County offering horticulture classes
The following free horticulture classes will be offered next week by Jim Moll, extension agent with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service:
• "When Bad Lawns Happen to Good People," 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• "Cold Hardy Palms for Hernando County," 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
• "Pest Resistant Plants," 10 a.m. July 18, at the Extension Office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.
No registration is required; first-come, first-seated. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Orientation for new homeschoolers July 21
The Home Circle of Hernando will offer Summertime Orientation for New Homeschoolers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 at Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, at Powell Road.
This is a parent-only event to answer questions, provide information and help ease the transition into home education. No child care will be available.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Registration can be done online at www.homeschool-life.com/fl/homecircleofhernando/. For information or for those who do not have Internet access, call (352) 799-4549 or (813) 322-3682.
Older drivers can take refresher course
The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers 50 and older. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers; members should bring their AARP cards. The course will be offered at the following Hernando County locations in August:
• Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Call (352) 797-7497 to register.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd., behind Oak Hill Hospital. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.
Basketball camp set for Fox Chapel Middle
Hernando County Recreation will offer a weeklong basketball camp for ages 8-15 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3-7 at Fox Chapel Middle School, 9412 Fox Chapel Lane.
The camp will include daily contests. Certificates and awards will be given on Friday. Campers must wear shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes, and must bring their own drinks, lunch, snacks and small towel daily.
The cost is $85 per camper, which includes a T-shirt. Extended care will be available starting at 8 a.m. and after camp until 5 p.m. daily for $10. For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
Children's Chorale auditions July 16
The Nature Coast Children's Chorale has several spots available for singers of all levels and will conduct auditions on July 16 at Powell Middle School, 4100 Barclay Ave. The chorale has recently been accepted to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February, and is planning to take about 70 kids from its treble choir and concert choir to perform the children's choir portion of Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, with a 200-voice mass choir and full orchestra.
The treble choir is open, through auditions, to boys and girls in the fourth through eighth grades. The concert choir is for girls in grades 8-12.
Also, the Nature Coast Children's Chorale will be starting two additional choirs this year, a training choir for students in second through fifth grades and a boys choir made up of middle and high school boys. The training choir is a non-auditioned choir where students will learn proper choral singing technique.
Auditions are open to all children in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Rehearsals are conducted in Spring Hill. To schedule a time for the July 16 auditions, call (352) 442-7060 or e-mail email@example.com. Information on the chorale is available online at www.naturecoastchildrenschorale.org.
Cruise is fundraiser for SPCA
The SPCA of Hernando County is having a four-night fundraiser cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, aboard Carnival's Inspiration Sept. 17-21, leaving from the Port of Tampa. Stateroom prices are $308.60 per person for inside rooms and $358.60 per person for ocean view rooms. Included in the price is a fundraising cocktail party on the ship, which gives $25 for the local SPCA from each guest; Carnival will also match $40 per cabin for the local animal shelter. Prices do not include gratuities, which are $10 per day, per person. Those interested can book their cruise through Tania's Travel at www.taniastravel.com (click on "groups" tab and scroll to SPCA of Hernando County) or call (352) 596-2302.
Club taking orders for wreaths
The Rotary Club of Spring Hill is taking orders now through November for its holiday wreath fundraiser. The wreaths are a 22-inch round mix of noble fir, incense cedar and berried juniper, and are decorated with a plaid bow and natural pinecones. Orders can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States with a gift message. The wreaths are $35 each, which includes shipping. The wreaths are delivered to recipients during the first week of December. Funds raised support local scholarships and youth programs and events, such as the Middle School Brain Bowl held annually. For information or to place an order, call Carol McElroy at (352) 684-6840.
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. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and a buffet lunch will follow golf. The cost is $65 per golfer. A preregistration social will precede the tourney from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the country club. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 for a chance to win a 46-inch Sony flat-screen TV, 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.