Veterans sponsor food drive for Dawn Center
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a food drive to support the Dawn Center.
Donations of nonperishable items can be made at the post now through Saturday at 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. For information, call (352) 596-9236.
Extension service offers free class
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer its free horticulture class, "What to do While Your Landscape Sleeps" at the following locations:
• 10 a.m. today at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• 2 p.m. Nov. 19, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Additional classes scheduled include "Mulches for Your Landscape" on Nov. 19 and "Protecting Your Plants from the Cold" on Nov. 26, both at 10 a.m. at the East Hernando Branch Library.
All classes are free; no registration is needed. For a full schedule of classes or for information, call (352) 754-4433.
Children's society to host adoption event
The Children's Home Society of Florida will host a free "Celebrate Adoption" event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ocala's historic Downtown Square.
The event will include face painting, food, music, games and free family activities.
Also, an orientation for individuals interested in adoption will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday at 11 N Magnolia Ave. Case managers will be on hand to speak about the group's adoption services and children needing families.
Founded in 1902 and based in Winter Park, the nationally accredited society is one of the largest and oldest statewide private providers of social services. For information, call (352) 334-0955.
Monitor your health at Heron Pointe event
A Fall Health Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Heron Pointe Health and Rehab, 1445 Howell Ave.
The event will include a flu shot clinic, blood pressure screenings, a bake and hot dog sale, craft sale, vendors, entertainment and advance directives/living wills.
Spaces for crafters are still available. For information, call Linda Held at (352) 799-1451.
Apply now for Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Applications are now being accepted for the 34th annual Brooksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade, which will be Dec. 13 in downtown Brooksville.
This year's parade theme is "Christmas Around the World." The grand marshal will be "Papa Joe" Giarrantana and his wife, Donna. Honored will be "Hometown Hero" Dr. Paul Farmer.
Entry fees are $50 for commercial/for-profit groups, $15 for individuals/single horse and $25 for all other entries/horse groups. The deadline for entries is Dec. 1. Applications are available online at www.kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org. For information, call (352) 799-8587.
Learn how to save a life in CPR class
A CPR class will be offered at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.
The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone interested can participate.
The instructor is Bob Kanner. The cost is $20. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
Seating is limited. Additional classes are scheduled for Dec. 3 and 4. For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.
Chance to audition for several roles in play
Auditions for the comedy The Foreigner will be at 1 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.
Needed are five men in their 20s through 50s, one woman appearing to be in her 20s and another woman appearing to be in her 50s or 60s.
Production dates will be Feb. 6-8 and 13-15. For information, call director Dave Stenger at (352) 666-8774.
Book your place for Thanksgiving dance
Reservations are now being taken for a Thanksgiving dinner-dance Nov. 23 at the SNPJ Lodge 778, 13383 County Line Road.
Turkey or ham dinners will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Music for dancing will be provided by Steve Juricic and Tropical Squeeze from 3 to 6 p.m.
The cost is $10 for dinner and dancing. The cost for dancing only is $5. For reservations or information, call (352) 686-9874.
Book club to discuss 'The Namesake'
The Spring Hill Book Discussion Group will meet at noon Nov. 25 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The book to be discussed is The Namesake. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, the acclaimed novel follows the life of Gogol Ganguli from birth until middle age, chronicling his struggle to discover who he is as a second-generation immigrant.
Copies of the book are limited at the library. For information, call Jeanne Del Vecchio at (352) 754-4866. To reserve a copy of the book, call (352) 540-6374.
Annual dance, fashion show this Sunday
The annual Holiday House at DiAna's Dance Express will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the studio, 4572 Commercial Way.
The free event will feature dance and entertainment, a fashion show, refreshments, vendors and crafters, and a moon jump. LifeSouth Community Blood Center's mobile will be on site as well.
Children can have their photo taken with Santa and enjoy a hayride. There also will be raffles. For information, call (352) 597-5979.
Festival singers plan several concerts
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their annual Christmas concert at the following locations:
• 3 p.m. Nov. 23, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
• 3 p.m. Nov. 30, Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
• 3 p.m. Dec. 7, First Methodist Church, 8831 W Bradshaw St., Homosassa.
The concert will feature the Christmas choruses from Handel's The Messiah, as well as other Christmas pieces. The director is Jim Urbanski and accompanist is Kathy Hackemer.
Admission is free and no reservations are needed. A freewill offering will be taken during intermission, with monies received used to provide music scholarships to area students.
For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.
Games, face painting at church open house
St. Paul the Apostle Church will host a Community Fun Day open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 4244 Mariner Blvd.
The event will include an inflatable castle, games and prizes. Ut-Oh the clown will provide face painting, balloon-tying and other games for children. A picnic-style lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, chips and drinks will be served.
The event will also feature performance with the 20-member Spring Hill Guitar Club from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
There is no cost, but donations will be accepted. For information, call (352) 584-3988.
2009 pet calendars are now available
The 2009 Humane Society Pet Calendars are now available for purchase. The high-gloss calendar features the photos of pets in the community, with each month featuring a photo of winners from the Pet Expo Photo Contest held earlier this year.
The calendars are $5 each and are available at the Humane Society shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville, as well as at AAA Auto Club in Spring Hill, Spring Hill Printing Plus, Complete Technology Solutions and Curtis Chiropractic Clinic.
For information, call (352) 796-2711.