HPH Hospice to train phone volunteers
The HPH Hospice team serving residents of eastern Hernando County is in need of volunteers with excellent phone skills and a pleasant demeanor to help answer office phones from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the office at 698 S Broad St. Flexible schedules are available. Two-day training will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20 at the office. Preregistration is required. Call Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.
Weekly play dates for mom, toddler
The Brooksville Recreation Department will offer a Little Buddies toddler program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays starting Aug. 25 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. This is a 10-week program for children 2 to 5 and their mothers. The cost is $25 for those who prepay or $3 per class for those who wish to pay as they go. Space is limited. To reserve a spot or for information, call (352) 540-3835.
Get equipped at back-to-school fest
The Great Exchange back-to-school giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Springs of Life Family Church, 19832 County Line Road, just west of the Suncoast Parkway. The event will include a bounce house, dunk tanks, face painting and games. Also, clothing, backpacks, school supplies and haircuts will be provided free. Food and drinks will be available. Those attending are asked to bring clean clothing in good condition for the exchange. Admission per family is either a $5 donation or five cans of food. For information, call John Grossi at (352) 238-8690.
Elder Options now taking service bids
Elder Options (formerly Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging) is accepting competitive sealed proposals through 4 p.m. Oct. 7 for the provision of an array of home and community-based support, nutrition, disease information, health promotion and family caregiver services under the Older Americans Act. OAA service providers will be designated for each of the 16 counties in Planning and Service Area 3, which includes Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties. The proposal package and application instructions are available at the Elder Options office, 5700 SW 34th St., Suite 222, Gainesville. A bidders conference is planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the office. For information, call David Huckabee at (352) 378-6649.
Community Initiatives Team, 5:30 p.m. Lorenzo Hamilton Building, Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville.
Florida Library Youth Program presents magical storyteller Scott Humston: 10:15 a.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Geared for children ages 5-12. Free. (352) 540-6391.