Donations sought for 'Gifts of Love' party
Donations are needed for the Holiday of Hope "Gifts of Love" Christmas Party that will be provided to families in need by the JAM Jesus and Me Ministries and Love Your Neighbor. The party will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave. The goal is to give 100 local children a party with wrapped gifts, food, music and more.
Donations of gifts for children 14 and younger are needed, including toys and clothing. All donations are appreciated and are needed on or before Thursday.
Gifts can be dropped off at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., where there will also be a Christmas tree with gift requests. Checks are to be made payable to Love Your Neighbor.
For information, call JAM at (352) 540-9571, or Lisa at (352) 428-9275 or (352) 848-0090.
Celebrate fatherhood at monthly Dad's Day
Head Start and All Pro Dad will host a Dad's Day at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
Free breakfast will be served. Dads, moms and kids are welcome.
All Pro Dad's Day is a monthly gathering of fathers and their children with the purpose of growing closer to each other while having breakfast and participating in activities. All Pro Dad is a national charity that features NFL players, coaches and alumni, including Tony Dungy, who speak out on the importance of fatherhood.
For information on the breakfast, call Luis Leon at (352) 754-2464. Information on All Pro Dad is available at www.allprodad.com.
Tour lodge during Elks open house Dec. 19
Brooksville Elks Lodge will host an open house event from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 19 at 14494 Cortez Blvd.
Light snacks will be served and tours of the facility will be offered. Entertainment will be provided by the Del and Gary Show.
The cost is $10. Call Angie Balderson at (352) 585-2730.
Antiwar rally set for Saturday near park
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will host an antiwar rally from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, directly across Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
The theme of the demonstration is "Economic Development in America, Over Wars in Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan."
For information, call (352) 686-9936.
Arts and Crafts Club schedules final show
The Arts and Crafts Club of Hernando County will host its final show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St.
The show includes jewelry, stained glass, and knitted and crocheted items. Vendor tables are available for $10 and $15, and outdoor spaces are $5.
A free gift will be available at Table 1 to the first 50 families that want one. It is a desk organizer made with a bottle and various attachments.
For information, call Louis at (352) 796-2089.
Dawn Center invites poster contest entries
The Dawn Center is accepting entries for its third annual poster contest, which is open to Hernando County students in grades 8-12, including those who are homeschooled. This year's theme is "Imagine a World Without Violence."
Posters in any medium should be created on 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper with an image and/or text to reflect the theme. Entries, along with complete artist contact information, must be turned in to the school administration office or mailed to Dawn Center, P.O. Box 6197, Spring Hill, FL 34611. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 15.
Posters will be judged on creativity, content of message and artistic execution. Winning designs will be used to create posters in support of a youth-led antiviolence campaign beginning in April.
Through sponsorships from the Suncoast for Kids Foundation, contest winners will receive savings accounts. The first-place winner will receive an account with a $300 balance, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.
Winning designs will be on display at the City Hall Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall in February and will be highlighted at the gallery's reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18.
For information, contact Dawn Easter at (352) 592-1288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dawn Center is Hernando County's domestic and sexual violence center, and its mission is to end the cycle of family violence, abuse and sexual assault. Visit the Web site at www.dawn center.org.
Suncoast for Kids Foundation is sponsored by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, with 100 percent of its funding going to organizations and initiatives that assist children in the communities the credit union serves.