New county extension service's open house
Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will have an open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its new location at 1653 Blaise Drive, off Truck Bypass 50 (behind Badcock Furniture).
Programs on small farms, urban horticulture (gardening), Florida yards and neighborhoods, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development will be presented. Visitors may tour the new facility. Master gardeners will answer lawn and gardening questions.
One visitor will be awarded a rain barrel. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Youth, family shelter plans open house
Youth and Family Alternatives will host an open house from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the New Beginnings Youth Shelter, 18377 Clinton Blvd.
For more than nine years, the shelter has provided food, clothing, shelter and counseling services to runaway youth and at-risk children ages 10-17 from Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties.
For more information, call the shelter at (352) 797-7566. Those who want to participate in the open house tour should contact Jack Smith by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to volunteer with the annual Boots and Pearls fundraiser (which will be May 1) should contact Jim Simms at (727) 835-4166 or email@example.com.
Donations needed for Shrine Club auction
Hernando County Shrine Club is seeking donations for its annual auction, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 3 at Umstead's Family Auction, CCA Charity Auction House, 2035 S Broad St. The club is seeking donations such as household items, tools, toys, collectibles, glassware, jewelry, coins, books, antiques, furniture, appliances, paintings and more. Items do not have to be new, but must be in good condition.
All proceeds will go the Shrine Hospital for Children in Tampa, which treated 425 children from Hernando County in 2009.
The hospital treats children, at no cost, for orthopedic problems and burn injuries.
To make arrangements for a donation dropoff or pickup, call Jack at (352) 666-4980 or Fred at (352) 597-1703.
Low-cost shots help pets, teaching zoo
Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd.
Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordetella shots are $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian.
Documentation is provided. All proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo facility under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788.
Second mobile library to roll for youngsters
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will have an unveiling of its second Mobile Outreach Van at noon on Wednesday at the Learning Tree Day Care, 6368 Windmere Road.
The Mobile Outreach Van Program began in 2007. Each van is a mobile lending library filled with books, toys and teacher resources for promoting early literacy in children.
For information, call (727) 233-8291.
Motorcycle Cruise In to help fight cancer
A Motorcycle Show and Cruise In to benefit the American Cancer Center is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Sonic Drive-In, 4667 Commercial Way.
Sign-ups will start at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8. Votes will be tallied and trophies awarded at 8:45 p.m. Winners will be selected by viewers choice votes. Trophies will be awarded for best of show, best cruiser, best touring, best sport bike, best off-road and best vintage. The cost to enter a bike in the show is $25. Raffle tickets will available for $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will be at 8:30 p.m. (must be present to win).
Funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life that will be at Gulf High School on April 30 in New Port Richey. For information, call Loren at (352) 573-0950.