HELP WITH BIRD COUNTS: The Hernando Audubon Society invites area residents to help with the two annual Christmas Bird Counts.
The Aripeka-Bayport count will be Monday within a circle from Pine Island to Crews Lake Park in Pasco County. Those wishing to help out may contact Bev Hansen for a team assignment at (352) 686-0460.
The Brooksville count will be Saturday within a 7.5-mile radius of Bystre Lake, east of Brooksville. To be assigned to a team, call Clay Black at (352) 592-4949.
Counts run all day, but participants are free to join or leave as their schedules permit. Home feeder watchers are also needed.
Information collected is used by Audubon scientists to determine bird population trends and has been used in studies of global warming, disease transmission and avian genetics.
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE: Lake Lindsey Road, between U.S. 98 (Ponce de Leon Boulevard) and Old Crystal River Road, will be closed to through traffic Thursday through Jan. 4 for repairs.
Two large culverts crossing the roadway will be replaced, and 1,450 feet of the roadway will be reconstructed. Detours will be set up. Construction may end earlier, in which case the road will be reopened as soon as possible.
For information, call (352) 754-4060.
DONATE UNWANTED VEHICLES: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/SPCA of Hernando County is asking area residents who have unwanted cars and trucks to consider donating them to the shelter.
All donations are tax deductible. The SPCA is also in need of a van to use when transporting pets for immunizations and other veterinary services. The SPCA is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that does not receive government funding. The shelter is at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. To make a donation or for information, call Chuck Kasey at (352) 666-1697 or the shelter at (352) 596-7000. Visit the website at spcaofhernando.com.
AUTHORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOWCASE: The Hernando County Public Library System invites local authors who have published books (either in print or online) to highlight their works in a Local Authors Showcase, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Participating authors will have an opportunity to speak about their publishing experience, read from their books and have copies for sale.
To be selected, you must be published either in print or e-book format. The deadline to register is Dec. 31. Selected authors will be notified by email or phone.
Those interested in participating in the showcase, or who would like additional information, should contact Sheryl at (352) 754-4824 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.
LIBRARY OFFERS TECHNICAL HELP: The Hernando County Public Library System has a Tech Tutors program to offer assistance with smartphones, e-readers and other handheld, self-contained devices.
The program will be offered at the following times and locations:
• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every first Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every second Friday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every third Friday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.
MAN IN BLACK CONCERT: The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present a Tribute to Johnny Cash with Bill Forness and One More Round at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
The national touring act will perform some of the greatest hits from the "Man in Black," including Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues.
Tickets are $25. Call (352) 799-5577 or visit hpag.org or the guild's Facebook page.
The remaining shows of the 2013-14 season include:
• Feb. 22: Comedian Ted Holum and singer Brian Roman.
• March 22: Central Florida Rat Pack.
VETERINARY ASSISTANT COURSE: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer its 14-week veterinary assistant program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7, at the Villages Lifelong Learning College at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail.
Lecture topics include veterinary aspects of diseases, emergency situations, nutrition, taxonomy, internal and external parasites and client management skills. Laboratory skill classes will cover bandaging and fecal parasite analysis.
Species covered include dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses and pet birds.
Tests will be given. Upon completion, students will receive certification as a veterinary assistant. Graduates are working at veterinary clinics, wildlife and pet rescue facilities and pet grooming salons.
Cost for the program with full certification is $500. All fees are tax deductible and will benefit the Teaching Zoo's facility being constructed in Sumter County.
To register or to obtain information, call (352) 753-3035 or (352) 867-7788.
PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.
Screenings will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 19, March 5 and 26 and April 9 and 23. The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.