Events will promote healthy eating
The Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando Counties will host "Eat Smart for a Healthy Start" events at various locations next week:
• 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4, at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
There will be a free lunch box giveaway at each event to the first 100 children 8 and younger. Parents can learn about child care options and receive health-related information and back-to-school items for their children.
For information, visit phelc.org/foundation.html or call (727) 233-8291.
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Library to show movie 'The Bucket List' free
The Hernando County Public Library System will have a free showing of the The Bucket List at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
In the movie, cranky billionaire hospital magnate Edward Cole and blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers meet when they both find themselves terminally ill. The unlikely pair head out on a road trip with a list of "to dos" before they die. The 2007 film, rated PG-13, stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 754-4443.
Yacht Club to stage murder-mystery event
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will present Till Death Do Us Part, a murder-mystery dinner, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.
Guests will "celebrate" the union of Becky Giovanni and Stanley Simpson. The reception will include food, mystery and mayhem.
Tickets are $20 per person — for dinner and show — and must be purchased in advance. Call Bobbie at (352) 279-0528 or Betty Jo at (352) 200-5763.
Bowl-a-thon to benefit school for the autistic
Hope Youth Ranch Learning Academy's annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.
The cost is $30 for three games and includes shoe rental and a raffle ticket.
The academy, in Hudson, teaches students with autism and other learning disabilities. The school needs financial support for the interior structure of its modular classroom buildings.
Registration for the bowl-a-thon is required by Monday. Call (352) 238-5526.
Concert raises money to feed hungry kids
An Operation HeartFELT fundraiser concert will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at Brooksville Golf and Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville.
The concert features Eliot Sloan from Blessid Union of Souls (pop, gospel and country); Billy Dawson (Clear Channel Country Music Talent Search Winner 2010); singer, pianist and harpist Deanna Loveland (pop, country and gospel), and country singer George Marshall, the "Saltwater Rockin' Cowboy."
Light fare and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $35 each and are available at Westover's Flowers and the Killingsworth Agency, both in Brooksville.
Operation HeartFELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) is a nonprofit organization that provides food for children from homeless families in Hernando County. Funds raised from the event will support a backpack program for local children in need. For information, call (352) 754-5463 or (352) 796-3519.
Book group to discuss novel 'South of Broad'
The Brooksville Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.
The book to be discussed is South of Broad: A Novel, by Pat Conroy. Set in Charleston, S.C., Leo King and a unique group of high school friends from the 1960s remain connected for more than two decades, sharing tragedy, friendships, loyalty and cultural events of the time.
New members are welcome. No registration is required, but copies of the book are limited at the library. For information, call the library at (352) 754-4043.
Humane Society needs volunteers for center
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is seeking volunteers to help at the new Humane Society of the Nature Coast reTAIL and Adoption Center at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19.
The facility, scheduled to open in early fall, will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Volunteers will be required to offer a minimum of four consecutive hours, assisting with the operation of the retail shop. Responsibilities include assisting clients with purchases of appropriate items for their newly adopted pets, handling of cash, stocking merchandise, light cleaning and other duties as needed. Prior retail experience is helpful, but not required.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, be reliable and have good communications skills.
The center will feature a variety of specialty pet items and animal-related gift ideas. The outlet will also serve as an adoption center referral source with a special cat section within the store. A classroom will be available where training classes and consultations will be conducted.
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, located at Wiscon and Mobley roads near Brooksville.
For information about adopting pets or becoming a volunteer at the new facility at the mall, call (352) 796-2711 or visit humanerescue.org.
Teaching zoo to offer low-cost vaccinations
The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd.
Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $14, and dog kennel cough/bordetella shots will be $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.
All proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo facility currently under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.
Battlefield Society commemorates WWII
The Dade Battlefield Society will host its annual World War II Commemorative Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603.
The event not only marks the end of the most widespread armed conflict in history, but also celebrates both military and popular civilian culture from the era. Participating will be uniformed re-enactors representing both Allied and Axis forces, who will demonstrate weaponry and other items common to the times.
There will be mechanized vehicles, working communication stations, period vendors, food and music. World War II veterans will be present, all on the site of an actual wartime encampment.
Admission is free with the regular park entrance fee of $3 per carload (up to eight people) or $1 per person for individual walkers or bicyclists.
For information, call (352) 793-4781 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driver Safety Program schedule for August
The AARP Driver Safety Program is offering these classes in August. The class is six hours and costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 684-2524 to register.
• 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 and 17, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.
• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Brooksville Enrichment Center. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.