Monday, April 23, 2018
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Events calendar for Hernando County

MEETINGS AT BROOKSVILLE ELEMENTARY: Brooksville Elementary School, 885 N Broad St., Brooksville, will have a Parent-Teacher Association general meeting at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the staff meeting room. Also, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be a Kindergarten "Back to School" Night and Title I annual meeting in the cafeteria. A free pizza dinner will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Parents will learn about brain-based research; homework, agendas and communicators; Starfall and home Internet programs; sleep and nutrition; and the Title I program. Parents also will visit their child's classroom. Games for children will be provided by the Boys and Girls Club. For information, call (352) 797-7014.

LINE DANCING: The Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Club will host a social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. DJ Dave will entertain. Those attending should bring their own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. Nonresidents are welcome. Tickets are $5, available at the door. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088 or visit nerbrook.com.

CANOEING FUNDRAISER: A Canoe for the Cure fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Tampa Bay 3-Day will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 5 at Paddling Adventures at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The cost to participate is $40 for a canoe or tandem kayak, $35 for a single kayak, or bring your own and pay $16. Reservations are required by Sept. 15. Call Amber or Amy at (352) 596-1926.

SPRING HILL SAC MEETING: Spring Hill Elementary School, 6001 Mariner Blvd., will have a School Advisory Council meeting at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the family center. For information, call (352) 797-7030.

AAA DRIVER IMPROVEMENT CLASS: An AAA Driver Improvement Program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at AAA Spring Hill, 1410 Pinehurst Drive, at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way. The class will also be taught on Oct. 19. The class is offered through the Auto Club South Traffic Safety Foundation. It is designed specifically for drivers 55 and older, offering tips and techniques to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time; understand how medications may affect driving; and drive defensively. Insurance providers may offer a reduction in premiums for drivers who successfully complete the course. The class is open to both AAA members and nonmembers. The cost is $15. For information or to reserve a seat, call Teresa at (352) 683-3446, ext. 2247.

LEARN ABOUT THE GOPHER FROG: A "Fire and the Gopher Frog" program will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

Participants will learn about the gopher frog, which lives in the xeric habitats of Florida, and how fire plays a key role in its survival. A quarter-mile guided walk will follow the presentation.

Chinsegut will host several other programs during September. Unless otherwise specified, the programs will be on the center grounds:

• "Early Fall at Big Pine Tract," 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 14. Join docent David Rakes for a guided walk to uncover the hidden colors of early fall wildflowers blooming on the Brooksville ridge. Meet at the Big Pine Tract parking lot on Old Crystal River Road.

• "Nature Journaling," 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 14. Learn about the basics of nature journaling and sketching while creating your own journal. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

• "Children in the Wild," 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21. Children ages 3 to 7 can explore "fishing fun" and learn about fishing through classroom and outdoor, hands-on activities. They will also learn about gyotaku, the art of Japanese fish painting. The program is limited to 20 participants.

• "Butterfly Census," 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27. Become a "citizen scientist" and help gather butterfly sightings for the University of Florida's Butterfly Monitoring Network. Participants walk designated trails in the Big Pine Tract and the Chinsegut Center Tract, looking for butterflies and recording their findings. Training and equipment provided. Appropriate hiking wear and sun and insect protection are recommended.

• "A Lizard's Tail," 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 28. This will be a presentation on Florida's native lizards, commonly seen in various natural habitats.

To register for a program, visit myfwc.com/calendar. For information, call (352) 754-6722.

BALLROOM DANCING: The Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club will host a six-week ballroom dance class at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, at the club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (building behind the hospital).

Participants will learn popular dances. The class is open to both H2U members and nonmembers. The cost is $50 per person or $80 per couple.

For information or to register, call (352) 597-6331 or (727) 859-3541.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.

Screenings will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Sept. 11 and 25, Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec. 4 and 18; Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 19, March 5 and 26 and April 9 and 23.

The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE: The Spring Hill Community Association will present "An Evening with FLOYDSUM," a Pink Floyd tribute band, at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

This is an outdoor concert on the pavilion and will include a synchronized laser, light and video show. Food and beverage vendors will be available.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Dogs are welcome. No coolers allowed.

Tickets are $10 each; free for children 11 and younger. Parking is $1.

BOWLATHON FUNDRAISER: A Bowling for Boobies fundraiser will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Mariner Lanes, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for ages 3 and younger.

The event is a benefit for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. For information, call Amy or Amber at (352) 596-1926.

REMEMBERING 9/11: The following programs and events are planned for Sept. 11 in observance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:

• Retired NYC Firefighters of Spring Hill Chapter 343 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will sponsor their annual ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Visitors can arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. to view the 9/11 memorial on the grounds, which contains items from all of the attack sites. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Call Vinnie Segreto at (352) 200-6662 or Larry Webber at (352) 688-3703.

• The Hernando County Family YMCA will host its Run to Remember, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Participants may choose the 5K memorial run or a 1-mile walk. A continental breakfast will follow. There is no cost to participate; an optional YMCA Run to Remember commemorative T-shirt is available for $7. To register, stop by the member service desk at the Y or download a registration form from the website at ymcasuncoast.org. Call (352) 688-9622.

USO SHOW: Plans for a "B-17 Project" USO-style show are under way to honor the military service of Hernando County residents.

It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Volunteers and entertainers are encouraged to participate.

Proceeds will help purchase display cases for military memorabilia at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.

Those interested in volunteering their time or talent may call event organizers Lucy Basta and Jack Waldron at (352) 597-1113.

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