Bake sale, picnic offer taste of Philippines
The Filipino American Social Club will host a picnic fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
The picnic will include a bake sale featuring numerous Filipino dishes and desserts, tropical drinks and fruits, and a yard sale.
For information, call Jessica Siri at 597-1475, Shella Dean at 686-7813 or Ernie de Venecia at 684-9252.
Reserve your table
for Easter dance
The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association will host a "Sabado de Gloria" Easter dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.
Music will be provided by Hector Cruz and Bajo Control Orquestra.
Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Those attending can bring their own beverages.
Tables can be reserved if paid for in advance.
For information or tickets, call Irma Puente at 666-6848, Carmen Shannon at 263-5066 or Carmen Torres at (727) 869-9396.
Learn lawn care that's friendly to Florida
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program director John Korycki will present "Florida-Friendly Lawn Care" at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service's satellite office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
From irrigation to fertilization, participants will learn the best management practices to keep one's yard looking its best, while protecting the environment.
There is no cost to attend. Seating will be limited. For information, call 754-4433.
Elder affairs council
to meet Monday
The Hernando County Elder Affairs Advisory Council will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the fourth floor conference room at Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The purpose of the council is to advise the Board of County Commissioners on issues of concern to Hernando County's elder residents. For information, call 754-4002.
Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should call Dianne Cox at 540-6453; those who are hearing-impaired should call toll-free at 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.
Computer club extols virtues of flash drives
The Hernando Computer Club will host a lecture, "How a Flash Drive Can Save Your Life," at 7 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St.
The lecture will discuss using a flash drive, attached to one's key chain, with vital medical information, which can be used by paramedics, doctors and hospitals in times of health emergencies. Ron Purkhiser will demonstrate how this can be done.
Proper asset documentation and how it can save thousands of dollars when filing insurance claims will also be discussed. Also, Hernando County emergency planner Pam Harris will discuss emergency preparedness.
Two follow-up meetings will be scheduled that will be free to both members and nonmembers.
For information, visit the club's Web site at www.hcc.org or call 592-0070.
Programs will teach about birds, maps
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following events and programs:
• Birds of Prey, presented by Doris Mager, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. This will be a show-and-tell with four birds of prey: a crested caracara, great horned owl, screech owl and kestrel.
• Map and Compass Class, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Class size is limited to 30; preregistration is required.
• Introductory Archery Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon March 29. Equipment will be provided. Class size is limited to 30; preregistration is required.
All programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 754-6722.
Vigil will mark fifth year of Iraq war
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will host a vigil for the five-year anniversary of the Iraq war from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave. (Exit 309 off Interstate 75.)
The group will conduct a quiet commemoration for those in Florida who were killed in war.
The event has been authorized by cemetery officials. For information, call 686-9936.
Time running out to enter poster contest
Monday is the deadline to enter the annual poster contest sponsored by THE Bus. The contest is open to Hernando County middle school and high school students (sixth through 12th grades).
Students are to create original artwork based on the theme "Endless Summer Fun." The artwork is to be no larger than 11 by 17 inches and must be colorful.
First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to each group of students.
For information, call Mary Stahl at 754-4444.
Cheer, play tennis, learn baton at classes
The Hernando County Recreation Department offers the following programs:
• "Come and Get Your Groove On" cheerleading program. Classes are offered at 6 p.m. for ages 5-6, 7 p.m. for ages 7-9 and 8 p.m. for ages 10 and older, and are conducted Tuesdays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, and Thursdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $6 per class; pay as you go. Uniforms must be paid for separately through All American Youth Activities.
• Tennis classes for adults and youth ages 6 and older. Classes are at 4:30 p.m. for beginners, 5:30 p.m. for intermediate juniors and 6:30 p.m. for juniors and adults, and are Tuesdays at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, and Thursdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $42 for six sessions.
• Baton lessons for ages 4 and older. Classes are at 4:45 p.m. for advanced, 5:30 p.m. for competitive team class (invitation only) and 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Hernando Park band shell, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Classes are also offered at 4:45 p.m. for beginners, 5:30 p.m. for intermediate and a 6:15 p.m. competition class for solos Wednesdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $6 per class.
• Intermediate/advanced acting/drama classes, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The program is for youth ages 9-16. The cost is $35 for four weeks; family discounts are available.
For information or to register for any of the programs, call the Recreation Department at 754-4031.
Free classes offered
to help adults
HEART (Hernando's Education for Adult Readers in Training) Adult Literacy offers free reading, math and language arts classes, as well as free pre-GED testing and English for Speakers of Other Languages, at various sites throughout the county:
• From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
• From 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
• From 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
• From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, HEART Adult Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville.
Classes are for adults 18 and older. No appointments are necessary; walk-ins are accepted. Those attending must bring a Florida photo ID. Most sites offer free child care.
For information, call 797-7018.