Food collection benefits Dawn Center
The Oak Hill Homeowners Association will collect nonperishable food and other items for the Dawn Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at both entrance monuments at Loretto Street and Kirkwood Avenue and at Belltower Street and Keysville Avenue.
The Dawn Center, a shelter that offers emergency assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, is in dire need of nonperishable food, condiments, flour, sugar, pasta, rice, soups, canned fruit, broth, baby wipes, diapers (sizes 3, 4 and 5), copy paper, cleaning supplies and paper products. Cash, checks and Walmart gift cards are also appreciated.
For information, call Patt Grasham at (352) 200-4778.
See movie 'You Again' free at library
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a free showing of the 2010 film You Again at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The film stars Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Ramona Odette Yustman and Betty White in a comedy about a young woman who finds out her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school. The film is rated PG.
Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Hospice offers free bereavement group
HPH Hospice will offer its free, eight-week Grief's Journey bereavement group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 4 to June 22, at its West Hernando office at 12260 Cortez Blvd.
The group is for newly bereaved adults or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. Hospice bereavement counselors will help the group understand the grieving process and explore coping strategies.
Preregistration is required. Call toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.
Water resources workshop is Friday
The Hernando County Utilities Department will present the biennial water resources workshop "Hernando County's Water-World — It's All Connected" from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd.
The workshop is organized for local government leaders, civic organizations and business leaders. It will include information on watershed management and best management practices for turf and spring protection.
Several Hernando County commissioners may be in attendance. The workshop will be videotaped by Hernando County Government Broadcasting and will air on Bright House cable Ch. 622, as well as online at hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/citizens.
For information, call (352) 540-6780.
Springstead High classes of '81, '86
Springstead High School alumni are being sought for two reunions.
The Class of 1981 is planning its 30-year reunion to be combined with classes from 1979 through 1982, the first four classes at the school when it opened in 1975. The reunion is planned for July 15-17. For details, call Carla (King) or Ed Audette at (352) 688-4208.
Also, the Class of 1986 is planning its 25th reunion the weekend of July 29-31 at the Tradewinds Island Grand in St. Pete Beach. For details, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or visit shsclassof86.info or hcsb.k12.fl.us/shs/Alumni/reunion86.htm.
SPRING HILL/FLORAL CITY
Relay for Life team hosts motorcycle run
Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope's breast cancer support group Relay for Life team will host a benefit motorcycle run May 14.
The run begins at the facility at 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill (off Kadri Drive, across from High Point), and will end at Sleepy Hollow Fishing Lodge, 10333 E Gobbler Drive, Floral City. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the ride starting at 10 a.m.
The cost is $15 per person, which includes a steak dinner and live entertainment and drawings at Sleepy Hollow. Also, the first 80 participants to register will receive a complimentary T-shirt.
Funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Call Tambra Randazzo at (352) 592-8129.
Greek Festival set for May 14 at fairgrounds
Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church will host its first Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 8436 S Broad St.
Music will be provided by Demetri of Demetri and the Islanders and Greek dance groups will perform throughout the day. There will also be a gift shop and free dance lessons.
Greek food and pastries will be available. A Greek chicken breast dinner, pastitiso and moussaka will be offered, as well as souvlaki, gyros and Greek salad.
Admission to the festival will be $1 per person. For information, call Emily at (352) 650-0307 or visit csgoc.org.
'Wine Tasting on the Gulf' set for May 15
Catholic Charities will present its second annual "Wine Tasting on the Gulf" benefit event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 15 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd.
The event will include a variety of wines, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and door prizes.
Tickets are $20 each. Funds raised will benefit Catholic Charities' Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center building fund. For information or tickets, call Abby Evert at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
RIDGE MANOR WEST/ SPRING HILL
Mental illness alliance plans film showings
In recognition of Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will present the following films in May:
• No Kidding Me 2, 2 p.m. May 13 at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West; and 2 p.m. May 20 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Produced by Emmy-winning actor Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix), the documentary introduces people living with different diagnoses, and goes to Johns Hopkins and Yale universities to learn the latest in brain research. It also details Pantoliano's struggles with clinical depression.
• Depression: Out of the Shadows, 2 p.m. May 27, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. The PBS documentary delves into various types of depression and introduces individuals from many backgrounds who struggle with the disease, such as business people, a new mother, teens and seniors. Leading mental health experts highlight the latest in treatment and research. There also will be a special feature with Jane Pauley.
The showings are free. Contact NAMI Hernando at (352) 684-0004 or (352) 544-0352.
Ride Saturday to remember officers
American People Against Cop Killers Inc. will host the 2011 Fallen Officer Memorial Ride on Saturday.
Sign-ups start at 10 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. The ride begins at 11 a.m., and the final stop will be at Beef O'Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville.
Other stops include Beef O'Brady's restaurants in Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Dade City. Each stop will have drawings for prizes and cash.
The cost to participate is $20 for the first rider, $10 for the second. This year's ride is dedicated to the memory of Florida wildlife officer Margaret "Peggy" Park, who was killed in the line of duty Dec. 13, 1984. She was 26.
Call Jerry Jennings at (352) 346-1846 or Alan Garman at (352) 584-3890. Visit the website at apack-inc.org.