Oak Hills takes donations for Dawn Center
The Oak Hills Homeowners Association will collect donations for the Dawn Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10 at both entrance monuments to the community at Loretto and Belltower streets. Residents and neighbors can donate needed items such as nonperishable food, condiments, cleaning products, plastic wrap and aluminum foil, toiletries, diapers, furniture, clothing and shoes, gift cards, as well as cash donations. The Dawn Center is a nonprofit group that provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Contact Patt Grasham at (352) 200-4778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood donors to get free breakfast
LifeSouth Community Blood Bank has an urgent need for blood in Hernando County. A mobile blood drive with the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Breakfast Club, 148 Mariner Blvd. All those who donate blood will receive a free breakfast of their choice, courtesy of Joe Mamo, owner of the Breakfast Club. All those who donate blood in July will be entered into a contest to win a gas grill. Donors must be 17 or older (those who are 16 can donate with written parental consent), must weigh at least 110 pounds, and show photo identification. Call (352) 596-2002.
Poker Run helps Taylor family
A Benefit Poker Run for Christina Taylor will start at 9 a.m. July 11 at the Mermaid Lounge and Eatery, 4658 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Kickstands up by 11 a.m.; last bike in at 4 p.m. Stops include Jake's Wherehouse in Brooksville, S&F Liquors in Dade City, Buzz Bar in Crystal River and ending at Tailgators in Weeki Wachee. There will be food and entertainment at the last stop; bring side dishes. A $100 cash prize will be awarded for the best hand. The worst hand also gets a prize. Funds benefit the family of Christina Taylor, 18, who was killed in an April car crash. The cost is $10 per hand, $15 per couple. Call (352) 279-9486 or (352) 263-5121.
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 Independence Day Celebration: Starting at 3 p.m., 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. $8 at the door. (727) 863-2520.
City of Inverness Patriotic Evening — An Old-Fashioned Hometown Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza: 5-10 p.m., Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park, downtown Inverness. Free parking and entry. (352) 726-3913 or www.inverness-fl.gov.
Evening of Storytelling with Jerry Cowling: 7-9 p.m., Hill House Bed and Breakfast, 406 E Liberty St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 345-4466.
Philippine-American Association's Independence Day: Dinner and dance 6-11 p.m., VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. $15, members; $18, nonmembers; $10, ages 6-15; free 5 and younger. (352) 848-1031 or (352) 397-9730.