BALLROOM DANCE: A ballroom and open dance will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Maskaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave., Masaryktown. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Music will be provided by Take Two. A cash bar and snacks will be available. Tickets are $6. For information, call (352) 796-5433.
DONATE ITEMS FOR HOMELESS EVENT: Various agencies in Hernando County that offer services to the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless are collecting items for an upcoming outreach event.
The community is asked to help by donating items such as nonperishable food in cans with pop-top lids, drink boxes, bottled water, trail mix and peanut butter; toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs, hand sanitizer, deodorant, shaving cream and razors, shower gel and feminine hygiene products; dog food; reading glasses; gift cards; old cellphones (for 911 service); bug repellant; sunscreen; bandages; flashlights; batteries; underwear; socks; winter jackets, and diapers.
The drive will continue through Jan. 24. Items may be dropped off at any of the following locations throughout Hernando County:
Department of Juvenile Justice; the Jericho Road thrift stores in Brooksville, Ridge Manor West and Spring Hill; New Beginnings Youth Shelter, Rising Sun Cafe (for Love Your Neighbor), St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Mid-Florida Community Services and any Hernando County Public Library branch.
VETERINARIAN ASSISTANT COURSE OFFERED: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer a 14-week veterinary assistant certification lecture program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 15, at the Villages Lifelong Learning Center at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail, the Villages.
Lecture topics include veterinary aspects of diseases, emergency situations, nutrition, taxonomy, internal and external parasites and client management skills. Laboratory skill classes will cover bandaging and fecal parasite analysis. Species covered include dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses and pet birds.
Tests will be given. Upon completion, students will receive certification as a veterinary assistant. The cost for the program with full certification is $520. All fees are tax deductible and will benefit the teaching zoo's facility in Bushnell.
To register or for information, call (352) 753-3035 or (352) 867-7788. Visit the website at thezooschool.com.
YOUTH EXPO: The Area Hernando Youth Initiative's Workforce Transition Team invites teens and young adults to a Youth Options Expo to explore workplace options from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
The event is co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee and Career Central. Participants will meet with future employers and learn about alternative opportunities such as entrepreneurships, post-secondary education, the armed forces, volunteer work and other ventures. Door prize drawings will be conducted every half hour. Food and beverages will be available, and there will be an entertainment area for children.
Speakers, businesses and vendors are invited to participate and share their knowledge, expertise and services. For information, contact Dawn Easter at (352) 200-3034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.