Join Christmas bird count set for Dec. 20
The Hernando Audubon will sponsor the 29th annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 20.
During the count, volunteers make observations of bird species and numbers in a designated circle, 15 miles in diameter. The count is led by an experienced birder.
Anyone interested, including beginners, are encouraged to participate with the count in one of the following sites:
• The Brooksville area count is centered at a point just east of Bystre Lake, off State Road 50, east of Brooksville. Contact Clay Black at (352) 592-4949 for details on where to meet and sign up.
• Aripeka-Bayport area count encompasses the west side of Hernando and Pasco counties. For details and to be assigned to a team, contact Bev at (352) 686-0460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The count will be conducted throughout the day, but participants can join or leave as their schedule permits. Home feeder watchers also are needed.
There is a $5 fee per field observer to help with the cost of compiling and publishing the nationwide census. There is no cost for feeder watchers and observers 18 and younger.
Keep cold off plants,
weeds off lawns
These free horticulture classes will be offered at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.:
• Protecting Your Plants from the Cold, 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants will learn how to help prevent their plants from becoming frost casualties this year.
• Weed Prevention for Home Lawns, 10 a.m. Dec. 20. While most troublesome lawn weeds don't show until spring or summer, now is the time to plan control measures. Participants will learn the proper steps to take and the methods to use.
No registration is required for either class. Seating will be limited. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Art, poetry contest to tackle serious topics
An exhibit and reception for the judging of the Dawn Center's second annual Art and Poetry Contest will be at 5 p.m. Monday at the Purple Leopard Design Studio, 100 N Brooksville Ave.
The contest, which was conducted to raise awareness among youth about domestic violence and sexual violence, was held in conjunction with the Hernando County School District. Middle and high school students were invited to create an original piece of work that reflects this year's theme, "Many Views. One Vision: Making Hernando County Free of Domestic and Sexual Violence."
A panel of judges will review the submissions on Monday. Each student who participated will receive a certificate for a free game of bowling at Spring Hill Lanes. Special prizes will be rewarded for first, second and third place winners in each category, which will be awarded in January at a celebration.
Student artwork and poetry will be on display during the event. Light refreshments will be served as visitors tour the exhibit. The artwork and poetry will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis; a deposit will be required to reserve a piece of artwork. All proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center's programs.
The Dawn Center of Hernando County serves women, men and children who have been victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. The center has a 24-hour crisis hotline and a secure, unlisted shelter location for victims who need a safe place to stay. Outreach services, including individual advocacy, group sessions, legal advocacy and public speakers, are also available.
For information, call Morgan Moeller at (352) 592-1288.
Hearing set to review future transit plan
The Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization will conduct a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The purpose of the hearing is to review the proposed Public Involvement Process and the Long Range Transportation Plan Public Participation Plan, which will function as an integral part of the update of the MPO's 2025 LRTP and the development of other MPO plans, policies and programs.
This is the second of two hearings. The agenda is available online at www.hernandocounty.us/mpo, or email email@example.com. For information, contact Dennis Dix in Room 262 at the government center, or call (352) 754-4057.
Free dance for singles on Dec. 18
The public is invited to a singles dance at Atria Evergreen Woods from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail.
Music will be provided by One Dan Band. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The event is free. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 596-2055.
Silent auction, mixer to help Jericho Road
A silent auction and after- hours mixer to benefit Jericho Road Ministries will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Medical Training Classes, 661 and 679 S Broad St., in the Family Dollar Plaza.
Admission, food and drinks will be free. There will be a number of auction items and door prizes. There also will be a display of items available for purchase such as seasonal scrub designs, Partylite candles, lotions, jewelry and other gifts.
For information, call (352) 293-2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHCC offers health, computer classes
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer these classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:
• AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 13.
• CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 5 and 7. Another class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27.
These classes will be offered at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville:
• Computer Basics, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14-28.
• AIDS Seminar, 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Jan. 14.
For class details and registration, call the Spring Hill Center at (352) 688-8798 or the North Campus at (352) 796-6726.
Beehives in concert singing 1960s hits
Brookridge Entertainment will present the 1960s musical sensation, the Beehives, at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The concert will feature songs from the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Connie Frances and many others.
Tickets are $15 each. For information or advanced tickets, call Barbara at (352) 597-4620.
SPRING HILL/WEEKI WACHEE
Two shows, Chick-fil-A to benefit stricken boy
"Kids Helping Kids" of the Shawn and Jessica Doolittle Children's Charity Fund will perform two shows to benefit Joey Burns, a local youth who has been in a coma-like state after he was injured while playing football at Delta Woods Park.
The first will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Those who mention Joey Burns while ordering at the restaurant will have 20 percent of the bill go to Joey.
The second concert will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee. Tickets are $10 each, with all funds going to Joey. Seating is limited.
Donations also are appreciated and can be mailed to Kids Helping Kids of SJD Children's Charity Fund Inc., 14303 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34609.
Kids Helping Kids is a local nonprofit organization that performs musicals and dance productions for the sole purpose of raising funds for children of need. For information, call (352) 684-7455, (352) 596-1388 or (813) 766-3228.
Teens may apply to join United Way Board
The United Way of Hernando County's Board of Directors have established new policies and procedures allowing teenagers to participating in holding a board membership position. This is a voluntary position with hours that can be used toward scholarship programs.
There have been provisions made for three students to serve as Ex-officio Board of Directors. Student Directors will serve two consecutive terms, their 11th and 12th grade school years, or until they graduate.
Those interested in becoming a United Way Teen Board Member can visit the Web site at www.unitedwayhernando.com and download the "Teen Board Member Application" and "Recommendation Request Form."
The deadline for applications is Feb. 20. Completed applications and recommendation forms can be sent to the United Way of Hernando County, c/o Kathy Jones, Executive Director, 4042 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.
For information, call (352) 688-2026.