Poker run will help Humane Society
The second annual Cruising for Critters Poker Run will be June 5 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Registration and a complimentary breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. at AAA Spring Hill, 1410 Pinehurst Drive (at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way). Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. The run ends at Cotee River Cafe on Shady Hills Road in Shady Hills.
The grand prize is a piece of artwork by Scott Jacobs, valued at more than $1,500, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Co. A number of door prizes will also be awarded.
Those who preregister will receive discounted pricing on pre-purchased poker scorecards. Advanced scorecards are one for $10 and three for $20. Those purchased at the event are one for $12 and three for $25.
A special gift pack will be given to dogs that are brought to the event at AAA.
Advance registration can be done online at www.cruisingforcritters.com, at the AAA office, or at the Humane Society shelter at the corner of Mobley and Wiscon roads in Brooksville. For information, call Trina Bowden at (352) 683-3446, ext. 2242.
Firefighters will battle police in charity game
The annual Guns n' Hoses flag football game will be at 7 p.m. June 5 at Nature Coast Technical High School's football stadium, 4057 California St.
The game will feature the Hernando County Professional Fire Fighters Local 3760 vs. the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 164.
Admission is $5. All proceeds will go to the Loreto Family Fund, to help Sgt. Frank Loreto of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
For information, call Dave Kortman, (352) 279-7212.
Seminars will focus on government spending
Reservations are now being taken for the upcoming "Government Gone Wild: The Tea Party Edition …Government is Broke(n)" seminars. The seminars are scheduled for June 10 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, and June 16 at Palace Grand, 275 Della Ct.; doors open at 6 p.m. for both.
The seminars, spearheaded by Hernando County Republican chair Blaise Ingoglia, discusses the federal deficit and national debt.
Seating is limited for these free seminars. No walk-ins will be allowed. Register online at www.governmentgonewild.org or by calling (352) 942-4131.
Coin show comes to town on June 5
The West Hernando Coin Club will host a coin show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 at Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The event will include more than 30 vendors who will sell, buy and appraise gold, silver, coins, and paper money.
Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks will be available. For information, call Vincent, (352) 678-7769.
Got talent? Here's a chance to show it off
The Hernando Times and Stage West Community Playhouse are sponsoring the first "Hernando Has Talent" contest at 7:30 p.m. July 31 at Stage West, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.
Contestants can juggle, sing, dance, do comedy or any other form of talent. All ages welcome, and acts can be solo, duets or groups. Performers will be judged on originality, stage presence and talent.
The first place award is $500 cash; second place, $300; and third place, $200.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. July 8, 9 and 10 at Stage West. The cost to enter is $5 per person. Entertainers must register by June 15 in order to audition. For a registration form, and a list of the rules and guidelines, visit tampabay.com/hernando or call (352) 848-1411.
The July 31 show will feature the finalists from auditions. Tickets to the show will be $10 per person.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Stage West scholarship fund.
Veterans group will host a fall festival
The Korean War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Fall Festival Sept. 25 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
The event will feature a buffet dinner, entertainment by Shazasi and Jewels of the Desert, and a dancing troupe show that includes audience participation. Music for dancing will be provided by John Martin and the Key Notes Band. There will be door prizes and a cash bar.
Tickets are $20 per person; table reservations for eight or more are available. For information or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.
Motorcycle ride helps get mail to troops
Lea's Prayers & Postage Inc. will sponsor a Point to Point Ride on June 6 to support troops serving overseas. Signup will be at 11:30 a.m. at Deep South Family BBQ, 7247 Cedar Lane, east of Brooksville.
The ride starts (kickstands up) at 12:30 p.m., heading for Sleepy Hollow, 10333 Gobbler Drive, Floral City.
All riders receive a pin, and the first 120 riders will receive a T-shirt. There will be a 50/50 drawing at 3:30 p.m.
The cost is $10; all money collected benefits Lea's Prayers & Postage, a nonprofit organization that pays for postage for packages sent to the troops serving overseas. For information, call (352) 799-5060.
Get close to nature at Chinsegut events
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following events and programs in June:
• Chinsegut Night Hike, 8 to 10 p.m. June 4. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Up Close with Wetlands, 10 a.m. to noon June 8. Includes dipping into May's Prairie to look at aquatic animals and plants. Those wishing to go into the water should bring wet shoes.
• Mushroom Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. June 15. Led by Brian Akers.
• Introductory Archery Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. June 19. Equipment provided.
All programs will be at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Registration is requested for all programs. For information or to register, call (352) 754-6722.
Put on your dancing shoes for event
The Brookridge Social Dance Group will host a Father's Day Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. June 5 at Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by Short Notice. Guests can bring their own beverages. Coffee and ice will be provided. Doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m., after the 50-50 drawing.
The cost is $5 at the door. Season tickets are available at a discounted rate. For information or reservations, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.
Spots are open on housing committee
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from those interested in serving on the Hernando County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee from the following specific backgrounds:
• Citizen actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing.
• Citizen representing employers within the jurisdiction
• For-profit provider of affordable housing
• Advocate for low-income persons
• Not-for-profit provider of affordable housing
• Real estate professional
• County resident representative
• Essential services personnel representative
• Active local planning agency
The Affordable Housing Committee meets triennially to review established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local government comprehensive plan, and recommend specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing.
Applications are available at the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. June 8.
These are voluntary positions. For more, call (352) 754-4002.
Enrollment roundup for prekindergarten
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host a VPK Round Up enrollment event from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Early Learning Coalition office at 26 S Brooksville Ave.
Parents can receive certificates of eligibility to enroll their children in Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program. Required documentation includes proof of the child's age (original birth certificate and/or original blue shot record) and proof of residency (Florida driver's license/identification card or current utility bill).
The free VPK program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. For a compete list of roundup dates, including Pasco County sites, visit phelc.org/calendar. Those who can't attend a roundup may visit one of the Early Learning Coalition offices. Call (727) 233-8291.