Meet Superman, as in the Rays' Sam Fuld
A Spring Hill All-Star Signing Event with Tampa Bay Rays' leftfielder Sam Fuld will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Frankie's Sports Cards and Memorabilia, 2164 Mariner Blvd.
There will be a meet and greet with Fuld, as well as signing items available for purchase, such as photos, jerseys, baseballs and bats. There will also be giveaways of memorabilia, raffles, music and giveaways from area businesses and WRGO 102.7 FM Radio's Christopher John.
For information, call (352) 688-6716.
Schools looking for surrogate parents
Hernando County Schools Exceptional Student Education Department is in need of "surrogate parents." Training will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 at the ESE office at 900 Emerson Road.
A surrogate parent is a volunteer appointed to act in the interest of an exceptional student who doesn't have a parent who can make educational decisions. The surrogate parent works with the school to plan the child's special education services.
Duties of a surrogate parent include: caring and wanting to do a good job; focusing on the child's needs, abilities and goals; be willing to be part of a team; be willing to gather information from written records and from teachers and other people who work with the child; listening and asking questions; making positive suggestions; being flexible; and trying to find several ways to reach a goal or solve a problem.
People interested in becoming surrogate parents must be U.S. citizens, Florida residents, at least 18 years old, not currently employed by the local school board or any agency involved in the education or care of the child, have no conflicts with the interests of the child and be willing to participate in the training.
For information or to reserve a seat for the training, call Janeen in Parent Services at (352) 797-7022, ext. 407.
Contest will determine the best in barbecue
The fourth annual Brooksville Blazin' Butts-n-Brisket barbecue competition will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane.
The event features professional barbecue cook teams from throughout the southeastern United States Also, "backyard" teams (nonprofessional) will compete for ribbons and bragging rights.
Award-winning country music artist Brian Chytka will entertain.
This is a free family event presented by the City of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 540-3830 or visit cityofbrooksville.us.
Documentary profiles types of depression
In recognition of Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will offer a free showing of Depression: Out of the Shadows at 2 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The PBS documentary delves into various types of depression and introduces individuals from many backgrounds who struggle with the disease, such as business people, a new mother, teens and seniors. Leading mental health experts highlight the latest in treatment and research. There also will be a special feature with Jane Pauley.
The showings are free. Contact NAMI Hernando at (352) 684-0004 or (352) 544-0352.
Poker run raises funds for Humane Society
The annual "Cruising for Critters" Motorcycle Poker Run for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast will be June 4. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 10 a.m. at the AAA Insurance Company, 1410 Pinehurst Drive.
Riders will stop at five locations in Hernando and Pasco counties to draw cards; the best hand wins the grand prize.
The first 250 scorecards purchased will be entered to win a $5,000 AAA travel voucher. Breakfast will be provided at the AAA office. Also, half off AAA Motorcycle Membership will be offered on the day of the event.
The ride ends at R Beach, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, where musical entertainment will be provided by George Marshall.
Scorecards purchased in advance are $10 each or three for $20; on event day the cost is $12 each or three for $25.
Preregistration can be done online at cruisingforcritters.com. For information, call (352) 683-3446.
Lake Townsen pier, boat ramp shut down
Effective June 1, the Hernando County boat ramp and fishing pier at Lake Townsen Regional Park will be closed until further notice.
The park is at 28011 Lake Lindsey Road.
For information, call the Hernando County Parks Department at (352) 754-4027.
Fire station event has hot dog eating contest
Hernando County Fire Rescue District, in cooperation with the Brooksville Fire Station, will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the station at 85 Veterans Ave.
There will be refreshments, a hot dog eating contest and various activities. Call (352) 540-3809.