Stuff the Bus with school supplies
The United Way of Hernando County will sponsor its sixth annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive for Hernando County classrooms from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at all Publix and Walmart stores throughout the county, as well as Staples on Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Yellow school buses will be at each location to accept donations of school supplies, gift cards and money, which will be given to Hernando County schoolteachers for their classrooms. All donations remain in Hernando County. For information, visit unitedwayhernando.net or call (352) 688-2026.
Blood drive today and Saturday
LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an emergency need for all Type O blood. All other types are needed as well. Blood drives with the LifeSouth bloodmobile are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Publix, 4158 Mariner Blvd., and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot, 4765 Commercial Way. Blood donors will receive a free beach bag and will be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle e-reader. Those who donate today at Publix will also be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate to Sandy Designs Hair Salon. For information, call (352) 596-2002.
Program gives caregivers a hand
Community Aging and Retirement Services offers a Caregivers Day Off program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. The program offers a fun, supervised atmosphere for individuals with memory challenges, such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia, while caregivers take some time off. There is no cost for first-time participants; subsequent days are $20. CARES is a nonprofit organization that provides services to meet the needs of older persons and their families in west-central Florida. Contact Dianne at (352) 686-2614 or Chris Powers at (727) 862-9291, ext. 2002 or 2040.
Public can view schoolhouse plans
The Hernando Historical Museum Association will dedicate the site for a one-room schoolhouse at the 1885 Train Depot on Russell Street at 10 a.m. Saturday. Plans for the schoolhouse replica are in the final stages, with financing nearly complete. The community is invited to the event and to view the plans. Call Suzanne at (352) 666-7576.
Hernando County Commission/IAFF Local Union 3760, collective bargaining session, 1 p.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue headquarters, 60 Veterans Ave., Brooksville.
Thumbzilla benefit concert: 7 p.m., the Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Continues through Sunday. $5 per carload; overnight primitive camping is $10. (727) 845-0389 or [email protected]
Ghost Tours: 8-10 p.m., Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. $20, cash only. Reservations required. (352) 799-0129.