'Stamp out hunger' food drive is may 12
United Way of Hernando County has teamed with the Letter Carriers of Hernando County for the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" national food drive May 12. Residents are encouraged to fill bags with nonperishable food and canned goods and place the bags next to their mailboxes before regular mail delivery time. Food should be in nonbreakable containers such as boxes and cans. Collected food will be distributed to local food pantries and agencies. For information or to become an advocate or volunteer, call (352) 688-2026, visit united wayhernando.net or call Hernando County's Helpline at 211.
Two-day event will mark Juneteenth
Just Us Inc. is planning a Juneteenth Historical Festival for June 15 and 16 at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge 1270, 510 E Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. The theme is "Don't Look Back." Juneteenth celebrates the 147th anniversary of news of emancipation reaching slaves in Galveston, Texas, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The festival will kick off with a teen pop and hip hop concert on June 15. On June 16, there will be entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, poetry, speakers, Southern food, a slave experience and more. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Those interested in helping may call (352) 410-4108.
No-kill shelter hosts open house
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville (off Sunshine Grove Road and Taylor Street). Visitors can meet with the animals at the shelter and enjoy hot dogs and drinks. Children are welcome. The SPCA is a nonprofit no-kill shelter. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, when it is open until 6 p.m. It is closed on holidays. For information, call (352) 596-7000.
Library set to close through early June
The West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., will close Monday to undergo roof repairs and other improvements. The library is expected to be closed through June 4. All other branch libraries will be open during regular business hours. For information, call the Hernando County Public Library System at (352) 754-4043 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.
Hernando County Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board, 10 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Hernando County Bar Association offers 'Ask-a-Lawyer' program: 9 to 11 a.m., Hernando County Courthouse, jury assembly room, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 684-6545.
'How to Grow Blueberries' program: 10:30 a.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4043.
'History of Bayport' program: 11 a.m. to noon, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 754-4042.