RIDGE MANOR WEST
See 'Dan in Real Life' at library on Tuesday
The Hernando County Public Library will show Dan in Real Life at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The 2007 film stars Steve Carell as Dan Burns, a widower who dedicates his life to his children. He falls for Marie, after meeting her at a bookstore, but then finds out she is dating his brother. The movie is rated PG-13 and co-stars Juliette Binoche.
The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Mark end of Korean War with vets Sept. 6
Tickets are available for the dinner-dance and show celebrating the 55th anniversary of the cease-fire ending the war in Korea. The event, sponsored by the Nature Coast Korean War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 174, will be Sept. 6 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Tickets are $20 each, which includes a buffet dinner, cash bar, Korean dancers, door prizes and dance music. Table reservations for eight or more are available. For details or tickets, call Rich Mellinger at (352) 688-7196.
Sign up for scuba lessons at YMCA
Scuba lessons for adults and youths 12 and older will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 9 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd.
The course includes six class and pool sessions.
Participants must be in good physical health. Upon completion, participants will be certified as open-water scuba divers.
The cost is $120 for YMCA facility and program members, $140 for nonmembers. There is also a fee of $60 for the use of scuba equipment, payable to the instructor on the first day. Participants must have their own mask, fins and snorkel.
Call Farrell at (727) 861-3483 or toll-free 1-800-633-1633, Butler at (352) 214-1171, or the YMCA at (352) 688-9622.
Program for toddlers, mothers on Tuesdays
The city of Brooksville offers a "Little Buddies" toddler program for children ages 2 to 5 and their mothers.
The group meets 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 21 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
The cost is $3 per class. For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 544-5498.
Cook, backpack and more at nature center
Chinsegut Nature Center will offer the following programs and events in September:
• Incredible Edibles, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. This is a cooking demonstration of wild edible plants and game. Bring a place setting to sample foods. Registration required.
• Backpacking with Jim Garrison, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16. Participants will learn the basics of backpacking and camping. The program will include indoor and outdoor demonstrations.
• Chinsegut Butterfly Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20. Attendees should bring a pair of binoculars and a butterfly book, if you have them.
• Big Pine Fall Wildflower and Butterfly Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 30. Meet at the Big Pine Tract parking lot on Old Crystal River Road. Bring binoculars and bird and wildflower books, if you can.
Unless otherwise specified, events are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Reservations for various programs are recommended; seating limited. Call (352) 754-6722.
Sign up to help at Halloween festival
The Recreation Department needs volunteers for the annual Halloween Harvest Festival at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
People are needed to help with the haunted trail, children's game area, face painting and judging the pet masquerade and costume contests. Room hosts are needed to help create scenes in the five haunted rooms and haunted trail. Groups of four or more are encouraged to sponsor each room.
The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. Admission will be free. Game tickets will be four for $1. The cost to enter the haunted house will be $3, and hay rides will be $2. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The Pet Masquerade will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 with onsite registration at 6:30 p.m. Costume contests for people of all ages will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 with onsite registration at 6:30 p.m.
The event is co-sponsored by the Recreation Department and Spring Hill Central Rotary. To volunteer, register for a contest or for information, call the department at (352) 754-4031.
Rogers Park $2 parking fee suspended
The Hernando County Parks Department will discontinue charging the peak season $2 parking fee at Rogers Park starting Sept. 8.
The park and boat ramps, off Shoal Line Boulevard at the Weeki Wachee River, will remain open. The parking fee will not be charged again until spring. For information, call (352) 754-4154.
Dance the night away with Aripeka ladies
The Ladies of Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a Caribbean Night Dinner and Dance on Sept. 6 at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Dinner will be at 6 p.m.; dancing will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by the band Short Notice.
Tickets are $12. For tickets or reservations, call Judy at (727) 863-2520.
RIDGE MANOR WEST/ WEEKI WACHEE
Fest to honor those killed in line of duty
American People Against Cop Killers will host the inaugural APACK Hernando County Bike Fest, co-sponsored by Weeki Wachee Springs, on Sept. 6.
The 36-mile route starts at 11 a.m. in the Winn-Dixie parking lot at Sunrise Plaza on Cortez Boulevard, just east of Interstate 75, and ends at Weeki Wachee Springs at noon.
Various vendors, live entertainment with Eddie McConnell and the Country Breeze and prize drawings will be at Weeki Wachee Springs.
A pre-ride party is Friday evening at Weeki Wachee Springs' Buccaneer Bay tiki bar. Admission is free.
The bike fest is to honor city of Tampa police detectives Ricky Bell and Randy Childers and Florida Highway Patrol Trooper James Crooks, who died in the line of duty May 19, 1998.
APACK is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Hernando County Sheriff's deputies Jeff Duval and Jerry Jennings. The group's mission is to raise awareness of officers who have been killed in the line of duty and raise money for the Deputy Lonnie C. Coburn Scholarship Fund to assist a new law enforcement academy cadet.
For information, call APACK president Jerry Jennings at (352) 346-1846.