LEARN ABOUT YOUR ARTIFACTS: An Artifact ID Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1676, 17129 Wiscon Road, Brooksville.
Archaeologists will be on hand to identify and classify prehistoric and historic artifacts, as well as family heirlooms. There will be no buying or selling at the event.
The event is sponsored by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, the University of South Florida's anthropology department and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. There is no cost. For information, call (352) 795-0208.
VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY: The Children's Home Society needs volunteers to help at its Brooksville office. Help is needed in areas such as administrative support, family finding, nursing and transportation.
All volunteers will have to complete background and DMV checks.
Children's Home Society is a nonprofit organization that provides services such as foster care, adoption, child development, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens and other programs.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to call Steve Homan at (352) 754-1111, ext. 34.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS: Hernando County Administrator Leonard Sossamon will host two town hall meeting sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in the fellowship hall at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
Sossoman, county commissioners and staffers will be on hand. This will be an open forum where residents can give input on what county services should take priority as the county begins to work on the 2014 budget.
Those who cannot attend can email comments to [email protected] For information, call (352) 540-6780.
HYI EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING: The Hernando Youth Initiative Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Those interested in or who have a background in education are invited to attend. For information, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or email to hernandoyouth[email protected]
YOUTH MENTOR TRAINING: Community in Schools of Hernando County, a local dropout prevention program, is in need of volunteers to help and encourage local at-risk students.
A mentor/volunteer training will be provided from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
To RSVP for the training, call Lillian Rosenzweig at (352) 428-9283. Information is available online at cishernando.org.
VOTE FOR NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame Catholic School is competing for Clorox's "Power a Bright Future" grant program and needs community support with votes.
The school is trying to win $50,000, which would secure funding to remodel and update the playground.
Votes can be cast online at powerabrightfuture.com or by texting 1885pbf to 95248 (message and data rates may apply). Voting can be done once a day per person through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 19.
For information, contact Joe Monticciolo at [email protected]
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS: A benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 on the Palmwood Pavilion stage at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.
Performing will be Teri Lyon, Broken Dreams, Without Smith, the Shadow Ridge Band and the Johns Project. Food and beverages will be available and there will be a 50/50 raffle.
Tickets are $5. All net proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. The event is sponsored by the Spring Hill Community Association and the Shadow Ridge Band. For information, call (352) 666-4746.
HEALTH PROGRAM TO SHED POUNDS: The county Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the next Hernando Health Experience.
Initial check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at GIME Fitness, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill. The final check-in will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23.
The 10-week program is designed to help motivate, educate and support individuals and families seeking healthier lives. There are no special foods or medications.
Participants can meet together for workouts, scavenger hunts and other planned events, and can take advantage of menu planning, nutritional information and cooking videos on the website.
The cost is $35. Those who complete the 10 weeks and show up for the final check-in will receive a refund of half the registration fee. For information or to register, visit hernandohealthexperience.com, or call Kim at (352) 428-6368 or the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.