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Goodwill accepting children's book donations


GOODWILL STORES ACCEPTING book Donations for kids

Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program starts Feb. 1 and continues through March 14. The program is seeking volunteers and donations of new or like-new books for children ages 2 to 5. Volunteers read to children at Head Start centers, then present each child with a personalized book to take home. Donated books should include a note indicating they are "for BookWorks." They may be dropped off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk or Marion counties. The local Goodwill is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For other sites, visit or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988; those interested in volunteering can call either ext. 1013 or 1976.


Humane society has volunteer positions

Volunteer opportunities are available at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast's ReTAIL and Adoption Center at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Suite 369. An orientation for prospective and existing volunteers will be provided at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the center. Volunteers must be at least 18, be dependable, have good communication skills and offer a minimum of four consecutive hours at the store. Volunteers assist with the operation of the retail shop. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call the Humane Society's Brooksville shelter at (352) 796-2711 or visit

Today's meetings

Hernando County School Board, 9:30 a.m., 919 N Broad St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Housing Authority, 3 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Today's picks

Piccadilly Circus: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. shows, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $30 per person; 12 and younger free (advance buy-one-get-one tickets available online). Toll-free 1-877-373-0477.

Reception for artists Shirley Dillon, Robert MacDonald and Jacqueline Walker: 5 to 7 p.m., Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 556-3984.