Elsie Taylor Memorial Blood Drive Tuesday
An Elsie Taylor Memorial Blood Drive will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at H&R Block, 4203 Mariner Blvd.
The drive is to honor the memory of Taylor, who managed the local H&R Block for numerous years, devoted many years to donating blood and organized countless blood drives. She died this year after enduring three separate bouts of various forms of cancer.
For information, call LifeSouth at (352) 596-2002 or H&R Block at (352) 683-8622.
New temporary hours at utilities department
Hernando County Utilities Department will temporarily change its lobby hours for April.
The lobby and drive-through will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Wednesdays, when it will be closed between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Effective May 4, the new lobby and drive-through hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Wednesdays, when it will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For customers' convenience, the office will continue to accept utility payments in the night deposit drop box at the front of the facilities at 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; and 7425 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
For new service, account inquiries or any customer service-related questions, call (352) 754-4037.
Next mermaid camp at state park is in May
Women 20 and older are invited to participate in a two-day Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp, which will be offered periodically through September at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. The next available camp will be May 14-15. (April is soldout.)
The camp gives participants an opportunity to experience what it is like to be an underwater performer at the springs. It will include underwater training sessions where participants learn the basic ballet moves that the Weeki Wachee mermaids perform. On the last day of camp, participants will perform in the main spring for a private audience of family and friends.
The camp is organized and supervised by former mermaids of the park. The cost is $250, with proceeds funding the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, a nonprofit organization.
For information, call (352) 592-5656 or visit the website at weekiwachee.com.
Remember loved ones at hospice services
HPH Hospice will host its interfaith community "Time for Remembrance" services at 2 and again at 6 p.m. April 12 in the administrative building at Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
The free services are for anyone wishing to honor or remember a loved one who has died. They are led by HPH chaplains and bereavement counselors.
No reservations are needed. For information, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784 or visit hph-hospice.org.
Toy, model train show, swap meet Saturday
A Train Show and Swap Meet will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Dana's Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd.
The show will include Digitrax, wooden toy trains, model trains, model kits and Lionel trains. For information, call (352) 684-2484.
HEART Adult Literacy plans yard sale April 8
HEART Adult Literacy will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 in the office parking lot at 801 N Broad St. All proceeds will benefit the program's free GED/SOL program. For information, call (352) 797-7018.
Holy Trinity church plans yard sale April 9
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 9 at the church, 11200 Elgin Blvd.
The sale also will include refreshments, baked goods and pierogies available for purchase. Vendor table rentals are also available. For information, call (352) 686-6050. Visit the website at htoc-fl.org.
Openings available for next Citizens Academy
Openings are available for the afternoon and evening sessions of the next Hernando County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. The academy will be offered Thursdays, April 28 through June 2.
The afternoon session meets from 1 to 4 p.m., and the evening session meets 6 to 9 p.m.
The academy gives participants an insider's view of the Sheriff's Office and the criminal justice system. It will include demonstrations by K9 handlers, tours of the Sheriff's Office, and information on the following departments: Forensics, uniform patrol, traffic unit, administration, investigations, vice and narcotics, communications-911, aviation and marine units, mounted patrol, SWAT and detention center.
Graduates will have the option of riding along with a patrol deputy, observing in the communications center or touring the jail.
The academy is offered to adults 18 and older. There is no cost to participate. For information or to sign up, call Barbara Renfroe at (352) 754-6830, ext 53678.
Youth yard sale April 9 at Holy Cross Lutheran
There will be a youth yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive.
Vendors are welcome; spaces are available for $10. For information, call Wanda at (352) 683-5310.
Story of Judah Ben-Hur in concert April 16
Youth With a Mission Tampa will present the Judah Ben-Hur Theatrical Concert at 7 p.m. April 16 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave.
The concert comes from the world premier at the NUS Cultural Center in Singapore. For information, visit judahbenhur.com or call (813) 508-3466.
Arts, crafts festival is fundraiser for YMCA
The third annual Arts and Crafts Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
Local artists and crafters will show and sell jewelry, clothing, housewares, decor, paintings and crafts of wood, paper and glass. There will also be food and raffles.
Funds raised from the event benefit the Y's Community Support Fund. For information, call (352) 688-9622.
Spaces available for juried fine arts show
Spaces are available for the 27th annual Art in the Park Festival, which will be April 30-May 1 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
This is a juried art show for fine arts and fine crafts, with $5,000 in cash prizes awarded. Participants may show and sell their creations at the festival.
The event also will include an expansive Hernando County student art display, children's craft activities (including a Mother's Day cardmaking studio), and an entertainment stage featuring student and local performers.
The event is provided by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, promoted in coordination with the city of Brooksville, Hernando County Tourism Development Council, Hernando County Schools, and the St. Petersburg Times.
The registration fee for the fine arts and fine crafts show is $150. The deadline is April 18. For information, call (352) 754-4788.
Show off your green thumb at plant show
Hernando County residents are invited to show off their prized plants at the Horticulture Show 2011 during the Hernando County Fair, which will be April 8-16 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The plants will be judged by qualified individuals with horticulture knowledge, and ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: Bromeliads/orchids/air plants, cacti/succulents, bonsai, dish gardens/terrariums, foliage plants, woody ornamentals, African violets, hanging baskets, containerized flowering annuals and perennials, staghorn ferns, container-grown vegetables and 4-H/youth. A prize for the best plant in each category will be awarded.
Entries will only be accepted between 4 and 7 p.m. April 7. Plants must remain on display during the fair and can be picked up between 1 and 4 p.m. April 17. A maximum of three plants per category, per entrant, will be accepted for judging.
For information, complete rules and a preregistration form, visit extension.hernandocounty.us and look under Jim's blog under "Lawn and Garden," or call (352) 754-4433. For information on the fair, visit hernandofairgrounds.com.