Egg hunt Sunday for kids 9 and younger
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Hernando will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
The hunt is for children ages 9 and younger. There will be various games and activities, and a golden egg grand prize for each of the four age groups. The Easter bunny will visit and the Balloon Man will be on hand. Children should have their own baskets. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
The event is also a benefit for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Admission is a donation of nonperishable food. For information, call (352) 688-3331.
Extension Service seeks your opinions
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will host a listening session to ask community leaders and stakeholders to reflect on the challenges and changes they see for Hernando County during the next 10 years.
The session will be at 9 a.m. May 2 at the Extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive.
Results of the session will be included in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Extension Long-Range Plan. The long-range objectives from all counties, in turn, will provide the foundation from with the Florida Extension Service can better determine how well-prepared the Extension is to help Hernando County residents and Floridians cope with future challenges and changes.
Seating is limited and reservations are required by April 27. Call (352) 754-4433.
Event remembers Holocaust victims
A "Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day" will be presented at 2 p.m. May 1 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St.
The Rabbi Emeritus Cyrus Arfa will officiate and clergy from several churches in the community will be participating.
The event is to honor the memory of the 6 million Jews and 5 million others who were killed in the Holocaust. For information, call (352) 686-7034.
Good Friday service is April 22 at the YMCA
The Hernando County Family YMCA will host its annual Interfaith Good Friday Service at 9 a.m. April 22 on the Y grounds at 1300 Mariner Blvd.
This is an outdoor event. Spiritual leaders from the West Hernando Christian Ministerial Association and the YMCA will present the service. A continental breakfast will be provided immediately after the service.
Seating will be provided. For information, call (352) 688-9622.
Kiwanis Club invites children to egg hunt
The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville will present its 2011 Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
The hunt will start promptly at 10 a.m. and will include age groups for children 12 and younger.
The event will include free hot dogs and drinks, as well as games and prizes. For information, e-mail Larry Peck at email@example.com
Class teaches how to ward off bad bugs
A free horticulture class, Controlling Lawn Insects, will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll will discuss how to identify damaging insects and how to get rid of them.
No registration is required, but seating will be first-come, first-seated. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Ride to remember fallen officers is May 7
APACK (American People Against Cop Killers) Inc. will host the 2011 Fallen Officer Memorial Ride on May 7. Signups start at 10 a.m. at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. and the final stop will be at Beef O'Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, off Truck Bypass 50, in Brooksville.
Other stops include Beef O'Brady's restaurants in Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Dade City. There will be drawings for prizes and cash at each stop.
The cost to participate is $20 for the first rider, $10 for the second.
This year's ride is dedicated to the memory of Florida Wildlife Officer Margaret "Peggy" Park, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 13, 1984. She was 26.
For information, call Jerry Jennings at (352) 346-1846 or Alan Garman at (352) 584-3890. Visit the website at apack-inc.org.
Good Neighbor Trail panel seeks volunteer
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering as a member of the Good Neighbor Trail committee.
There is one vacant, nonexpiring position. There are no terms of office for appointed members, who will serve through completion of the implementation of the Good Neighbor Trail and trailhead management plan. The committee meets as necessary in the council chambers at City Hall, typically at 5:30 p.m.
To apply for this board position, an appropriate application must be completed with an authorization for a background check. An application form may be obtained on the city's website at cityofbrooksville.us/forms, or at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
All applicants must be registered Florida voters. For information, call (352) 540-3853.
Hospice offers free bereavement group
HPH Hospice will offer its free, eight-week Grief's Journey bereavement group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 4-June 22, at its West Hernando office at 12260 Cortez Blvd.
The group is for newly bereaved adults or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. Hospice bereavement counselors will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies.
Preregistration is required. Call toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.
Refresher course covers save driving
The following AARP Driver Safety Program classes will be offered in May. This is a six-hour class that costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP cards):
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 4 and 11, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 688-2486 to register.
• Noon to 3 p.m. May 10 and 12, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to noon May 13 and 20, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 666-4044.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 and 25, Brooksville Enrichment Center at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Call (352) 666-2246 to register.
Yard sale benefits mentoring program
For Each 1 Reach 1 Mentoring Program will have a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Paul and Jerry's Storage, 10161 County Line Road.
Donations for the sale are welcome. All proceeds benefit the mentoring program, which includes tutoring and positive activities. For information, call (352) 556-2768.
Gala kicks off 2012 Blueberry Festival
A "Rhythm & Bluesberries Gala" benefit to kick off the 2012 Blueberry Festival will be May 7 at the corporate hangar of American Aviation at the Hernando County Airport, off Broad Street, south of Brooksville.
This is a black-tie optional event that is expected to bring together more than 400 business and community leaders from the 16-county growing region.
The gala will reveal the winner of the Blueberry Festival Logo Contest and premier the promotional 3D animated film, The Florida Rhythm & Bluesberries, featuring the leading lady and official spokesperson, "Auntie-Oxidant" and the "Bluesberry Brothers."
Guests will be treated to cocktails, dinner and entertainment by the "Blues Brothers," featuring Sean Sanczel as Elwood and Billy Martinez as Jake, as well as the music of Soul Power Review, a 10-piece R&B band.
A limited number of tables remain available for the event. Call Michael Heard at (941) 730-8748.
CPR/AED class leads to certification
CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120 of the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd.
The class meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and is designed for professional health care providers, although anyone is welcome to attend. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
The cost is $20. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 597-8875.
Gov. Scott to address GOP benefit April 29
The Hernando County Republican Executive Committee announced that Gov. Rick Scott will be the keynote speaker at the 41st annual Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser April 29 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
Entertainment will be provided by renowned George W. Bush impersonator John Morgan, who has appeared on The View, America's Got Talent and at Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts. He also was a finalist on ABC's reality show The Next Best Thing.
There also will be valet parking and a cash bar.
Other notable guests scheduled to attend include U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, state Reps. Rob Schenck and Kelli Stargel, Hernando Sheriff Al Neinhuis, Clerk of Court Karen Nicolai, and Hernando County Commissioners Dave Russell, Jeff Stabins, John Druzbick and Jim Adkins.
Tickets are $75 for general admission; $125 for VIP (includes dinner ticket and admission into private reception with Scott). Tickets are limited. To reserve tickets, e-mail Blaise Ingoglia at chairman@hernando republicans.org or call (352) 686-8200.
Cat adoptions are Saturdays at Petco
Home at Last Pet Adoptions hosts an adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.
Although the organization specializes in Siamese, other cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax-deductible.
All pets can be viewed online at halpetadoptions.petfinder.com. Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon can be made (individual appointments can also be scheduled). Call (352) 476-6832 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.