Coast Guard Auxiliary announces courses
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8, will offer the following courses:
• About Boating Safely, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 2-4. This three-night course is a basic overview of boating and safety, which includes all information to qualify for the Florida Boating Safety ID card. A one-day course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 (participants should bring snack and a sack lunch to the one-day class). The cost is $30, which includes a text.
• Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17. This program is for spouses and passengers on the vessel, including children 6 and older. Participants learn what to do in an emergency. The program includes safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio. The program is free.
• How to Use a Nautical Chart, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Topics include types of charts, capabilities and limitations of charts, interpretation of symbols and how to select a chart for your use. The cost is $35, which includes a text on chart nomenclature.
• Boating Skills and Seamanship, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26. This is the auxiliary's premier eight-week boating course that covers safety, navigation and rules, radio, weather, Florida law and other topics. Completion of this class satisfies the requirements for the Florida Boating Safety ID Card. The cost is $50.
• Navigating with Global Positioning System, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 20. Learn how to use GPS to get to one's destination and back safely, how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. The cost is $35, which includes a text on the use of GPS.
• Weekend Navigator. This is a comprehensive course designed for experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat operators. It is designed to educate boating enthusiasts in skills required for a safe voyage on a variety of waters and boating conditions. Call for dates and details.
All programs are conducted at the auxiliary building at 4340 Calienta St. For information or to reserve a seat, call Jeff Hoff at (352) 397-5417.
Annual 'Men Can Cook' event is Aug. 7
The Hernando County Democratic Women's Club will host the third annual "Men Can Cook" event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the pavilion at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
This is a food-tasting event that will include a variety of foods and desserts, such as chili, short ribs, fried fish, salads and Hernando County School Board member James Yant's carrot cake.
There is no set cost; donations will be accepted. For information, call Terri at (352) 799-8034.
Explore artistic side at 'Day of Discovery'
Hernando County POP (People of Passion) will host a Day of Discovery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at the facility at 417 W Jefferson St.
The workshop will offer a hands-on creative experience in five different mediums: watercolor, oils, pastels, sculpture and collage. The cost is $35 per person, which includes all supplies, lunch and hands-on time to explore.
Advance registration is required. Call (352) 345-4462.
Hernando POP also offers small, personalized classes and workshops in drawing, pastels, watercolor, oil painting and collage. New classes start each month. Call the number above for a schedule.
Apply by Aug. 16 for special event funding
Hernando County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for special event funding for fiscal year 2010-11 (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2011). The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 16.
Funding is available for local groups and organizations coordinating events with a demonstrated history of visitor impact or significant potential to attract visitors.
The application package is available online at www.naturally hernando.org, as well as at the Tourism Bureau office at 30305 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville. Those received after the deadline will not be considered. Call Carole Knudson at (352) 754-4405.
Volunteers needed for haunted house
The Hernando Historical Museum is seeking volunteers for the annual haunted house planned for Oct. 29-30 at the museum, 601 Museum Court.
The first planning meeting will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Attendance is mandatory for those wishing to participate in the haunted house.
For information, contact Terri Miller at (352) 683-9829 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Amanda Mullen at (352) 835-1535 or email@example.com.