Sheriff, staff to serve at Tip-A-Cop benefit
Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and his staff will participate in a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Duke's American Grill, 1320 Commercial Way.
The sheriff and staff will serve dinner in exchange for donations (tips). Funds raised will benefit the Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.
For information, contact Lt. Cinda Moore at (352) 754-6830.
Auxiliary plans 'Stand Down' for veterans
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 will host a "Stand Down" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the post, 12091 Cortez Blvd., next to High Point.
The auxiliary will offer help with employment assistance, as well as VA questions and assistance. For information, call (352) 597-9995.
Classes at libraries on managing finances
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will present financial management classes at these Hernando County Public Library branches:
• Insurance and Estate Planning, 3 p.m. Monday, at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Participants will learn how to properly protect themselves in areas as insurance, estate planning and will preparation.
• Getting Ready for Retirement, 2 p.m. April 21, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Whether retirement is 20 years in the future or just around the corner, participants will learn steps to take now to ensure their bank accounts match their planned lifestyles.
There is no cost to participate and no registration needed. For information, call the extension service at (352) 754-4433 or the Library Program Staff at (352) 540-6391.
Agricultural service to celebrate Earth Day
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will have an Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at its Plants Materials Center at 14119 Broad St., north of Brooksville.
Admission is free.
There will be exhibits, interactive demonstrations and information for children on a variety of topics, such as water conservation, pollinators, soil, native plants and the People's Garden Initiative.
For information, call (352) 796-9600.
Tea Time focuses on women's health issues
Spring Hill Regional Hospital's Women's Advisory Council will have its second-annual Tea Time in Spring Hill from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at the hospital, 10461 Quality Drive.
The event will include door prizes, giveaways and refreshments, as well as free lectures on women's health and wellness, healthy cooking, massages, cosmetic demonstrations, free blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, free blood pressure checks and face-painting for children. Vendors will be on hand for Mother's Day shopping.
Participants should dress for tea. There will be a Best Tea Hat contest. Children are welcome.
A $3 donation is requested, which benefit the Dawn Center. For information, call (352) 666-6325.
St. Frances Cabrini's carnival April 28-May 1
The annual St. Frances Cabrini Parish Carnival will be April 28-May 1 on the parish grounds, 5030 Mariner Blvd. It will open at 4 p.m. April 28-29, 10 a.m. April 30 and 1 p.m. May 1.
There will be rides, games, food and entertainment. Admission and parking will be free. Tickets for rides and games can be purchased. For information, call (352) 683-9666 or visit stfrances.org.
Open house for service academies on April 27
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent will host a Military Service Academy Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
High school students and parents interest in learning more about applying to a military service academy is invited to attend and learn about the academies and eligibility requirements for a congressional appointment.
For information, call (352) 799-8354.
Programs, events at Chinsegut this month
These upcoming programs and events are planned at Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville:
• Longleaf pine basket class, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Taught by Judie Bradley.
• Native plant walk with Sid Taylor and the Florida Native Plant Society, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
• Learn about butterfly gardening with native plants, 10 a.m. to noon April 20. Presented by Master Gardener Sue Walsh.
• Birding and Wildlife Festival — Evening of Bats and Ballads, 6 to 9:30 p.m. April 29. Bat presentation and viewing of bat emergence with George and Cyndi Marks, and music performance by Dale Crider. Dinner provided by Papa Joe's of Brooksville. Limited to 100 participants. Tickets are $7.50 in advance and $10 at the gate; children 5 and younger admitted free. To reserve a seat, call (352) 754-6722 or (850) 922-0664.
• Birding and Wildlife Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30. The event includes various presentations, tours, children's activities, vendors and more. Early morning birding tours will be offered prior to the festival from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., by reservation only. RSVP to (352) 754-6722.
Swiftmud plans open house on watershed
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is encouraging residents to attend an open house to help develop flood information for the Peck Sink watershed in Hernando County.
The open house for residents who own property in the watershed will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the District's headquarters, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville. Representatives will be on hand to meet with residents, provide information on flood protection, permitting, sinkholes, stormwater improvements and water conservation.
The information is being developed as part of the Peck Sink watershed management plan, which is cooperatively funded by the water management district, Hernando County and Brooksville.
To determine if your property is in the watershed, visit the website at watermatters.org/floodrisk and click on the "watershed search tool" link. For information, call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297.
Holy Cross preschool, day care enrollment
Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool/Day Care is conducting enrollment for the 2011-12 school year.
Those with children who will be 4 on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll in the voluntary prekindergarten program.
To receive a certificate of eligibility, parents must bring their child's birth certificate and proof of residency to the Early Learning Coalition Office.
When received, the certificate can be brought to the school to secure a child's spot in the class.
All other enrollment (for potty-trained children age 2 1/2 and older) is also being conducted.
The school is at 6193 Spring Hill Drive. For more information, stop by or call (352) 686-4986.