Classes offered on dealing with pests
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the following classes:
• Termites and Your Florida Home, 5:30 p.m. Monday, at the Extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn how to protect your house from termites.
• Getting Rid of Lawn Insects, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Learn how to identify and control the insects in your lawn.
Both classes are free and no registration is needed. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Kids' back to school event slated for Aug. 6
An Operation Back Pack and Back To School Bash will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive.
The event will include refreshments and games. Children must be present to receive a backpack.
The event is sponsored by Behind the Stone Ministries, the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, Head Start, Spring Hill Neighborhood Project and Suncoast For Kids Foundation.
For information, call John Stramiello at (727) 808-4096.
Feeding the hungry is focus of meeting
A community meeting, "Growing Food for Hernando County's Hungry," will be presented at 9 a.m. July 25 at Green World Path, Inc., 1665 Donto Way.
The program will include community outreach, gardening, awareness and a presentation on "Hungry in America." It will also include helping to grow healthy local food for churches and organizations such as People Helping People, Love Your Neighbor, Jericho Roads Ministries and others, as well as expanding the Auro Community Garden for this project.
For information or to RSVP, call Dori Bon at (352) 799-0200 or (352) 263-1998.
Bridge club offers lessons in August
The Nature Coast Bridge Club will offer the following courses:
• Takeout doubles, Aug. 2. Marion Ellingsen will teach how to get more from your takeout doubles and will show how to cope when opponents make a takeout double.
• Third-hand play, Aug. 17. Jim Somma and MaryAnn Dufresne will clarify what a partner's lead might or might not indicate (for example, what declarer is holding in that suit, and "reading" the opponent's cards).
• With 5-5, come alive, Aug. 30. Christie Bendickson will show the best way to show these types of two-suited hands.
All lessons start at 11 a.m., are one hour long and will be at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. The cost is $5 per lesson, and includes the entry fee for the afternoon duplicate game that starts at 12:30 p.m.
For information, call MaryAnn at (352) 592-4882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support group offers care to caregivers
HPH Hospice and Catholic Charities have a Comfort for Caregivers Support Group that meets from 11 a.m. to noon on the last Friday of each month at the Catholic Charities office at 1423 Kass Circle, off Spring Hill Drive. The next meeting is July 29.
The group is facilitated by a licensed social worker with HPH Hospice, who provides information, education and emotional support.
All caregivers are welcome. There is no cost. For information, call Christine Adkins or Loraine Jones at HPH, (352) 597-1883.
Swiftmud offers education grants
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is accepting applications for its Community Education Grant.
The goal of the grant program is to engage adults in issues pertaining to water conservation, protection and preservation and to motivate communities to get involved in watershed protection through various activities and educational formats.
Individuals, service groups, volunteers, government agencies, nongovernment organizations and others are welcome to apply for grants up to $5,000, which will be awarded to help fund educational water-resource projects.
Potential projects should provide education on any or all of the following issues: water quality, water conservation, flood protection, natural systems and watersheds. The projects must take place between March 1 and July 31, 2012.
To apply, visit watermatters.org/communitygrants. The electronic form allows applicants to save, review and change portions of their proposal before submitting.
Applications must be submitted by Aug. 19.
For information, or to discuss project ideas, call Robin Grantham, toll-free, at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4779.
Health Experience starts in September
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the Hernando Health Experience, a 12-week program that will start in September.
The program is for adults and youths 14 and older; those younger than 18 must participate with a parent. It is designed to help motivate, educate and support individuals and families for healthier lives.
Participants will compete for cash prizes, based on weight loss and waist inches lost. Prize money will be determined by number of entries, with a first-place prize between $500 and $1,000; second place, $250 to $500, and third place, $125 to $250.
Initial weigh-ins will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. The final weigh-ins will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3.
The cost is $35, which includes a DVD; a special website that will provide information about nutrition, menu planning, cooking videos and a schedule of various dates and park locations for meeting with trainers and other participants, and weekly e-mails with helpful updates and motivation.
The registration deadline is Aug. 28.
Vendors are also welcome to participate during the weigh-ins from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10. The cost is $75, which includes sponsor recognition on the website and e-mails.
The instructors are Kim and Herson Garcia with GIME Fitness and Hernando County Parks and Recreation staffers. To register, visit hernandohealthexperience.com, call (352) 428-6368 or contact the recreation office at (352) 754-4031.