Bright House Ch. 622 to air holiday events
Hernando County Government Broadcasting will broadcast several holiday events on Bright House Ch. 622:
• Christmas on Main Street, 6 p.m. Saturday.
• 35th annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade, 1 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
• Home for the Holidays Pet Pageant, 1 p.m. today and 9 p.m. Saturday.
Additional broadcast times are available online at www.hernandocounty.us/cr/hcgb/program.asp. For information, or to receive a DVD copy of the programming, call HCGB at (352) 754-6777.
VFW post invites public to free events
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 invites the public to the following free events:
• Super Salsa Night Latin Dance, 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Featuring exclusive DJs playing classic Latin music. The full liquor bar and kitchen will be open.
• Christmas Eve Party, starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Includes free pool, trivia games and Christmas music. Bring a covered dish; turkey will be supplied by the post.
• Christmas and New Years Karaoke Bash, starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 29. Bring a covered dish.
The post is at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. For information, call (352) 796-0398.
Give blood and get a chance to win a Wii
LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 12395 Cortez Blvd., will donate a Beau happy plush hound to a child in need for every person who donates blood this month. Also, donors will be entered to win a Wii game system.
The blood hound toy will be given on behalf of the blood donor. The gifts will be presented to local children from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Spring Hill EMS.
Also, two winners of the Wii game system will be chosen on Dec. 24 and will be notified by phone. One winner will also be drawn to receive an assorted gift basket.
All donors will receive a LifeSouth blood donor wristband, an eco-friendly shopping bag and complimentary cholesterol screening.
Donors must be 17 or older (16-year-olds can donate with written parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, must be in good health and show a photo ID.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For information, call (352) 596-2002 or visit www.lifesouth.org.
Nursery to close, gardens to stay open
The Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery will be closed starting Monday, and will reopen Jan. 4. The adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., will remain open daily during daylight hours.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by and see the decorated trees throughout the gardens. For information, call (352) 683-9933.
Ministry offers free Christmas Eve lunch
Jericho Road Ministries will host the 12th annual Christmas Eve Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St.
The free family event is open to everyone. There will be music and song. For information, call (352) 799-2912, ext. 111.
Learn how to become a better farm partner
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer Annie's Project, a six-week program designed for farm/ranch women to gain the knowledge necessary to be active and involved farm partners.
The program will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16 at the Extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The cost is $25 and must be paid (or postmarked) by Dec. 29. A late fee will be assessed for late registrants. For information or a registration form, call (352) 754-4433.
Get polka, kielbasa fix on New Year's Day
The Slovene-American Club/SNPJ 778 will host a New Year's Dinner Dance Jan. 1 at the hall, 13383 County Line road.
Dinner will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m.; the choice is pork and sauerkraut, roast beef or kielbasa. Dancing to the music of the Bob Turcola Orchestra from Youngstown, Ohio, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. A cash bar will be available.
Admission for dinner and dancing is $15; dancing only is $10. For reservations, call Mary Ann Hiltz at (727) 376-8486 or e-mail to SNPJ778@gmail.com.
Veterinary assistant program starts Jan. 5
Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer a 16-week veterinary assistant program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 5 at the Villages' Lifelong Learning College, located at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail (County Road 466).
Topics include veterinary medical aspects of animals such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and exotic zoo animals. Lectures will cover the basics of diseases, taxonomy, nutrition, housing, emergency procedures, anesthesia, sanitation and more.
Demonstrations with student participation will include the basics of fecal parasite diagnosis, CPR and wound bandaging.
The cost for the program with full certification is $500. All fees are tax-deductible and benefit the new public Teaching Zoo being constructed in Sumter County.
For information, call zoo director Mark Wilson at (352) 867-7788 (leave message) or the Villages LLLC at (352) 753-3035.
Apply for a county board position
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications to fill positions on various boards that will become vacant as of Dec. 31:
• Aviation Authority. One position available.
• Port Authority. One position available.
• Tourist Development Council. One position available (for someone involved in tourism but not collecting the tourist tax).
All positions are voluntary and are not paid. All applicants must be Hernando County residents and registered voters.
Applications are available in the County Administrator's Office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 30.
For information, call (352) 754-4002.