Blood donors can get meals, other freebies
A blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Breakfast Club, 148 Mariner Blvd.
Blood donors will be treated to a free breakfast. Also, all donors will be entered to win an iPod.
To increase donations of blood (all types are needed) the LifeSouth Community Blood Center will be decorated in themes, and donors will be treated to a free lunch on Wednesdays through the end of July. Donors in June will get T-shirts, and July donors receive sunglasses with Croakies.
The blood center, 12395 Cortez Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Donors must be age 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors must present photo identification. Call (352) 596-2002.
Volunteers needed as emergency responders
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office's emergency management staff is looking for adults age 18 and older who are interested in joining the Hernando County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
CERT volunteers receive special training that enhances their ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster. As an organized team, CERT volunteers provide vital services to the community when emergency personnel are delayed because of the severity of a situation.
The next training class begins on Monday. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 8 (except July 4) at the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd.
Previous emergency responder experience is not required. All training, materials and equipment are provided at no cost. CERT members must pass a required background check.
Those interested can contact Richard Russell at (352) 754-4083 or email@example.com. Applications are available online at hernandosheriff.org/em (click on the CERT link).
Free classes, movies available at library
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer the following free programs and activities at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive:
• A showing of the movie Chocolat, 3 p.m. Tuesday. The film stars Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher, who opens a chocolate shop in a provincial French village. Johnny Depp stars as Roux, who wants more than sweets from Vianne. The 2000 film is rated PG-13. Light refreshments will be served.
• A Windows Basics computer class, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Limited to 11 participants; advanced registration is required. Stop by the library branch or call (352) 754-4866.
• A showing of the movie Hotel Rwanda, 2 p.m. Thursday. The movie takes place amidst the attempted genocide of Tutsi refugees in 1994 by the Hutu militia. It tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Kigali, who took in more than 1,000 refugees at his elegant hotel to save their lives at great risk to himself and his family. The 2004 film is rated PG-13. Light refreshments will be provided.
• An E-mail Basics computer class, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 29. Limited to 11 participants; advanced registration is required. Stop by the library branch or call (352) 754-4866.
The following programs will be offered at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.:
• A Facebook for Beginners class, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Participants will learn about the popular social networking website, how to use it and the privacy issues involved. Assistance will be provided to participants who wish to set up a Facebook account. Registration is limited to 11 participants; advanced registration is required. Visit the library or call (352) 540-6392.
• Children's songwriter/performer Nancy Lynn Cooper will entertain at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The show will incorporate rhythm instruments and audience participation. Families with children age 6 and younger are invited. The program is sponsored by the Tuesday Morning Sunshine Girls.
• Children's stories and crafts programs, Fridays, June 24-Aug. 5. The programs will be at 11 a.m. for children ages 18-35 months, and at 11:45 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years old. The themed programs will include stories, songs, games and crafts. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast. No registration is required.
For information about any of these programs, call the library program staff at (352) 540-6391.