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March 26: Upcoming events in Hernando County

STREET CLOSURE: The city of Brooksville announced a street closure from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for the Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert at Hernando Park: Fort Dade Avenue, from Main Street to N Magnolia Avenue, including the intersection with Brooksville Avenue. For information, call (352) 540-3853.

BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAM: Doris Mager of Save Our American Raptors will give a presentation accompanied by animals from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

Save Our American Raptors is a nonprofit organization that was formed by Mager, known as the Eagle Lady, to teach children about American raptors and birds of prey. Her program is geared for all ages. It will feature a collection of animals, including a crested caracara, a great horned owl, a bald eagle, a burrowing owl and a Mississippi kite.

The free program is cosponsored by the Hernando Audubon Society. For information or to register to attend, call (352) 754-6722 or visit

SCHOOL FLEA MARKET: Springstead High School will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Springstead Theater parking lot, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Additional flea markets are scheduled for April 19 and May 3.

Vendor spaces are available for $10. For information, call Greg at (352) 683-3528.

SCHOOL BAND FUNDRAISER: The Springstead High School Jazz Band will host a fundraising event at 6 p.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Another fundraiser will be on April 4.

The jazz band will entertain. Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting the Springstead band program. For information, call (352) 585-0832.

PROPERTY APPRAISER TEMPORARY CLOSING: The Hernando County property appraiser's offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Friday for staff training.

The offices are in Room 463 of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and in the Westside Government Center at 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4190.

GET 'ELECTION READY': Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson is encouraging residents to prepare for this year's elections and become "election ready."

Those planning to vote should visit to verify their address on file.

Those who have moved, changed their names or would like to change party affiliation can complete a voter registration application that can be found on the website — print, sign and mail it to the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Hernando County Government Center, Room 165, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, FL 34601. Address changes may be done over the telephone, in writing or by email (date of birth will be required).

A signature update can be helpful, since signatures may change over the years.

Voters may order a mail ballot through the website or by calling the office at (352) 754-4125. A ballot will be mailed approximately 30 days before the election. Voters can then track their ballot on the website to confirm that it has been received.

COUNTY FAIR: The 2014 Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show will be April 4 to 12 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

The 63rd annual event will feature midway rides, food, exhibits and a variety of entertainment, including a greased pig contest for kids and adults, a demolition derby, NoJoe's Clown Circus, livestock shows, a truck and tractor pull, a mutton bustin' contest for children, lawnmower races, arts and crafts and musical entertainment.

General admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children ages 3 and younger. For information, call (352) 796-4552 or visit

PLANT SALE: The Spring Hill Garden Club will host its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4 and 5 at the plant nursery, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill.

A variety of plants that grow well in the area will be available. Gardeners will be on hand to assist shoppers in selecting the right plant for certain locations.

The adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens will be open, featuring 23 themed gardens. Admission to the gardens is free, but donations are appreciated.

For information, visit or call (352) 683-9933.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations.

The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are set in April:

• 9 a.m. to noon April 1 and 3, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Tony Stramiello at (352) 684-6348.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Ginny Holohan, at (352) 684-2126 or (570) 205-1261.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 and 9, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (behind the hospital). Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• Noon to 3 p.m. April 8 and 10, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• Noon to 3 p.m. April 15 and 17, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

WATER SERIES PROGRAM: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brooksville will continue its 2013-14 water program series with a presentation at 1:30 p.m. April 6 at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville.

John Dowler with the Brooksville Public Works Department will discuss the infrastructure supporting healthy drinking water supplies, including sources, processing and removal.

For information, call (352) 293-4697.

CELEBRATING MANATEES: Hernando County, in partnership with Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, will host Manatee Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at the park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Several vendors will provide information about the importance of protecting manatees. There will also be manatee boat tours.

Regular park admission prices will apply. Those who participate in the boat tour will receive a free admission ticket, while supplies last, to return to the park another day.

For information, call (352) 754-4000.

CELEBRATING CHILDREN: To kick off Children's Week, April 5 to 12, a Children's Week Celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville.

The event will include free food and activities.

Other events scheduled throughout the week include:

• A Children's Week table from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7 at the Hernando County Fair, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

• Preschool Story Times at 10:30 a.m. April 8 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Road, Brooksville; 10:30 a.m. April 9 at the temporary East Hernando Branch Library in the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor; 11:15 a.m. April 10 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, and 11:15 a.m. April 11 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. All children will receive a free book.

• A family game night at 6 p.m. April 9 at the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill.

• A movie night and free dinner at 6 p.m. April 11 at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.

For information, call (352) 683-0583.

TOURISM BOARD SEAT AVAILABLE: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling a vacant position on the Hernando County Tourism Development Council for a tourist enterprise representative that collects the tourist tax. The term is effective through Dec. 31, 2017.

The purpose of the council is to promote tourism opportunities in Hernando County and oversee the collection and disbursement of the tourist development tax. All board members are volunteers.

Those applying must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. Applications are available at the county administrator's office, Room 263, at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 Main St., Brooksville; they are available online at Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. April 18.

For information, call (352) 754-4002.

THEATER CAMP FOR KIDS: Live Oak Theatre Company is taking reservations for its fifth annual summer program, which will be June 23 to 27 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with an hour for lunch and time for snacks. Children must bring their own lunches and snacks. Arrangements can be made for early drop-offs/late pickups on a case-by-case basis.

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 18. Special arrangements can be made for younger children, based on an interview and audition. Campers will be split into three age groups.

Participants will learn vocal technique, song interpretation, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup, set/costume theory and technique, and acting skills. Faculty members will include Randi Olsen, Jessica Lucas, Ellen and David Sanborn, Misty Hornsby, Myndee Washington, Vince Vanni and several others.

The cost is $150. Space is limited. A $25 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Checks are to be made payable to Live Oak Theatre Company and mailed to the Live Oak Theatre Company, Randi Olsen, P.O. Box 12285, Brooksville, FL 34603. For information, visit or call (352) 593-0027.

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