spring hill BLOOD drive: LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an emergency need for all blood types in Hernando County.
The LifeSouth bloodmobile will be parked at Moss Chiropractic, 1377 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Those who donate will receive a gift card for a 30-minute massage.
Donors must be 16 or older; 16-year-olds must have written parental consent. All donors must present photo identification.
The blood center, at 12395 Cortez Blvd., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For information, call (352) 596-2002.
LAST CHANCE TO ADOPT KITTENS, CATS AT NO COST: Hernando County Animal Services will continue to waive its adoption fee for all cats and kittens through the end of business Friday.
People adopting felines need to pay a $20 deposit, which will be refunded upon showing proof of sterilization and a rabies vaccination. Cats receive a 4-in-1 vaccination and deworming at Animal Services. PetLuv offers free spaying/neutering and a one-year rabies vaccination for all animals adopted to private homes. Hernando County residents receive a free one-year license for their cat upon proof of a rabies vaccination.
The shelter is at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Friday. For information, visit hernandocounty.us/code/animal/adopt.asp or call (352) 796-5062.
BABYSITTING COURSE: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the recreation facility at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The class is for ages 11 to 18.
The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics include being a good leader and role model, making good decisions and solving problems, keeping children and sitters safe, handling emergencies, and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.
The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years.
A minimum of eight students must register and pay in advance in order to have the class. Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit cprresq.com and click on the "babysitter" link under Medical Training.
SUMMER STORY TIMES: The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast will present Toddler Time and Story Time programs each Monday through July 23 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
Toddler Time, for toddlers from 18 to 35 months old, starts at 10:15 a.m. Story Time, for children 3 to 5 years old, starts at 11 a.m. Programs include stories, games and crafts.
There is no cost or registration required to participate. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.
YOUTH PROGRAMS INCLUDE FASHION DESIGN and AFRICAN DANCE: The Hernando County Recreation Department has teamed up with Ignite Youth Inc. to offer the following programs at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville:
• Fashion Design, Mondays and Thursdays starting July 9. The program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. for middle school students and from 6 to 8 p.m. for high school students.
Participants will learn everything from basic sewing techniques and how to use patterns to more advanced techniques such as sketching fashion ideas on paper, making patterns, matching fabrics and bringing garments alive in a runway fashion show.
The cost is $12 per class or $45 per month (four weeks).
• African Dance, Wednesdays starting July 11. Classes will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. for middle school students and from 5 to 6 p.m. for high school students and adults.
Participants will learn about the origin of African dance and its meaning, as well as the art and skill of the dance. The cost is $9 per class, as well as a onetime $10 registration fee.
For information about either class, contact the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or hernandocounty.us/parks_rec, LaShawn Rush with Ignite Youth at (352) 277-6933, or visit igniteyouthinc.org.
GREEN INDUSTRIES BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES CERTIFICATION: The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, will offer training for green industries best management practices certification from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23.
The workshop will provide training and opportunity for certification for those working in the lawn, landscape, pest control or municipal grounds maintenance industries.
Florida law requires landscape professionals to follow the green industries best management practices when using certain fertilizers in urban landscapes and commercial fertilization applicators. Licenses must be obtained by 2014.
Best management practices are focused on reducing pollution, particularly of water.
Training is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required. Checks should be made payable to the Hernando Extension Program Account, and payment must be received no later than July 16.
For information, call (352) 754-4433.
YOUTH CAMPS OFFERED: Unified by Autism will offer summer camps for children at Golden Rainbow Ranch, 14412 Snow Memorial Highway, north of Brooksville.
Camp for children 6 to 14 who do not have special needs will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-12.
Camp for special-needs children ages 6 to 14 will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6-9.
The cost is $100 for each camp. Space is limited. For information, call Ali Baylor at (352) 799-5425.