Bone marrow, blood drive set for Tuesday
A bone marrow donor registration and blood drive with the LifeSouth Community Blood Center bloodmobile will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at AutoWay Ford Lincoln Mercury, 7200 S Broad St.
Representatives from Be the Match Foundation will be present from 1 to 4 p.m. to provide information and assist with bone marrow donor registrations.
Bone marrow donor registration requires completing a health questionnaire and a saliva sample. No bone marrow or blood is required to register.
The drive is in honor of 4-month-old Zachary Kirby of Dade City, who was recently diagnosed with Immunodysregulation Polyendocrinopathy Enteropathy X-linked Syndrome, a rare disease.
For information, send e-mail to Carrie Rodkey at Give4Zachary@yahoo.com. or call AutoWay at (352) 796-3525.
Holiday in the Gardens to kick off Saturday
The Spring Hill Garden Club's annual Holiday in the Gardens will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
Clubs, businesses and organizations are invited to participate by decorating one of the evergreen trees that will be along the gardens' main walkway.
Each tree will have a sign with the organization's information and will be entered into the "best decorated tree" contest. There is space for additional trees if an organization wishes to decorate an artificial tree or plant a new one.
During the kickoff event, Santa Claus will visit, entertainment will be provided and refreshments will be served while the trees are being decorated. Also, the garden railroad will be in operation.
The decorated trees will be on display through early January, allowing visitors to vote for their favorite tree during the holidays. The cost to participate is $25. To reserve a tree or for information, call (352) 683-9933. Visit the club's website at naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.
Line Dance Social planned for Sunday
The next Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
A DJ will entertain. A mix of dances for beginners to intermediate line dancers will be played. No lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance.
Guests can bring their own beverages (and ice) and snacks. Admission is $5. For information, call (352) 397-6088.
Benefit bike run to aid breast cancer victim
ABATE of Florida's Freedom Chapter has a benefit run for Diane McFarland on Saturday.Signups start at 10 a.m. at the Crossroads, 25 W Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. Kickstands go up at 11:30 a.m. All vehicles are welcome.
This is a dice run. Stops include Grill 301 in Ridge Manor, the Neon Cowboy west of Dade City, the Sail Inn in Brooksville and ending at Coney Island Drive Inn at 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. Last bike in at 4 p.m.
Cost is $5, with proceeds helping McFarland, who is being treated for breast cancer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Call Robert "Ratt" Hotchkiss at (352) 584-1278.