BLOOD CENTER HAS URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS: LifeSouth Community Blood Center has a critical need for Type O-negative blood and an emergency need for all other blood types.
Those wishing to donate blood may do so at the following bloodmobile drives: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Moss Chiropractic Clinic, 1377 Deltona Blvd. (donors receive a gift card for a free 30-minute massage), and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Walmart, 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health; those with high blood pressure or diabetes are eligible to donate.
All donors must present photo identification.
The blood center, at 12395 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For information, call (352) 596-2002.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Conservative Christian Teens for America will host a National Day of Prayer program from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 on the courthouse steps at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Local pastors and Christian leaders will lead prayers.
The speaker will be Jordan Baker, the founder of Conservative Christian Teens. The theme for this year's event is "One Nation Under God."
There will be a special presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance by 6-year-old Bob Sager, the son of Jason and Stephanie Sager. The national anthem will be sung by Stephanie Sager, a professional opera singer.
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent and Hernando County commissioners will present proclamations.
For information, contact Annie Baker at (813) 732-1507 or (352) 588-4036.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR HAS NEW DINNER HOURS: Starting in May, Love Your Neighbor's free weekly dinners will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays. The first dinner will be hosted May 7 at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville.
For the past five years, the dinners have been on Sundays.
Volunteers should arrive by 3 p.m. For information, call Lisa at (352) 428-9275.
Love Your Neighbor also operates the Donation Station food pantry and "pay what you can" thrift store at 408 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Volunteers and donations needed. Contact Jerry at (352) 428-8738.
The organization also needs volunteers and donations of materials to build wheelchair ramps and for emergency home repairs for indigent elderly and disabled people. Contact Rick or Pat at (352) 666-1666.
BOATING CLASSES OFFERED: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach, will offer these classes:
• "Boating Skills and Seamanship," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1 through June 12. The cost is $50.
• "Advanced Navigation," 7 to 9:30 p.m. May 15 and 22. The cost is $20.
• "How to Use Your Radio," 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 5. The cost is $10.
• "Suddenly in Command," 7 to 9:30 p.m., June 19. This is for passengers who should know what to do in an emergency. The cost is $10.
• "How to Read a Nautical Chart," 9 a.m. to noon June 23. The cost is $35.
• "About Boating Safely," 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 25-27. The cost is $35.
Special group rates for any of the classes are available. For information, call Joanne at (631) 522-9179.