Sign up for 'Little Buddies' baseball
Beginning this Thursday, Brooksville is offering a "Little Buddies" baseball program for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents.
The program will be from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Oct. 2 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.
The program targets parents who wish to help their children develop basic motor skills such as batting, fielding, throwing, agility course and base running.
The cost is $50. For information, call (352) 544-5498.
8-week safe boating course to begin
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its Boating Skills and Seamanship course starting Wednesday at the flotilla, 4340 Calienta St.
This eight-week course, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 22, covers trailering, safety, navigation and rules, radio, weather, Florida law and other topics.
The cost is $50, which includes text material.
Another class, Weather and Boating, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13. The cost is $10.
For information or to sign up for a class, call John at (352) 573-8155. Visit a0701508.uscgaux.info.
Annual Soggie Doggie Day set for Saturday
Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park will be open to dogs and their owners only from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday for the third annual Soggie Doggie Day at the Park.
The event will include dog contests, swimming races, an agility course, photo opportunities and other activities.
Tickets are limited, and registration is required. Proof of current vaccinations also required.
Also, Bark Island will start in October, when the park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, will be open to dogs and their owners from 8 to 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month through February.
For details about these events, call Hernando County Recreation at (352) 754-4031.
After 5 Connection plans special dinner
The After 5 Connection invites area women to a Summer's End Dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd.
The speaker will be cardiac nurse Ruth Warnick from Lakeland. There will also be a special feature on sand art.
The cost is $10 inclusive. Reservations are required by Thursday. For information or reservations, call Pauline at (352) 688-5687 or Marion at (352) 666-1256.
Volunteers needed to help clean cemetery
A cleanup of the African American Spring Hill Cemetery will start at 8 a.m. Sept. 13. The cemetery is at 8580 Fort Dade Ave. Volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup.
Those helping are asked to bring tools, including weed eaters, lawn mowers, chain saw, shears, machete and large trash bags.
For information, call Margaree Hart at (352) 796-2390, Etta Hicks at (352) 796-8368 or Alyce Walker at (352) 796-1283.
Golfers, sign up to help Toys for Tots
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a golf tournament to benefit the Toys for Tots campaign Sept. 20 at Seven Hills Golfers Club. Sponsors and golfers are needed.
Sponsorships are available from $250 to $1,000. The cost to enter the tourney is $50 per golfer, which includes lunch.
A shotgun start will be at 7 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for longest hole, closest to the hole, longest drive and shortest drive. The top prize is a golf cart for a hole-in-one.
There will also be a raffle for door prizes.
For sponsorship details and registration forms, call Linda Rothenberg at (352) 688-0316 or send e-mail to a1pets@tampa bay.rr.com.
Kids can test their chess skills Sept. 27
Students in first through seventh grades are invited to compete in a fall chess tournament sponsored by Championship Chess from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Brooksville Church of the Nazarene fellowship hall, 19384 Ingram St.
The entry fee is $5. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place players. If necessary, a tiebreaker will be used to determine winners.
Championship Chess is a national chess-teaching organization.
To register or for information, call coach Francis Croft at (352) 799-6503 or e-mail jfcj@mind spring.
Health care board seeks representatives
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Hernando County Health Care Advisory Board.
There is a vacancy for a managed care representative, effective through Dec. 31.
Also, there are vacancies for a health care consumer and post-secondary education representative, both effective through Dec. 31, 2009.
All are volunteer, nonpaid positions. To be considered, applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County.
Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, Room 420, at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. Completed applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 15.
For information, call (352) 754-4002.
United Way's kickoff features family picnic
United Way of Hernando County will kick off its 2008-09 campaign with a free family picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The event will include a marching band exhibition with all four Hernando County high school bands, a performance by Kenn E as Elvis, and games and activities, such a treasure hunt and face painting. Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be available.
On display will be Spring Hill Fire Rescue's smokehouse and the Hernando County sheriff's helicopter and DARE car. Spider-Man may also make a special appearance.
Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. For information, call the United Way at (352) 688-2026 or visit www.unitedwayhernando.com.
Extension service classes scheduled
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will no longer operate a satellite office at the Forest Oaks Government Center. In its place, the Hernando County Public Library System will host the extension's free horticulture classes at branch libraries throughout the county, starting in September.
The following classes are scheduled:
• Florida's Fall Color, 2 p.m. Sept. 10, and Why Landscapes Fail — Too Much, Too Little, Too Late! at 2 p.m. Sept. 24, both at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
• Ground Alternatives to Turf at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.
• Intelligent Pest Management at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 at the extension office, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.
Master gardeners are available for free gardening advice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the extension office.
For information, call (352) 754-4433. Visit the Web site at www.solutionsforyourlife.com.
Golf tournament to aid Alzheimer's group
Forest Oaks and Spring Oaks assisted living facilities and the Grande Senior Living Community will host a golf tournament to benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd.
Golfers and sponsors are needed. For details, call Mona Herreid at (352) 232-6025.
Season tickets now available for $104
The cost is $104 for eight shows presented at the Brookridge Club House at 8150 Hampton St.
Show dates include the following:
•Oct. 9, the Mark and Clark Show
•Nov. 13, Jimmy Keys
•Dec. 11, Joey Dee and the Starliters
•Jan. 8, BeeHive
•Feb. 12, Greg Bonham
•March 12, Yesterday, Beatles show
•April 9, Rodi Alexander and Mark Friedman
•May 14, Vic Thompkins Band.
Season tickets are limited. Those who order tickets will be able to pick them up between 9 a.m. and noon Sept. 18 at the clubhouse.
For tickets or information, call Barbara at 597-4620.
Elks have tribute to Cline, show by Charo
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 is selling season tickets for its 2008-09 dinner shows. The lineup includes:
•Oct. 11, Tribute to Patsy Cline, starring Leanne Williams. The show features Williams singing hits such as Crazy and I Fall to Pieces.
•Nov. 8, Mark Friedman and Rodi Alexander. Friedman performs on the piano, combined with comedy and impressions. His music varies from Broadway and rock 'n' roll to international favorites.
•Dec. 13, the Divas. This is a three-woman group with a four-piece band that performs disco, country classics, R&B, Broadway favorites and Top 10 dance hits. It features tributes to Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire and Patsy Cline.
•Jan. 17, the Hubcaps. The group, which formed 32 years ago as Harvey Hubcap and the Do Ron Ron and evolved into the Fabulous Hubcaps, performs a "down memory lane" show with nostalgic music from the 1950s.
•Feb. 21, "Yesterday, a Tribute to the Beatles." This quartet entertains with vocals, stage mannerisms and costumes in tribute to the Beatles, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly.
•March 14, Charo. With her trademark "cuchi, cuchi," the singer, comedian and musician has performed worldwide since the 1970s.
All shows will be at Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave.
Dinner is at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7:30.
Season tickets are $162 for prime seating, $150 for regular seating.
Individual shows are $28 for prime seating, $26 for regular seating.
For information or reservations, stop by or call Judy between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.