Need for blood donations is urgent
LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an urgent need for all blood types. People who donate blood at one of the following bloodmobile drives will receive a free mini physical and an umbrella.
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, BBVA Compass Bank, 7205 Forest Oaks Blvd.
• Noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Best Buy, 1389 Wendy Court, off Commercial Way.
Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification. For information, call (352) 596-2002.
Literacy program seeks volunteers
HEART Adult Literacy Program is in need of volunteers to tutor adults in reading, language and math skills.
A training/orientation class will be offered to new volunteers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at the HEART Literacy office, 801 N Broad St. For information, call Justa Bozman at (352) 797-7018.
Library has a list of programs for all ages
The Hernando County Public Library System is offering a variety of programs for adults:
• Writing Your Personal History workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will receive ideas and tips on how to get started on writing down some of their life experiences. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Call (352) 540-6392.
• Simple Strategies for Managing Your Money, 2 p.m. Wednesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. This class will be provided by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, which will provide simple financial strategies to help families identify unnecessary expenses, establish consistent savings habits, prepare for emergencies and begin to focus on their financial future .
• Showing of the movie, Prince of Persia, 2 p.m. Thursday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. This fanciful action-adventure is the story of a rogue prince who reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess to safeguard an ancient dagger that is capable of releasing the "Sands of Time," a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. The movie is rated PG-13. Light refreshments will be served.
• Facebook for Beginners, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. The class will cover what Facebook is, how to use it and the privacy issues involved. Assistance will be provided to participants who wish to set up a Facebook account. Advance registration is required; the class is limited to 11 participants, so early signup is recommended. Stop by the branch or call (352) 754-4866.
The following children's programs are available:
• Performance by Jiggleman, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Geared for children ages 5-12, the show includes juggling, audience participation and more. Parents and guardians must remain on library premises.
• Books We Love to Sing, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. Children ages 3-7 can enjoy interactive singing and audience participation. Presented by music educator Christine Van Horn. Sponsored by the Tuesday Morning Sunshine Girls.
• Movement and Music Program for children ages 3-5, 10:15 a.m. Aug. 12, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library. Children will learn rhythm and movement through song and music.
All programs, unless otherwise noted, are free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Family Care Council meets on Monday
The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Wildwood Agency for Persons with Disabilities, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway.
The council covers Hernando, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties and includes governor-appointed volunteer members who have developmental disabilities or have a family member with disabilities.
For information, call Eileen Reidy at (352) 556-3091 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Series of planned burns coming up
The Southwest Florida Water Management District will conduct controlled, prescribed burns during August on the District's Annutteliga Hammock and Weekiwachee Preserve properties.
The Weekiwachee Preserve is 1 mile west of Spring Hill. Approximately 360 acres of land will be burned. The Annutteliga Hammock is in the Royal Highlands area, north of Weeki Wachee. Approximately 560 acres will be burned.
All burnings will be done in small, manageable units, and are part of routine maintenance of lands managed by the District.
Efforts will be made to ensure that smoke will not affect homes or highways. However, drivers should exercise caution in case smoke reduces visibility.
For information, call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4465.
Nature Coast Tech has carwash fundraiser
Nature Coast Technical High School's Shark Theatre and Thespian Honor Society will have a carwash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at Advanced Auto Parts, 14321 Spring Hill Drive, at Barclay Avenue.
Funds will help the award-winning thespian troupe mount productions and attend district and state competitions. For information, call Lori Erickson at (727) 534-5742.
Friends of Crescent Clinic meet Thursday
The Friends of Crescent Community Clinic will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, in the Winchester Plaza.
Those attending can have tours of the clinic and learn more about volunteer opportunities. For information or to RSVP, e-mail to email@example.com.
Church planning a Hoedown Dinner
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church will host a "Hoedown Dinner" at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the parish hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
This is a fundraiser to kick off the church's annual Ethnic Festival. There will be food and entertainment. The menu includes barbecued spare ribs, chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, iced tea, coffee and dessert. Guests can bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $15 and are available in the parish office. Call (352) 688-0663.