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Library to hold free showing of 'Hachi'
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a free showing of the film, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
Based on a true story, the 2009 film is an American adaptation of a Japanese tale about a dog named Hachiko. Every day, Hachiko would accompany his master to the train station and return each afternoon to greet him after work. One day his master dies, but Hachiko faithfully returns day after day, keeping vigil.
The movie, rated G, stars Richard Gere.
Light refreshments will be served.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Discuss native plants that work in sun, shade
A free class, Native Plants for Sunny and Shady Areas, will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The program will be presented by Rita Grant of the Hernando Native Plant Society. She will discuss native Florida plants to use in both sunny and shady conditions, and will explain the proper planting, spacing and maintenance techniques.
No registration required; first come, first seated. For information, call (352) 540-6230.
Tickets available for Life Banquet at church
A New Generation will host its "Standing Firm" 2010 Life Banquet at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Family Life Center, 200 Mount Fair Ave.
The event will include speaker David C. Gibbs III with the Christian Law Association. Gibbs is a legal missionary defending the rights of churches and Christians nationwide through Legal Alert. He was also the lead counsel for Terri Schiavo's family on her end-of-life case, which gained worldwide attention.
The event will also include testimonies and dinner.
Although not required, guests will be asked to make a contribution to A New Generation, a nonprofit organization that operates two pregnancy centers in Brooksville and Spring Hill, offers one-on-one confidential peer counseling, and offers programs such as free pregnancy tests, adoption information and support, family and parenting classes, post-abortion recovery services, men's programs and more.
Tickets to the banquet are $10 per person. For information or tickets, call (352) 544-0911.
Two Teddy Bear Picnics coming up
The Hernando County Public Library System will host Teddy Bear Picnics at two locations:
• 11 a.m. Nov. 5, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• 11 a.m. Nov. 12, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear and a bag lunch. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. There is no cost to participate and no registration required. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Experience Hernando history during festival
The Hernando Preservation Society will host "Where History Lives," a two-day festival on Nov. 12 and 13 throughout downtown Brooksville.
The citywide event will include a display of military items, guided tours of historical sites, a Veterans Appreciation Parade, a Civil War skirmish, food and more.
The event is to honor veterans of all wars, starting with the Seminole Wars through present-day soldiers.
Activities for Nov. 12 include a display of military items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Hall Art Gallery; guided tours from noon to 3 p.m. of the Hernando Heritage Museum, a four-story mansion built in 1856 that features more than 10,000 artifacts; and guided tours of the 1885 Brooksville Train Depot (which offers a Cracker Country display, train memorabilia and a restored 1935 La France fire engine) from noon to 3 p.m.
Activities for Nov. 13 include a farmer's market from 8 a.m. to noon on Brooksville Avenue; the Veterans Appreciation Parade throughout downtown from 10 to 11 a.m.; a military display at the City Hall Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; first-person demonstrations with various veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; guided tours of the Heritage Museum from noon to 3 p.m.; tours of the Brooksville Train Depot from noon to 3 p.m.; a Civil War skirmish from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Tom Varn Park (food will be available from noon to 3 p.m.); walking tours of downtown Brooksville from 3 to 5 p.m., to include Victorian homes and the seven downtown murals; and walking tours of the Historic Brooksville Cemetery from 4 to 5.
For information, call Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182.