CAREER FAIRS PLANNED: Career fairs will be offered at the following Career Central offices:
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3, 4440 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
There will be various career schools participating, with a variety of training opportunities available. Visitors can examine career opportunities, as well as opportunities to receive paid tuition, books and supplies.
There is no cost to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Garry Burlingame at [email protected] or (352) 200-3020, ext. 3551.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE: The Children's Home Society of Florida has kicked off its annual back-to-school drive and is seeking donations, both monetary and supplies such as backpacks, pencils, pens, calculators, rulers, crayons, markers and clothing. All donations are needed by Aug. 10.
Supplies may be dropped off at the local society office at 201 Howell Ave., Suite 300, Brooksville. Contact Debra Paul at (352) 754-1111.
CHARITY GOLF TOURNEY NEEDS COMMITTEE MEMBERS: The Alzheimer's Family Organization is planning its 12th annual charity golf tournament for Nov. 19 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in New Port Richey.
Committee members are needed to help coordinate the fundraising event. Those interested are asked to call the organization at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.
Screenings for the 2012-13 school year will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 7 and 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1.
The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.
INTERFAITH GROUP SEEKS DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS: People Helping People of Hernando is seeking volunteers and donations to help with its various programs. The all-volunteer, nonprofit interfaith group offers the following programs:
• Sunday Blessings serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. Approximately 100 homeless or needy people are fed each week. Also provided are free clothing, groceries, bread and desserts, transportation assistance and referrals to other help organizations.
• Weekend Blessings provides weekend food throughout the school year to 400 selected children from needy families in Hernando County. People Helping People hopes to expand the program to 600 children.
• Senior Blessings supports a local food pantry and also provides supplemental groceries to 50 poverty-level seniors living in a subsidized housing project in Brooksville.
These groups are supported by a volunteer base and rely on community support through monetary donations from individuals, businesses, faith organizations, clubs and other groups. Volunteers may also help by preparing and serving an entree at the Sunday dinners.
Checks may be mailed to People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611. For more information, call (352) 686-4466 or visit phpinhc.org.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host its third annual Eat Smart for a Healthy Start back-to-school event from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7-9 at the following locations:
• Aug. 7 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• Aug. 8 at RCMA Childcare Development Center, 15029 14th St., Dade City.
• Aug. 9 at Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey.
At each event, the first 100 children age 8 and younger will receive a free lunch box filled with healthy snacks and back-to-school items, including a first-aid kit donated by Walgreens.
Florida KidCare, the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando counties, WellCare and Wholota Wellness will have representatives at each event. Local child care providers will be on hand to teach children about healthy eating and educate parents about child care services.
All Pediatrics of Spring Hill will provide free eye exams at the Aug. 7 and 9 events.
For more information, contact Bev Doucet at (727) 233-8291 or [email protected]
CITRUS CHOIR CONCERTS: The Citrus Community Concert Choir will present a Rodgers and Hammerstein concert at the following locations:
• 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1070 N Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River.
• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Beverly Hills Community Church, 82 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.
• 3 p.m. Aug. 5, Faith Lutheran Church, 935 S Crystal Glen Drive, Lecanto.
Tickets are $10 each; children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the choir's scholarship program.
For more information, visit citruschoir.com or call (352) 382-7071.
LEARN HULA-HOOP DANCE: The Hernando County Recreation Department offers a plastic hoop dance class from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Fridays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
The class is open to adults and children age 6 and older. Participants will learn technical moves and tricks with freestyle and technical dancing. Heavier and larger in diameter than the classic Hula Hoop, these hoops provide a diverse art form, including rhythmic gymnastics, hip-hop freestyle dance, fire dance and twirling.
The cost is $30 for three classes. The cost for adult hoops is $30; child hoops are $20.
For more information, call (352) 754-4031.