Register by Monday for golf tournament
Monday is the last day to register for the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament set for 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive.
The registration fee is $65 and includes golf and cart, buffet, contests and prizes. Sponsorships are also available. The tourney is sponsored by the Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Marianne at (352) 796-4043 or Pat at (352) 848-0842.
Fundraiser at cafe to help injured farrier
Love Your Neighbor and the Rising Sun Cafe will host a benefit for injured farrier Jason Biggs at noon Sept. 27 at the cafe, 10 S Main St.
Biggs was injured when a horse fell on him and has been battling complications for the past two months
The benefit will include a silent auction, music by the Geezers and a pulled pork lunch.
Auction items will be on display beginning Sept. 20 at the Rising Sun and will include horse tack, Indian crafts, merchandise and dining coupons, and a 2-year-old paintaloosa filly. Auction winners will be announced at 3 p.m. at the Sept. 27 event.
For information, call Rita at (352) 650-3151.
Kick the habit at free cessation program
A free six-week smoking cessation program will start next week at two locations:
• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 21, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
• Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 23, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The programs will be facilitated by Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center. For information or to register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 (leave message indicating which site you will attend).
Weekly pierogi, bake sales return to church
St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church will resume its weekly pierogi and bake sales from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 17, at the church, 8064 Weeping Willow St., off Cortez Boulevard, west of Mariner Boulevard.
The sale includes poppy, nut, apricot and prune rolls and other treats.
For information, call Alyce at (352) 688-1839 or the church at (352) 597-5589.
Young Democrats voter drive Saturdays
The Hernando County Young Democrats will continue their voter registration drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Mariner and Cortez boulevards.
Campaign literature and political items will be available (some free and some for purchase).
The drive will continue at the intersection Saturdays until the Oct. 6 deadline to register or change parties for the November election. For information, call Carol Maas at (352) 686-6198.
Get your hands dirty to help public land
As part of the 15th annual National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27, volunteers in Hernando County will donate their "sweat and elbow grease" to make sure local public lands are safe, clean and healthy for wildlife.
The Hernando County Government, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Southwest Florida Water Management District have partnered to have four work sites where volunteers can help by removing trash and debris, collect native plant seeds for restoration or complete a demonstration butterfly garden.
• The Weeki Wachee Preserve in Spring Hill, which is managed by Swiftmud.
• The Weeki Wachee Tract of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area in Weeki Wachee, managed by FWC.
• Peck Sink in Brooksville (near Brooksville Regional Hospital), which is managed by the county.
• Chinsegut Nature Center on Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville, managed by FWC.
Each work site will start their projects at 8 a.m. and complete their work by 11 a.m.
An after-party for all volunteers will be at Bud McKethan Park in front of Quarry Golf Course, off Broad Street at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. The party will include free lunch, drinks and a thank-you ceremony. All participating agencies and groups will speak and have an information table.
Sponsors include the Hernando Audubon Society and the Hernando Chapter of the Native Plant Society.
To sign up for a work site, call Becky Brown at (352) 754-6722 or Rebecca.Brown@MyFWC.com. Visit the Web site at www.public landsday.org.
Sign up for turkey shoot, trap tourney
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host the annual Hernando County Crime Stoppers Trap Tournament and Turkey Shoot at 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the club range in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area off Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
Registration for the trap tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. Registration by Sept. 22 costs $25. Lunch included. Participants are to bring their own guns and ammunition.
The trap tourney includes four rounds with five shots per round, with winners determined by total number of birds hit per round. Categories include teen, adult and senior.
The turkey shoot will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $4 per shot or four shots for $15. Guns and ammunition will be supplied for the turkey shoot. No experience required to participate.
Event sponsorships are still available for $100, $250 and $500. For information or to register, call John Hathorn at (352) 346-5914 or the sportsman's club at (352) 597-9931.
Raise awareness of the visually impaired
The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host the White Cane Awareness Day Walk for Independence from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.
