Lecture series has a focus on America
Academia Hernando's fall lecture series, "Affirming America," will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Sept. 22-Nov. 24 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
The series includes:
• America's Gems: Our Great National Parks, Sept. 22
• Our Great Bill of Rights, Sept. 29
• Our Great Opera Singers, Oct. 6
• Our Peculiar Geography (An Aid to Democracy), Oct. 13
• Our Innovative Movie Directors, Oct. 20
• Museum visit, Oct. 28 (for subscribers only)
• Our Great Philosophers, Nov. 3
• Our Great Painters, Nov. 10
• Our Great Writers, Nov. 17
• Concert, Nov. 24 (for subscribers only)
The cost is $50 for the series, which includes the Oct. 27 museum trip and Nov. 24 concert. The cost to attend individual lectures is $7 per person. For information, call (352) 597-0158.
Dine and dance with foster children in mind
Tickets are now available for a dinner and dance to benefit Hernando County foster children.
The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. It will include a complete dinner buffet, bands, a DJ and prizes. There will also be raffles to win a TV, DVD player and numerous baskets.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Funds raised will benefit the Foster Parents Association.
For tickets or information, call Linda Hoins at (352) 754-0377.
Young sharks sought for drama camp
Registration is now being taken through Sept. 30 for Shark Theatre's Drama Camp that will be offered to students in first through eighth grades.
The camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 on the campus at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Participants will be grouped by age and will receive drama instruction from members of Nature Coast Tech's award-winning Thespian Honor Society.
Workshops include instruction in improvisation, character development, script analysis, theater games, theater terminology and technical theater.
Participants will also receive a tour of the Black Box Theatre at Nature Coast Tech, juice and cookies, and two complimentary tickets to Shark Theatre's November production of Schoolhouse Rock, Live!
The cost is $30 per student for first-time campers and $25 for returning campers. Family discounts are available. For information or a registration form, call Lori Erickson at (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.
Residents invited to discuss amendments
The Wellington Democratic Club will sponsor a nonpartisan discussion of Amendments 1 through 9 with Sondra Kerr, director of the League of Women Voters, at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Wellington clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd.
Hernando County residents are invited to attend and voice their concerns and ask questions. Refreshments will be provided.
Amendments 1 through 9, which will be on the November general election ballot, will affect school funding, voucher programs, real estate and sales taxes. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization.
For information, contact Gene Ehrich at (352) 688-3130, send e-mail to email@example.com or write to him at P.O. Box 11187, Spring Hill, FL 34610.
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Free film on musical prodigy at library
The Hernando County Public Library System will show the movie, August Rush, at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The film, rated PG, is about young August Rush, an orphaned musical prodigy who uses his unique, inherited gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. The cast includes Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Robin Williams and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Tournament needs sponsors, golfers
The Building Officials Association of Florida's Nature Coast Chapter will host its annual golf tournament for scholarships Oct. 11 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive, off U.S. 41.
Sponsors and golfers are needed. Sponsorships are available from $60 to $350.
The cost to enter the tournament is $70 per golfer, and includes breakfast and lunch.
The tourney is a four-person team scramble. A shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drives (at holes 4 and 15) and closest to the pin (at holes 3, 7, 11 and 16). Trophies will be awarded to the first-, second-, third- and last-place teams.
The sponsorship deadline is Sept. 15. The deadline to enter the tournament is Oct. 1.
For entry forms or sponsorship details, call (352) 540-6743 or go to www.naturecoastchapter.org.
Meeting helps launch adult softball season
Brooksville Recreation will begin its fall adult softball season in October. A mandatory team meeting for managers will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place.
Men's softball will be played on Mondays, starting Oct. 20. Co-ed softball will be played on Thursdays, starting Oct. 23. The cost for each is a $250 sponsor fee per team, and $30 per player (teams must have a minimum of 12 players).
All rosters and fees are due by Oct. 16. For information, call (352) 544-5498.
Back to School night at elementary school
The Title I annual meeting and Back to School night at Brooksville Elementary School, 885 N Broad St., will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Parents can visit their children's classrooms and can make an appointment for a conference. Hot dog dinners will be available for a requested $1 donation per family. There will also be informational booths and door prizes. A student presentation, "Title I Student Olympians," will be presented at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Door prize tickets will be handed out at the end of each show.
For information, call (352) 797-7014.
Retired law officers plan golf tournament
The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers will host their annual golf tournament Oct. 17 at Seven Hills Golf Course, 10599 Fairchild Road, off Mariner Boulevard. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.
The entry fee is $45 per golfer. Food, beer and prizes will be at the clubhouse following the tournament.
Registration is required by Sept. 26. For information, call Clyde Day at (352) 666-1204.
AARP chapter offers lunch, writing project
AARP Hernando County Chapter 1026 invites area seniors to a meeting Sept. 23 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
A box lunch will be provided by a local restaurant at 1:30 p.m. A presentation, "Writing Your Own Personal History — a workshop" will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., provided by reference librarians with the Hernando County Public Library System. The program will include a series of "memory triggers" to encourage participants to share their own childhood memories of games, special family outings, pets and more.
The cost for lunch is $6.50, which must be prepaid. Attendance is limited to the first 40 reservations. For information, call Bob Williams at (352) 596-0722 or Pat at (352) 686-8872.