Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Feline adopt-a-thon today at Petco in Spring Hill


Feline adopt-a-thon today at Petco

Home at Last Pet Adoptions will have an adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store. Additional adopt-a-thons will be on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Although the organization specializes in Siamese, other cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites.

Fees vary and are tax-deductible. All pets can be viewed online at Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon can be made (individual appointments can also be scheduled). Call (352) 476-6832 or send e-mail to


Christmas music concert on tap tonight

Live Oak Theatre Company will present a concert at 6 p.m. today at Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive.

A combination of favorite Christmas songs such as March of the Toy Soldiers and Mary, Did You Know and Silver Bells will be featured. There also will be piano selections and small choral ensembles, and guest performers from the Brooksville Academy of the Arts Dance Company.

There is no charge for admission; a love offering will be accepted. For information, call (352) 683-2863.


Coast Guard Auxiliary lists boating classes

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8 will offer the following boating classes at its facility at 4340 Calienta St.:

• About Boating Safety, 7 p.m. Jan. 11-13. This is a beginner program that teaches safe boating practices, use of safety equipment, navigation and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement for the Florida Boating Safety ID. The cost is $35, which includes a text.

• Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 18. This is a comprehensive nine-week program designed for the experienced and novice boater. Topics include boating safety, rules, navigation, weather, radio and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement for the Florida Boating Safety ID. The cost is $50, which includes all materials and a textbook.

Registration is conducted a half-hour before the first class. For information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.


SPCA seeks donations of tools, supplies

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/SPCA of Hernando County has a "Christmas Wish List" of service items needed at the shelter.

Items include: Heavy-duty wheel barrows, long-handle flat shovels, long-handle squeegees, large leaf rakes, heavy-duty pooper scoopers, picnic table and benches (wood or plastic), cat condos and scratch poles (new or used), cat and dog collars and leashes (new or used), kitten powder milk formula, kitty litter, laundry soap (liquid), Odoban cleaner (available at Sam's Club), paper towels, Pedigree wet dog food and cat food, dish soap, large and medium trash bags, Frontline flea prevention and Heartgard for heartworm prevention.

The SPCA is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that does not receive government funding. The shelter, at 9075 Grant St. (off Sunshine Grove Road and Taylor Street), is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Those wishing to help can call (352) 596-7000. Visit the website at


Brooksville Raid event coming in January

The 31st annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd.

The two-day event will include camps, artillery demonstrations, the Brooksville Raid battle and music by the 97th Regimental String Band. A Ladies' Tea will be offered on Jan. 15 and a Grand Review on Jan. 16.

The event is presented by the Hernando Historical Museum Association and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. Food concessions, chair rentals and wagon rides will be available.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger and scouts in uniform. For information, call (352) 799-0129 or visit


Audubon Society bird count set for Tuesday

As part of the Hernando Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, the Aripeka-Bayport count is planned for Tuesday. The area count encompasses the west side of Hernando and Pasco counties.

For information or to be assigned to a team, contact Bev Hansen at (352) 686-0460.


CPR class at center offers certification

A CPR class will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Another class will be offered Jan. 20.

The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone interested may participate.

The cost is $20. Upon completion, students will receive a two-year certification card.

To obtain information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.


Donate to blood bank for chance to win iPad

Those who donate blood at LifeSouth Community Blood Center or at one of its bloodmobile locations throughout December and January will be entered into a raffle to win an iPad. The drawing will be on Feb. 1. Those who donate in January will receive a backpack.

Also, those who donate now through May 31 will be entered into a raffle to win a 7-foot custom-made lighthouse donated by Michel Morin. The lighthouse is on display in the lobby at LifeSouth, 12395 Cortez Blvd.

LifeSouth has a critical need for O-negative and O-positive blood types, and an urgent need for all other blood types.

The blood center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The center (and blood drives) will be closed on Sundays in December only, but will resume regular hours in January, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification.

All blood donors receive a complimentary cholesterol screening and a gift of appreciation. For information, call (352) 596-2002.

Feline adopt-a-thon today at Petco in Spring Hill 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 5:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Shark Week 2017: Michael Phelps races a shark and other must-see specials


    It's that time of year again. No, not back to school month or geek convention season -- it's Shark Week.

    For almost 30 years, Discovery Channel has brought a full week of special programs on the toothy underwater predators through Shark Week.
  2. HomeTeam 100: Players 51-60


    TAMPA - Wharton defensive back AJ Hampton will help lead the Wildcats into the 2017 season. Taken 7-6-17 by Scott Purks
  3. Clearwater Beach driver's roommate thought she could help turn his life around


    CLEARWATER — Ryan Michael Stiles wanted to start fresh. Sarah Lynn Wright wanted to help.

    Ryan Michael Stiles, 27, is seen while driving his vehicle on Clearwater Beach Thursday, July 20, 2017. Stiles was stopped on the north end of Caladesi Island after driving up from Clearwater Beach, police said. [Facebook]
  4. The Iron Yard coding academy to close in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Iron Yard, a code-writing academy with a location in downtown St. Petersburg, will close for good this summer.

    Instructors (from left) Mark Dewey, Jason Perry, and Gavin Stark greet the audience at The Iron Yard, 260 1st Ave. S, in St. Petersburg during "Demo Day" Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at The Iron Yard, which is an immersive code school that is part of a trend of trying to address the shortage of programmers.  The academy is closing this summer.  [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  5. Florida's unemployment rate drops for fourth straight month


    How low can Florida's unemployment go? Pretty low, according to the state's latest unemployment numbers. The Sunshine State's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent for June, down from 4.3 percent in May, state officials said Friday morning.

    Florida's unemployment level dropped to 4.1 percent in June from 4.3 percent in May. |  [Times file photo]