Adopt feline friend for small fee, get freebies
During the month of September, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County has partnered with PetLuv to find homes for 50 cats as part of Adopt-A-Cat Month.
For those who adopt a cat at the local SPCA, the adoption fee is $20 for cats that are older than 1 year, and $30 for kittens (does not include specialty cats).
The fee includes vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment and spay and neuter services, courtesy of PetLuv, a nonprofit clinic; as well as a bag of food, a free litter box and scoop, while supplies last, and a free office visit and exam at Primary Care Cat Clinic in Brooksville.
The SPCA shelter, 9075 Grant St., is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except on Wednesdays, when it is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by the shelter or call (352) 596-7000.
Disaster response team needs volunteers
Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management invites adults 18 and older to join the Hernando County Community Emergency Response Team.
CERT volunteers receive special training, which enhances their ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster situation.
As an organized team, they provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders, whose arrival may be delayed due to the severity of the situation.
The next training course will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16 at the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. Previous emergency experience is not required. All training, materials and equipment are provided free. CERT members must pass a required background check, including fingerprints.
Applications must be received by the close of business Sept. 23. Contact Richard Russel at (352) 754-4083 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available online at hernandosheriff.org/em (click on CERT).
Shred your files and benefit education
The Hernando County Education Foundation will host a "Shred-It" Community Shred from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
Reduce the threat of identity theft by having documents shredded, such as financial or banking statements, tax paper work, confidential customer or client files, real estate documents and payroll information. Residents and business people can participate.
The cost is $10 per regular-sized storage box (12 by 24 by 12 inches). All proceeds will support education in Hernando County.
Sponsorships for the event are available. For information, contact Tracy Echols at email@example.com or (352) 277-3322, or visit hernandoeducation foundation.org.
Workshop provides rain barrels, directions
A rain barrel workshop will be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd. It will be presented by John Korycki of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program.
Participants will learn how using rain barrels in the landscape can reduce dependence on irrigation, and each person will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use, placement and decoration.
The cost is $55 per completed rain barrel.
Hernando County Utilities customers in good standing who participate will receive a $25 credit on their water bills. Payment must be made by check or money order.
Preregistration and payment are required. Call (352) 540-6230 to register.
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PHCC offers 8-week childcare course
Pasco-Hernando Community College's Continuing Education Department will offer an Operation of an Early Childhood Center course from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 12, at the PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road.
The course meets the credential requirements for directors and administrators of childcare centers and has been approved for both the foundation and advanced level credentials by the Florida Children's Forum.
Competencies include childcare and education organizational leadership and management, financial and legal issues, publicity and marketing strategies, diversity issues, assessment and documentation; health, safety and nutrition issues; and collaboration among programs, families and community resources.
The cost for the course is $325.
For information, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422, or visit phcc.edu.
Machine gun shoot sounds like a blast
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host a Machine Gun Shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the club grounds at 16121 Commercial Way, about 9 miles north of Weeki Wachee.
Cars, trucks and an assortment of other targets will be destroyed. Machine gun owners are welcome to participate; shooters pay $20.
Spectator admission is $2; youth 14 and younger are admitted free.
For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernando sportsmansclub.com.
Driver safety classes offered by AARP
The AARP Driver Safety Program is offering classes in September.
The six-hour course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 and 14, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Road, west of Brooksville. Call (352) 596-4044 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 and 16, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-9193 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 and 14, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 684-6348 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 and 15, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Brooksville Enrichment Center. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.