Blood center urging donors to give at drive
LifeSouth Community Blood Center has a critical need for blood in Hernando County. Those who can donate are asked to attend a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Publix store at 4158 Mariner Blvd., at the intersection with Northcliffe Boulevard. Donors will receive coupons for Rita's Ice and Chick-fil-A, as well as a coupon for JCPenney Portrait. Another drive with the same giveaways will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walmart at 1485 Commercial Way. While all blood types are needed, those with O and any negative blood types are especially urged to donate. LifeSouth is at 12395 Cortez Blvd. For blood center hours or a list of upcoming blood drives, call (352) 596-2002 or visit lifesouth.org.
Deadline Friday for award nominees
Friday is the deadline for nominations for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast's 2010 Judy Schwartz Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an individual, organization or corporation in Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties that has had a significant impact on animal welfare in the past year. Impact can be measured through time, donations, campaigning for legislative reform or personal rescuing of animals. The award is in memory of Schwartz, who dedicated her life to wildlife rescue. For information, call the shelter at (352) 796-2711.
Pet service rebates to be discontinued
Hernando County Animal Services' Pet Sterilization Rebate Program will be discontinued, effective Sept. 20, due to budget cuts. The department will continue to process all rebate requests that are received by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20; all requests received after that time will not be processed, regardless of the sterilization date. The rebate program allows Hernando County pet owners to receive up to $50 back for spaying or neutering their pets. For information, call Animal Services by (352) 796-5062.
Cemetery cleanup needs volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the annual cleanup of the historic African-American cemetery off Fort Dade Avenue. Cleanup efforts will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 at Spring Hill Cemetery. Those helping are encouraged to bring tools, such as stump removers, brush hogs, chippers, chain saws, machetes and tree trimmers. For information, call Alyce Walker at (352) 796-1283.
Hernando County Landfill Cell 3 grand opening/ribbon-cutting ceremony: 9:30 a.m., 14450 Landfill Road, north of Brooksville. Tours of the recycling center provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Toddler Time/Storytime Preschool Programs: Toddler Time for ages 18-35 months starts at 10 a.m. Storytime for ages 3-5 years starts at 11 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.
Holy Cross food distribution: 9-11 a.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (727) 808-4096.