Noted USF scholar to speak at Beth David
Professor Eliezer Rivkin of the Jewish Student Center at the University of South Florida in Tampa will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The noted scholar, lecturer and author will speak on "A Sense of the Supernatural," "Interpretation of Dreams," "Paranormal Experiences" and "Science Discovers the Bible."
There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Helene at (352) 544-0212.
Libraries to offer children's programs
The Hernando County Public Library System will host a six-week session of children's stories and crafts programs presented by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast.
The programs will be offered Fridays, April 1 through May 13, at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. The program for toddlers ages 18 to 35 months will be at 11 a.m.; the program for children ages 3 to 5 years will be at 11:45 a.m. The themed programs will include a variety of stories, songs, games and crafts.
There is no cost, and no registration required. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Festival celebrates community and kids
The annual Week of the Young Child Community and Family Fun Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
In celebration of community responsibility and child development, Hernando County holds this family event with a petting zoo, clowns, face painting, children's games, hands-on activities, entertainment, food, an obstacle course, bounce house, balloon art and music by DJ Willie.
Admission and all activities are free. For information, call (352) 540-6363.
Alzheimer's support group training slated
The Alzheimer's Family Organization will conduct a support group leader orientation/in-service from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 15 at Spring Oaks, 7251 Grove Road. Refreshments will be served.
The purpose of the meeting is to instruct individuals in the running and proper functioning of a support group. Upon completion, support group leaders will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to affiliate their group with the AFO.
The training is free. Registration is required. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.
Writer will sign his autobiography
A book signing with David Wermuth will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Harmony House at Clover Leaf Farms, 900 N Broad St.
Wermuth will sign copies of his recently published book, Suddenly Blind, From Tragedy to Triumph: The Resilience of the Human Spirit. The book is an autobiography of the local author's struggles with physical and psychological abuse, then being hit with sudden blindness.
Copies of the paperback are $18.95. Call (352) 593-4063.
Family fun day on tap at Springs of Life
A Family Fun Day will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Springs of Life Family Church, 19832 County Line Road.
Admission is free. There will be bounce houses, games, prizes, food, music and raffles. Prices for games and food vary from 50 cents to $2. There will also be yard sale vendors, a farmers market and a plant sale.
Proceeds benefit the church's weekly Friday food pantry. For information, call (352) 666-0253.
Steel drums, belly dancers at Sunfest
The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will present the annual Reggae Sunfest from 1 to 9 p.m. April 16 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd.
The event will include the Dickie and Melvin Dickenson steel drum band, belly dancers and other entertainers. There will also be craft and food vendors, exhibits and beer and wine available.
Admission is $5, with children 11 and younger admitted free. Call (352) 754-4031 or visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec/reggae.htm.
Crime Stoppers plan WoMan fashion show
Hernando County Crime Stoppers will present the third annual WoMan's Dinner Fashion Show from 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 14 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
This is an adults-only fashion show that features men who dress up as female fashion models and strut the catwalk displaying their own creative fashion design, style and music. At the end of the show, a model will be crowned the "WoMan Fashion Model of 2011."
The panel of judges includes: Pat Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce; Don Page, president of Cortez Community Bank; Tammy Heon, county tourism development coordinator; Randy Woodruff, CPA Woodruff and Co., and Don Germaise of WFTS-Ch. 28.
Awards will be presented for the most unique fashion, best catwalk and Ms. Photogenic.
The emcees will be Donna Black of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Dave Mickelson with the Arc Nature Coast.
Dinner will be provided by John Mason Catering.
Tickets are $20. Guests may bring cameras and alcoholic beverages.
Proceeds will go to Hernando County Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase safety of residents by assisting law enforcement officers and providing them with information that may lead to the arrest of criminals and the recovery of stolen property. The Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line is 1-866-990-8477.
For information about the fashion show, call Dave Mickelson at (352) 428-8477. Men interested in being models should call as soon as possible.
For tickets, call Mickelson or Chris Scavuzzo at (352) 796-8200. Brookridge residents can purchase tickets from Jacqueline McCabe between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 12 to May 3, at the clubhouse.
Relay for Life yard sale at Beef O'Brady's
A yard sale and pancake breakfast to benefit the Brooksville Relay for Life will be April 9 at Beef O'Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road. The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. The yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tickets for breakfast are $5 for adults and $3 for children. For tickets, call Kerri at (352) 410-2140 or Sandy at (352) 796-1011. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the yard sale may call Sandy for details.
Apply for county board vacancies
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling four vacancies on the Hernando County Personnel Advisory Board.
There are two seats for employees, one for an employee alternate and one seat for a layperson.
The board provides recommendations to the County Commission on matters regarding employee relations and conducts hearings on employee grievances.
Anyone interested in volunteering must be a Hernando County resident and a registered voter.
Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. April 8.
Call (352) 754-4002.
CPR, defibrillator course scheduled
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course, as well as the first aid course, on April 9 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
CPR/AED will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; first aid training will be from 2 to 5 p.m.
The cost is $40 for CPR/AED only, $30 for first aid only or $60 for both. Additional classes will be offered April 30, May 21, June 11, June 24, July 9, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 26.
Recertification classes are also available and will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. April 1, May 13, June 3, July 8 and Aug. 5.
To register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664.
Ministry announces several 2011 events
Jesus and Me Ministries will sponsor several events this year, including a Mother's Day celebration on May 7, Operation Backpack on Aug. 13, a community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 21 and the Holiday of Hope Gifts of Love Christmas party on Dec. 21.
Volunteers and donations of cash and supplies are needed. Also, committee members are wanted to help organize the events. Call JoAnn Munford at (352) 340-9594.
Give blood for chance to win a lighthouse
Those who donate blood at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center or at one of its bloodmobile locations through May 31 will be entered into a raffle to win a 7-foot custom-made lighthouse donated by Michel Morin. The lighthouse is on display in the lobby at LifeSouth, 12395 Cortez Blvd.
LifeSouth has a critical need for O-negative and O-positive blood types, and an urgent need for all other blood types.
The blood center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification.
All blood donors get a free cholesterol screening and a gift. Call (352) 596-2002.
Adult literacy classes available for free
HEART Literacy Adult Education offers classes in reading, math, language arts, English for Speakers of Other Languages and pre-GED testing.
Adults 18 years or older interested in finishing a high school degree or brushing up on reading, math or language arts are invited to stop by one of the four sites offering the free classes and sign up. No appointments necessary.
Classes are offered at the following times and locations:
• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.
• 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.
• 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Free child care for ages 4 to 10 available.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill. Free child care for ages 2 to 5 available.
A Florida photo ID is required. Call (352) 797-7018.