Libraries offer free preschool programs
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer preschool programs at several branch libraries starting this week and ending the week of Oct. 19.
Programs include Toddler Time for toddlers 18 to 35 months and Storytime for children 3 to 5 years old. The free programs include stories, fingerplays, songs and more.
The programs will be offered on the following days and locations:
• Wednesdays at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Toddler Time is at 10 a.m. and Storytime is at 11 a.m.
• Thursdays at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Toddler Time is at 10 a.m. and Storytime is at 11 a.m.
• Fridays at West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Toddler Time is at 10:15 a.m. and Storytime is at 11:15 a.m.
No registration is required. For information, call (352) 540-6391 or visit hcpl.lib.fl.us.
Line dancing club forms in Brookridge
A line dance club has formed in the Brookridge community.
The group will meet for dancing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
All levels of dancing will be featured. A DJ will play a variety of music and requests; participants can bring their favorite CDs as well. An instructor will be available for those who need assistance, but no lessons will be provided.
Admission is $4 per person. Bring your own snacks and drinks. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.
Charity helps kids entering musical arts
Journey Into the Performing Arts is a new, no-cost after-school program for youths entering the musical arts field who cannot afford private lessons. The program will start at J.D. Floyd K-8 School, with approximately 100 students ages 5 to 13.
The program is in need of donations of keyboards, guitars, violins, drum sets, dance wear and dance shoes.
Journey Into the Performing Arts is provided by the nonprofit Kids Helping Kids of Shawn and Jessica Doolittle Children's Charity Fund, whose mission is to help children in need.
Donations are tax-deductible and can be picked up or delivered. For information, call (352) 410-3355 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating classes
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following safe boating courses at the facility at 4340 Calienta St.:
• Boating skills and seamanship, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 9. The course includes eight sessions.
• Weather and boating, 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12
• Hernando Beach coastal navigation, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 3
• Radio/digital selective calling, 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 10
• Navigating with global positioning systems, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 17
• How to read a nautical chart, 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 7
• About boating safely, 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 10 to 12
For information, call Cathy at (352) 754-1104 or visit online at www.a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary also offers free vessel safety checks. The check can be done where the boat is stored. Call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.
Also, the auxiliary will present "Who We Are and What We Do" on Sept. 28. The free program is for those interested in learning more about this uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard. For details, call Paul at (352) 428-0618.
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Ideas wanted for water restoration
The Southwest Florida Water Management District invites the public to share ideas about potential water resources restoration projects at the upcoming Hernando County Task Force meeting at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the East Hernando County Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The task force will consider potential restoration projects to enhance fish and wildlife habitats in Hernando County. Examples may include shoreline restoration, sand and sediment control or removal and exotic species management.
The Hernando County Task Force is part of the Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council, which is responsible for reviewing data related to lake and river restoration techniques, sport-fish population recovery, and sand and sediment control.
For information, call Josie Guillen at (352) 796-7211 or toll-free at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4227.
Become a certified scuba diver at YMCA
Scuba lessons for adults and youths 12 and older will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 8, at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
The course includes six classes and pool sessions. Participants must be in good physical health. Upon completion, participants will be certified as open-water scuba divers.
The cost is $180 for YMCA facility and program members, $200 for nonmembers. Scuba equipment is provided, but participants must have their own mask, fins and snorkels.
Instructors are Jack Farrell and Mark Butler. Call Farrell at (727) 861-3483 or toll-free, at 1-800-633-1633, Butler at (352) 214-1171, or the YMCA at (352) 688-9622.
Among other events, VFW marks birthday
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will host the following events:
• Patriots Day Ceremony and Poker Run, 2 p.m. Sept. 11. The Men's Auxiliary will provide food. Entertainment will follow.
• Steak night, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. A 10-ounce rib eye dinner will be served. The cost is $10. Live music will be provided by Jim Brown.
• POW/MIA Dinner and Ceremony, 5 p.m. Sept. 19.
• Breakfast served by the Men's Auxiliary, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27. Eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy will be served for $6.
• Birthday cake cutting, 1 p.m. Sept. 29. The event is to celebrate the birthday of the VFW.
The post is at 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. For information, call (352) 596-9236.
Fundraiser scheduled for U.S. Senate race
A fundraiser to support Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
Rubio, who is the former speaker of the House in the Florida Legislature, will speak on his ideals. The event will include hors d'oeuvres.
A suggested $100 donation is requested. For information or to RSVP, call Tabatha at (352) 683-9585 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Latin American club sets anniversary ball
The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association will host its 27 Year Anniversary Ball from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court.
This is a formal event that will include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres served from 4 to 5 p.m., one free drink and a cash bar, a sit-down dinner and social dance. Professional ballroom dancing will be presented by Bonnie and Chris Jordan; Bonnie Jordan has performed for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush.
The cost is $45 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Sept. 13.
Also, the club is having a scholarship fundraiser cruise. It is a three-night cruise to the Bahamas on Dec. 10, leaving from Port Canaveral.
To RSVP for the ball, or to learn more about the fundraiser cruise, call Carmen Shannon at (352) 592-8494, Irma Puente at (352) 666-6848 or Ana Burgos at (352) 688-0763.
Auxiliary announces spaghetti dinner
The St. Anthony Columbiettes will host a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. Anthony the Abbott Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
Tickets are $5. Children younger than 3 eat free. For information, call the church at (352) 796-2096.
Model train show and swap meet set
Regal Railways will host a train show and swap meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
Vendors will have various scales of trains, tracks and accessories available. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Vendor spaces are available for $10 each.
For information, call Joe at regalrailways.com (727) 244-1341 or visit.
Seminar teaches fibromyalgia treatment
A free "Causes and Treatments for Fibromyalgia" seminar will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. today and on Sept. 15 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The seminar is for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia or who are suffering with pain, fatigue, problems sleeping, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There will be free testing to determine if you qualify for a new noninvasive treatment. The speaker is Mary Bristow, doctor of Oriental medicine with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.
There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. Call (352) 799-1882.
Wildlife rehab center offers tours and crafts
"Team Up For Wildlife" will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at 100 Acre Wood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 99 Kohen Road.
The event is for youth ages 5 and older. It includes a tour of the facility, animal enclosures and photo opportunities, a live birds of prey program, hydrocycle testing for water quality and the Snake Encounter live presentations. Participants will make birdhouses, wooden fish pencil holders, glass art from recycled materials and palm fronds and other activities, as well as take home a free live tree.
The cost is $15 per person. Preregistration is required.
For information, call (352) 650-2892 or visit the Web site at www.100acrewood-wildlife.org.
Women's barbershop chorus plans fall events
The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites women's barbershop chorus will host the following events:
• Pizza Hut Celebrity Tip Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5, at 2903 Commercial Way. The Hi-Lites chorus and D'Lites Quartet will be singing waiters. At patrons' requests, they will sing special anniversary and birthday greetings, and serenade customers with their favorite songs.
• Garage sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3, at an address to be determined. Shoppers will be serenaded.
• Christmas show, 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. The program will include contemporary and traditional Christmas music. The chorus will also sing a comical rendition of the Twelve Days AFTER Christmas. There will be a special guest performance of the Nature Coast Children's Chorale and Santa will pass out goodies. Admission is $5.
• 17th annual Harmony on Parade Show, 2 p.m. Feb. 20, Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door; students 18 and younger pay half price.
The Hi-Lites is a chartered member of Harmony Inc. A portion of the funds raised will be donated to Special Students Support Group of Hernando County. For information, to purchase tickets for the Christmas show or Harmony on Parade, or to book the chorus or quartet, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122 or Vicki at (727) 992-3064.