Goodwill collecting books for kids in need
A drive to collect children's books for Goodwill's BookWorks childhood literacy program starts Monday and continues through the end of April.
Residents in Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillborough, Polk and Marion counties are asked to donate new or like-new books geared for children ages 2 to 5.
Goodwill's BookWorks program promotes childhood literacy by putting books into the hands of children who may not otherwise have them. Goodwill volunteers read to groups of preschool children at Heart Stat centers and other locations, then present each child with a personalized book to take home.
More than 1,200 low-income children in Hernando County received books through the program last year.
To donate books, attach a note indicating they are "For BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site. In Hernando County, a Goodwill store is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For other stores and donation site locations, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988 or visit goodwill-suncoast.org.
Aircraft association hosts lunch at airport
The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1298 will have a Fly In/Drive In lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at its hangar at the Hernando County Airport, 2475 S Broad St., south of Brooksville.
Lunch will include hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, hot dogs, deviled eggs, sodas and desserts. The cost is $7.50 per lunch.
The public is welcome. Because the hangar is on airport property, cars will have to park on the grass on the south side of the American Aviation complex; the hangar is a short walk from the gate.
It is anticipated that more than 75 planes will fly in from around the state. For information, call Christopher Washington at (352) 686-1320, Bernie Berger at (352) 428-1253 or Edgar Flaig at (352) 428-3804.
USO dinner hosted by Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Assembly 1721, will host a USO Dinner and Dance March 20 at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.
The meal includes ziti, meatballs, sausage, bread and more. Music will be provided by Angelo. Guests who have served with the military are encouraged to wear uniforms and other articles of clothing from their branch of service.
Tickets are $8.50 and must be purchased in advance. Call Jim De Marco at (352) 683-7290.