at (352) 345-5954.
Property Appraiser's Office closed half day
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13 for training purposes.
Offices are in Room 463 of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; and the Westside Government Center at 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
Sponsors, donations sought for giveaway
Sponsors are needed for the annual Operation Backpack, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave.
Free backpacks filled with supplies will be provided to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. There will be games and food.
The event is a team effort between JAM (Jesus and Me) Ministries and Love Your Neighbor. The goal is to provide at least 500 youth in the community with backpacks. All donations are appreciated. Checks are to be made payable to Love Your Neighbor and mailed to P.O. Box 12403, Brooksville, FL 34603.
Donations must be received before Thursday so backpacks can be ordered on time. Call (352) 540-4954 or (813) 251-0050.