Party follows 5K run and walk downtown
Youth and Family Alternatives will host a Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter, a 5K run and walk, on Oct. 22 in downtown Brooksville. The starting point is SunTrust Bank, 1 E Jefferson St. A Kids Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. This is a chip-timed event. Awards will be given to first- through third-place finishers in various age groups. Medals will be provided to all finishers. There will be a post-race party at the Hernando Park band shell. The cost for those who register by today is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run. After today, fees are an additional $5. Registration can be done online at active.com. For information, call Katie Borremans at (352) 754-5608.
Zoo staff offers low-cost cat and dog care
The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd.
Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $14, and kennel cough-bordetella shots for dogs will be $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.
Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo facility currently under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.
Tickets available for 2011-12 concert series
The Community Performing Arts Guild at Mariner United Methodist Church still has season tickets available for its 2011-12 concerts.
• Nov. 12, Legends of Doo Wop, featuring the greatest hits of the 1950s.
• Dec. 10, Cahal Dunne, Ireland's "Happy Man."
• Jan. 14, Three Men & a Maestro (instrumental group).
• Jan. 28, New Odyssey (three men performing on 30 instruments).
• Feb. 11, Bob Milne, the "Ragtime Pianist."
• Feb. 25, Burchfield Brothers from Nashville.
• March 10, 3 Redneck Tenors, from America's Got Talent.
All concerts include shows at 2 and 7 p.m., performed at the church, 7079 Mariner Blvd.
Season tickets are $60. For information or tickets, call Phyllis at (352) 544-1068.
Nonprofit's garage sale benefits youth
The Hernando County La Sertoma Club will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 at 10467 Horizon Drive.
The nonprofit organization is dedicated to youth service recognition, fundraising for scholarships for needy and deserving college students, as well as special holiday events for special-needs children, specifically at Moton Elementary School.
For information, call Laverne, (352) 796-4657.
Families, kids need holiday sponsors
Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County is seeking holiday sponsors for families in need. Those interested in sponsoring a local Hernando County child with Christmas gifts or a holiday food basket may contact Debbie Prescott at (352) 754-1159.
Volunteers needed to clear trash, debris
Volunteers are needed for the Environmentally Sensitive Lands work day from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd. (at the gate on Olancha Road).
Those interested will help clean up trash and debris and clear small trees. The Hernando County Planning Department staff will oversee the work and provide a guided nature walk at the completion of work for those who wish to go.
Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Bring your own gloves, eye and hearing protection, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water. Small tools, such as pruning saws, bow saws, chain saws, rakes and hoes, as well as a 5-gallon bucket, would also be useful.
For information, call Jim King at the Hernando County Planning Department, (352) 754-4057, ext. 28020.
NAACP Freedom Fund luncheon set Oct. 29
The Hernando County Branch of the NAACP will host the 2011 Freedom Fund Buffet Luncheon on Oct. 29 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
The event kicks off at noon with speeches, a raffle, a silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by Stan Prinston.
Women wearing fashionable hats and men with decorative ties will be recognized.
Tickets are $35 each. Sponsorships are available.
For tickets, call Beverly Brown at (352) 683-0323 or Brenda Mobley at (352) 796-4378.
Donations to young students continue
People Helping People in Hernando County has expanded its Blessing in a Backpack program for elementary students for the duration of the school year. Backpacks filled with food are delivered to schools on Fridays for children to take home for the weekend; then they are picked up on Mondays.
This year, the program is being conducted at Spring Hill, Deltona, Brooksville and Pine Grove elementary schools, providing weekend food for 200 children.
Blessings in a Backpack is a ministry of People Helping People, a nonprofit, interfaith organization run by volunteers. Monetary donations are appreciated and can be mailed to P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.
For information, visit phpinhc.org or call (352) 686-4466.
Clinic's yard sale fundraiser is Oct. 29
Crescent Community Clinic's yard sale fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Winchester Plaza, 5244 Commercial Way.
Vendor spaces are $25 and are available to crafters, musicians, artists and others.
The clinic is also accepting donations for the sale, such as household items, furniture, working appliances, clothing and kitchen items.
Crescent Community Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and dental care to low- or no-income adults without medical insurance.