Team effort for South Brooksville upgrade
The South Brooksville Community Initiatives Team will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the City Council chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
The meeting will be preceded by a public reception at 4 p.m. at the new South Brooksville Community Center on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Boulevard to mark the installation of additional street lights in the community. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Dr. M.L. King and St. Francis Street, next to the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge.
All of the events are open to the public. For information about the community initiatives team meeting, call (352) 754-4002.
Event asks residents to make Census count
The city of Brooksville, Hernando County and the U.S. Census Bureau invite residents to participate in the "Make Brooksville and Hernando County Count — March to the Mail Box" census event from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando Park band shell in downtown Brooksville.
The free event will feature live entertainment, giveaways, raffle prize drawings and food. For information, call Brooksville City Hall at (352) 540-3810 or Hernando County at (352) 540-6780.
YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day on April 17
The Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., will host its annual Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17.
The event is free and open to the public. This year's focus is promoting a healthy lifestyle for children. A variety of exhibitors will be on hand to promote health-related items for kids and families.
For information, call (352) 688-9622.
DAV chapter's golf tournament on May 12
Disabled American Veterans Cada Haddon Chapter 67 will host its first DAV Golf Tournament on May 12 at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville, 18032 Seville Clubhouse Drive.
Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.; the shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The cost is $280 for a four-person team or $70 per single golfer. Payment must be received by April 15.
The tourney will include mulligans for $10 each (two per person). Prizes will be awarded for a hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to the pin and other achievements.
For information, call Howard Lupo at (352) 556-5762 or (352) 796-1679 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hurricane and Safety Expo set for May 1
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management will host the annual Hurricane and Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.
The event will feature chief meteorologist Tammie Souza from WTSP-Ch. 10, who will discuss the coming hurricane season and answer questions.
Activities include a high-voltage demonstration, marine safety, a KID (Kids in Disaster) Korner and emergency vehicle displays. Vendors for safety products, personal disaster preparedness and home retrofit products will be on hand.
Vendor spaces are available. Call Dianne Cox at (352) 754-4083 or visit www.hernandosheriff.org (follow the Expo link).
Register now for next Rain Barrel Workshop
A Rain Barrel Workshop will start at noon April 17 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive.
The workshop will be presented by John Korycki of the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Participants will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use, placement and decoration.
The cost is $30 per completed barrel. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 754-4433.
Volunteers needed for SHARP Crime Watch
SHARP Crime Watch needs day and night patrollers and dispatchers.
Patrollers are provided with radios and designated areas to patrol. Dispatchers keep close contact with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services, Code Enforcement and other county offices. Calls are made daily to the elderly who live alone. The group also will watch residents' homes while they are out of town.
Those wishing to volunteer or learn more about the group may attend one of the monthly meetings or call (352) 683-5936. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. The next meeting is Monday.
Birding, wildlife fest at Chinsegut April 16-17
The Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival will be April 16-17 at the Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road.
The program April 16 includes:
• Conservation biology of swallow-tailed kites of Florida and beyond, 6:45 to 7:50 p.m.
• Chinsegut bat, owl, beetle and firefly prowl, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
The program April 17 includes:
• Bird banding, 7:30 to 10 a.m.
• Burrowing owls, 8 to 10 a.m.
• Birds and wildflowers (off-site field trip at Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area), 8 to 11 a.m.
• Bird walk, 8:30 to 9:50 a.m.
• Birds of prey, 9 to 9:50 a.m.
• Butterfly walk, 10 to 10:50 a.m.
• Florida bluebirds, 10 to 10:50 a.m.
• Burrowing owls, 10 to 11:50 a.m.
• Birds and wildlife games and activity booth, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Build bird houses with Hernando Audubon Society ($5 kit), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Bird detective: Learn how to identify Florida birds, 11 to 11:50 a.m.
• Butterfly walk, 11 to 11:50 a.m.
• Bird calling contest, noon to 12:30 p.m.
• Puppetry, 12:30 to 1 p.m.
• Bettles and bugs, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
• Sensing wildlife, 2 to 2:50 p.m.
• Wildflower/butterfly walk at Big Pine, 2 to 3:50 p.m.
• Creating a wildlife backyard habitat, 3 to 3:50 p.m.
• Free native plants, bird houses and more prize drawing, 4 to 4:30 p.m.
For information, contact Kristin Wood at (352) 754-6722.
Enrollment roundups for prekindergarten
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is offering VPK Round Up enrollment events for parents to receive a certificate of eligibility to enroll their children in Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program.
Required documentation include proof of the child's age (original birth certificate and/or original blue shot record) and proof of residency (Florida driver's license/identification card or current utility bill).
Roundups offered in Hernando County include:
• 5 to 8 p.m. April 14, Early Learning Coalition, 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville.
• 5 to 8 p.m. April 22, Early Learning Coalition, 15506 County Line Road, Suite 103, Spring Hill.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24, Early Learning Coalition, 15506 County Line Road, Suite 103, Spring Hill.
• 9 a.m. to noon May 1, South Brooksville Community Center, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville.
• 9 a.m. to noon May 15, Early Learning Coalition, 15506 County Line Road, Suite 103, Spring Hill.
• 5 to 8 p.m. May 27, Early Learning Coalition, 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville.
The free VPK program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1.
A complete list of roundup dates, including Pasco County sites, is available at www.phelc.org/calendar.
Those who cannot attend a roundup may stop by one of the Early Learning Coalition offices.
Call (727) 233-8291.
Artist plans workshop on painting outdoors
Hernando County POP will offer a plein air workshop with local oil painter Jana Withers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
The workshop is recommended for those with drawing/painting experience. Plein air is a French term for painting outdoors. Participants will learn about outdoor painting tools, how to select and sketch a scene, where to set up for the best lighting, and how to analyze shapes and colors.
The program will begin with a demonstration in oil, followed by an afternoon of painting; it will conclude with a review of completed work.
The workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost is $40. Call Withers at (727) 271-2787 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.