Elks plan blood drive, party, breakfast
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., will host the following:
• Blood drive with Florida Blood Services, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Along with the current blood shortage, there is an emergency need for O-negative blood. Blood donors will receive a recognition gift from FBS, as well as a gift from the lodge. Upon arriving, those donating should check in with Mary Ann in the lounge. Call Mary Ann, (352) 686-5842.
• Lounge Beach Party, 6 p.m. July 19. Music will be provided by the Twist. There will be games and contests, with prizes awarded for the best beachwear, sexiest legs (men and women) and others. To sign up to dunk exalted ruler Wayne Getz in the dunk tank, check with Chris or call her at (727) 863-2520. Free admission. Food will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla.
• The Past Exalted Rulers Association serves breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon the first Sunday of each month; the next breakfast is Aug. 3. Food is cooked to order. A variety of menu items are available and range from $2 to $4.50, which includes coffee and hot tea. For information, call (727) 863-2520.
Culture series features singer, harpist, more
Hernando County Government Broadcasting will videotape the following programs for the Hernando Culture series:
• An interview with acclaimed opera singer and Hernando County native Stephanie Barnette-Sater will be filmed at 7 p.m. today at Paesano's Restaurant, 7421 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• Interview with harpist Maria Valentine, 11 a.m. Thursday, Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville.
• An interview with the Istachatta Back Porch Pickers, which includes an all-you-can-eat fish fry and concert, 6 p.m. July 25, at Istachatta General Store, 28198 Magnon Drive, Istachatta. Cost is $6.50 for the dinner with advance reservations or $7.50 at the door. The meal includes fish or chicken, baked beans, grits, coleslaw, hush puppies and tea or coffee. Call (352) 544-1017 for information or reservations.
Hernando Culture is hosted by Brian Brijbag with the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. It focuses on cultural events and programs in the community. The show airs on the local government channel, Bright House cable Ch. 622. For broadcast times, check the program guide at www.hernandocounty.us/cr/hcgbschedule.htm or call (352) 540-6777.
Learn how to fertilize fruits and vegetables
A free class on fertilization of fruit and vegetable crops will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The program will be presented by regional specialized extension agent Stacy Strickland, who specializes in small farms. The presentation is the final part of the fruit and vegetable production series.
There is no cost, but registration is required. Call (352) 754-4433.
Earn a CPR certificate with special class
Three CPR classes will be offered at 6 p.m. July 24, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.
The course is certified by the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. The instructor will be Bob Kanner.
The class is designed for the professional health care provider, but anyone interested is welcome. The cost is $20, and upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
Seating is limited. For information or to register, call (352) 597-8875.
ISTACHATTA — The second annual "Cow Appreciation Dinner" will be served at 6 p.m. July 19 at New Hope United Methodist Church, 12725 S Istachatta Road (off Lake Lindsey Road), about 1 mile north of town.
As July 21 is Cow Appreciation Day, and to show appreciation to cows, no beef will be served. Instead, the dinner will feature a variety of fish, pork, chicken and turkey dishes. The dinner will also include refreshments, homemade side dishes and desserts.
A donation of $6 is requested. For information, call Carol MacDonald at (352) 754-9879, Jackie Stokes at (352) 726-2876 or Alana Rouse at (352) 568-8607.
Libraries have free events for kids
The Florida Library Youth Program for children ages 5 to 12 will offer these free programs next week:
• Magical storyteller Scott Humston on Tuesday at the West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill; and again Thursday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Humston's show includes custom music, magic, comedy, storytelling and audience involvement, and focuses on helping children learn the importance of honesty, respect, self-esteem, cooperation and responsibility.
• Showing of Meet the Robinsons on Wednesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. A brainy orphan visits the future in a frantic animated Disney comedy. Rated G.
• Showing of Underdog on Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This is a live-action version of the 1960s cartoon in which a beagle becomes a superhero.
All programs start at 10:15 a.m. Parents or guardians must remain on library premises during the hour-long programs.
No registration is required, but early arrival is recommended for best seating. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.