Pet adopt-a-thons at Petco on Saturdays
Home at Last Pet Adoptions will have an adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays throughout the month at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.
Although the organization specializes in Siamese, other cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax-deductible.
All pets can be viewed online at halpetadoptions.petfinder.com. Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon can be made (individual appointments can also be scheduled). Call (352) 476-6832 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training set for health care professionals
The Hernando County Health Department, in cooperation with Bay Care Behavioral Health, Gulfcoast North AHEC and Tobacco Free Hernando, will offer two free one-hour trainings for local health care professionals from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bay Care Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road.
"Who's Hooked on Hookah: Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking" will be presented by Mary P. Martinasek at 3 p.m.; and "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Smoking Cessation" will be presented by Vani N. Simmons at 4 p.m. Each training will offer one CEU to participating social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, dietitians and marriage and family therapists.
To register or for information, call the Health Department at (352) 540-6817.
Judges needed for student science fair
Volunteers are needed for the Hernando County School District's Science and Engineering Fair, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
Professionals or retired professionals with science and engineering backgrounds are being sought to help judge scientific method and engineering projects from students in grades 6-12 throughout Hernando County.
Also, businesses are wanted to sponsor special awards with plaques or money.
Those interested in judging or sponsoring an award may contact Colleen Doulk at email@example.com or (352) 797-7024, ext. 301.
Not too late for kids to join lacrosse league
Hernando County Lacrosse is seeking players on the middle school and youth teams. Practices have started, but players can still sign up through the end of the January.
The registration fee is $145. Divisions include youth (fifth and sixth grade), middle school (seventh and eighth grade), high school boys (junior varsity and varsity) and high school girls (ninth through 12th grades).
All practices and home games are at Veterans Memorial Park. Most practices are 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration forms are available at hernandolacrosse club.com. Call (352) 279-2093.
Relay for Life seeks items for garage sale
A fundraiser garage sale for the Spring Hill Relay for Life will be at 8 a.m. Feb. 5 at DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd.
Donations of items for the sale are appreciated (no clothing please).
Also, on the day of the sale, donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for DaySpring's food pantry.
The sale is sponsored by the Survivors and Friends Relay Team. Funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. For information, call (352) 686-3600.
Learn to be a safer driver in AARP class
AARP Driver's Safety Program classes will be offered at these locations in February. This is a six-hour class that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 596-4044 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 596-4044 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 11 and 18, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-9509 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 and 23, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call (352) 592-1057 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 and 18, Nobleton Community Church, fellowship hall, 29071 Sentinel St., Nobleton. Call (352) 797-6313 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 (one day class), Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
County offers series on many ways to save
An Economic Survival Series will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 26-March 2, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
Participants can attend the entire series or just pick ones they like. Topics include:
• Jan. 26, Debt Management
• Feb. 2, Growing a Vegetable Garden and Canning
• Feb. 9, Growing Fruit in Your Backyard
• Feb. 16, Saving Money at the Grocery Store
• Feb. 23, Low or No Cost Activities for Children
• March 2, Cutting Your Lawn Costs.
There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Call (352) 754-4433.
Hudson Middle School Jazz Band in concert
High Point Community Chorus will present the Hudson Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road.
Admission is $3. Proceeds will benefit the school's music department. For information, call (352) 592-2147.