Celebrate Arbor day with learning, tree planting
The Brooksville Beautification Board and City Council will host the city's 23rd annual Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m. Friday at the children's playground at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane. The county forester from the Florida Forest Service will discuss choosing proper trees for this region and how to care for and maintain them. Smoky the Bear will visit. Students from Hernando High School's Project Looking Ahead have created posters on "What Arbor Day Means to Me." Participants will receive a gift and certificate. Students and city staffers also will plant trees that have been donated by Stewart's Tree Service. For information, contact Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810 or lmorgan@cityof brooksville.us.
Food pantry, thrift shop need volunteers
DayStar Life Center needs volunteers to help a few hours a week. The center, at 7120 Hope Hill Road, off the State Road 50 truck route, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers may help in various areas of the thrift store or the food pantry. DayStar, a ministry of St. Anthony Catholic Church, relies solely on volunteers to operate, with all proceeds going to the community. DayStar's food pantry also now provides food for families on a monthly basis. To volunteer, make a donation or for information about the pantry or thrift shop, call (352) 799-5930 or go to daystarlifecenter.org.
Kids invited to learn to play chess for free
Poor Rich's Chess Club will host a program for school-age children to learn to play chess from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. There is no cost to participate. Sets and clocks will be provided. For information, call (352) 678-6987 or (352) 596-1415.
Hernando County Housing Authority, 3 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Victims' Voice 2012: To recognize victims and survivors of crime. 3 p.m. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4255.