Hernando Challenge fundraiser is May 22
Hernando Challenge, an event to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will start at noon May 22 at Veterans Park on Spring Hill Drive. Registration will be at 11 a.m.
Hernando Challenge is similar to the reality television show The Amazing Race. Teams of two will solve a set of clues to find checkpoints in various areas throughout the county. The winning team receives a $500 cash prize.
The entry fee is $20 per person. Those who register before May 15 through the website will receive a T-shirt. To register, visit www.hernando challenge.com. Call (352) 684-2198.
Kiwanis Club to host circus at fairgrounds
The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast will host the Carson and Barnes Circus on May 15 and 16 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
Showtimes will be at 2 and 7 p.m. May 15 and at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. May 16. The circus will include a Salute to America parade; acrobat, high wire, motorcycle and trapeze artists; clowns; elephants; tigers; camels; dogs, and horses.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 2 to 11. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $18 for adults and $8 for children. A "Party at the Circus" package is also available.
Funds raised benefit local children's charities. Visit www.kiwanisnaturecoast.org for information and ticket outlets, or call Cathy at (352) 346-7665.
Also, a free show of the circus setting up will be offered from 8 to 10 a.m. May 15, when visitors can watch the elephants raise the big top and see more than 100 animals up close.
Garden club to hold garage, plant sale
The Brooksville Garden Club will have a garage and plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
For information, call (352) 799-3160, (352) 397-3157 or (352) 799-2503.
Music, games at Bike Night on Thursday
ABATE of Florida's Freedom Chapter will host a Bike Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mariner Lanes, 3544 Mariner Blvd.
Music will be provided by Fox's Karaoke and DJ Krazy Dave. There will be bike games.
This is a new monthly event, with Bike Nights offered the first Thursday of each month at Mariner Lanes. Call (352) 683-7576.
9.12 Project looking for new members
The Nature Coast 9.12 Project is seeking new members. The group is a nonpolitical movement designed to bring Americans back to Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks, when Americans united and stood together.
The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. May 15 in the lounge at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.
To join or for information, visit the website at www.meetup.com/Nature-Coast-912-Project/or call (352) 597-6756.
HPH Hospice seeks teen, adult volunteers
As seasonal residents head back north, HPH Hospice is seeking adult and teen volunteers. An orientation for prospective volunteers will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 and May 22 at the HPH Hernando Hospice Care Center, 12242 Cortez Blvd.
Volunteers interested in visiting with patients must be at least 17 years old. Visits can be in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, the Hospice Care Center or at Hospice House.
Younger teens and adults can participate in volunteer opportunities that do not require patient contact, such as office support, answering phones and greeting visitors; preparing meals at Hospice House, and helping with video production through the hospice's Legacy Program.
Preregistration for the orientation is required. Call Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.
Learn to design, build clay family tree
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a Communicating with Clay "Family Trees" program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 and May 29 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.
The class is for ages 6 and older. It is designed for two people (parent/child, siblings, spouses, etc.), who will create a clay family tree.
The cost is $54 per couple for the two classes, which includes all supplies (clay, glazes, brushes, tools and kiln firing). To register, call (352) 754-4031 or (352) 597-9240, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinsegut programs offer nature activities
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following programs and activities in May:
• Chinsegut Butterfly Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Bring binoculars and a butterfly field guide.
• Southeastern American Kestrals program, 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 11. Presented by Jennifer Myers, who will share the life history of these falcons and how to attract them with nest boxes.
• Florida Hummingbirds program, 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 21. Presented by Bev Hansen.
All programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Support for the May 11 and May 21 programs is provided by the Hernando Audubon Society.
For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 754-6722.
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Library to host "The Blind Side" Tuesday
A free showing of the Academy Award-winning film The Blind Side will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The movie is the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized African-American teenager who is taken in by a wealthy white family that helps him fulfill his potential as a person and an athlete. His hard work in the classroom and on the football field helped him to become an All-American in college, and he was picked in the first round of the 2009 pro football draft. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw.
Light refreshments will be provided. No registration needed. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Learn to save lives in CPR, first aid classes
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course, as well as the First Aid course, at the following locations. CPR/AED will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; First Aid will be from 2 to 5 p.m. each day:
• Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Class dates include May 6 and June 11.
• Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Class dates include May 24, June 25, July 8 and July 26.
The cost is $35 for CPR/AED only, $30 for first aid only, or $50 for both.
To register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664.
Carwash will help Boy Scouts raise funds
Boy Scout Troop 433, chartered by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will have a carwash from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 8 in the church parking lot (next to the thrift shop), at 2301 Deltona Blvd.
The fee is a donation of choice, with proceeds used to help defray the cost of summer camp. For information, call Bryan Swanger at (352) 398-5510 or Carole Ann Walls at (352) 683-9813.
Group plans fundraiser to help blind causes
The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will present "Dining in the Dark: A Celebration of the Senses" on May 15 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
A reception will be at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., when blindfolded diners will partake in a six-course meal in complete darkness. Dancing and entertainment will follow. There will be raffle and sponsorship tables.
Tickets are $100 each; Lighthouse clients, past and present, and uniformed service personnel pay $80. Sponsorships are available. Funds raised benefit services for visually impaired and blind babies and children in Hernando and Pasco counties.
For information, call (352) 754-1132, send e-mail to email@example.com or visit the website at lighthouse-pasco.org.
Group offers free summer camp
Shiloh Problem Solvers will offer a free 10-week summer camp for youth ages 5 to 18 from June 14 to Aug. 20 at Kennedy Park, 875 Kennedy Blvd. Camp is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Activities will include swimming, fine arts, music classes and prevention programs. Also included will be an overnight camping trip at Lakewood Retreat for campers and their families.
Applications will be accepted Monday through May 21. Those accepted will be called the week of May 31. A mandatory parent orientation will be at 5 p.m. June 10. Volunteer orientation will be at 5 p.m. June 9. Parents will be required to volunteer at least two hours a week.
The summer camp is provided by Shiloh, with support from Kid Central, the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, the Hernando County School Board and others. Additional sponsors are welcome.
For information, call Pastor Clark at (352) 540-6005.
Computer club offers classes at no cost
During May, the Hernando Computer Club will offer all its classes at no cost, and no membership will be required to participate.
All classes are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Classes are offered on a variety of topics, such as Introduction to Windows (7, Vista and XP), photography, e-mail, eBay, converting records and tapes to CDs, and maintenance and security.
For details and a full schedule of classes, visit the website at www.hcc.org or call (352) 684-7171.
Enrichment center offers CPR classes
A CPR class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Additional classes will be May 20, June 3 and June 17.
The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone interested may participate.
The cost is $20. Upon completion, students will receive a two-year certification card.
For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.