County holding annual Latina Beauty Pageant
The annual Hernando County Latina Beauty Pageant will be Sunday at R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd.
Lunch will be served at noon. The pageant, which follows lunch, includes divisions for girls from 12 months through misses up to 25 years old, and "Mrs. Latina" for married women of any age. Boy divisions available from 12 months through 20 years old.
Spectator admission is $15, which includes lunch. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Foundation. Contestants can register up to Thursday; entry fees vary from $60 to $150.
Call (352) 597-5979 or (352) 256-9959.
Join procession for traveling Vietnam wall
The Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion's "Escort the Wall" for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial will leave at 10 a.m. Sunday from the Citrus County Fairgrounds parking lot, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the auditorium from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
The procession will lead to the Holcim property on U.S. 19, north of Crystal River (1 mile north of County Road 488). The wall will remain on display on the Holcim property through Oct. 9 along with the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Moving Tribute. There will be military vendors and military displays.
For information, or to schedule a class or group tour, call (352) 238-5692 or (352) 860-1629.
Learn more about Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County will celebrate World Habitat Day from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Habitat office, 19490 Cortez Blvd.
Volunteers and staff will be on hand to share information on the home ownership program, as well as the new Brush with Kindness program.
Call (352) 754-1159.
'Taste of the Fields' features chefs' dinner
The Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge will host the annual "Taste of the Fields" fundraiser event Oct. 8 at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road.
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a farm tour, fall maze, appetizers, wine and music. A five-course dinner will be served and prepared by several local chefs from 7 to 9 p.m.
Various sponsorships are available from $150 to $1,000. Product or service sponsors are also wanted.
Tickets to the event are $55 each or two for $100. Contact David Mickelson at (352) 428-7508.
Take orientation class in firearms safety
A firearms safety class will be offered at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
This is a firearms orientation program for new firearms users, and includes practice time on the range. Completion of this class also provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. The class is about five hours long, including range time.
Class size is limited; preregistration required. The cost is $50. Another class will be offered on Oct. 15. Call (352) 597-9931.
Find assorted items at Fall Garage Sale
A Fall Garage Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. The sale will include more than 70 tables with household items, clothing, crafts, knick-knacks, books and other items. Lunch will be available, as well as coffee and donuts. Call (352) 584-5544.
Plant sale to benefit wildlife sanctuary
A plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ahhochee Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 24268 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. The sale will feature Florida natives and Florida-friendly plants from various Hernando County native plant nurseries. Information will be available from the Hernando County Master Gardeners, Audubon Society and Native Plant Society. Funds raised will benefit the wildlife sanctuary. Call (352) 797-3545.
Bird accessories for sale at Bird Mart
The West Florida Bird Mart will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The event will include exotic bird toys, cages, treats and other bird-related items.
Admission is $4 for adults, free for children ages 11 and younger. For information, call Sonia Roberts at (904) 276-1041.
Youth orchestra to give free concert
The Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines will present a free concert with the Hernando Youth Orchestra at noon Oct. 8 at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St.
Following the concert will be a reception and light refreshments. For information, call (352) 544-8105 or (352) 793-2268.
Extension agent to talk about livestock
A three-week "Livestock Series" will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 4-18, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The series will be presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. Topics include: Beef Production on Oct. 4, Goat Production on Oct. 11, and Poultry Production on Oct. 18.
There is no cost to participate. To register, call (352) 754-4433.
Flea market vendor spaces available
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681 will have a flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the post, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road.
Vendor spaces are available for $15 for two parking stalls; bring your own tables. For information, call (727) 856-1860.
2012 Water Awareness Series beginning
Hernando County Utilities and Citizens for WATER will present the first session of the 2012 Hernando County Water Awareness Series from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at the Utilities office, 21030 Cortez Blvd.
The topic will be "Minimum Flows and Levels 101," including how it affects us, why they are important and what's next for the Springs Coast Minimum Flows and Levels.
The seminar is presented by Marty Kelly, MFL program director, and Doug Leeper, chief environmental scientist for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
They will discuss how MFLs are important in planning for adequate water supplies today and for future generations, while also protecting water resources from significant harm.
There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. For information, call (352) 540-6780.
Vendor spaces open for church yard sale
A Youth Church Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Vendor spaces are available for $12. Call Wanda at (352) 683-5310.
Fall Rummage Sale has variety of items
The Women of Grace Presbyterian Church will hold their Fall Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at the church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive.
The sale will include clothing, books, CDs, toys, jewelry, kitchware, baked goods, furniture, bath and bedroom items. For information, call (352) 683-2082.
Garden Club plant sale offers plants and more
The Spring Hill Garden Club's annual Fall Plant Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the plant nursery, 1489 Parker Ave. Along with plants for sale, there will be tours of the adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, food and specialty vendors, including People Helping People. For information, call (352) 683-9933, or visit naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.