'PAY IT FORWARD' BLOOD DRIVE: A blood drive with the LifeSouth bloodmobile is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Publix in the Shoppes of Glen Lakes Plaza, 9595 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The blood drive is in honor of Jeremy Bush of Homosassa, who was severely injured in a motorcycle crash on Dec. 30. He lost a great deal of blood, broke multiple bones, punctured a lung and experienced other life-threatening internal injuries. Bush's family owns Bush Pest Control, and his wife, Leslie is the owner of Hearmore Solutions in Spring Hill. Those who donate blood will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad 2; the drawing will be on Feb. 1. Donors must be at least 17 (16-year-olds can donate with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. For information, call (352) 596-2002.
LINE DANCE SOCIAL: A Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. DJ Dave will entertain with a mix of dances, for beginners to intermediate dancers. No lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to assist. Guests may bring their own snacks, beverages and ice. Admission is $5. For information, call (352) 397-6088.
FIRE AUXILIARY HOSTS 'AFTER HOLIDAY BLAST': An "After Holiday Blast" will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary, will feature a performance by Dave Conrad as the Beach Bum DJ. Guests may bring their own beverages. Tickets are $7 and available from Phyllis Looney, (352) 293-3418; Vivian Henegar, (352) 596-8485, or at the High Point Community Association office. Tickets will also be available at the door. For information, call (352) 556-3984.
RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP: A rain barrel workshop will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive. The class will be presented by John Korycki of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program. Participants will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use, placement and decoration. Using rain barrels in a landscape can reduce dependence on irrigation and cope with watering restrictions. Hernando County Utilities customers who participate in the workshop will receive a $25 credit on their water bill. The cost is $55 per completed barrel, which must be paid by check or money order. Space is limited; preregistration is required. Call (352) 540-6230.
ACADEMIA HERNANDO LECTURE SERIES: Academia Hernando will present the second program in its Winter 2012 Lecture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Monday. Instead of a lecture, Monday will be a field trip to Steve Melton's sugarcane farm in Dade City to see examples of farm implements from days gone by.
The lecture series continues through March 12 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Upcoming lectures include:
• Jan. 23: "Contemporary Architecture in Tampa Bay," by Ed Hoffman, architect of the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs.
• Jan. 30: "Marie Curie — Her Life and Work," by Susan Marie Frontczak.
• Feb. 9. Bus trip to Winter Park (Morse Museum and a lake boat trip); for subscribers only.
• Feb. 13: "How Modern Science Has Changed Police Work," by Tim Whitfield, director of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office forensics unit.
• Feb. 20: "Do You Have a Fortune on Your Bookshelves?" presented by George Spiero.
• Feb. 27: "Politics in Florida This Election Year," presented by professor and political analyst SusanMacManus.
• March 5: "Customs of Papua New Guinea," by Gertrude Hinsch.
• March 12: "La Belle France: A spotlight on French Civilization and Culture," by Joe Menasche.
Subscriptions to the series are $55 per person. Walk-ins pay $8 per session. To subscribe or for information, call (352) 597-0158.
ADULT LITERACY CLASSES: HEART Literacy Adult Education Program classes will begin Wednesday. Adults 18 years or older interested in earning a high school diploma or brushing up on reading, math or language arts are invited to sign up at one of the four sites offering the free classes. Free pre-GED testing and free child care are available at most sites. No appointments are necessary. Classes will be offered at the following sites:
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill (free child care available for children ages 2 to 5).
• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville (child care available for children ages 4 to 10).
• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville (ESOL classes unavailable at this location).
A Florida photo ID is required. For details, call (352) 797-7018.
SCHOOL JAZZ BAND TO ENTERTAIN: The Hudson Middle School Jazz Band will entertain at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Tickets are $4; proceeds will benefit the school's music program. Tickets are available at the High Point Community office during regular business hours, at the community center on Friday mornings, or at the door. For information, call Virginia at (352) 592-2147.
FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE: Hernando County Recreation is selling tickets to the annual Father/Daughter Dance, which will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event will include music, snacks and drinks. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras. Substitute "dads" are welcome, such as a grandfather, uncle, friend or older brother. Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in advance. Registration forms are available at the recreation office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., or online at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec. Payment must be made by check, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa); no cash will be accepted. Call (352) 754-4031.
FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS: A firearms safety class will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. The course provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Class size is limited; registration required. The cost is $60. Call (352) 597-9931. Visit the website at hernandosportsmansclub.com.
GROUP FORMS TO OVERTURN 'CITIZENS UNITED' RULING: A local group has formed as part of a national movement against the U.S. Supreme Court's 2009 decision in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case (the ruling that the U.S. government cannot place limits on political spending by corporations and unions). The local group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This will be a planning meeting on writing a resolution to help overturn the decision. For information, call Joe Lemieux at (352) 686-2903 or Jennifer at (352) 400-1020.
COMMISSION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR BOARDS: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the following boards:
• Hernando County Tourist Development Council. There is a vacancy for a representative of a tourist enterprise collecting the tourist tax. The purpose of the council is to promote tourism opportunities in Hernando County and to oversee the collection and disbursement of the tourist development tax.
• Library Advisory Committee. There is one vacancy to fill a seat through Dec. 31, 2014. The committee acts as an advisory board to county commissioners on matters pertaining to the county's public library system.
• Hernando County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. There are a number of seats available, including a representative of the banking/mortgage industry, one who is actively engaged in the residential home-building industry in connection with affordable housing, one who is an advocate for low-income persons in connection with affordable housing, a representative of the areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing, a for-profit provider of affordable housing, a real estate professional in connection with affordable housing, one who represents essential services personnel as defined in the local housing assistance plan, and one who represents employers within the jurisdiction.
Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; they may also be downloaded from hernandocounty.us/bocc/committees.htm. Completed applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday. Applicants for all boards must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. For information, call (352) 754-4002.
YMCA SWIM LESSONS: The Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., is taking registrations for indoor swim lessons. Classes are available for children 3 and older, as well as teens and adults 13 and older. Weekday evening classes will start next week and run through Feb. 9 (classes meet two days a week). Saturday classes will be offered Jan. 21 through Feb. 28. The cost is $46 for facility members or $68 for program participants. For details, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622.