Miss Weeki Wachee Pageant taking entries
Registrations are now being taken for the official Miss Weeki Wachee Pageant, which will be March 6 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.
The pageant, which will be in the underwater mermaid theater, will feature various contests for all ages.
The cost is $69 for Baby Mister (newborn to 35 months) and Little Mister (ages 3-6) contests, and $79 for all girl pageants; all contestants will receive prizes and gifts. Divisions for girls and women include:
Teen Miss Weeki Wachee (ages 14-17), Miss Weeki Wachee (ages 18-28), Ms. Weeki Wachee (ages 29 and older), Mrs. Weeki Wachee (married women 18 and older), and various other divisions for girls ages newborn to 13.
Admission to the park for spectators will be $13 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Weeki Wachee State Park.
For information or to register, contact Star Search International at (813) 892-5502 or visit the website at weekiwacheepageant.com.
Super Bowl Sundae a pet shelter fundraiser
The Scarlet Belles at Tea invite area red and pink hatters to their sixth annual Super Bowl Sundae, which will be from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Dairy Queen, 370 Suzanne Drive at Commercial Way.
Women who wear their colors will receive 25 percent off their sundae.
Door prizes will be awarded every half-hour and tickets will be available for drawings for two gift baskets.
Those who bring donations of pet food will be entered into a special drawing. Donations will be given to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, Hernando County SPCA and SPCA of the Suncoast.
For information or to RSVP, call (727) 863-7724.
Library offers music, movement program
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a Movement and Music Program for children ages 3 to 5 p.m. at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
Participants will learn rhythm and movement through song and music.
The program is free, but registration is required. To reserve a spot, call (352) 540-6390.
Learn to fight weeds before spring arrives
A free horticulture class, Spring Into Action Before Weeds Spring Up, will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The class will be presented by John Korycki of the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. Participants will be able to prevent a hostile takeover of their lawns by stopping weeds before they get started by learning cultural control practices, as well as proper chemical control.
No registration is required. Seating will be addressed on a first-come, first-seated basis. For information, call (352) 540-6230.
Art in Park on Fine Arts Council agenda
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the meeting room at Beef O'Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road.
New officers will be inducted, including Jerry Cowling as chairman and Diane Malone as vice chairman. The board will discuss plans for the coming year, including the 27th annual Art in the Park, which will be April 30-May 1 at Tom Varn Park.
In conjunction with the meeting will be a fundraiser with Beef O'Brady's: Patrons who present a coupon from the HCFAC that day will have 15 percent of their bill donated to the nonprofit organization. Coupons are available on the HCFAC website at www.hernandoarts.org.
For information, call Myndee Washington with the Fine Arts Council at (352) 754-4788 (leave message).
Student Advisory Council meeting
Nature Coast Technical High School will have a Student Advisory Council meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the administrative conference room at the school, 4057 California St.
For information, call (352) 797-7088.
Trail ride in forest to benefit preservation
Horse owners are invited to participate in a "Trail Ride for the Preservation of the Croom Forest," which will be Jan. 29 at Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the ride starts at 10 a.m.
The cost is $25 per rider for those who pre-register and $30 on the day of the ride. The entry fee includes parking and lunch. Visit the website at citizenspreservationfund.com or call (352) 754-1759 or (813) 220-8459.
Funds raised will benefit the Citizens Preservation Fund, a nonprofit group of local residents who started a campaign against the pending 26-acre landfill site on the southern edge of the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.
Cleanup in preserve seeks volunteers
Volunteers are wanted to pitch in and help at the annual Environmentally Sensitive Lands Volunteer Workdays.
Work days are scheduled at the Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd. (at the gate on Olancha Road), on Jan. 29 and again on March 26. Volunteers will work from 8 a.m. to noon each day.
Those interested can help with general cleaning up of trash and debris, and clearing of small trees. The Hernando County Planning Department staff will oversee the work and provide a guided nature walk at the completion of work, for those who wish to go.
Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Bring your own gloves, eye and hearing protection, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water. Small tools, such as pruning saws, bow saws, chain saws, rakes and hoes, as well as a 5-gallon bucket, would also be useful.
Free oak firewood will be available to all volunteers.
For information, call Jim King at the Hernando County Planning Department, (352) 754-4057, ext. 28020.