CELEBRATE MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY: Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a Birthday Ball to celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps' 238th year on Nov. 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
A ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Dinner and music featuring Norm Bernard and Southern Exposure will begin at 6 p.m.
The theme will be "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans." The speaker will be retired Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Olmstead.
Tickets are $45 each. The public is invited. All tickets must be purchased by Wednesday. Call Al Tamburrino at (352) 277-2732.
LEARN CPR, FIRST AID: An automated external defibrillator, CPR and first aid class will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 in the fellowship hall at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
The course is provided by American Heart Association-certified instructors.
The cost is $30. Sign up in the church office or call (352) 796-4969.
JOIN THE FREEDOM WALK: Sponsors and participants are needed for the Arc Nature Coast's annual Freedom Walk, which will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Checkin is at 8 a.m.
The event is a 1-, 2- or 3-mile recreational walk that begins and ends at the VFW post. There will be a ceremony with the posting of colors. Food and drinks will be provided, and there will be games, music and exhibits.
The cost is $15 for adult and youth walkers ages 10 and older, $10 for ages 9 and younger. Participants are also encouraged to collect pledges.
Gold medals will be presented to those who collect $100 or more, silver medals to those who collect at least $75 and bronze medals to those who collect at least $50. A special award will be given to the person who collects the most pledges. All participants will receive an event T-shirt.
Sponsorships start at $150 and include participant entries, names/logos on shirts and printed materials, and exhibit space.
For information or to download forms, visit thearc-naturecoast.org or call (352) 544-2322.
CONCERT SERIES TICKETS AVAILABLE: Season tickets are available for the remaining concerts in Brookridge Entertainment's 2013-14 concert series.
Several ticket packages are available. For six shows, the cost is $83 for Brookridge residents and $95 for nonresidents, and for five shows, $69.50 for residents and $80 for nonresidents. Individual show tickets are $20.
All shows start at 7 p.m. at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
• Tommy Mara and the Crests, Nov. 14.
• The Marlins, Dec. 12.
• A John Denver tribute with Tom Becker, Jan. 9.
• A night of comedy and song with comedian Karen Rontowski and vocalist Steve Fowler, Feb. 13.
• The Edward Twins, March 13.
• Robin Roth, April 10.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Larry or Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.
COLLECTION EVENT FOR DAWN CENTER: The Oak Hills Home Owners Association will collect donations for the Dawn Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at both entrance monuments to Oak Hills — at Loretto Street and Kirkwood Avenue and at Belltower Street and Keysville Avenue.
The Dawn Center, a shelter that offers emergency assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, needs twin bed sheets, bath towels, copy paper, condiments, baking mixes, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauce, canned meats, kitchen paper goods, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, tissues and diapers (sizes 3, 4 and 5). All food donations must be nonperishable.
For information, call Patt Grasham at (352) 200-4778.
CONNECT WITH UNITED WAY'S 2-1-1: The United Way of Hernando County offers a 2-1-1 resource line for help through local organizations.
The line offers information about a variety of services, such as support for children, youth and families; medical and mental health services; disaster recovery assistance; food pantries; financial assistance; mentoring and tutoring; support for seniors and those with disabilities; free tax preparation sites; prescription assistance, and youth sports assistance.
For information, call 2-1-1 or visit online at unitedway hernando.org.
SPCA OPEN HOUSE: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/SPCA of Hernando County will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the shelter, 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville.
The SPCA is a no-kill, nonprofit shelter. For information, call (352) 596-7000, visit spcaof hernando.com or visit the SPCA of Hernando Facebook page.
ONLINE AUCTION BENEFITS THE NEEDY: Take a Bite Out of Hunger, an online auction, will continue through Nov. 15 at nat72.com.
More than $25,000 in new merchandise and services will be auctioned to the highest bidders. New items are added daily.
Proceeds will benefit the programs provided by People Helping People. The nonprofit, interfaith group offers Sunday Blessings, which feeds the homeless and needy each Sunday; Weekend Blessings, which provides backpacks of food each weekend to hundreds of needy Hernando County schoolchildren, and Senior Blessings, which supports a local food pantry and provides supplemental groceries to poverty-level seniors.
For information, call (352) 686-4466.
VFW ESSAY CONTEST: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, is accepting entries for the annual Voice of Democracy competition for high school students and the Patriot's Pen contest for middle school students. Nov. 1 is the deadline.
This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future." Entrants must submit a three- to five-minute audio essay. For rules and entry forms, visit vfw.org/community/voice-of-democracy. The Patriot's Pen theme is "What Patriotism Means to Me," a 300- to 400-word essay. Visit vfw.org/community/patriot-s-pen for details.
The local post will award cash prizes to winners. Winners will then move on to the district level.
The top scholarship award is $30,000 for the national Voice of Democracy winner and $5,000 for the Patriot's Pen winner.
For information, call Jen or Betty at (352) 596-9236.