SPRING HILL/WEEKI WACHEE
Nature Coast Festival Singers set concerts
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill; 3 p.m. March 27 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee; and 3 p.m. April 3 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The chorus, which includes about 80 voices, will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections, under the direction of James Urbanski. An offering will be collected to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which is used to provide scholarships for music education, from elementary through college levels.
For information, call Jackie Kerschbaum at (727) 868-6365.
Methodist Women schedule flea market
The United Methodist Women will have a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. Small and large appliances, books, jewelry, electronics, home decor, clothing, kitchenware, etc. will be available. The event will also feature refreshments, including doughnuts, bagels, hot dogs, chili, ice cream, and a bake sale. Rain or shine. For information, call Donna at (352) 683-9505.
YMCA swim meet is for all ages Saturday
The Hernando County Family YMCA Youth Swim Team will host a "Fun" swim meet for all ages Saturday at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd. Events will be broken down into age groups and prizes will be awarded to winners in each group.
Events include 50- and 100-yard freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley swims. The cost to participate will be $3 for swimmers 17 and younger and $4 for swimmers 18 and older. Proceeds will benefit the 2011 Community Support Campaign.
To register, visit the member services desk at the Y. For information, call Lisa Cunningham at (352) 688-9622.
SPCA shelter needs volunteers, donations
The SPCA of Hernando County needs volunteers to help maintain quarters, feed and socialize with the animals. Monetary donations are also needed. The shelter, 9075 Grant St., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. For information, call Earl Gutknecht at (352) 686-1118.
Library's fifth birthday celebration Saturday
The Hernando County Public Library System invites county residents to the Spring Hill Branch Library's fifth anniversary. The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Activities include Tony the Balloon Guy, face painting, Friends of the Library book sale, children's crafts, and a downloadable e-book demonstration. Special performers will include Nancy Lynn Cooper, a children's songwriter-performer, and the Hernando Jazz Society.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Library to show movie 'Sense and Sensibility'
The 1995 film Sense and Sensibility will be shown at 2 p.m. March 24 at the Spring Hill Branch-Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The movie, rated PG, is about two sisters: pragmatic, ironic, Elinor (Emma Thompson) and passionate, willful Marianne (Kate Winslet). Their struggle to find romantic happiness in an early 19th century English society obsessed with financial and social stature is a warm-hearted drama.
There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Hernando Harmonizers will hold guest night
The Hernando Harmonizers Men's A Cappella Chorus will host a guest night at 6:45 p.m. March 21 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. Activities will include vocal warmup exercises, group sing-a-longs, chapter quartets and learning a simple song in four-part harmony. Bring a friend. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call Jay at (352) 684-5267 or Art at (352) 688-1182.
Chamber art contest theme: healthy choices
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Hernando Youth Initiative encourages Hernando County youth, grades 4-12, to submit an original piece of art encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. All entries must be original designs on 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper and be received by 5 p.m. April 1 to the attention of Connie Cordill at Hernando County Student Services, 919 N Broad St.
Sponsored by Suncoast for Kids Foundation, design themes should promote the need for healthy relationships and lifestyles in the home and throughout the community. Winners will receive a savings account at Suncoast School Federal Credit Union.
The winner of the Best of Show award will receive $300; and a first ($200), second ($100) and third ($75) prize will be awarded in each of the three age categories.
Prizes will be awarded at the winner's reception April 16 at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. For information, contact Dawn Easter via e-mail, at [email protected]
Pet vaccinations benefit teaching zoo
The veterinary staff of the Florida International Teaching Zoo will sponsor a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd. All vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.
The cost is $6 for dog/cat rabies; $14 for dog/puppy parvo-distemper combos; $14 for cat/kitten distemper three-way, and $15 for bordatella/kennel cough.
All proceeds are tax-deductible. Contributions benefit the teaching zoo facility under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788.
K of C women schedule fashion show, market
The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, St. Jude Council 6383, will host these events at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive:
• Luncheon fashion show, noon April 11. Fashions by Joey's, Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $12. Call Jean Hanes at (727) 862-6496.
• Flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16. Vendor tables available for $15. Call Ann Marie DeMarco at (352) 683-7290.
Education Foundation fundraiser is April 1
The Hernando County Education Foundation will present "An Evening of Elegance for Education" April 1 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dinner and show start at 7 p.m.
While guests dine, entertainment will be provided by Envy Model and Talent, which will include special guest Miss Florida U.S. International. Dancing will follow the show.
Tickets are $50 each. Contact Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or [email protected]
Young sheep riders sought for fair event
The Hernando County Fair Association and Youth Livestock Committee is signing up contestants ages 4 to 9 for the Mutton Bustin' contest that will be at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. The event will be part of the 2011 Hernando County Fair.
Contestants ride a sheep (ewe) out of a bucking chute, and must ride for a total of 6 seconds to win. The overall winner will receive a belt buckle.
To participate, contestants must be between 4 and 9 years old as of April 1, and weigh under 75 pounds.
The cost is $10 per rider. The event is limited to 25 riders, so early registration is encouraged.
Visit the website at hernandofairgrounds.com, click on "Fair Forms" and then on "Mutton Bustin' " to review and print out the rules, regulations and entry form. For information, call the fair office at (352) 796-4552.
Shimmy and shake at belly dancing classes
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer tribal belly dancing from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and Thursdays at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville.
At the Brooksville location only, a free class will be offered for first-time students from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.
All ages are welcome. The cost is $10 per class paid monthly, or $9 per class for six weeks. The instructor is Jayne Arrington.
For information, call (352) 754-4031.