Learn about Florida Virtual School
Representatives from Florida Virtual School will provide information and course demonstrations, and answer questions regarding virtual schooling, from 3 to 5 p.m. July 28 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
Courses are free for Florida residents. No registration is required to attend the session at the library. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Wildflower and Tree Walk will be July 28
Chinsegut Nature Center will host a Big Pine Wildflower and Tree Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. July 28. Participants will meet at the Big Pine Tract on Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville.
There is no cost to participate. To RSVP or for information, call (352) 754-6722.
Appraiser's Office sites closed Aug. 12
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 for training purposes.
Offices are at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center at 7509 and 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
Learn how to grow organic produce
The Brooksville/Spring Hill Christian Women's Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, will host a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.
The feature presentation will be "Growing Local Produce by Organic Methods," presented by Lisa Kessel of Sweetfields Farm. The inspirational speaker will be Judy Clark from Gotha, whose theme will be "Thrill Seeker Who No Longer Loses Her Way, but Continues to Enjoy the Scenic Route."
The cost is $13.50. Free child care is available with reservations. Reservations for the luncheon and child care are required by Aug. 6. Call Dolores at (352) 799-3735 or Barbara at (352) 796-5216.
'Little Buddies' toddler program set
The Brooksville Recreation Department will offer a "Little Buddies" toddler program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, starting Aug. 25, at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
This is a 10-week program for children 2 to 5 and their mothers. The cost is $25 for those who prepay or $3 per class for those who wish to pay as they go. Space is limited. To reserve a spot or for information, call the (352) 540-3835.
'Date night' offers dinner and a movie
Couples and singles are invited to a "date night" from 6 to 9 p.m. July 31 at Ridge Manor United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and will include homemade lasagna, prepared by Pastor Debbie Nelson and Sandy Pritts. The movie to be shown is Fireproof, which focuses on the secret to lasting and healthy relationships.
Tickets for dinner and the movie are $10 per person; $4 per person for the movie only. The event is a fundraiser for community outreach and youth activities.
Free child care is available for the first 15 children registered. For information or reservations, call the church office at (352) 583-3770.
Backpacks, supplies to be given out Aug. 1
Donations are needed for the annual Operation Backpack, which will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 at American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave.
The event provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. There also will be games and food, including hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and sodas.
The event is sponsored by Love Your Neighbor. Monetary donations and donations of school supplies may be dropped off at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. For information, call the restaurant at (352) 848-0090 or JoAnn Munford at (352) 942-4391.
Dive into scuba class at Family YMCA
Scuba lessons for adults and youths 12 and older will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Aug. 4, 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 $180 for YMCA facility and program members, and $200 for nonmembers. Participants must have their own mask, fins and snorkel.
To sign up or for information, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622 or instructors Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171 or Jack Farrell at (727) 861-3483 or toll-free 1-800-633-1633.
Tickets available for veterans luau
Korean War Veterans Chapter 174 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Hawaiian luau at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
The event will feature a buffet dinner, a South Pacific Revue hula show, music for dancing with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra, leis, door prizes and a cash bar.
Tickets are $22 per person. Tables for eight or more available. For information or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.
Four dates for free back-to-school shots
The Hernando County Health Department will conduct a back-to-school immunization marathon today and Wednesday, and again July 28 and 29, at the department's Spring Hill clinic, 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The immunizations require a parent or guardian to be present, with identification and the child's shot records. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made by calling (352) 540-6800, ext. 82129. Information on childhood immunizations is available online at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/importance.htm.