HPH Hospice speakers available for meetings
HPH Hospice offers speakers who can provide presentations at local church, club or civic group meetings. The educational presentations are about 20 minutes and can be designed to meet a group's needs and areas of interest.
Information about HPH Hospice and end-of-life care is presented, and topics include: advance care planning, how hospice works (common myths and misconceptions about hospice care), home health care and caring for the caregiver.
Speakers are available weekdays, weeknights and weekends. To schedule a presentation, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784. Visit the website at hph-hospice.org/speakers-bureau.
Veterinary assistant course starts Jan. 10
The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer its 14-week veterinary assistant program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 10, at the Villages Lifelong Learning College, located at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail.
Lecture topics include diseases, emergency situations, nutrition, taxonomy, internal and external parasites and client management skills. Laboratory skill classes will cover bandaging and fecal parasite analysis.
Species covered include dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses and pet birds.
Tests will be given. Upon completion, students will receive certification as veterinary assistants.
Cost for the program with full certification is $500. All fees are tax deductible and will benefit the Teaching Zoo's facility being constructed in Sumter County, as well as Project Green Jungle and distance learning/web programs.
To register or for information, call (352) 753-3035. Visit the website at thezooschool.com.
Step into the 500 Club at Clubhouse event
Brookridge Entertainment will present "A Night at the 500 Club" starring Joey Arminio and Family at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
This is a musical revue for all ages. The group pays tribute to legendary crooners such as Dean Martin and Jerry Vale, then performs 1950s and '60s hits from Buddy Holly, Connie Francis and others.
There will also be musical numbers from Broadway shows such as Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity, as well as an appearance by "Liza Minelli."
Tickets are $20 each. Call Vivian or Larry Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.
Fashion show helps make prom affordable
The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast needs sponsors and donors for its upcoming "A Passion for Fashion" prom show. The event will include a fashion show of prom dresses, suits and tuxedos.
However, the main purpose is to help make the prom affordable for Hernando County high school students, who will have a chance to win a variety of prom-related services and items.
The show will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Businesses and individuals interested in assisting may contact Pat Herrmann at (352) 345-4427 or Rose Rocco at (352) 686-5183.
College Connection series continues
Pasco-Hernando Community College, in partnership with the Hernando County Health and Human Services Department, continues its series of College Connection seminars for students, faculty, staffers and the community to learn about services provided by local agencies. The sessions will be through April 6 at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coming sessions include:
• Jan. 6 — Mental Health Services, with Susan Wright of BayCare Behavioral Health.
• Jan. 20 — Children in Crisis Services, with Katie Williams of Youth and Family Alternatives' New Beginnings Runaway and Youth Crisis Center.
• Feb. 3 — Developmental Disabilities, with Mark Barry of the Arc Nature Coast.
• Feb. 17 — Unemployment/Training, with Joe Mascaro of Pasco-Hernando Job and Education, and Frances Hay, coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation.
• March 9 — Health Care Services, with Nancy Davis and Ann-Gayl Ellis of the Hernando County Health Department/Nature Coast Community Health Center.
• March 23 — Medicaid/Food Stamps, with Robert Bradburn of Access Florida/Florida Department of Children and Families.
• April 6 — Mental Health Support, with Judy Thompson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando.
All sessions start at 2 p.m. and are about 90 minutes. For information, contact Sonia Rodriguez at (352) 797-5004 or [email protected]