ADULT ED OPEN HOUSE: An open house for the new Suncoast Technical Education Center will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.
The new center is Hernando County's adult technical education school, which has classes forming for home health aide, cosmetology, culinary arts and commercial foods. For information, call (352) 797-7091 or visit sunteched.com.
FOOD, SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE AT LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will conduct a school supply and food collection drive throughout August to help Hernando County schoolchildren in need.
The library is collecting the items on behalf of People Helping People for the organization's Weekend Blessings program, which provides weekend food for elementary school students throughout the school year.
Collection boxes are available at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; and the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
Suggested food donations include: toaster pastries, cereal bars or individual cereal packs; canned chicken or tuna; macaroni and cheese; raisins; nuts; juice boxes; pudding snack packs; applesauce; canned soups or ramen noodles; and other easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat food items.
Suggested school supplies include pens, pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, folders, copy paper, tissues, napkins, backpacks, crayons and hand sanitizer. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
HABITAT TO OPEN STORE: Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County will open a second ReStore thrift shop in the fall, in the Spring Hill Shopping Plaza at 7391 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Habitat currently has a ReStore at 19450 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The stores carry donated items such as clothing, furniture, household items and books. Donations help provide items for families in need and proceeds from sales provide money to build homes.
Donations of items are always needed. Free pickup service is available. For information or to schedule a pickup, call (352) 754-1233. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Hernando County, call (352) 754-1159 or visit habitathernando.org.
R&B CONCERT: The Spring Hill Community Association will host an indoor concert featuring Stan Prinston from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
Snacks will be served and beer and wine will be sold.
Tickets are $10. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is recommended. For information, call (352) 666-4746. Visit springhilllakehouse.com.
WRITE YOUR STORY: The Hernando County Public Library will host a Writing Your Life Story program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
The workshop will not focus on publication. Instead, it is geared more toward writing for yourself, your family and friends.
There is no cost to participate. Another workshop is planned for Sept. 11. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
FUR BALL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Tickets to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast's 10th anniversary Fur Ball are available.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Happy hour, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction will be from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Music for dancing will be provided by Street Talk's Ronda and Steve Kaplan.
Tickets are $75 each. For information, tickets or to be a sponsor, call (352) 796-2711 or send email to [email protected]
VOLUNTEER WITH HOSPICE: HPH Hospice is recruiting volunteers to help in the kitchen at its Sturgill Hospice Care Center, visit patients in their homes in the Brooksville area, or assist the agency with clerical duties.
Those interested are invited to attend a two-part orientation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 and 22 at the care center, 12242 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Attendance both days is mandatory. Lunch will be provided.
There is no cost, but registration is required; seating is limited. Call Jacquie Lambert at (352) 796-2611 to register.
DONATE RECYCLABLES TO CLINIC: Crescent Community Clinic encourages residents to bring their newspapers and clean paper to the green and red recycling bin at Winchester Plaza on Commercial Way in Spring Hill.
The clinic, which is in the plaza at 5244 Commercial Way, provides primary medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. The clinic does not receive any federal, state, county or United Way funding and relies on donations from the community to operate. The clinic is run by medical and professional volunteers.
Proceeds from recycled paper help pay operating expenses for the clinic. For information, call (352) 610-9916.
SWIFTMUD LAUNCHES CONTEST ON SOCIAL MEDIA: The Southwest Florida Water Management District has launched a contest on Instagram, a social media site, to raise awareness of the various springs throughout the district.
Residents are invited to submit a photo or video of their experience at one of the five major springs in Hernando, Citrus and Marion counties, including the Weeki Wachee River, the Chassohowitzka River, Crystal River/Kings Bay, the Homosassa River and the Rainbow River.
Entries will be accepted through Sept. 2. To enter, take a photo or video while visiting a spring, upload it to Instagram and tag it #RenewOurSprings. Users earn one contest entry for every photo or video tagged. Winners will receive a springs prize pack.
For information, visit swfwmd.state.fl.us/springs/contest/.
GET FALL FESTIVAL TICKETS NOW: Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary will host their annual fall festival Sept. 29 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a social hour from 2 to 3 p.m., a buffet dinner from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and a concert with Gypsy Star from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The dinner will be catered by John Mason Catering; entrees include boneless breast of chicken and roast pork loin with gravy.
A cash bar will be available and door prizes be awarded.
Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Table reservations for eight or more can be made. For information, reservations or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.
CONCERT SERIES TICKETS AVAILABLE: Season tickets are available for Brookridge Entertainment's 2013-14 concert series. The series kicks off Oct. 10 with Keith Coleman as "Man in Black" Johnny Cash and Leanne Williams paying homage to the women of country music.
Other concerts include:
• 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.
All shows start at 7 p.m. at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
Several ticket packages are available. For all shows, the cost is $95 for Brookridge residents and $111 for nonresidents; for six shows, $83 for residents and $95 for nonresidents, and for five shows, $69.50 for residents and $80 for nonresidents. Individual show tickets are $20.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Larry or Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.
THEATER COMPANY HAS SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: The Live Oak Theatre Company is seeking sponsors for shows during its 2013-14 season. The shows include:
• Fiddler on the Roof on Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-27.
• It's a Good Life (radio show) in December.
• Into the Wardrobe (original musical based on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) in April.