YMCA 'LOSE TO WIN': The Hernando County Family YMCA will offer a "Lose to Win" weight loss challenge from July 9 through Sept. 13. This is a 10-week, small-group personal training program. The group that loses the highest percentage of weight after 10 weeks will win back 50 percent of the program fee. The cost is $175 for Y members and $210 for guests, which includes 10 weeks of full access to the Y. The Y is at 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For details or to register, call (352) 688-9622.
LEARN CPR: A CPR/automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. July 12 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Another class will be offered July 26. 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 may participate. The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Call (352) 597-8875.
'A DAY WITH THE RAYS' BENEFIT: The Hernando County Education Foundation is selling tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays game at 1:40 p.m. Sept. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Gates at Tropicana Field open at 11:40 a.m. The first 10,000 children age 14 and younger will receive a Rays bobblehead. Kids also will have a chance to run the bases after the game. Lower-level outfield tickets are being sold for $20 each, with a portion to benefit the foundation. Free parking is available for cars with four or more passengers. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 11. For more information or an order form, contact Frank Zito at (407) 697-0867 or [email protected] Tickets may be ordered online at hcefraysday.eventbrite.com.
SUMMER CAMP AT WILDLIFE PARK: A weeklong Nature Academy Summer Camp for youths ages 10 to 12 will be July 9-14 at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. The program includes four camp sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Friday program starts at 4 p.m. and includes an overnight stay at the park. A graduation ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Camp topics include mammals, birds, reptiles, manatees, the ocean, sea turtles and saving energy through alternative sources. Indoor and outdoor activities include nature hunts, visiting wildlife areas in the park and other scientific activities. The cost is $45 per child and includes a T-shirt and supplies. The camp is limited to 20 participants; preference will be given to those who have never participated in camps at the park. Applications are available at the park's visitor center. For more information, call (352) 628-1508.
FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, will offer a firearms safety class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11. The course provides lessons on the basics of home firearms safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. The cost is $60. Additional classes are scheduled for July 21, Aug. 1 and Aug. 18. Preregistration is required. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit the website at hernandosportsmansclub.com.
PRESENTATION ON ADVANCE CARE PLANNING: HPH Hospice offers a free presentation on advance care planning. The presentation provides a better understanding of what an advance directive is and how it works, what a health care surrogate is and what that person does. Materials to complete a legal advance directive will be provided at no cost. Groups and clubs interested in scheduling a presentation may call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.