Learn the proper way to fertilize your lawn
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free class, Fertilizing Appropriately, at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
No registration is required, but seating will be limited and addressed first-come, first-served.
For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Be charter member of new Kiwanis Club
The new Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge is seeking additional charter members.
Kiwanians support a variety of causes, including literacy, leadership, wellness and numerous other needs to improve the lives of children.
The club meets weekly for breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Fridays at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd.
Those wishing to be a charter member are invited to come, as a guest, to the Aug. 29 meeting.
To join, there is an initiation fee of $75. Quarterly dues are $110. For information, call local Kiwanis president John Ehlenbeck toll-free at 1-888-852-5000, ext. 3720, or e-mail john. email@example.com.
VFW event to benefit MS services, research
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host a multiple sclerosis benefit Aug. 31 at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Included will be an auction and entertainment.
Doors open at 3 p.m. and the event starts at 5. Vintage, starring Rusty and Nick, will entertain. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the bar.
Funds raised will benefit research, programs and services for people with MS.
For information, call (352) 796-0398.
Dine and dance with foster children in mind
Tickets are now available for a dinner-dance to benefit Hernando County foster children.
The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. It will include a complete dinner buffet, bands, a DJ and prizes. There will also be raffles to win a TV, DVD player and numerous baskets.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Funds raised will benefit the Foster Parents Association.
For tickets or information, call Linda Hoins at (352) 754-0377.
It's Soggie Doggie Day in the park Sept. 6
Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park will be open to dogs and their owners only from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 6 for the third annual Soggie Doggie Day at the Park.
The event will include dog contests, swimming races, an agility course, photo opportunities and other activities.
Ticket sales are limited and preregistration is required. Proof of current vaccinations is required.
Also, Bark Island will start in October, when the park, at 10800 Pine Island Drive, will be open to dogs and their owners from 8 to 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month through February.
For details about these events, call Hernando County Recreation at (352) 754-4031.
SHINE offers seniors guidance on issues
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) at locations throughout the county. SHINE counselors offer information and assistance with Medicare (including supplemental insurance and prescription drug), long-term care planning and pharmaceutical assistance programs. Local sites include:
• Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 S Broad St.
• Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore, 1208 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill; and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd.
Taste some wine for Arc Nature Coast
A wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the Arc Nature Coast will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive.
Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple, which includes wine, appetizers and music. For tickets or information, call the Arc at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or go to www.thearc-naturecoast.org or www.strongtowerwinery.com.
Tickets are also available to enter a drawing to win a 32-inch Polaroid flat screen LCD television/DVD player. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance by calling Strong Tower at (352) 799-7612 or the Arc at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109. The drawing will be at 7 p.m. at the Sept. 25 event.
Strong Tower Vineyard is 1 mile south of County Line Road (U.S. 41, west onto Bowman Road and south onto Forge, just before the Suncoast Parkway overpass).
Networking chance for grant professionals
The newly formed West Central Florida Local Chapter of the American Association of Grant Professionals will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 in the USF Faculty Office Building, 4202 E Fowler Ave.
The new chapter serves Sumter, Citrus, Lake, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Hardee and Polk counties. Those interested in learning more and networking with other grant professionals are welcome.
For information, call (352) 540-6658 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.