Pet adoption sessions set for April Saturdays
Adopt-a-thons with Home at Last Pet Adoptions will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through the end of April at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.
A variety of cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, are microchipped and have been treated for parasites.
Pets may be viewed online at www.halpetadoptions.petfinder.com. Requests may be made for certain pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon. Fees vary and are tax-deductible. Call (352) 476-6832 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Forum offers wide range of advice
The Agency for Persons with Disabilities Area 13 Family Care Council will host its Family Forum 2009 on Saturday at the Wildwood Community Center, 6500 County Road 139.
The event is for families in Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Lake and Marion counties. It will include planned breakouts and resource displays on guardianship, Social Security, vocational rehabilitation, the Center for Independent Living, Outdoors Unlimited, Special Olympics, Miracle League, Transition, Central Florida Parent Center AWARE and other agencies.
Local area agency staffers and Family Care Council members will be there with information. Scrapbooking and "Second Chances" interactive projects will be ongoing.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Eileen Reidy at (352) 556-3091 or Phyllis Novak at (352) 686-0208.
Dine and dance Big Band-style at VFW
A Big Band Dinner Dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be 2 to 5 p.m. April 19 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Dinners will be available starting at 1 p.m.
The orchestra includes 18 musicians and two singers, who will perform Big Band sounds, doo-wop, jazz, waltzes, Frank Sinatra songs, ballroom and other music styles.
Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $10 for dancing and $6 for dinner. For information or reservations, call Mary at (352) 596-9486.
Women's Clubs plan community yard sale
The General Federation of Women's Clubs/Brooksville Woman's Club will have a fundraiser Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 9436 S Broad St.
Outdoor vendor spaces are available for $20. Call Martha Heino at (352) 345-4950.
Wine tasting will benefit scholarships
The Spring Hill Art League will host a wine tasting and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. April 18 at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, south of County Line Road.
The event will include live music and hors d'oeuvres.
A minimum donation of $10 per ticket is requested. Proceeds will benefit the student scholarship program. For tickets or information, call Esther at (352) 398-1532 or Geni at (352) 683-2272.
Become certified diver through Y program
Scuba lessons for adults and youths 12 and older will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 7 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. The course includes six class and pool sessions.
Participants must be in good physical health. Upon completion, participants will be certified as open-water scuba divers.
The cost is $180 for YMCA facility and program members, $200 for nonmembers. Participants must have their own mask, fins and snorkel.
For information, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622, or instructors Jack Farrell at (727) 861-3483 or toll-free, at 1-800-633-1633, or Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171.
Grab breakfast, then grab hidden eggs
Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, will host its annual Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt April 12.
Breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. and the hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. Age groups include: 0-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Call (352) 796-8331.
Earth Day event offers lengthy free program
An Earth Day Celebration will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at Crystal River Preserve State Park and Big Bend Seagrasses/St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserves Visitor's Center, 3266 N Sailboat Ave. The event is hosted by the Friends of Crystal River State Parks.
The free event will include live music, educational demonstrations, a touch tank, native gardening, recycling and water quality tips, plant sales, speakers and a food booth. Also, 30-minute eagle nest boat tours will be offered throughout the day for a suggested donation of $5 per person.
The event will also feature Kids Central, where earth-centered crafts, games and contests will be offered. This year's event includes a coloring contest and recycled sculpture contest.
The coloring contest is open to children ages 1-12 and will be judged in different age groups. Pictures must be colored using crayons, pencils, markers or paint (no electronic copying or coloring allowed). Entries must be received by noon April 19.
The sculpture contest is open to youth ages 13-18. Contestants will create an original sculpture from recycled material, with prizes awarded for the most environmentally minded, the most practical and the most creative. Entries can be dropped off to the Preserve Visitors Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, and must be received by 5 p.m. April 17.
For complete contest rules, or for information, call (352) 563-1136.