4-H offers several programs for youths
Hernando County 4-H will present several programs for youth ages 8-18 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive:
• Forest Ecology: The Next Generation, starting 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4. There will be numerous hands-on learning experiences related to plant and tree identification, wildlife habitats, using maps and compasses, survival and more. The program, which runs through mid April, includes classes, field trips, camp-outs, forest walks and guest teachers. Participants will be eligible to compete at the state contest in Gainesville.
• Consumer Choices: Getting the Most for Your Parents' Money, 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 29-Feb. 26. Participants will learn about marketing tricks, comparison shopping, getting what you need and not paying for what you don't, and public speaking. Classes are based on four youth-friendly products, and all materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be eligible to attend the Central Florida fair free and compete at the state Consumer Choices Contest.
For information, contact 4-H agent Nancy Moores at (352) 754-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors sought for hospice fishing event
Sponsors are needed for the 2010 Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice.
The tournament will cast off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
Last year's event included more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for the local hospice, a nonprofit organization that provides care, comfort and support to more than 1,000 individuals affected by a life-limiting illness in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.
For details, contact Debbie Hogan at email@example.com or Jennifer Rey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (352) 799-8423.
Dawn Center invites poster contest entries
The Dawn Center is accepting entries for its third annual poster contest, which is open to Hernando County students in Grades 8-12, including those who are homeschooled. This year's theme is "Imagine a World Without Violence."
Posters in any medium should be created on 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper with an image and/or text to reflect the theme. Entries, along with complete artist contact information, must be turned in to the school administration office or mailed to Dawn Center, P.O. Box 6197, Spring Hill, FL 34611. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 15.
Posters will be judged on creativity, content of message and artistic execution. Winning designs will be used to create posters in support of a youth-led antiviolence campaign beginning in April.
Through sponsorships from the Suncoast for Kids Foundation, contest winners will receive savings accounts. Winners will receive an account with a $300 balance for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.
Winning designs will be on display at the City Hall Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall in February and will be highlighted at the gallery's reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18.
For information, contact Dawn Easter at (352) 592-1288 or email@example.com.
The Dawn Center is Hernando County's domestic and sexual violence center, and its mission is to end the cycle of family violence, abuse and sexual assault. Visit the Web site at www.dawn center.org.
Suncoast for Kids Foundation is sponsored by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, with 100 percent of its funding going to organizations and initiatives that assist children in the communities the credit union serves.