QUEST MEETING: The Hernando County School District's Gifted Advisory Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. The council promotes the educational needs of gifted children in Hernando County. The Quest Academy at Challenger serves the needs of gifted students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Hernando County public schools. Those interested are invited to the meeting. For information about the committee, visit questgac.org or contact Ayasha Teague at email@example.com or Dave Patterson at (352) 684-1343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISION MEETING: The Brooksville Vision Foundation will hold a stakeholders meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY: Several musicians from the Hernando Jazz Society will give a special performance at 3 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit the library's website at hernandocountylibrary.us.
RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY: The Hernando County Kennel Club will host an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Silverthorne Square, 14271 Powell Road, Spring Hill. Visitors can meet various breeds of dogs, see obedience demonstrations and learn about Canine Good Citizen. For information, call Deborah at (352) 263-3775.
LECTURE SERIES: Academia Hernando will kick off its fall lecture series Sept. 23 with a "Gardening for Butterflies" program from 10 a.m. to noon at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. It will be presented by Sue Walsh. The series continues each Monday through Nov. 25 at the church. The cost for the series is $60 per person and includes a bus trip to the MOSI Museum in Tampa. The walk-in cost per lecture is $8.
Additional lectures include:
• Sept. 30, Fred Astaire "Footsteps in Time," presented by Hariett Deer.
• Oct. 7, Discussion by Hernando County Property Appraiser John C. Emerson.
• Oct. 14, "Hernando County Library — How Does it Work? Do We Need Libraries in the Digital Age?" presented by Anthony Adams and Lauren Rouhal.
• Oct. 21, no lecture. Instead there will be a bus trip to MOSI on Oct. 22 for series subscribers only.
• Oct. 28, "Guardian Ad Litem — Who Are They? What Do They Do?" presented by Bufus Gammons.
• Nov. 4, "Florida in the Great Depression," presented by Joe Knetsch.
• Nov. 11, The Audubon Society of Florida, presented by Charles Lee.
• Nov. 18, "Pearl Buck: Her Place in History," presented by Nance Kittner.
• Nov. 25, "What is Jazz?" presented by Peter Lattina.
To subscribe to the series, send checks payable to Academia Hernando Inc. at 5025 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville, FL 34601. For information, call (352) 596-9193.
BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM: HPH Hospice will offer its Grief's Journey Bereavement Program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 19, at the office at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
The free program is for newly bereaved adults, or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. The sessions are led by a hospice bereavement counselor, who will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies.
The program is open to anyone; prior association with HPH Hospice is not required. However, preregistration is required as class size is limited. Attendance at one of the first two weeks' meetings is necessary to continue with the group.
For information or to register, call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.