Be prepared if crisis strikes close to home
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Section will host a public preparedness presentation from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the Hernando County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. The presentation will include an overview of the Emergency Operations Center and county government functions during disasters, emergency evacuation routes and shelters, and NOAA weather radios. The local emergency planning council will present information on how to "shelter in place" during a chemical or other hazardous material spill or release. Space is limited. Call Dianne Cox at (352) 754-4083 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program is geared for moms and tots
The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a "Little Buddies" program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, starting this week, at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. The 10-week program is for children ages 2 to 5 and their mothers. The cost is $25 for those who prepay or $3 per class for those who wish to pay as they go. Space is limited. To reserve a spot or for information, call (352) 540-3835.
Register now for adult ed classes
The Hernando County school district's Adult Education Department is accepting registrations for fall classes. Brochures are available at all Hernando public library branches, as well as online at hernandoschools.org (go to "School Sites" and select "Adult Ed/GED" from the drop-down menu). Register from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at the office at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Call (352) 797-7091.
Swiftmud offers $5,000 grants
The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites teachers to apply now for next year's Splash in-school mini-grants. The grants are to be used for classroom projects that focus on water quality, natural systems, water conservation, alternative water sources, flood protection or watersheds. The mini-grants provide up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis and are available to public, private and homeschool teachers. Applications are due Sept. 11. Visit watermatters.org/mini-grants or call Mary Margaret Hull toll-free at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4774.
Luau features show, dancing
Korean War Veterans Chapter 174 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Hawaiian luau at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. The event will feature a buffet dinner, a South Pacific Revue hula show, music for dancing with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra, leis, door prizes and a cash bar. Tickets are $22 each. Call Rich at (352) 688-7196.