Presidential primary is near; register to vote
Florida's 2012 Republican presidential primary election is Jan. 31, and the deadline to register or change parties in order to vote is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Registration or changes may be done at one of the Hernando County supervisor of elections offices: Hernando County Government Center, Room 165, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, or 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Early voting will begin Jan. 21. Supervisor of election offices will be closed Monday for the New Year's holiday. For information, visit hernandovotes.com or call (352) 754-4125.
Class teaches firearms safety
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will offer a firearms safety class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at the club's facility at 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. The course provides information about the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Successful completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. The cost is $60. Another class will be offered Jan. 21. Preregistration is required. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit the website at hernando sportsmansclub.com.
Dade Battlefield events Jan. 7-8
The 32nd annual Dade's Battle Re-enactment will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 Battlefield Parkway. The event will include period soldiers, Seminole and civilian camps, the Sutler Trade Fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing and primitive archery. The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m. each day. Admission is $5; children 5 and younger admitted free. Parking is $2 per vehicle. For information, call (352) 793-4781 or visit dadebattlefield.com.
Boating program offers dos, don'ts
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8, 4340 Calienta St., will offer its "About Boating Safely" class at 7 p.m. Jan. 10-12. This three-day class is an introductory program that covers safe boating practices, navigation, use of safety equipment and Florida laws. The cost is $35, which includes a textbook. Registration begins a half-hour before the start of class. For information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.
Vet assistant courses beginning
The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer its 14-week veterinary assistant program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 10, at the Villages Lifelong Learning College, at Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail. Animals covered include dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses and pet birds. Tests will be given. Upon completion, students will receive certification as veterinary assistants. Cost for the program with full certification is $500. To register or for information, call (352) 753-3035. Visit the website at thezooschool.com.
John Russell, a no-party candidate in the 2012 5th Congressional District race, is an acute care nurse practitioner. His job title was stated incorrectly in a story published Friday.