SPRING HILL/ RIDGE MANOR WEST
Hernando libraries hosts showings of free movies
The Hernando County Public Library System will have free showings of the following movies:
• The Kid, 3 p.m. July 7, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The 2000 Disney comedy stars Bruce Willis as a high-powered image consultant whose life is turned upside down when he magically comes face to face with the pudgy, precocious 8-year-old version of himself. The film is rated PG.
• The Lake House, 2 p.m. July 9, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The 2006 films stars Keanu Reeves as a lonely doctor and Sandra Bullock as an architecture school dropout who both live, at different times, at a lakeside home. Through a mysterious bridge in time, the two exchange love letters at the home. The movie is rated PG.
Light refreshments will be served at both showings.
For information, call the programming staff at (352) 540-6391.
Freebies, drawing await blood donors
A blood drive with the LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile will be from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Freedom Fest at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville.
All donors will receive a T-shirt and complimentary cholesterol screening.
Also, all those who donate blood with LifeSouth between now and the end of July can be entered into a drawing to win a tropical getaway as part of the summer "Donors in Paradise" blood drive.
Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a photo ID at the time of donation; donors who are 16 must have written parental consent.
Golf scramble benefits football
The annual Leopard Quarterback Club Golf Scramble will be July 18 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive.
The shotgun start at will be at 8:30 a.m., and a buffet lunch will follow after the round of golf. The cost is $65 per golfer.
A pre-registration social will precede the tourney from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the country club. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
During the event, raffle tickets will be sold for $20 for a chance to win a 46-inch Sony flat-screen television, an Urban Meyer signature mini helmet and a Bobby Bowden signature football.
Funds raised will benefit the Hernando High School football program.
For information or to register, contact Harry Timmons Jr. at (352) 796-0047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW post showcases big band orchestra
A big band dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 2 to 5 p.m. July 19 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Admission is $10. Food will be available for purchase, starting at 1 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.
Reservations are suggested. Call Mary at (352) 596-9486.
Y offers scuba lessons for age 12 and over
Scuba lessons will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting July 7, at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
The lessons are for youths 12 and older and adults who are in good physical health and are comfortable in and under water. There are six class and pool sessions in the Y's heated, enclosed pool.
The cost is $180 for YMCA facility and program members and $200 for nonmembers, payable to the YMCA. Participants must have a mask, fins and snorkel. To register, call the Y at (352) 688-9622, Jack Farrell at (727) 861-3483, Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171 or toll-free 1-800-633-1633.
Senator sets hearings on Progress Energy
State Sen. Mike Fasano has announced a series of public hearings to discuss Progress Energy's requested rate increases.
The following hearings are scheduled:
• 2 to 5 p.m. July 8, Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.
• 9 a.m. to noon July 16, City Council chambers, City Hall, 175 5th St. N, St. Petersburg.
• 6 to 9 p.m. July 16, Pinellas County Board of Commissioners, 315 Court St., fifth floor, Clearwater.
• 9 a.m. to noon, Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 S Florida Ave., Inverness.
The state Public Service Commission will have a full rate hearing in September on Progress Energy's request. For information, call Fasano's office at (727) 848-5885 or toll-free 1-800-948-5885.
Coast Guard Auxiliary teaching boat safety
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following programs at its facility at 4340 Calienta St.:
• Who We Are and What We Do, 7 to 8 p.m. July 27. Those interested in joining the auxiliary or learning more about this uniformed civilian component of the Coast Guard are invited. There is no cost.
• About Boating Safely, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3-5. This is a basic overview of boating and safety, which includes all information to qualify for the Florida Boating Safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes all materials.
• Suddenly in Command, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 22. This is a free safety program for spouses, children older than 6 and friends of boat captains, who need to know what to do in a boating emergency. The program includes safety, equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio.
For information, call Cathy at (352) 754-1104 or visit the Web site at www.a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Also, free vessel safety checks are available and can be done wherever the boat is kept. Upon successful completion of the inspection, a decorative decal for the boat will be given. To schedule a free safety check, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.
Task force seeks ideas on water restoration
Residents are invited to share ideas on potential water resource restoration projects at the Hernando County Task Force meeting at 3:30 p.m. July 7 at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.
During the meeting, the task force will consider potential restoration projects to enhance fish and wildlife habitats in Hernando County, such as shoreline restoration, sand and sediment control or removal, and exotic species management.
The 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.
Rare swimming threat brings health advisory
Due to the threat posed by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, the Hernando County Health Department is warning people to take precautions while swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds.
Although rare, there is an increased risk of infection by this organism in all freshwater areas of Florida, especially during summer months when water temperatures exceed 80 degrees.
The following precautions are advised:
• Wear nose clips or hold your nose shut when swimming, jumping or diving in fresh water.
• Do not swim, jump or dive in warm, stagnant fresh water, such as ponds, storm water and retention areas.
• Seek medical treatment if symptoms develop or infection is suspected.
Infection occurs when the microscopic amoeba enters the body through the nose and travels to the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, loss of balance and bodily control, seizures and hallucinations. The disease progresses rapidly, usually resulting in death within three to seven days.
For information, call the Health Department at (352) 540-6812.
Courses to provide training in CPR
Several CPR classes will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 at the Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital.
The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health-care providers, but anyone interested can participate.
The cost is $20. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card.
Seating is limited. For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 597-8875.
Playhouse presents 'Nunsense' sisters
Performances of the comedy Meshuggah-Nuns! The Ecumenical Nunsense will be July 10 to 12 and 17 to 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
The play finds the sisters winning a trip on the "Faiths of All Nations" cruise. When the cast of Fiddler on the Roof (with the exception of the actor playing Tevye) gets seasick, the ship's captain asks the sisters and Tevye to put on a show.
Tickets are $10. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 (open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).