Classes to focus on first aid, CPR for pets
Pet first aid and pet CPR classes will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, 7200 Mobley Road at Wiscon Road.
The class is certified by the American Safety and Health Institute and is ideal for all pet owners, older children or anyone interested in working in an occupation that requires pet supervision or pet services.
The cost is $45. Graduates will receive a certificate valid for two years. The class will be provided by Medical Training Classes.com.
For more information or to RSVP, call (352) 293-2474.
Next lecture in series will be on cardiology
Academia Hernando's next lecture will be "Advances in Cardiology," which will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
The speakers will include Dr. Kevin Palmer, a surgeon, and Dr. Joseph Idicula, a cardiologist. The physicians will address recent developments in their respective fields.
The lecture is part of Academia Hernando's "Innovations" 2009 spring lecture series. There is no cost to those who subscribed to the series; the cost for all others is $7.
Another lecture, "Trends in Modern Art," will be presented by Peter Tush on March 16. For information, call (352) 597-0158.
Fundraiser will include fashion show, lunch
Hernando County La Sertoma will host the Shower of Fashions Show and Luncheon on March 21 at the Knights of Columbus, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.
The fashion show will feature clothing from Bon Worth. There will be door prizes and raffles.
This is a fundraiser to benefit a scholarship for a college-bound teen, as well as to assist needy organizations in Hernando County.
Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call Cris at (352) 650-9225.
Brookridge yard sale will be March 14
The Brookridge Spring Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon March 14 in the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Admission is free. Coffee and donuts will be available. The sale will feature numerous tables with a variety of handmade, almost-new and used items. For information, call (352) 597-7682.
Book group to meet, discuss Faulkner novel
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. March 16 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.
The story revolves around the grim, yet darkly humorous pilgrimage of Addie Bundre's family members, who set out to fulfill Addie's last wish — to be buried in her native Jackson, Miss. Told through multiple voices, the story brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, filled with poignant, impoverished, violent and hypnotically fascinating characters.
No registration is required to participate, but copies of the book are limited. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
Sons of Italy to host dinner dance event
The Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, will host its annual Scholarship Dinner Dance from 6 to 10:30 p.m. March 28 at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road.
Music for dancing will be provided by Stan Princeton. Those attending can bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $19 each. Also, donations of items for the raffle are needed. For information or to purchase tickets, call Grace Brooks at (352) 597-3727.
Ceremony will honor canine veterans
K9 Veterans Day will be recognized with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor Street.
There is a nationwide effort to recognize March 13 as K9 Veterans Day, which is expected to be declared first in Florida by Gov. Charlie Crist. It is to acknowledge the country's military dogs, who have been credited with saving thousands of American lives during wartime, as well as service dogs in law enforcement and on forensic and rescue teams.
Veteran military dog handlers are invited to share their experiences with their canine partners at the event. Those wishing to participate can contact Joanne Schock at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast at (352) 796-2711 to arrange for their participation in the presentation.
The public and their dogs are invited. The event will include a dedication of a memorial plaque, which will be permanently installed in the park as a tribute to canine veterans.
Yacht club will host its annual flea market
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host its annual flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 and 21 at the club, 4131 Shoal Line Blvd.
For information, call (352) 596-4830 or visit the Web site at www.hbyachtclub.com.
Slovene-American Club to host dances
The Slovene-American Club/SNPJ Lodge 778 will host the following events:
• Virgil Baker and the Just for Fun Band from Michigan will perform from 3 to 6 p.m. March 15. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door. There will be refreshments and a cash bar.
• Bobby Kravos and Band from Cleveland will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. March 21. Food and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door.
Both dances will feature polkas, waltzes and a variety of other music. They will be at the SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Party and Dance Center, 13383 County Line Road. For information, call (352) 686-9874.
Appraiser's office will close for training
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18 for training purposes.
The offices are at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., and at the Westside Government Center at 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For more information, call (352) 754-4190.
County will offer horticulture classes
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide the following free horticulture classes this month:
• Retrofitting Your Landscape with Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• Florida-Friendly Lawn Care, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
• How, When and Why We Prune Our Landscape Plants, 10 a.m. March 14, at the Extension office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.
• Growing and Caring for Citrus, 6:30 p.m. March 17, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• Going Native, 10 a.m. March 25, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
No registration is required. For information, call the Extension office at (352) 754-4433.
Enter your pet photos in calendar contest
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is accept entries for the Open Hearts Pet Photo Contest for the 2010 Humane Society Calendar.
Photos must contain pets only (no humans) and can be either of one pet or of a group of pets. There is no limit to the number of photos a family may enter in the contest.
The cost is $10 per photo entry. Photos will be accepted through the last day of the Nature Coast Pet Expo, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 and 22 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Admission to the event will be $5, with children younger than 12 admitted free.
There will be 25 photos selected to be featured as pets of the month for the calendar. They will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced on April 15.
All photos entered in the contest will be featured in the calendar's introduction pages.
Photos can be dropped off at the Humane Society on the corner of Wiscon and Mobley Roads, Brooksville, mailed to the organization at P.O. Box 10328, Brooksville, FL 34603, or dropped off at the Pet Expo.
For more information, call (352) 796-2711.
Hispanic foundation to host dinner dance
The Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation will host a Welcome Spring 2009 Fashion Show Dinner and Dance at 3 p.m. April 26 at the SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Party and Dance Center, 13383 County Line Road.
Food will be provided by Carrabba's, music will be provided by Mr. T, and fashions will be presented by Patricia's Boutique.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for children 10 and younger. For tickets or information, call (352) 796-0570, (352) 683-5098, 683-6235 or (727) 856-0135.