Learn defense, bidding from bridge club
The Nature Coast Bridge Club will offer several courses emphasizing defense, as well as lessons on bidding, throughout the summer:
• Attitude Signals, June 7. MaryAnn Dufresne will show what the partner's lead usually means, and the exceptions.
• Leads vs. Suit Contracts, June 22. Pat Foster will cover how partner's lead can work to your advantage.
• Leads vs. No Trump Contracts, July 5. Gerry Panos will demonstrate NT (no trump) strategies, including "coded" 10s and 9s.
• Rule of 11, July 20. Annabelle Hills will address one of the premier strategies when defending a NT contract.
• Take-Out Doubles, Aug. 2. Marion Ellingsen will teach how to get more from your take-out doubles and will show how to cope when opponents make a take-out double.
• Third-Hand Play, Aug. 17. Jim Somma and MaryAnn Dufresne will clarify what partner's lead may or may not indicate (what is declarer's holding in that suit, and "reading" the opponent's cards).
• With 5-5, Come Alive, Aug. 30. Christie Bendickson will show the best way to show these types of two-suited hands.
All lessons start at 11 a.m., are one hour long and will be at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. The cost is $5 per lesson, and includes the entry fee for the afternoon duplicate game that starts at 12:30 p.m.
For information, contact MaryAnn at (352) 592-4882 or email@example.com.
Mitigation strategy committee to meet
The Hernando County Local Mitigation Strategy Committee will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. June 9 in the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd.
The committee is coordinated by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management section. It is responsible for developing and maintaining a community plan that promotes hazard mitigation and guides post-disaster recovery funding allocations. The group will discuss the status of projects and available grants.
For information, or for those with disabilities needing assistance to participate in the meeting, call Pamela Harris at (352) 754-4083. Those who are hearing impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777.
Register to be part of parade on July 4
Local clubs and organizations are invited to participate in the annual High Point Community July 4th Parade.
Registration forms are available at the community guard house and must be returned no later than June 20.
Participants will line up at 8:30 a.m. July 4 at the High Point bus stop near Cortez Boulevard. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and proceed down High Point Boulevard to the club house, ending at the community center at 12249 Clubhouse Road.
For information, call (352) 200-8843.
Tickets available for holiday barbecue
Regency Oaks Civic Association will present an Independence Day Barbecue at 2 p.m. July 4 at the clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.
Food will be available buffet-style and will include hot dogs, burgers, garden salad, homemade potato and macaroni salads, baked beans and fixings. ROCA will provide ice, ice tea, coffee and dessert. Guests can bring their own beverages.
Music will be provided for dancing. There will be a door prize and raffle.
Tickets are $10 per person. Call Joyce Jeffrey at (352) 597-1405, Terry Darmanin at (352) 596-9213 or Shirley Handel at (352) 597-2988.
Season tickets on sale for performing guild
Season tickets are now available for the Hernando Performing Arts Guild's 2011-12 season.
Season tickets are $80 and include five shows. Individual show tickets are $25 each. All concerts are at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave. Shows include:
Nov. 6: Jeff Trachta
Dec. 3: Valerie Sneade presents "Home for the Holidays"
Jan. 14: The Bronx Wanderers
Feb. 11: SheaLaurel
March 10: I Am Music — The Music of Barry Manilow.
All seats are reserved. Call the hotline at (352) 799-5577 or visit the website at hpag.org.
Surprise guest to be at Friends' meeting
The Friends of Crescent Community Clinic will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 9 at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods trail.
The meeting will include a surprise guest. For information or to RSVP, contact Maureen Soliman at (352) 650-9006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for camp at environmental center
Summer Camp will be offered at the Springs Coast Environmental Education Center this summer. Camp for children entering fourth and fifth grade will be July 11-15, and for those entering sixth and seventh grade July 18-22.
Camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is limited to 48 campers. The cost is $140 per week. Extended care is available for an additional $60 for the week (starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.).
Campers are to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided.
Registration and full payment must be done by appointment at Springs Coast, 9170 Cortez Blvd. Call (352) 592-5737.
Questions may be e-mailed to email@example.com.