FALL SALE: The annual Brookridge Neighborhood Fall Garage Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
There will be more than 70 tables selling a variety of items and gifts. Lunch will be available, as well as coffee and doughnuts. For information, call Lois at (352) 584-5544.
CANDIDATES FORUM: United Communities of Hernando County will host a candidates forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
The forum will be broadcast live on WWJB-AM 1450 radio, and Hernando County Government Broadcasting will tape the forum for rebroadcasting.
Those attending can meet state and local candidates and hear their platforms. Also available will be the ballot booklet on the proposed state constitutional amendments to be voted on Nov. 6.
The public is invited to attend. For information, call (352) 686-1851.
LIONS CLUB AND CHURCH WOMEN HOST SALE: The Presbyterian Women of Brooksville First Presbyterian Church and the Brooksville Lions Club will host a bazaar and rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
Food will also be available for purchase. Vendor spaces are available; the cost is $10. For details, call David Wermuth at (352) 593-4063.
HOG HUNT PERMITS: The Southwest Florida Water Management District will hold a series of hog hunts on district lands to thin out the invasive animals. A limited number of permits will be available first-come, first-served through 5 p.m. Friday. Prospective hunters may buy permits for $75 on the district's website at hoghunts.watermatters.org.
All hunts must adhere to the hog-dog format. No still hunts will be permitted.
The district-managed properties will be temporarily closed to the public during the hunts. Only permitted hunters will be allowed access.
Scheduled hunts include:
• Alston Tract at Upper Hillsborough Preserve in Pasco County, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 (day hunts).
• Flying Eagle Nature Center in Citrus County, Nov. 23 to 25 and Dec. 14 to 16 (day hunts).
• Coker Prairie tract at Edward Chance Reserve in Manatee County, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 (day hunts).
• Little Manatee River Southfork Tract in Manatee County, Nov. 6 to 8 (day hunts).
• Conner Preserve in Pasco County, Nov. 6 to 8 (day hunts).
• Deep Creek Preserve in DeSoto County, Nov. 27 to 29 (day hunts).
• Hampton Tract and closed-area tracts at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Polk County, Dec. 4 to 6 (day hunts).
• Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve in Marion County, Dec. 4 to 6 (day hunts).
• Deer Prairie Creek Preserve and South Schewe Tract in Sarasota County, Dec. 11 to 13 and March 19 to 21 (night hunts).
• Lower Hillsborough River Wilderness Preserve in Hillsborough County, Jan. 22 to 24, (night hunts).
• Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County, Jan. 8 to 10 (night hunts).
YOUTH VFW ESSAY CONTESTS: Local middle and high school youth are invited to enter the annual essay contests offered through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Voice of Democracy competition is open to students in grades 9 to 12. Entrants must submit a three- to five-minute audio essay on the theme "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?"
The Patriot's Pen competition, for students in grades 6 to 8, calls for a 300- to 400-word essay on "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers."
Two local VFW posts are accepting entries:
• VFW Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The post will award a $500 cash scholarship to the Voice of Democracy winner and $200 cash to the Patriot's Pen winner. For details, call Jen or Betty at the post, (352) 596-9236.
• VFW Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Contact Kathy Alonzo at (352) 232-6409 or (352) 796-0398.
Winners move on with a chance to enter the national competition. The top national prize for the Voice of Democracy is a $30,000 scholarship. The top prize for the Patriot's Pen contest is $5,000.
The deadline for all entries is Nov. 1. Typed Voice of Democracy essays must be accompanied by a recorded CD version. Visit vfw.org/community/voice-of-democracy for rules and entry forms. Patriot's Pen essays must be typed. Visit vfw.org/community/patriot-s-pen for details.
ACADEMIA HERNANDO FALL LECTURE SERIES: Academia Hernando will continues its Fall 2012 Lecture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, through Nov. 19, at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. All lectures begin at 10 a.m. and end at about noon.
• Oct. 22: "Orchid Dementia," presented by Jeff Rundell.
• Oct. 29: "Aesthetics in Ancient Art," presented by Seth Pevnick.
• Nov. 12: "Florida's Water — Boundless or Finite?" presented by Sonny Vergara.
• Nov. 19: Paleo Indians, presented by Richard Estabrook, director of the University of South Florida archaeology department.
A subscribers-only bus trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg will be on Nov. 7.
Walk-ins pay $8 per lecture. For information, call (352) 597-0158.