Tickets available for Truck Night Explosion
The Hernando Builders Association will host its annual Truck Night Explosion at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
Prizes will be awarded throughout the night, with values ranging from $50 to the final grand prize choice of a new truck or $10,000 cash.
Tickets are $50 each, which includes dinner for two and entry in the reverse drawing to win the grand prize. Only 450 tickets will be sold, and ticket holders must also RSVP to attend, but need not be present to win prizes.
Sponsorships for the event are available and range from $25 to $200. Funds raised will benefit the Arc Nature Coast. For tickets or information, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.
Teaching zoo on tour with animals, artifacts
The Florida International Teaching Zoo in Belleview has launched its new live animals presentation. Zoo officials will visit classrooms, day care centers, camps, clubs and other interested groups.
Three programs are available: "Native Florida Reptiles," "Reptiles 'Round Our World" and "Zoo Veterinarian: My 'Wild' Life."
The tailor-made presentations, approximately one hour long, will include animals and nature artifacts. Prices — a donation to the teaching zoo — range from $250 to $450. Call (352) 867-7788.
Learning coalition named a finalist
The agency that oversees the education of the area's youngest residents is a finalist for a Tampa Bay Business Journal award.
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is among five organizations in the running to be named the business publication's nonprofit agency of the year in the education category.
A total of 29 finalists are up for awards in six categories. Winners will be announced at an awards luncheon June 19.
The Early Learning Coalition is one of 31 such groups in Florida. It oversees subsidized child care programs for low-income families and the universal voluntary prekindergarten program in Pasco and Hernando counties.