Tourist Development Council sets meeting
Hernando County Tourist Development Council will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Best Western I-75, 30305 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville.
The purpose of the council is to develop and promote tourism in Hernando County and to establish tourism as one of the county's economic base industries.
Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact Susan Rupe at (352) 754-4405. Those who are hearing impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777.
Group begins feeding homeless on Sundays
People Helping People of Hernando, a newly-organized group to feed the homeless and hungry on the west side of Hernando County, will serve its first free meals to the needy from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road.
Meals will continue to be served on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. For information, call Cecil Bradley at (352) 247-6748.
Scrapbooking camp for Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's Brooksville Ridge Service Unit will host a Scrapbooking Twilight Camp July 20-24 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St. The program, for girls in the fourth grade and older, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. each day.
Participants are to bring their own scrapbook album, photos and imaginations.
The cost is $12 for Girl Scouts and $10 for nonmembers, which includes the 2008-09 membership. Scouts who bring an unregistered friend will receive a $5 discount and a recruiter patch.
To register or for information, call Roni toll-free at 1-800-881-4475, ext. 1798 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football, volleyball camps have openings
Hernando County Recreation has spaces available for the following summer camps:
• Volleyball Camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through July 2, Challenger K-8, 13400 Elgin Blvd. The camp is open to youth ages 8-15. It is for experienced and beginner volleyball players. There will be daily contests and a mini tournament. Campers are to bring their own drinks, lunch, snacks and small towel daily.
• Football Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13-17, Kennedy Park, 1000 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. The camp is geared to teach kids of all skill levels the fundamentals and advanced techniques needed to play in youth league, flag scrimmage games. Campers are to bring their own drinks, lunch, snacks and small towel daily.
Both camps are open to youth ages 8-15. The cost is a one-time, nonrefundable $10 registration fee and $85 for each camp. Extended care is available for an additional $10 per week, which allows campers to be brought in as early as 8 a.m. and picked up by 5 p.m. each day.
To register or for information, stop by the Recreation Department at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, or call (352) 754-4031.
Chinsegut program schedule for July
Chinsegut Nature Center will host the following events and programs in July:
• Incredible Edibles Collection and Preparation Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon July 7. Participants will collect wild plants and learn the process of food preparation with wild foods.
• Spider Prowl, 8 to 10 p.m. July 10. Biologist Mark Stowe will speak about spiders and lead the prowl. Participants should bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Florida Snakes, 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 14. Jim Mendenhall will bring live snakes and discuss their natural history.
• Project WILD/Aquatic WILD, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 23. This is a natural history educator workshop. In-service credit is available.
• Big Pine Wildflower and Tree Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. July 28. Meet at the Big Pine Tract on Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville.
All programs are free and, unless otherwise specified, are at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Seating is limited and reservations are needed. Call (352) 754-6722.
Independence Day celebrations abound
The public is invited to the following events planned in celebration of Independence Day. All events, unless otherwise specified, are on July 4:
• Polish American Social Club's Independence Day indoor picnic and silent auction, July 1, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 10 a.m. Food will include sloppy joes, salads, desserts, coffee and tea, which will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Games with prizes, including a cakewalk, will continue through 3 p.m. Dancing will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $6. Call Dolores at (352) 596-4802 or Josephine at (727) 862-1520.
• Regency Oaks Civic Association July Fourth barbecue, noon to 4 p.m., at the clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission tickets are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children 11 and younger. Music will be provided by DJ Rich, the "Music Hitman." Those attending should bring a side dish and beverages. ROCA will supply condiments, ice, coffee and cake. Fresh grilled hot dogs and burgers will be available for purchase. For tickets call Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Terry at (352) 596-9213 or Shirley at (352) 597-2988.
• High Point community's annual Fourth of July parade: The parade lineup will be at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to High Point at Cortez Boulevard, with the parade starting at 9 a.m. It will end at the community center at 12249 Clubhouse Road, where flag-raising ceremonies will be conducted. For information, call (352) 596-6006.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9326 July 4th picnic, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served starting at 1 p.m. There will be live music with Suzanne Reno and games in the canteen. Call (352) 596-9236.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 Fourth of July Celebration, 2 p.m., 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. There will be a barbecue and music with the Country Pride Band. Call (352) 796-4449.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 July Fourth Celebration Car Show and Bike Show, starting at 2 p.m., 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. There will be a barbecue and live entertainment with Rusty and Nick (Vintage). Call (352) 796-0398.
• The Hernando County Philippine-American Association's Fourth of July dinner and dance, 6:30 to 11 p.m., at SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Dinner includes pot roast, baked chicken, baked salmon, pancit (noodles), mashed potatoes, green beans, mixed vegetables, pinakbet and Filipino desserts. Entertainment will be provided by Shaun and Jessica Doolittle, as well as the Reflection of Asia Dancers. Tickets are $18 for members ages 16 and older and veterans, $20 for nonmembers 16 and older, $10 for children ages 6 to 15 (members and nonmembers) and free for all children 5 and younger. Call Aurora Rice at (352) 848-1031, Cobbie Atienza at (352) 666-5381 or Celia Sigua at (352) 684-7464.
Sign language class beginning in July
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida will offer an American Sign Language I class, starting in July, at the Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive.
The noncredit class is designed to assist individuals wishing to learn sign language. Classes will be one evening per week for 10 weeks; a start date has yet to be determined.
The cost is $50; scholarships are available. For information or to register, call toll-free at 1-866-685-9477.
Domestic violence center needs help
The Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic and sexual violence center, is in need of donations and volunteers. Donations can be monetary, grocery gift cards, gas cards and nonperishable food items.
Funds donated help the nonprofit center continue its hotline, emergency shelter and outreach programs. In 2008, the Dawn Center provided emergency shelter to 272 women and children and offered advocacy services to 842 individuals.
Those wishing to donate or volunteer, call the outreach office at (352) 592-1288 or (352) 684-7191.
'iron man' film free at zopp library
The Hernando County Public Library System will have a free showing of Iron Man at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The movie, rated PG-13, stars Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, who, after an accident, creates a suit that sustains his life. After healing, he uses his technology to fight crime, leading a double life as Iron Man. Call (352) 540-6391.