RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP: Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program coordinator Sylvia Durell will offer a rain barrel workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Participants will receive information on the use of rain barrels and, at the end of the workshop, be guided through the assembly of their 60-gallon barrels. The cost for the class is $55 per person, which includes the rain barrel to take home.
Hernando County Utilities customers will receive a $25 credit on their water bill. Space is limited. For information or to register for the class, contact Durell at (352) 540-6230 or [email protected]
HOME AND BUSINESS SHOW: The Weeki Wachee Area Club will host a Home and Small Business Bonanza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the club, 7442 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee.
Vendor spaces are available: indoor tables are $15 or two for $25. Outdoor yard sale spaces are also available for $10 per space. (supply your own tent/table). For information, call Betsy at (352) 596-0170 or Audrey at (352) 596-3316.
PET ADOPTION SPECIAL: Hernando County Animal Services is continuing its "Do Not LEAF Me Behind" campaign through the end of September. Those who adopt a pet at the shelter, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville, will select a leaf from a basket. Each leaf contains a description of a gift, such as waiving of adoption fees, $10 off or a gift card. The shelter is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (352) 796-5062.
TOWN HALL MEETING ON NEW EARLY LEARNING LAW: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss changes in Florida law and requirements regarding the state's system of early learning.
Additional meetings will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Heritage Academy, 35636 U.S. 54, Zephyrhills, and at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Beacon Community Child Development Center, 9025 Star Trail, New Port Richey. Due to space limitations, those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Sherri Singleton at [email protected] or (727) 233-8197.
SCARECROWS WANTED: The Spring Hill Garden Club will host a Scarecrow in the Gardens fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill.
The event will showcase scarecrows created by individuals, clubs, organizations and other groups throughout the gardens. Entertainment will be provided by country music singer George Marshall. There will be activities and games for children such as face painting, pumpkin painting and a scavenger hunt. Also, Tony the Balloon Guy will entertain from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Numerous gifts and services will be raffled; tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Refreshments will be served. Admission to the event is free; donations are appreciated. There are a few costs, such as $1 for the pumpkin painting. Also, visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrows for $1 per vote. Voting will continue through Nov. 15. Additional scarecrow entries are welcome. The cost is $10. For rules and entry forms, visit naturecoastgardens.com or call (352) 683-9933. Proceeds will benefit the landmark Spring Hill waterfall entrance at Commercial Way and Spring Hill Drive. In conjunction with the event, the garden club will have its fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 at its plant nursery, which is adjacent to the botanical gardens. Members will be on hand to assist customers in choosing the right plant for the right location. For information, call the number above.
LECTURE SERIES TO BEGIN: Academia Hernando has made a few changes to its fall lecture series. It will kick off Sept. 30 with Fred Astaire "Footsteps in Time," presented by Hariett Deer, from 10 a.m. to noon at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The series continues each Monday through Dec. 2 at the church. The cost for the series is $60 per person, and includes a bus trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. The walk-in cost per lecture is $8.
Additional lectures include:
• Oct. 7, Discussion by Hernando County Property Appraiser John C. Emerson.
• Oct. 14, "Hernando County Library — How Does It Work? Do We Need Libraries in the Digital Age?," presented by Anthony Adams and Lauren Rouhal.
• Oct. 21, no lecture. Instead there will be a bus trip to MOSI in Tampa on Oct. 22 for series subscribers only.
• Oct. 28, "Guardian Ad Litem — Who Are They? What Do They Do?" presented by Bufus Gammons.
• Nov. 4, "Florida in the Great Depression," presented by Joe Knetsch.
• Nov. 11, "The Audubon Society of Florida," presented by Charles Lee.
• Nov. 18, "Pearl Buck: Her Place in History," presented by Nance Kittner.
• Nov. 25, "What is Jazz?" presented by Peter Lattina.
• Dec. 2, "The Evolution of Gardening," presented by Sylvia Durell, and "What Bugs You?" presented by Stacey Strickland.
To subscribe to the series, send checks payable to Academia Hernando Inc., 5025 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville, FL 34601. For information, call (352) 596-9193.
BROWNFIELDS MEETING: The city of Brooksville's Brownfields Community Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Bethlehem Progressive Baptist Church, 661 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. For information, contact Jennifer Battista at (352) 540-3813 or jbat[email protected]
PET RESCUE EVENT: Rescues in the Park is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, off Shady Hills Road, Shady Hills. The event, sponsored by ARF'N Animal Rescue Friends Network and Pasco County Parks and Recreation, will include a kids fun zone, entertainment, food, goody bags, a petting zoo, raffles, face painting, pony rides and a silent auction. Several rescue organizations will offer dogs and cats available for adoption.
For information, visit arfn.org or facebook.com/arfni.
CHURCH ANNUAL AUCTION: The Guild of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Spring Hill will host its annual raffle auction Oct. 5 at the Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Doors open at noon, and raffles start at 1 p.m.
