Learn how to lose weight and keep it off
The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will host a free workshop, "5 Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
The speaker is Mary Bristow, acupuncture physician and doctor of Oriental medicine. Participants will learn why diets alone don't work and how to lose weight and keep it off. Reservations are required.
The workshop will be offered again Monday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 799-1882.
Students, visit Central High at open campus
Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, will have an open campus from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.
Students will be able to obtain homeroom information. However, class schedules will be handed out in homeroom on Monday.
Students new to the school are encouraged to go to the gymnasium for a guided tour of the campus. For information, call (352) 797-7020.
Employers, register for table at annual job fair
The Hernando County Office of Business Development invites area employers to participate in the 13th annual Hernando County Job Fair, Opportunity 2008, which will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
Exhibitor spaces are $89 per table if registration is received before Friday. Space is limited.
Also, various sponsorships are available to help promote the annual event, which drew more than 1,000 job seekers from several counties last year. For information, call Denise at (352) 544-5206.
Help firefighters fill their boots for MS
Hernando County and Spring Hill firefighters will continue their "Fill-the-Boot" fundraiser on Friday, and will collect donations from motorists from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following intersections: Cortez and Mariner boulevards, Spring Hill; Cortez Boulevard and Cobb Road, Brooksville; and Cortez Boulevard and Mondon Hill Road/Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.
The fundraiser is part of the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry's Kids.
Sign up for Mommy and Me at church
Enrollment is under way for the Mommy and Me program that will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, starting Aug. 20, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The program is for children 2 to 4 years old. It is designed to give them, as well as their mothers or caregivers, an opportunity to socialize, play games and participate in group activities.
The cost is $40 per child for the year. For information or to enroll, call the parish office at (352) 796-2096.
Two chances to adopt a new friend Saturday
Two adopt-a-thons with Home at Last Pet Adoptions are planned for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., and at Pet Supermarket, 4316 Commercial Way.
A variety of cats and kittens are available for adoption. All are spayed or neutered, had age-appropriate vaccinations, been tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have identity microchips and been treated for parasites.
Home at Last is a nonprofit organization. Fees vary and are tax-deductible.
All pets can be viewed online at www.halpetadoptons.petfinder.com. Requests for certain pets to be brought to the adopt-a-thon can be made. For information, call (352) 476-6832.
Check out fashions, lunch with sorority
Beta Sigma Phi's City Council of Spring Hill and Brooksville will host the Beginning Day Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville.
Lunch will be served. Tickets are $15. For reservations or details, call Kelly Jenkins at (352) 232-1482.
Beta Sigma Phi is a social sorority dedicated to local community service and is open to women 18 and older.
HHS students invited to orientation Friday
All students who will be attending Hernando High School this year are invited to an orientation from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the school, 700 Bell Ave.
For information, call 797-7015.
Methodist women to hold summer fellowship
Brooksville United Methodist Women will host a summer fellowship for the Gulf District from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, 109 S Broad St.
All Methodist women are invited to this informal event. Participants are expected from units from Brandenton to Homosassa.
For information or reservations, call Leota at (352) 796-3309.
Last chance to sign up for fall youth soccer
First Hernando Youth Soccer will conduct its final sign up for the fall season from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Nature Coast Technical High School gymnasium, 4057 California St.
New players must bring a copy of their birth certificates, which will not be returned. Also, players in age groups U12 and up must bring a current photograph.
Adults interested in coaching or assisting are also encouraged to sign up Saturday. There is a particular need for U8 coaches.
Team sponsorships are still available.
For information, visit www.firsthernandosoccer.com or call Fred Poholek at (352) 650-4898.
Applications being taken for city boards
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the following city boards:
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board — Three positions are open to fill expiring four-year terms through Aug. 31, 2012, and one alternative position to fill an unexpired four-year term through Dec. 31, 2011.
• Police Officer's Pension Trust Fund Board — One position is available to fill an expiring two-year term through Aug. 31, 2010. Members must be city of Brooksville residents.
All positions are volunteer and all applicants must be registered Florida voters.
To be considered, applicants must complete an appropriate application form, which is available online at www.ci.brooksville.fl.us/forms or can be picked up at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. All applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 22.
For information, call (352) 544-5407.
Reading, language, math tutors needed
The HEART Adult Literacy Program needs volunteer tutors to teach adults reading, language and math skills.
A training class for new volunteers will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the HEART office, 801 N Broad St. There will be a 30-minute break for lunch.
Those interested can call Justa Bozman at (352) 797-7018.
Help a child — be a Guardian ad Litem
The Guardian ad Litem Program needs volunteers in Hernando County.
Free training will be offered starting Dec. 11 at the Hernando County Recreation Department at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
Guardian ad Litem volunteers are court-appointed to advocate for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Volunteers donate a few hours each month.
There are 428 children in the foster care system in Hernando County. Through the program, these children are able to have their voices heard in the dependency court process.
Those interested can call Murray McMahon at (352) 754-4226 or toll-free at 1-866-341-1425.
Learn how to keep your lawn from misbehaving
A free class, "When Bad Lawns Happen to Good People," will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The class will be presented by Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll of the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. Participants will learn the proper care for turf and how to prevent common mistakes that lead to a bad lawn.
No registration is required, but seating will be limited. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Lake House Cabaret tickets now on sale
Tickets are now available for the Lake House Cabaret Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.
The event will feature Norman Bernard's Southern Exposure with Kim Evans and special guests.
The cost is $20 for advance reservations. Tickets on the day of the show, if available, will be $25.