Bring preschool kids to county's libraries
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer preschool programs at the following branch libraries. Toddler Time is for children 18-35 months old, and Storytime is for children ages 3 to 5 years. Both programs offer age-appropriate stories, finger plays, songs and other activities.
• Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville: Toddler Time at 10:15 a.m., Storytime at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 30-Oct. 18.
• East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West: Storytime at 10 a.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 28 and Oct. 12.
• Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive: Toddler Time at 10 a.m., Storytime at 11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 20; and Fridays, Sept. 2-30.
There is no cost to attend and no registration required. For information, call (352) 540-6391 or visit hcpl.lib.fl.us.
Angel Food Ministries takes orders Saturday
Angel Food Ministries food orders will be taken from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Family Fellowship, 16547 U.S. 19 N, Suite 101. Additional order dates include noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 3 and Sept. 8, and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18.
Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief to anyone interested. The cost for a signature box is $46, which retails for about $96. Other boxes are available at various prices between $17 and $55, such as Kids Back to School boxes, meat (beef, pork and chicken) boxes, and premium fresh fruit and vegetables boxes.
Orders can also be placed online at naturecoastfamilyfellowship.org, or by calling (352) 650-7773 or (727) 271-4662.
Reception for local artist is Sept. 2
The Spring Hill Art League will host a reception for artist W. "Charlie" Hage from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at Art, Craft, Bridal and Frame, Inc., located inside the Town Square Shopping Mall at 3021 Commercial Way. Refreshments will be served.
Hage is a Brooksville resident and member of the Spring Hill Art League. His paintings will be on exhibit throughout September and October at the store, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For information, call (352) 799-9690.
Hospital auxiliary to host sale Sept. 5, 6
The Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a gift, book and jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6 at the hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.
Also, in conjunction with the event, Nobel Jewelers of Fort Myers will be on hand to purchase all types of gold and silver.
A portion of proceeds will benefit the auxiliary's scholarship fund. For information, call Pam at (352) 442-0169.
Western dance planned Sept. 3
Brookridge Social Dance will host a western-themed dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by Diana and Mitch. Coffee and ice will be available throughout the evening; guests may bring their own beverages. Doughnuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m., after the 50/50 raffle.
Tickets are $5, and will be available at the door. For information or reservations, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.
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'The Emperor's Club' showing at library
A free showing of the movie The Emperor's Club will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
Kevin Kline stars as a prep school teacher who attempts to redeem a rebellious student. The 2002 film is rated PG-13.
Light refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Book and gift sale set for Sept. 7
The Spring Hill Regional Auxiliary will host a book and gift sale fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 in the hall by the gift shop at the hospital, 10461 Quality Drive.
There will also be a gold exchange from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in which visitors can trade in their unwanted, broken or mismatched gold for money.
All proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund and local charities. For information, call Pat at (352) 666-8755.
High school council meets Monday night
The Weeki Wachee High School Advisory Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the media center, 12150 Vespa Way. Parents and students are welcome.
For information, call (352) 797-7029.
Writing workshop offered Sept. 9
A "Writing Your Personal History" workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave.
Participants will get ideas and tips on how to get started writing down some of their life experiences.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Call (352) 754-4042.
Bowling benefit planned Sept. 11
A "Bowling for Boobies" fundraiser will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way.
Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for children 12 and younger, and includes two games and shoe rental.
All proceeds will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Tickets can be purchased from Brittney or Melonie at Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive. For information, call (352) 592-8187.
Corrections academy classes start Oct. 3
The law enforcement and corrections academy program at Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer a corrections academy from Oct. 3 to Feb. 2 at the East Campus at 36727 Blanton Road.
Classes will typically be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with an occasional evening class session.
The academy is a 552-hour basic recruit training course required by the state of Florida to become a certified correctional officer for a county jail or the state prison system.
In addition to being admitted to the college, students must complete an academy application and meet additional requirements to qualify for this limited access program.
Applications for the academy must be submitted to the Director of Law Enforcement and Corrections Programs no later than Sept. 9. For information, call Valerie Wise at (352) 518-1364.