The cost is $7 and includes a beverage, dessert and 25 raffle chances. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase, including stuffed cabbage, Chicago beef sandwiches and hot dogs. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For information, call Sandra Hreczuck at (727) 862-4084 or visit the website at htoc-fl.org.
SENIOR PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers. Volunteers are needed in various capacities: tutoring children, mentoring children in the arts, teaching life skills to young parents, tutoring adult education students, delivering meals to the homebound, and sorting and distributing food to the needy. (352) 796-8117.
MUDDER EVENT: The Baddest Mudrun 2013 will be Oct. 26 at the old rock/quarry mine at 23451 Mondon Hill Road, east of Brooksville. Gates open at 7:30 a.m.; the first wave starts at 9:30 a.m., with new waves starting every 30 minutes.
This is a 5K event that is open to ages 13 and older of all skill levels. The course includes 20 obstacles. The course will be well marked, and water stations will be placed at various points. Course marshals will be at each obstacle to assist runners.
Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Medals will be given to all runners who cross the finish line. There will be food vendors, a beer tent and games such as mud volleyball and mud tug-of-war. There will be a free minicourse for children ages 12 and younger.
The cost is $69.95 for those who sign up in September. Those who register in October pay $79.95, and on event day the cost is $100. All participants receive an event T-shirt and drink.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit youth activities offered by the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department and the Hernando County Family YMCA.
For details or to sign up, visit baddestmudrun.com. For information, contact Daniel Lo Ploca at (352) 584-7369 or [email protected]
SIGN UP FOR DANCE WORKSHOP: The Good Times Line Dance Group is taking registrations for its winter line dance workshop, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
The workshop will teach beginner to intermediate dancing. There will be vendors selling dance shoes of various styles, souvenir T-shirts and handmade purses.
The entry fee is $20, which includes a catered lunch and an evening dance party. Registration is limited and ends Dec. 1. For details, visit nerbrook.com or email [email protected] or call Norma at (352) 397-6088.
CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE: Spring Hill United Church of Christ will host its Fall Rummage Sale and Outdoor Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 at 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Shoppers and visitors will also have an opportunity to purchase homemade jams and marmalade, cookies and baked goods such as muffins, brownies and coffeecake. Lunch and breakfast items will be available as well. Vendors are welcome. For details, call Pat at (352) 626-4239.
HIGH POINT SHOW: Tickets are available for TV Studio 95, which will be presented Oct. 11 and 12 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. Doors open at 6 p.m.; showtime is at 7 p.m. both days.
The show is a transformation of beloved television characters from the past. Tickets are $5. Seating for the handicapped is available. Call (352) 200-8843.
LIFEGUARD COURSE: The Hernando County Family YMCA will offer a lifeguard class from Oct. 9 to 19 at 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Classes are on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for two weeks.
The course is for people 16 and older who do not hold a lifeguard certification. CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, first aid and oxygen administration are included in the class. Those interested must attend a mandatory prerequisite swim test at 5 p.m. Oct. 3. An optional lifeguard swim clinic will be offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday for those wishing to work on the skills required for the prerequisite swim test. For certification, attendance is required at all class dates.
The cost is $254 for Y facility members and $354 for program members and nonaffiliated participants. The cost includes the book and certification costs for YMCA lifeguard, CPR pro, first aid and oxygen administration. Class space is limited to six participants.
Registration must be completed by Oct. 1. Register online at suncoastymca.org or at the local YMCA. Call (352) 688-9622.
PET LOSS WORKSHOP: HPH Hospice will offer a pet loss workshop for adults who are grieving the death of a pet. It will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
This will be an interactive workshop facilitated by experienced hospice bereavement counselors who are also animal lovers. The purpose is to help one another better understand and come to terms with the depth of their grief. Participants will receive a workbook and have an opportunity to share their loss with others. Photos of one's pet are encouraged. There is no cost to participate. However, due to space limitations, preregistration is required. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.
MUSEUM ASSOCIATION EVENTS: Hernando Historical Museum Association will host the following:
• Yard sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Historic 1885 Train Depot, 71 Russell St., Brooksville. Proceeds will benefit the construction of the one-room schoolhouse on the grounds. For information, call Virginia Rusk at (352) 796-5398.
• Haunted House Tour, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Hernando Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Tea lights will be placed throughout the house, which will be filled with a lot of ghostly cobwebs and spooky sounds. There will be children's games outdoors, as well as light refreshments available. The cost for tours will be $5, which will go toward the maintenance of the museum. For information, call Amanda or Chris at (352) 835-1535.
COUNTY BROADCASTING SEEKING TALENT: Hernando County Government Broadcasting is seeking local talent to perform in the annual Christmas on Main Street program, which will be in December in front of the historic courthouse at 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Those interested should contact Rick Foti at (352) 540-6777.
ARC ANNUAL MEETING: The Arc Nature Coast will conduct its annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Arc's Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Enclaves will be recognized, and there will be a review of the past fiscal year. Appetizers will be served. For information, contact Nancy Stubbs at [email protected] or (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.