MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE FOR GERRIE DEFRANCESCO
A special blood drive is set for today with the LifeSouth bloodmobile from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Explorer K-8 School, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd. It is in memory of Gerrie DeFrancesco, who died Saturday after a battle with leukemia. The drive is being held by her husband, Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief at Hernando County Fire Rescue, and their daughter, April Crisci, a teacher at Explorer. Gerrie DeFrancesco was active in the community and a member of the Hernando County Fire Corps. For information, call LifeSouth at (352) 596-2002.
Adoption event for special needs pets
As part of Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Month, Home at Last Pet Adoptions will have special needs cats and kittens, and other felines, available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays in September at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd. Among the pets on hand this Saturday will be will be Spartacus, a 1-year-old lynx point Siamese male that is completely healthy, but sight impaired. Pets can be seen online at halpetadoptions.petfinder.com and can be brought to one of the adopt-a-thons. Appointments can also be scheduled. Home at Last is a nonprofit organization; all donations are tax-deductible. Call (352) 476-6832.
Health Department closing early today
The Hernando County Health Department/Nature Coast Community Health Center, 300 S Main St., will be closed from noon to 6 p.m. today for staff training. The Spring Hill office, at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., will remain open, but services will be limited. Both offices return to regular hours Friday. Call (352) 540-6800.
Help send care packages to troops
Gifts from Home, a nonprofit that sends packages to troops in Afghanistan, needs donations of foods, such as crackers, granola/power/cereal bars, peanuts, Slim Jims, beef jerky, drink mixes, trail mix, hard candy (no chocolate or candy bars), tuna, VanCamp's Beanee Weenees and fruit roll-ups. Monetary donations are also welcome. For information or to donate, contact Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop off donations at Up 4 Breakfast in Spring Hill, the Magnolia Tea Room in Weeki Wachee or at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, west of Brooksville.
Hernando County Commission/International Association of Fire Fighters Local Union 3760, collective bargaining session, Hernando County Fire Rescue, 60 Veterans Ave., Brooksville.
Free showing of 'Broadcast Blues': 1-3 p.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. (352) 346-1516.
Community education candidates forum: 5:30 p.m., Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Hosted by the African-American Club of Hernando, the NAACP Hernando County Branch and the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast. (352) 683-0323.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.