Bring home furry pal from adopt-a-thon
Home at Last Pet Adoptions will host an adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday during November and December at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.
Although the organization specializes in Siamese, other cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax deductible.
All pets may be viewed online at halpetadoptions.petfinder.com.
Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon may be made (individual appointments may also be scheduled). Call (352) 476-6832 or send email to halpet email@example.com.
Help CARE shelter feed needy critters
The Community Animal Rescue and Educational Shelter is having a Claus for Paws drive during the holiday season.
Items needed include dog and cat food (Pedigree or Pro Plan), laundry detergent, tall kitchen bags, Waggin' Tail chicken jerky treats, puppy training pads, Kong toys, cat litter and paper towels. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
Dropoffs can be made at following locations through Dec. 17: Fast Lane Express, Avon Discount Store, Brannen Bank on Cortez Boulevard, Julie's Dog Grooming, Exit Success Realty on Spring Hill Drive, Marvel Fitness, Garrison Animal Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast.
CARES pet rescue serves Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. For information, call (352) 279-4953 or visit cares 4pets.net.
Order now to get annual poinsettias
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida is having its annual poinsettia sale through Nov. 28.
Six-inch plants are $7 plus tax, and 8-inch plants are $14.50 plus tax. All proceeds go to the agency's programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Orders will be delivered by Dec. 6. To place an order, call (727) 853-1010. The office, at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Kick up your heels with Marvin's music
Marvelous Marvin from 106.3 FM radio will spin songs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 3 at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.
This free event is for adults 21 and older. Food and alcohol will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 597-7979.
Learn about rain barrels at workshop
A rain barrel workshop will be presented at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at Hernando County Utilities, 21030 Cortez Blvd.
The program will be provided by John Korycki, coordinator of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program in Hernando County. Participants will learn how using rain barrels in their landscapes can reduce dependence on irrigation and supplement rainfall during dry spells. Each participant will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use and set-up.
The cost is $55 per completed rain barrel; Hernando County Utilities customers who participate can receive a $25 credit on their water bills.
Space is limited. To register or for information, call Korycki at (352) 540-6230.
Concert will feature show, holiday tunes
An "Old Fashioned Christmas" concert with Valerie Sneade will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave.
The entertainer will perform Broadway hits during the first half of the show. The second half will include holiday favorites.
Tickets are $25 each; group and student pricing is available. Call (352) 799-5577.
It's time for pancakes and Santa Claus
The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will host its 20th annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive.
This is an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Santa will be present, and there will be holiday entertainment.
The cost is $5 per person; children 2 and younger admitted free. Proceeds will benefit children's charities in Hernando County. For information, call Bev at (352) 634-1637.
Poets, show off your words at PHCC's event
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its biannual Celebration of Poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in this open microphone poetry reading. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Those interested in reading one or two poems may sign up at the door.
The event is being coordinated by professors Richard Downing and Kay McKamy. For information, call McKamy at (352) 797-5109.
Polish goodies in store at vets' benefit party
The Polish Legion of American Veterans, Walter Weiss Memorial Post and Auxiliary 196, will host its annual Oplateck Christmas Celebration on Dec. 3 at Moose Lodge 521, 5214 Mariner Blvd.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. There will be an appetizer table from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., a sit-down dinner at 3:30 p.m. and entertainment from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The dinner will include roast pork, pierogis, Polish sausage, salad, sauerkraut, vegetables, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available. There will be singing of Polish and American carols and the sharing of the oplatki (Christmas wafer). Santa will visit.
Guests are encouraged to bring a gift for a hospitalized veteran; mark whether the gift is for a male or female. The gifts will be delivered to the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.
Tickets are $15; children younger than 10 admitted free. The deadline for tickets is Monday. No tickets will be sold at the door.
For tickets, call Richard at (352) 686-7379, Ernie at (727) 848-7826 or Mitch at (727) 862-1286.
Get reservations in now for holiday party
The Regency Oaks Civic Association will host a holiday party at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the association's clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.
The entree choices are boneless chicken breast or baked pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (includes Italian meatballs and Italian sausage with bell peppers and onions). A variety of desserts will be available. Beverages include coffee and iced tea (ice provided); guests may bring their own drinks.
Music will be provided by DJ Rich "The Hit Man." There will be door prizes and raffles.
Tickets are $15 for members and nonmembers, and must be purchased by Sunday. Call Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Shirley at (352) 597-2988 or Terry at (352) 596-9213.