County offers free class on vegetables
A free class, Vegetable Production, will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The presentation is part of the Fruit and Vegetable Production Series presented by regional specialized extension agent Stacy Strickland, who specializes in small farms.
Another class, Fertilization of Fruit and Vegetable Crops, will be offered on July 16. To register, call 754-4433.
Chess club invites guest master player
Chess Master Federico Mahinay will be a guest at the Poor Rich's Chess Club of Hernando County's meeting from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday in the Oak Hill Hospital cafeteria, 11375 Cortez Blvd.
Mahinay, who is the president and chess teacher for a large chess club in Manhattan, will discuss and demonstrate his chess theories, facts and antidotes of chess. He may play simultaneous five-minute games, which are his favorite.
Anyone interested is invited. There is no cost to attend. Those attending should bring their own chess sets and clocks, if possible, but the club has several available.
The local chess club meets 6:30 to 10 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Annual membership fees are $10 per year, which goes to the group's College Scholarship Award Program. For information, call Andy at 686-8195 or 428-8272, or Chuck at 345-4764.
Volunteers needed for hospice patients
Hernando-Pasco Hospice needs volunteers to visit with patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or at the nonprofit group's Spring Hill or Brooksville facilities.
Volunteers are never expected to give patient care, only to visit and offer companionship, compassion or a lending ear. A two-day training will be provided for volunteers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 and 18 at the hospice's office at 698 S Broad St., Brooksville. Preregistration is required. Call Anne Clarke at 796-2611.
Nature center offers variety of programs
Chinsegut Nature Center is offering the following events and programs in July:
• Big Pine Wildflower and Tree Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Participants will meet at the Big Pine Tract on Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville.
• Spider Prowl, 8 to 10 p.m. July 11. Biologist Mark Stowe will talk about spiders then lead a prowl through the woods. Participants should bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Map and Compass Class, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 26. Class size is limited and advanced registration is required.
• Flying WILD Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31. This course is for educators. Preregistration is required.
Unless otherwise noted, programs and events are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Call for reservations, 754-6722.
Hunting course meets license requirement
A free Hunter Education Course will be provided at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, off Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
The course will cover a variety of topics, such as gun and wildlife laws, hunting ethics, firearm and ammunition nomenclature, safe gun handling, field first aid, bow hunting and marksmanship.
This is a Pittman-Robertson cooperative program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. By law, those born on or after June 1, 1975 must complete a hunter safety course in order to purchase a Florida hunting license.
For information, call 597-9931.
Library events include world of reptiles show
The Florida Library Youth Program for children ages 5 to 12 will offer the following free programs next week:
• John Storms' World of Reptiles on Tuesday at the West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Storms will bring along his "friends," including snakes, turtles, a crocodile, lizards and possibly a 21-foot python.
• Jiggleman on Wednesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. This is a jumping, joking, juggling show that includes audience participation.
• Battersby Duo presenting "Shake, Rattle and Read," on Thursday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; and again on Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This concert is a musical extravaganza that includes bee-bop and doo-wop for the whole family.
All programs start at 10:15 a.m. Parents and guardians must remain on library premises during the programs, which are about an hour.
No registration is required, but early arrival is recommended for best seating. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call 540-6391.
SPRING HILL/ RIDGE MANOR WEST
Teens can test their skills at game night
The Hernando County Public Library will offer the following programs:
• Showing of the film Akeelah and the Bee, 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The movie is rated PG and is about precocious 11-year-old Akeelah from south Los Angeles. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah enters a spelling contest and eventually finds herself at the National Spelling Bee. The 2006 film stars Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served.
• Teen Game Day, 2 to 4 p.m. July 11, at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West, east of Brooksville. Youth ages 12 to 17 are invited to play video games such as Rockband, Guitar Hero and Wii games. Participants can enter a drawing to win an iPod Nano. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. (must be present to win). The program is free and no registration is required.
Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call 540-6391.
Church to take orders for $30 grocery packs
Christ Lutheran Church is now a host site for Angel Food Ministries, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief and financial support.
Orders will be taken from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and July 11, 9 a.m. to noon on July 12 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13. Payments are to be made by cash or food stamps.
Angel Food is available for $30 per unit, which has a retail value of about $60. Each month's menu differs and includes both fresh and frozen items. Generally, one unit will feed a family of four for about one week, or an individual senior citizen for about one month.
Also available are specialty boxes, such as steaks, chicken and pork, for an additional cost.
There are no second-hand items, no damaged or outdated goods, no dented cans without labels and no day-old breads.
Information about Angel Food Ministries is available at www.angelfoodministries.com or by calling Anna Lamy at 799-5019.
Learn how to keep lawn from going bad
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will provide a free class, "Preventing Bad Lawns," at 10 a.m. Tuesday at its satellite office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
No registration is required, but seating will be limited. For information, call 754-4433.
HERNANDO/CITRUS/ SUMTER COUNTIES
Girl Scouts group wants your help
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is seeking adult volunteers, both men and women, 18 and older.
Volunteers work with the girls, reach out to the community, share skills and talents, and more. Volunteer opportunities include working directly with the girls or supporting other adults through single events. Flexible schedules are offered. The amount of volunteer time offered is up to the volunteer, whether it is just one hour or one year.
The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida provides training for interested volunteers.
For information, visit the Web site at www.gswcf.org, where a volunteer application can be downloaded, or call (352) 694-4425, ext. 106, or toll-free at 1-800-881-4475.
Old cell phones can help troops call home
Hernando County commissioners have joined forces with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect cell phones to benefit the more than 150,000 troops serving overseas.
Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that recycles the donated phones for cash, which is then used to purchased prepaid calling cards for soldiers overseas as a way to help keep troops connected with their families.
Those wishing to contribute to this collection drive can donate their unused or old cell phones by dropping them off at one of these locations:
Veterans Service Office, 16110 Aviation Loop Drive, east of Spring Hill (call 754-4033); or the Health and Human Services Department at the Hernando County Government Center, Room 161, 20 N Main St., Brooksville (540-4338).
Information is available online through the site www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Acting workshop for youngsters, ages 8-15
Hernando County Recreation will offer a basic acting workshop for children ages 8 to 15. The workshop will be 11 a.m. to noon July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
Instructors are Vince Vanni and Abby Dix. The cost is $35 for the four-week session (family discounts are available).
Participants who complete the program will be eligible for the regular acting program.
To obtain information or to register, call the Recreation Department at 754-4031.