DONATIONS COLLECTED FOR CHILDREN IN NEED: Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union has teamed up with Hernando County School Board to collect donations for Kids Closet, which helps homeless and needy children in Hernando County.
Needed are toothpaste; toilet paper; shampoo and conditioner; kids body wash; soap; feminine products and razors; clothing such as school uniforms, socks, undergarments and casual clothing, and household products such as laundry detergent, dish soap and facial tissues.
Donation boxes are set up at Suncoast Schools FCU branches at 18915 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, and at 3037 Commercial Way and 4176 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Donations will be collected through May 30.
For information, contact Shanika Figueroa at (352) 797-7008, ext. 132, or [email protected]
Also wanted are donations of books for youth ages 1 through 17.
Books should be positive and inspirational.
Donations may be dropped off at Paul and Jerry's Self Storage at 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Call (352) 684-4414.
SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM: The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center, in partnership with the Hernando County Health Department and Spring Hill Regional Hospital, will offer two six-week tobacco dependence programs, each starting next week:
• 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, May 16 to June 20, at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
• 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, May 17 to June 21, at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
Along with the six weekly meetings, the programs include four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches or lozenges).There is no cost, but space is limited. To register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.
JAZZ SOCIETY WRAPS UP SEASON: The Hernando Jazz Society will present "See You in September" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill.
This will be the final gathering of the season. The jazz society will award several cash scholarships to winners in the recent audition for youth in grades 9-12; the scholarship winners will also perform.
The regular performance will include musicians and singers performing favorites from the big band era. A cash bar and buffet will be available starting at 1 p.m.
Admission is free for members and $9 for nonmembers; there is a separate charge for the meal.
Nonmembers should call for reservations to ensure admittance into the Wellington community. Call (352) 835-7183 or (352) 835-7942.