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Hernando Sampler and February Fun Festival tickets on sale


Tickets on sale for February Fun Festival

Tickets are available for the Hernando Sampler and February Fun Festival, which will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central, will showcase the diverse dining offered in the county. There will be food tastings from 15 area restaurants, live entertainment, craft vendors, children's games and a bounce house, as well as dog demonstrations and events for dogs. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Tickets to the event are $15 for adults and youth ages 12 and older and $5 for children younger than 12. Vendor spaces are also still available for $35.

For information or tickets, call Linda Nevard at (352) 208-3772.


Boat ramp at Rogers Park is open again

The Hernando County Parks Department has reopened the boat ramp at Rogers Park, on the Weeki Wachee River at 7244 Shoal Line Blvd.

The ramp was closed for removal of the existing stationary dock and the installation of a new floating dock. For information, call (352) 754-4154.


Monthly 'Nurturing Fathers Workshop'

A free Nurturing Fathers Workshop will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Mid-Florida Community Service's Head Start building, 835 School St.

The workshop is facilitated by Luis Leon, the Parent Male Involvement Coordinator for Hernando/Sumter Head Start. It will be offered on the third Thursday of each month. For information, call Leon at (352) 754-2464.


Freshman orientation at Springstead High

Springstead High School will host freshman orientation for eighth-graders and their parents at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and again Feb. 25 in the school gym.

The meeting on Feb. 23 is for eighth-graders currently attending Powell Middle School, Challenger K-8, Notre Dame and Explorer K-8. The meeting Feb. 25 is for those attending Fox Chapel Middle School, Parrott Middle School, J.D. Floyd Middle School and West Hernando Middle School.

The school is at 3300 Mariner Blvd. For information, call (352) 797-7010, ext. 415.


Methodist Men host spaghetti dinner

The Methodist Men at Spring Lake United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway.

The cost will be $6 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. The maximum cost is $25 per family.

Those attending can dine in or carry out. For information, call (352) 799-7028.


Ladies Fire Auxiliary sponsors sock hop

A sock hop with DJ John Conroy will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 each. Those attending are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks.

The event is sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary. For information, call Renee Bridgemon at (352) 596-4867 or Isabel D'Aoria at (352) 597-3852.


Vendor spots still open at flea market

The Camp-A-Wyle Condo Association will host a flea market at 8 a.m. Feb. 21 at the clubhouse, 9206 Grizzly Bear Lane.

Vendor table rentals are still available. The cost is $10 for a long table and $5 for a small table. Call Arlene at (860) 455-8600.


Seafood bake buffet offered at Elks Lodge

An all-you-can-eat seafood bake buffet will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

The buffet will include New England clam chowder, Manhattan seafood chowder, Italian sausage with onions and peppers, meatloaf, corn on the cob, baked beans, roasted potatoes, macaroni salad and coleslaw.

The cost is $12 per person. However, those who purchase tickets for $20 will receive the buffet as well as two dozen clams or mussels. For tickets or information, call Mary Ellen Volzer at (352) 573-7749.


Machine gun shoot will target five cars

The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host a machine gun shoot at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the club range in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, off Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

Five cars will be destroyed, along with assorted other targets. Food will be available throughout the day.

Admission is $2; children 12 and younger will be admitted free, but must be with an adult. Shooters with their own guns can pay $20 to participate. Vendor spaces are available for $20.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or go online to


Withlacoochee Forest equestrian trail pace

Florida Forever Back Country Horsemen will sponsor an equestrian trail pace Feb. 21 in the Croom tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, at the Smith Prairie trailhead and Croom Road.

The well-marked trail is 8 to 10 miles in length. All styles of riding are welcome.

The event is similar to a hunter pace, without jumps. There will be four different pace divisions with prizes for each division.

Check-in is at 8 a.m. and the trail opens at 8:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $25; juniors pay $15. Proceeds will help fund FFBCH volunteer efforts to maintain and improve equestrian trails in the area.

Preregistration is suggested. Visit the Web site at or call Kathy Thompson at (352) 796-9272.


Yard sale will benefit scholarship fund

New Hope United Methodist Church will host its annual Giant Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21. The church is on County Road 439, north of Istachatta.

Proceeds will benefit the church's scholarship fund. For information, call Carol MacDonald at (352) 754-9879, Alana Rouse at (352) 568-8607 or Jackie Stokes at (352) 726-2876.


Low-cost vaccination clinic at Teaching Zoo

Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will provide a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, (with dog kennel cough/bordatella the shots are $15).

All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.

Proceeds benefit Teaching Zoo programs, including endangered species propagation, veterinary assistance distance learning and elephant survival programs. For information, call Dr. Wilson at (352) 867-7788.


Wax museum at Pine Grove Elementary

The public is invited to Mrs. Mahers' Stars' Wax Museum of Famous People Thursday at Pine Grove Elementary School, 14411 Ken Austin Parkway. Show times are 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to see the wax museum presentations the students have created, push their buttons and learn more about some significant individuals in U.S. history.

For information, call the school at (352) 797-7090.


Spaghetti dinner to benefit Relay for Life

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Spring Hill Relay for Life will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

The cost is $6 per person for all-you-can-eat spaghetti, and $2 per portion of meatballs.

The dinner is hosted by April's Pet Grooming. Donations for this fundraiser are also appreciated, with all funds benefiting the American Cancer Society. All donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Myra Merillo, c/o April's Pet Grooming, 2132 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

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