Libraries offer shows, other events for kids
As part of the Florida Library Youth Program, the Hernando County Public Library will offer the following events for children ages 5 to 12:
• Tony the Balloon Guy, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Tony uses balloon art as a vehicle for comedy, information and a pro-reading message.
• "Snack Smart, Move More," 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The program is presented by the Hernando County Health Department.
• Jiggleman, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. This is a high-energy show with audience participation, juggling and other activities.
• John Storms' World of Reptiles, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Aug. 5, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Storms will bring along snakes, turtles, a crocodile, lizards and maybe a 15-foot python.
All programs are free; tickets will be passed out on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before each program. Seating is limited and, to allow the greatest number of children possible into each program, parents and teens will have to remain outside the meeting room. Parents and guardians must remain on the library premises.
The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For more information, call (352) 540-6391.
Christian musicians, singers will perform
An "Open Mic" night for Christian musicians and singers will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive at Cobblestone Drive.
Coffee will be provided throughout the evening. For more information, call (352) 683-2863 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.
Sportsman's club will offer rifle class
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will offer a two-day muzzle-loading rifle class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at the club facility at 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
Students will be offered basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a muzzle-loading rifle. Students will be taught the National Rifle Association's three rules for safe gun handling and will learn about parts, loading, shooting, cleaning, shooting from a standing position and shooting from a crossed stick position, as well as other opportunities for skill development. The course includes classroom instruction and time on a range shooting a muzzle-loading rifle.
The cost is $100. To register, call (352) 597-9931.
Event will raise funds for breast cancer walk
A fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Duke's American Grill, 1320 Commercial Way.
The event will include Dueling Pianos for entertainment, raffles, door prizes and a silent auction featuring a 50-inch flat-screen plasma TV, a vacation package to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and other items.
Two admission prices are available: $20 includes two drinks and hors d'oeuvres; $30 includes two drinks and dinner from a select menu.
The fundraiser will be hosted by local residents Mary Mazzuco, Julie Farrar and Andrea Ingoglia, who will be participating in the 2011 Susan G. Komen Tampa Bay 3 Day for the Cure in October.
For more information, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the restaurant at (352) 610-4388.
Enrollment now open for 'Mommy & Me'
Enrollment is under way for the "Mommy & Me" program that will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, starting Aug. 31, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The program is for children 2 to 4 years old and their parents. It is designed to give children, as well as their mothers, fathers or caregivers, an opportunity to socialize, play games and participate in group activities.
The program follows the Hernando County school calendar for holidays and time off.
The cost is $40 per child for the year. For details or to enroll, call the parish office at (352) 796-2096 or send e-mail to Lisa at email@example.com.
Movie will be part of Green Screens series
As part of its Green Screens film series, the Hernando County Green Party will show Imperial Geography at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The documentary, narrated by David Barsamian of Alternative Radio in Boulder, Colo., is about the history of Palestine and Israel. It will be followed by an excerpt from a Democracy Now news exclusive about a Palestinian obstetrician's experience.
Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Jennifer at (352) 410-4484.
Register now for tennis, other activities
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registration for the following classes and programs:
• Tribal Belly Dancing, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, and Thursdays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. A free class is offered to first-time students at 7:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at Kennedy Park. The cost is $10 per class if paid monthly, $9 per class if paid for six weeks and $15 for a drop-in.
• Tae Kwon Do, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. For youths 6 and older and adults. The first lesson is free. The first month is $30; subsequent months are $45.
• Tennis lessons for youths 7 and older and adults are offered on various evenings and weekends at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill. Group lessons are $10 per hour; private lessons are $30 per hour.
For more information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit the website at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
Blood drives will be held this weekend
LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an emergency need for all blood types.
Blood drives with the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot, 4765 Commercial Way, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lowe's, 4780 Commercial Way.
Those who donate blood through Sunday will receive free sunglasses. All blood donors will receive a complimentary cholesterol screening.
Donors must be at least 16 years old (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification. For more information, call (352) 596-2002.
Backpacks, supplies will be free at event
The Hernando County Association of Realtors, in conjunction with Friends of the Children Inc., will sponsor Operation Backpack at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Jerome Brown Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
The program offers free backpacks and school supplies for Hernando County children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Realtors Association is also selling $5 raffle tickets to win a 55-inch Vizio flat-screen television valued at $950. The drawing will be Aug. 8. Proceeds will benefit Operation Backpack. Monetary donations are also needed. Checks should be made payable to Friends of the Children Inc. Visit hernandorealtors.com or call (352) 799-1971.
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, the Spring Hill Neighborhood Project and the Suncoast for Kids Foundation.
For information, call John Stramiello at (727) 808-4096.
Preschool screenings set for 2011-12 year
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System has announced its preschool screening schedule for the 2011-12 school year. The screenings are for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.
These free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly. Screenings will be offered on these dates at these locations:
• Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 22, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 6 at Exception Student Education, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville.
• Sept. 7 and Nov. 2 at Spring Hill Elementary School, 6001 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
• Oct. 19 and Jan. 25 at Explorer K-8 School, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.
To schedule an appointment, call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.
August dance will feature beach theme
Brookridge Social Dance will host a beach-themed dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Music will be provided by Joyce and Ralph of The Two of Us. Guests may bring their own refreshments.
Ice and coffee will be provided throughout the evening. Treats from Dunkin' Donuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m., after a 50/50 raffle.
Tickets are $5 per person, and will be available at the door. For more information or reservations, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.