Guided tours of the outdoors await
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following:
• Wild Turkeys in Florida; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. This is a slide show and call demonstration with upland game bird research biologist Roger Shields with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
• Black Bear Workshop For Educators; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11. In-service credit may be available.
• Chinsegut Night Walk; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Participants should bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Introductory Archery Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 13. Equipment will be supplied. Advance registration is required.
All programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Seating limited, reservations needed. Call (352) 754-6722.
Here's a little face time with legislators
The annual Hernando County legislative delegation meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Commission Chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
The annual meeting gives residents the opportunity to share their concerns with members of the Florida Legislature. The delegation includes state Reps. Robert Schenck and Ron Schultz and state Sens. Mike Fasano and Paula Dockery.
Each speaker will be allotted three minutes. Those wishing to address the delegation should contact Schenck's office to be placed on the agenda. Call (352) 688-5004.
Elks holding a steak shoot on Tuesday
Brooksville Elks Lodge No. 2582 will host a steak shoot at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.
This is a game played similar to bingo, with three attached cards being played. The winners receive a New York strip steak.
A spaghetti dinner will follow from 6 to 7 p.m. and will include meatballs, garlic bread and salad. The cost is $5.
For information, call the lodge at (352) 596-2582.
If you like 'Jeopardy' and nature, try this
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will present Reading with Rocky programs in the park's Visitor Center, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. The programs will be at noon on the second Saturday of each month, starting Dec. 13, through May.
The topic for the Dec. 13 program will be red wolves.
A different animal will be presented each month, presented in Jeopardy-style format, sharing facts and trivia, as well as stories, poems and riddles. There will also be a follow-up home activity for children. Other animals to be featured include amphibians, turtles, foxes, whooping cranes and key deer.
There is no cost for children to attend the program. However, to enter the park, regular park admission prices apply. For information, call (352) 628-5343.
Memorial wreath laying honors military
The Florida National Cemetery will be the site of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, hosted by the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, which will be at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the cemetery's assembly area.
The grave site wreath laying will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m., when more than 500 wreaths will be placed. Anyone wishing to assist in placing the wreaths is welcome.
Those attending the ceremony are encouraged to arrive by 11 a.m.
The speaker will be Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins, Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. The Avenue of Flags and state flags will be on display.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is limited. A special parking area is designated for those with wheelchairs and scooters at Committal Shelter B. Parking for those who are physically disabled is also available near the ceremony site in Section 403.
Similar ceremonies will be conducted at the same time at cemeteries throughout the country, as well as at American bases and ships.
Florida National Cemetery is at 6502 SW 102nd Ave., exit 309 (Webster) off Interstate 75; the cemetery is about half a mile west of the exit. For information, call (352) 793-7740.
Help expedite holiday mail to the troops
Due to overwhelming support, the U.S. Department of Defense has asked that all holiday mail be routed to a central location for distribution to troops.
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has announced that holiday greeting cards for soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed Medical Center can be addressed and sent as follows: A Service Member, Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5464.
Information is also available at www.redcross.com.
Get the expert scoop on caring for the yard
Hernando County Utilities and Citizens for Water will present a free seminar, "Avoiding the Most Common Landscape Mistakes," at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Utilities office, 21030 Cortez Blvd.
The speaker will be Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. He will give tips in accomplishing a successful landscape maintenance plan. Discussion will include proper watering, fertilizing, mowing, plant selection, planting and pruning.
Light refreshments will be served.
The program is part of the Hernando County Water Awareness Series. For information, call (352) 540-4368.
Church's live nativity program is free
The youth at St. Anthony Catholic Church invite the community to a live nativity Christmas program at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 796-2096.
Mail carriers to pick up Toys for tots
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys Saturday for the Toys for Tots program in Hernando County. Residents can leave the toys in bags or boxes by their mailbox.
You're invited to be a Friend of the Arts
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council has begun its annual Friends of the Arts membership campaign. Membership levels include $10 for students, $20 for individuals, $30 for families, $75 for art groups and $100 for advocates. Members receive a card that can be used for discounts at participating businesses, and a monthly newsletter. Those who contribute $100 or more receive a signed reproduction of artwork of a member of the Spring Hill Art League. All donations are tax-deductible. For information, call Mary Jane Russell, (352) 754-4788.