SPCA shelter needs a long list of items
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County has a "Christmas wish list" of items needed at the shelter. Among the items: wheelbarrows, long-handle flat shovels, long-handle squeegees, large leaf rakes, heavy-duty pooper scoopers, picnic tables and benches, cat condos and scratch poles, cat and dog collars and leashes, kitten powder milk formula, kitty litter, laundry soap (liquid), Pedigree wet dog food and cat food, Frontline flea prevention and Heartgard for heartworm prevention. The shelter, at 9075 Grant St. (off Sunshine Grove Road and Taylor Street, west of Brooksville), is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Call (352) 596-7000 or visit spcahernando1.org.
Planning board has vacancy
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from those interested in volunteering on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. There is one vacancy to fill an expiring four-year term through Dec. 31, 2014. Those interested must be city residents and registered Florida voters. To be considered, an application form must be completed, along with an authorization for a background check. The forms are available in the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Call (352) 540-3810.
KofC free-throw contest Jan. 9
The St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus will sponsor a basketball free-throw shooting competition at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at Notre Dame Catholic School, 1095 Commercial Way. Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the free event. There will be age divisions, with winners advancing to the regional competition in February. Registration can be completed on the day of the event; all contestants will need the signature of a parent to confirm eligibility. Everyone who enters will receive a certificate of participation. Call Brother Paul Agovino at (352) 610-3822.
Libraries to host kids' events
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer, at no cost, the Toddler Time (for toddlers ages 18 to 35 months) and Storytime (for children ages 3 to 5 years) programs the weeks of Jan. 10 through March 11. Toddler Time will be at 10 a.m. and Storytime at 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; Toddler Time will be at 10:15 a.m. and Storytime at 11:15 a.m. Fridays at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill, and Toddler Time will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Sessions include age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. No registration required; call (352) 540-6391.
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