Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Hernando County events beginning Feb. 2

RED HAT RODEO: Reservations are required by today for the St. Anthony the Abbot Council of Catholic Women's Red Hat Rodeo, which will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event will include food, entertainment, vendors, a silent auction, door prizes and raffles. There will also be line dancing (setups available), with music provided by Duo of Mountain Brew. Lunch will be catered by Southern Ladies and a Gent.

Guests are asked to bring their own beverages.

The cost is $16, with three lunch choices available. Red Hatters, those who wish to join and other women and men are welcome. RSVP to Bev at (352) 796-6586.

WEEKI WACHEE SAC MEETING: The Weeki Wachee High School Advisory Council will conduct elections at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school's media center. The school is located at 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Parents and students are welcome. For information, call (352) 797-7029.

FAVORITE PLANTS DISCUSSion: John Korycki, coordinator of the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program, will present "John's Favorite 50" at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

During his travels throughout the county, Korycki has identified plants that grow well in various conditions found locally, particularly hardy, drought-tolerant plants.

There is no cost to attend and no registration required, but it is first come, first seated. For information, call (352) 540-6230.

COLLEGE WORKSHOP: Springstead High School students and parents are invited to a "Ready for College Workshop" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call Kathleen Hicks at (352) 797-7010, ext. 210.

CHILI COOK-OFF: A chili cook-off will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.

The chili will be judged by Hernando County restaurant chefs. Cooks may sign up for the competition until Feb. 10. Call Pat or Al Hernandez at (352) 799-5957.

Admission to the event is $4, which includes sampling all entries.

READ ACROSS AMERICA: The Hernando Classroom Teachers Association will host a two-day birthday celebration in honoring Dr. Seuss on March 3 and 4 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

The event, part of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" reading motivation and awareness program, will include various activities, vendors and promotions to encourage elementary-age students to read.

Community members and programs are needed to help with this event. Those wishing to donate time or resources are asked to contact Linda Rothenberg at [email protected]

LOUIS FORTUNATO IN CONCERT: A benefit for the High Point Volunteer Fire Department featuring Louis Fortunato in concert will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served during intermission. There will be various drawings.

The event is sponsored by the Fire Ladies Auxiliary. There is no cost, though donations are appreciated. Because tickets are limited, it is recommended those interested get them early.

Tickets are available at the High Point Community Association office or by calling Dolly at (352) 293-4407 or Marie at (978) 335-3023.

SWEETHEART TOUR: The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will host Sweetheart Tours at noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in downtown Brooksville.

The event will begin at Bill's Bistro, 4 N Broad St., where there will be a full menu available of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Then there will be a tour of two historic homes: the Lovelace home, which once housed St. Anthony Catholic Church, and the Jennings Mansion, which has been restored and contains many Jennings family photos.

A local artist will have works on display in one of the homes. There will be a wine tasting after the tour.

Tickets are $25 each. For information or reservations, call (813) 470-0085.

LINE DANCE SOCIAL: The next Brooksville line dance social will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

The event will include a mix of dances, from beginner to intermediate levels. DJ Dave will entertain. This is just a dance; no lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to offer assistance.

Admission is $5. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.

LADIES OF SONG: The Hernando Jazz Society will celebrate Valentine's Day with "Ladies of Song" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill.

Several female vocalists will be featured, singing such hits as My Funny Valentine, The Way We Were and I Will Always Love You.

Admission is free for society members and $9 for nonmembers. There will be a cash bar and a buffet meal from 1 to 3 p.m. for an additional cost.

Nonmembers should call (352) 835-7183 or (352) 835-7942 to reserve a space and ensure admittance to the Wellington community. To learn more about the jazz society, call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.

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