CERTIFICATION available for THERAPY DOGS
HPH Hospice will host a Therapy Dogs International certification program from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the HPH office in the Winn-Dixie Plaza at 3545 N Lecanto Highway. Dogs must be a minimum of 1 year old and meet Therapy Dogs International's criteria; for qualifications, go to tdi-dog.org and click on "testing requirements." Upon certification, you may enroll your dog in HPH Hospice's Compassionate Paws volunteer program, which helps provide care, comfort and support to hospice patients. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call Katy Geschke at toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
A picnic for tots and teddy too
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a Teddy Bear Picnic for children ages 2 to 5 at 11 a.m. Friday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. The program includes stories, songs and an outdoor picnic. Children should bring a favorite teddy bear and a bag lunch. Caregivers must remain with children. There is no cost and no registration required. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Send Halloween candy to troops
A Halloween Candy Buy Back event for Operation Gratitude will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wexler Orthodontics, 1222 Mariner Blvd. Individuals can get paid $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds) for unopened Halloween candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, Calif., which ships holiday packages to troops in war zones overseas. Visitors may also bring a thank-you letter or picture to send to soldiers. Call Wendy at (352) 688-0331.
Timely help for homeowners
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Spring Hill, will host a Home Foreclosure Prevention Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway. Participants will learn about steps to take to avoid foreclosure and mortgage scams, programs available to homeowners who are in default or foreclosure, and the loan modification process. They will have an opportunity to speak directly with their financial institutions. There will also be panel discussions regarding the loan modification and foreclosure process with counselors and agencies. It's free, but registration is required by Nov. 17. Call Nugent's office at (352) 799-8354 or go to nugent.house.gov.
Spring Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary gold-buying fundraiser: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-8755.
Riverhawk Music Festival: Noon, Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Continues through Sunday. Prices vary. (863) 984-8445. sertomayouthranch.com.
Holiday bereavement workshop: 3 p.m., HPH Hospice Spring Hill, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Reservations requested. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.