A free class on vermicomposting, "Opening a Can of Worms," will be presented at 10 a.m. July 15 at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service satellite office in the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The speaker is Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program coordinator John Korycki, who will discuss vermicomposting, composting using worms. Those attending will learn the basics on how to get started on this simple way to create rich, dark home compost.
Seating is limited. There is no cost to attend. For information, call 754-4433.
Season tickets for shows are 8 for $104
The cost is $104 for eight shows, which will be 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 Freidman
• 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 on either Aug. 14 or Sept. 18 at the clubhouse.
For tickets or information, call Barbara at 597-4620.
Coast Guard Auxiliary instructs boaters
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following at its facility at 4340 Calienta St.
• "Who We Are" presentation, 7 p.m. July 28. Free. The auxiliary, the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the Coast Guard, conducts safety patrols and search and rescue missions, assists the Coast Guard with homeland security duties, and teaches boating safety classes and other community services. New members are wanted. To reserve a seat, call Ray at 596-8542.
• "America's Boating Course," from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 12-14. This three-day basic course is an informative overview of boating safety, and it includes all information to qualify for the Florida boating safety ID card. The cost is $30, which includes a text. To reserve a seat or for information, call John at 573-8155.
• Free vessel safety checks are available and can be done at the auxiliary, at a boat ramp, or wherever the boat is kept. To schedule an appointment, call Jackie at 666-7239.
Visit the local auxiliary's Web site at http://a0701508.uscgaux.info/.
Democratic Club holds bake sale, then meets
The Hernando County Democratic Club will host a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the headquarters at 13430 Chambord St. (between Sunshine Grove Road and Coastal Boulevard).
The sale will include pies, cakes, breads and other treats. In celebration of America's birthday, free hot dogs and lemonade will be served. After the sale will be a club meeting. For information, call Harvey at 686-0686.
Planning and zoning needs new members
The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in filling a vacancy on the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission; the term is through Dec. 31, 2009.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is an advisory board on rezonings and other land use issues, and makes recommendations to county commissioners.
Those interested in this volunteer, nonpaid position must be Hernando County residents and registered voters.
Applications are available in the County Administrator's office, Room 460 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. July 22.
For information, call 754-4002.
Host families sought for exchange students
The International Cultural Exchange Service is seeking local host families for exchange students from 20 countries who will be coming to the area for the upcoming school year.
Students are from 15 to 18 years old, speak English, are carefully interviewed and selected by their home countries and are sponsored by ICES, a nonprofit organization.
The purpose of the program is to allow the students to learn about this country through living as a part of a family, attending high school, and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted family.
Those interested in being a host family can select the student of their choice from extensive student applications, family photos and biographical essays.
The students arrive five days before the beginning of the school year and return five days after the end of the school year.
Each ICES student is fully insured, brings his or her own spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities. For information, call regional administrator Joan Soderqvist toll-free at 1-866-637-4073.
Tae kwon do lessons open to all ages
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registration for a summer session of tae kwon do, which will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, starting this week, at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd.
The program is open to ages 6 through adult. The instructor will be master Sam Kinard.
The first lesson is free. The cost is $30 for the first month and $40 for additional months. For information, call 754-4031.
Know someone great? Share the information
Brooksville is accepting nominations for this year's Great Brooksvillian, who will be honored at a ceremony during the Founders Week celebration in October.
The annual Great Brooksvillian program recognizes individuals who have made significant, positive contributions to the history, culture or economy of the community. A plaque at Brooksville City Hall commemorates the honorees, and a plaque is presented to each honoree.
The deadline to submit nominations for the award is 5 p.m. Friday. For information, call 544-5407 or send e-mail to email@example.com.