Fire destroys home; residents, animals escape
A Friday afternoon fire destroyed a Spring Hill house, but no one was injured. Authorities said the fire was reported at 2:20 p.m. at 2254 Amherst Ave. Although the house was engulfed, both the residents and their animals escaped safely. As of 3:15 p.m., no cause was provided and fire department officials were still on scene.
Learn techniques to speak in public
Career Central will offer a public speaking series from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays, March 8-29, at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. The four-part series will include basic public speaking, questioning techniques, preparation and delivery. Participants will be required to speak in front of the group during each session. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Call (352) 540-6394.
It's never too early to plan retirement
A free financial management class, Getting Ready for Retirement, will be presented 10 a.m. Wednesday at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. Whether retirement is 20 years in the future or around the corner, participants can learn steps to take now to ensure their bank accounts match their planned lifestyle. For information, call the Extension Service at 754-4433, or the library program staff at (352) 540-6391.
Register Sunday for March pageant
Registration for the Miss Weeki Wachee Pageant can be done in person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. The pageant will be March 6 in the mermaid theater and will feature contests for boys ages newborn to 6 years, and well as divisions for girls and women of all ages. Call (352) 678 4344 or visit WeekiWacheePageant.com
West Hernando Coin Club Coin and Currency Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Free admission. (813) 361-0740.
Sweetheart Dinner-Dance: 5 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. $12 at the door. (352) 796-7918.
St. Anne's Catholic Church hosts Silent Auction: 5-6 p.m., Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 608-4062.
VFW Post 10209 Men's Auxiliary Mardi Gras Dance: 6 to 10 p.m., VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. $25 at the door. (352) 796-0398.
Black History Month Recognition Banquet: 8 p.m., Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. $15. (352) 688-2861.