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Hernando briefs: bingo sessions, poetry lessons and more

LIBRARY TO SHOW MOVIES: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer free showings of several movies at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Drive, Ridge Manor West:

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Puss in Boots, 1 p.m. March 17. The animated film, rated PG, features the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hakek.

Soul Surfer, 2 p.m. March 20. The movie, rated PG, is based on the true story of 13-year-old champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who, after losing an arm in a shark attack, gathers the courage to return to surfing. Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.

Popcorn and trivia will be provided. No registration is required. For information, call (352) 754-4443.

CPR CLASS OFFERED: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course from 6 to 9 p.m. March 23 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

The course is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or unlicensed, health care professionals, as well as the general public.

Participants will receive a certification card, good for two years. The cost is $40.

To register, call Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664 or the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.

BOATING CLASSES OFFERED: The Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach, will offer the following boating safety courses:

• Basic Kayaking and Canoeing, 9 a.m. March 24. This is a safety program for paddle enthusiasts. Topics include entering and exiting your paddle craft safely, hull designs, boating emergencies and legal requirements. The cost is $20.

• Suddenly in Command, 7 p.m. March 27. This is a primer course designed for boat passengers, who are not generally at the helm, to be prepared in case of an emergency. The cost is $10.

Registration begins a half-hour before the start of each class. For information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System offers 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. Remaining screenings dates for the school year are March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 6 at the Exception Student Education center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville.

The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Horace "Hi-C" Copeland Football Camp at two locations this year:

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 and 17 at Lecanto High School, 3810 W Educational Path, Lecanto.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 and 24 at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The noncontact camp, open to youth ages 5 through 16, will include interactive football drills and life lessons. Lunch will be provided each day.

The cost is $65 per person.

For information or to register, visit, or call (352) 754-4031.

BROOKRIDGE BINGO BASH: The annual Brookridge Bingo Bash will be Saturday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Games begin at 10 a.m.

There will be a $3,200 payout with each game winner receiving $50, plus there will be three $250 jackpots. Coffee, doughnuts and lunch will be provided.

All seats are reserved. Cost is $35. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. For reservations, call Milly at (352) 596-7645.

MASARYKTOWN BINGO MARATHON: Tickets are available for the annual Masaryktown Bingo Marathon that will be March 17 at the Masaryktown Community Center, 529 Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 9 a.m. Games start at 11 a.m.

There will be more than $5,000 in payouts, two double dabs and two lucky numbers. The cost is $60 per person, which includes more than 90 games and dinner.

For information or tickets, call Barbara at (352) 835-1213.

HAIKU PROGRAM: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a simple introduction to the art of Japanese haiku poetry from 10 a.m. to noon March 22 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.

The program will include guidelines to follow in practicing this small form of poetry, as well as group discussion and creative writing.

There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Call (352) 754-6392, or visit the website at

BACKPACK PROGRAM FEEDS NEEDY KIDS ON WEEKENDS: People Helping People in Hernando County has expanded its Blessing in a Backpack program for elementary students for the duration of the school year.

Backpacks filled with food are delivered to schools on Fridays for children to take home for the weekend; the backpacks are returned on Mondays.The program is being conducted at Spring Hill, Deltona, Pine Grove and Moton elementary schools, as well as at the Head Start programs in Spring Hill and Brooksville, and for preschoolers through the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, providing weekend food for more than 300 children.Blessings in a Backpack is a ministry of People Helping People, a nonprofit, interfaith organization run by volunteers. Monetary donations are appreciated and may be mailed to P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611. For information, visit or call (352) 686-4466.

Hernando briefs: bingo sessions, poetry lessons and more 03/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:07am]
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