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Hernando County events and activities for Oct. 6 and beyond

FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS: Representatives from the Alzheimer's Association will offer free memory screenings Oct. 17 at HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

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The screenings are for adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss. The 15-minute screening is not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Appointments will be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Space is limited. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

HOG HUNT PERMITS: The Southwest Florida Water Management District will hold a series of hog hunts on district lands to thin out the invasive animals.

The hunts will be done in three phases. The first two phases will have separate registration processes.

A limited number of permits for the first phase will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

Top producers from Phase 1 will be awarded free hunts for Phase 2; top producers from Phase 2 will be asked to participate in hog management activities for Phase 3.

Phase 1 will include nine hunts from October through January.

Registration for Phase 2 will be on Jan. 13, with nine hunts from February through April. Phase 3 will be "as needed" hunts from May through September.

All hunters must adhere to the hog-dog format (one hunter, two assistants and three dogs per hunter). No still hunts will be permitted.

To view the 2013-14 schedules and for other details, visit

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations throughout the county.

The cost for each six-hour course is $12 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $14 for nonmembers. These classes will be offered in October:

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Oct. 9, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

HIGH POINT DANCE: A dance will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. Music will be provided by Midlife Crisis, featuring Susan and Rueben.

The cost is $5. For more information or tickets or to reserve a table, call (352) 596-2745.

HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP: A "Getting Plants Ready for Winter" workshop will be provided at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville.

The program will be presented by Sylvia Durell, coordinator of the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program. Participants will learn simple steps to take now to help prevent and lessen damage from coming cold snaps.

There is no cost. For more information, contact Durell at (352) 540-6230 or [email protected]

ONLINE AUCTION BENEFITS THE NEEDY: A "Take a Bite Out of Hunger" online auction is under way through Nov. 15 at

More than $25,000 in new merchandise and services will be auctioned to the highest bidders. New items are added daily.

Proceeds will benefit the various programs provided by People Helping People. The nonprofit, interfaith group offers Sunday Blessings, which feeds the homeless and needy each Sunday; Weekend Blessings, which provides backpacks of food each weekend to hundreds of needy Hernando County schoolchildren; and Senior Blessings, which supports a local food pantry and provides supplemental groceries to poverty-level seniors.

For more information, call (352) 686-4466.

ELEGANT DINNER FOR CHARITY: An "Un Diner Elegance" benefit will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills.

The event will kick off with appetizers and piano music in the tasting room from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to sample various wine varieties and select a complimentary bottle of wine to accompany dinner.

A sit-down, full-course dinner will be served in the vineyard at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary glass of wine will be included with dessert.

After dinner, there will be more wine tasting and dancing to music provided by the Allen Breithaupt Combo.

There will also be a "Most Elegant Lady" and "Most Elegant Gentleman" contest.

The event is sponsored by Dr. Michael W. Higgins. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul's Walk for the Poor.

A limited number of tickets are available. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, call Janis at Strong Tower, (352) 799-7612, or Dave Mickelson at (352) 428-7508.

PLANT SALE AT CHINSEGUT HILL: The Hernando chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host a native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.

The event will also feature an exhibit of pioneer food plants and information about getting rid of invasive exotics. Hernando County Master Gardeners will be on hand to discuss gardening tips and Florida-friendly landscaping practices. Walking tours of the Chinsegut Hill grounds will be provided.

For more information, contact Jude Simpson at [email protected] or (352) 345-2173.

YACHT CLUB EVENTS: The following events will be hosted by the Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach:

• Home and Gift Show fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. The event will feature a variety of home vendors, fine art and crafts. There will be demonstrations, giveaways and expert advice. Lunch will be available. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

• Fashions of the Seas Fashion Show, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Fashions will be presented by Joey's in Tarpon Springs. The event will include lunch, entertainment, games and raffles. Tickets are $22.

For more details about either event or for fashion show tickets, call Bobbie at (352) 279-0528.

FALL SALE AT BROOKRIDGE: The annual Brookridge Neighborhood Fall Garage Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

There will be more than 70 tables with crafts and a variety of household items for sale. Lunch will be available, as well as coffee and doughnuts.

For more information, call Lois at (352) 584-5544.

AUROVEDA EXPANDS: The Auroveda Operation Foundation has opened two outreach centers in addition to its current center at 5290 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill:

• 422 S Broad St., Brooksville; (352) 593-5967.

• 1230 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill; (352) 515-6973.

Hours of operation at all locations are 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call the Spring Hill Drive office at (352) 610-4329.

The foundation serves as a community partner with the Florida Department of Children and Families, providing a multiple-access approach to DCF services and resources. Programs include food assistance, temporary cash assistance and the Medicaid program.

The nonprofit foundation also is involved in the operation of the Auro Community Garden, and the School Yard to Back Yard program at Pine Grove Elementary School. Auroveda also will soon be partnering with Behind the Stone Ministries to create a food pantry for those in need.

For more details, call (352) 593-5920 or visit

PET RESCUE EVENT: Rescues in the Park is planned from 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 the ARF'N Animal Rescue Friends Network and Pasco County Parks and Recreation, will include a children's fun zone, entertainment, food, goody bags, a petting zoo, raffles, face painting, pony rides and a silent auction. There will also be a best costume contest for dogs. Several rescue organizations will have dogs and cats available for adoption.

For more information, visit or

DAY OF BICYCLING: The fourth annual Brooksville Cycling Classic will be Oct. 19 in downtown Brooksville.

Festivities will include a Celebration of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery. It will include an art and market walk that will feature a sculpture walk through town, a plein air event and live musical entertainment.

Before the races, cyclists of all ages are invited to participate in an open ride from 9 to 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the life of Ed Allison, a local cycling enthusiast who died earlier this year. The ride will begin at Liberty and Main streets. Registration is $5 and includes a goody bag.

All types of bicycles are welcome. Helmets are required. Proceeds will benefit Arc of the Nature Coast and the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee.

A Kids' Classic for children younger than 10 and a Youth Challenge for ages 8 to 12 will both begin at 4:15 p.m. Both races are free. All participants must wear helmets and be accompanied by an adult. A Fire Rescue/Police Rally race will be at 4:30 p.m.

There will also be other bike races held in conjunction with the classic. The Get Healthy Women race for women and junior girls and pro races for competitive adult cyclists will take place on both Oct. 19 and 20. On Oct. 19, races will be through downtown Brooksville. On Oct. 20, races will start at the Arc Nature Coast off Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville.

For more information, visit or (click on Cycling Classic tab); stop by Get Healthy/Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St., Brooksville; or call (352) 796-9798.

Hernando County events and activities for Oct. 6 and beyond 10/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 7:02pm]
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