Anti-crime National Night Out event today
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with crime watch groups throughout the county, will sponsor the 26th annual National Night Out today. The national event is to join law enforcement, businesses and neighborhood crime watch groups to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen community spirit and help build stronger partnerships between law enforcement and the community.
The following activities are scheduled:
• Ridge Manor Area Crime Watch, 4 to 8 p.m., Ridge Manor Community Park, 34030 Ridge Manor Blvd.
• Brookridge Crime Watch, 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a golf cart parade and a cookout afterward at 14989 Rialto Ave.
• Tangerine Estates Crime Watch, ride through the neighborhood, 7 to 7:30 p.m.
• Regency Oaks Crime Watch, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the community center.
• Pristine Place Crime Watch, 7 to 9 p.m., at the clubhouse.
• High Point Mobile Patrol, 4 to 8 p.m., at the clubhouse.
• Oakridge Estates, 6 to 8 p.m., at the corner of Stephanie and Tammy Court.
• River Country, 5 to 7 p.m., at the park at Jomel and Delaware drives
• Potterfield Acres, 6 to 9 p.m., Cresap Street.
• Wellington, 6 to 8 p.m., at the clubhouse.
• Hernando Beach Crime Watch, 7 to 9 p.m., Forest Glenn Club House, off Osowaw Boulevard.
• The Dunes/Seville, 4 to 7 p.m., at 17366 Sierra Place.
• SHARP Crime Watch, 4 to 9 p.m., 1461 Parker Ave., Spring Hill.
• Weeki Wachee Crime Watch, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Shoal Line Boulevard.
• Deerfield Estates Crime Watch, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at the clubhouse off Candy Drive.
• Spring Ridge, 5 to 8 p.m., at the clubhouse.
• Windward Village, 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the clubhouse.
• Trillium, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the pool.
Art League party for artist Karen Heidler
The Spring Hill Art League will co-host a free wine and cheese reception for local artist Karen Heidler from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave.
Heidler began drawing at an early age. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine art from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and worked in the art department of a publishing company. Her watercolor paintings will be on display at Easy Street through the end of this month.
There is no cost to attend the reception. For information, call Easy Street at (352) 848-0177.
Tourism council offers special event grants
The Hernando County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for special event funding for fiscal year 2009-10 (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2010).
The Tourist Development Council sets aside a portion of its annual budget for special event funding for local groups and organizations coordinating events with a demonstrated history of visitor impact or significant potential to draw visitors to Hernando County.
New policies and guidelines have been set for groups applying for funding this year. The application package is available online at www.naturally hernando.org, as well as at the Tourism Bureau office at 30305 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 28. Those received after the deadline will not be considered. For information, call Carole Knudson at (352) 754-4405.
Libraries offers several programs for youths
The Florida Library Youth Program will continue with these programs this week:
• Kids' Craft Day, today at West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
• Magical Storyteller Scott Humston, Wednesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West; and Thursday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Through the use of custom music, magic, comedy, storytelling and audience participation, children learn the importance of honesty, respect, self-esteem, cooperation and responsibility.
• Jiggleman, Friday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This is a jumping, joking and juggling show that includes audience participation.
All programs start at 10:15 a.m. and are geared for children ages 5 to 12. No registration is required. Parents or guardians must remain on the library premises during the events, sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For best seating and parking, arrive early.
For information, call (352) 540-6391.
PHCC offers classes on CPR, AIDS, computers
Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer these noncredit classes at the Spring Hill Center, 11245 Spring Hill Drive:
• AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 22.
• CPR, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 and 13.
These classes will be offered at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville:
• AIDS Seminar, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27.
• Computer Basics, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 5-14.
• Computer Basics, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 4.
For class details or to register, call the Spring Hill Center at (352) 688-8798 or the North Campus at (352) 796-6726.
Long-range transit plan focus of survey
The Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting a major update of the Long Range Transportation Plan to the 2035 horizon year. This update is anticipated to be approved in November.
Also, the public is invited to complete an online transportation survey to have input into prioritizing transportation-related improvements in Hernando County.
This survey takes about three minutes to complete and is available on the MPO Web page, www.hernandocounty.us/mpo. During this update, information will be provided on the Web page on the schedule, process, events and work products.
The Long Range Transportation Plan represents the 20-year vision for the county's transportation system. The plan considers all principal modes of transportation as an integrated system including highways, public transportation, bikeways and pedestrian facilities.
For information, call (352)754-4057.
Latin American club plans dance contest
The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association will sponsor a "Dancing Under the Stars" social dance and dance competition from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
Those who can tango, cha-cha, cumbia, waltz, Latin salsa or perform other dances are encouraged to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the best dancers.
Tickets are $10. For information, call Carmen Shannon at (352) 592-8494 or Ana Burgos at (352) 688-0763.
Center plans night walk, archery class
Chinsegut Nature Center will have these events this month.
• Big Pine Night Walk, 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Big Pine Tract parking lot off Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Introductory Archery Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 15, at the Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Equipment will be provided. Advance registration is required.
For reservations and information, call (352) 754-6722.