Those interested can walk with friends and the visually impaired. Participants are to raise funds through sponsors and donations, which will be used to continue the vision rehabilitation training offered at the Lighthouse.
Also, visitors can experience what it is like to have a visual impairment by wearing simulator glasses.
For information, call the Lighthouse at (352) 754-1132.
Golf tournament to help build center
Catholic Charities' fourth annual Building Fund Golf Tournament will be Oct. 31 at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive.
The tournament is limited to 128 golfers. Registration and lunch will be at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m. For a hole-in-one, golfers can win a two-year auto lease courtesy of Rick Matthews Buick-Pontiac-GMC or a new golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars.
The event will include games, prizes and a silent auction.
The cost is $60 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Registration and sponsorships are due by Oct. 23.
Funds raised will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, which will be in Hernando County, but will also serve Pasco and Citrus counties.
The center will include programming for professional counseling services to the working poor, pregnancy and parenting support services to families facing an unplanned pregnancy, center-based respite care for those with Alzheimer's and other memory loss illnesses, and adoptions.
For information, call (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
Main Street market returns Sept. 20
Market on Main Street, which was on hiatus during the summer, returns this month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20 on Main Street between Broad and Liberty streets and in the city parking lot next to 31 S Main St.
Vendor spaces (10 by 10 feet) are available to those selling produce, plants and shrubbery, antiques, collectibles, crafts, woodwork, jewelry, candles, baskets, quilts and miscellaneous items.
Business and nonprofit groups are welcome. Spaces are $15 per month or $50 for four months (markets are on the third Saturday of each month). Vendors must supply their own tables and chairs.
For information, call (352) 797-9330 or (352) 650-8948, or go online at www.brooksville business.com.
Join Filipino group for Fiesta Tropicale night
The Filipino American Social Club will host a "Fiesta Tropicale" Hawaiian Luau and Recognition Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Regency Park Civic Association Hall, 10240 Regency Park Blvd.
The event will feature the traditional "lechon," or roasted pig, in addition to a full course buffet dinner and Philippine native desserts. San Miguel beer, imported from the Philippines, will be available at the cash bar.
DJ Ernie will provide a variety of dance music and requests. The FASC recognition awards will be presented.
Tickets are $20 for adults by Oct. 6, $25 thereafter and at the door. Tickets for children ages 9-13 are $10 each; children 8 and younger are admitted free.
For information or tickets, call Ernie at (352) 684-9252, Estrella at (352) 686-5519, Brenda at (352) 942-3570 or Roger at (352) 683-4751.
Smart growth topic of Realtors program
The Hernando County Association of Realtors, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, will host the Hernando Smart Growth Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Program facilitator will be Realtors association executive director Ed Carr. Speakers will include Hernando County business development director Mike McHugh; Paul Wieczorek, a senior planner with the Hernando County Planning Department; and Dennis Dix, transportation planning coordinator for the county. There will also be a presentation by Reality Check Tampa Bay and a One Bay presentation on the future of Hernando County.
The free workshop will include a light lunch. To register, call (352) 686-5124.
Have dinner, dance the afternoon away
A dinner-dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Dinner will be available at the post starting at 1 p.m. Dance music will include big band, Frank Sinatra, polkas, waltzes, Latin, Jazz and other sounds.
The cost is $10 for dancing only or $16 for dinner and dancing. Door prizes will be awarded.
Reservations suggested. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Call Mary at (352) 596-9486.
Learn to create a better landscape
A training series, "Four Weeks to a Better Landscape," will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Oct. 2-23, at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The training series will be provided by Urban Horticulture Agent Jim Moll. Participants will gain practical knowledge about proper care for their landscape by learning about insects, pesticides, pruning, fertilization, lawn care and citrus.
The cost is $20. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come basis. Registration will close and payment is required by Sept. 30. For information, call (352) 754-4433.