NICOTINE DISCUSSED AT MEETING: Tobacco-Free Hernando will meet at 4 p.m. today at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The speaker will be Veronique Polo, a certified cessation specialist with the Area Health Education Center. She will discuss "The Physiology of Nicotine."
For information, call Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817 or Tresa Watson at (352) 596-8000.
OPEN CAMPUS/DINNER AT MIDDLE SCHOOL: An open campus is planned from 3 to 6 p.m. and a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.
The program will begin with an introduction of faculty and staff at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria, and will include an overview of the school's curriculum, procedures and expectations. Student schedules will be available for pickup at 4 p.m. in the gymnasium, where there will also be information about athletics and lunch accounts.
Parents who pay the $15 annual activity fee will be eligible to win prizes.
The Parent-Teacher-Student Association will host the spaghetti dinner and a clothing swap in the cafeteria, sponsored by Rookies, Golden Corral and IHOP. Dinner is free for children and $3 for adults.
For information, call Donna Marcinowski at (352) 797-7035.
SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES: The following open houses at Hernando County public schools are scheduled this week:
Brooksville Elementary: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday
Chocachatti Elementary: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday
Deltona Elementary: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday
Eastside Elementary: 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday
Moton Elementary: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday
Pine Grove Elementary: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday
Spring Hill Elementary: 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday
Suncoast Elementary: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday
Westside Elementary: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday
Challenger K-8: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday
Explorer K-8: 5 to 7 p.m. today for grades 5-8; 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday for grades K-4
J.D. Floyd K-8: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Winding Waters K-8: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday
Parrott Middle: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday
West Hernando Middle: 3 to 6 p.m. Friday.
LINE DANCE: The next Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
DJ Dave will entertain with Top 20 and old-time favorites. He will also take requests.
No dance lessons will be provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. Couples and singles are welcome. Guests may bring their own beverages, snacks and ice.
Admission is $5. For information, contact Norma at (352) 397-6088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FISHING PROGRAM AT LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will host the final program in its Uncle John's Fishin' School summer program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The program will be a "Captain's Table" and will include inshore and offshore charter captains who will answer participants' fishing questions.
The free program is sponsored by ANDE Monofilament, DOA Lures and MirrOlure. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit the website at hernandocountylibrary.us.
BIKE RUN FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Marine Corps League Detachment 708's annual Scholarship Run will be Aug. 25, with sign-ups from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
This will be a dice run for $10 per rider; additional cards are $5.
Stops will include Floral City VFW Post 7122, Hernando VFW Post 4252 and AmVets Post 447 in Inglis, ending back at Detachment 708, where hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Last bike in will be at 4 p.m.
There will be high- and low-score prizes, raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
The event is supported by the detachment and the ABATE of Florida Freedom Chapter. For information, call Herb Robinson at (352) 596-1922 or the Marine Corps League at (352) 597-7979.
LEARN ABOUT PHCC'S ENCORE ACADEMY: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College has scheduled four sessions of its "Plus 50 Information and Orientation": from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, and from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Spring Hill Campus at 450 Beverly Court.
The sessions will begin with an overview of the Encore Academy Plus 50 Ageless Learning Program, which provides computer workshops, personal enrichment courses and social activities designed for adults 50 and older.
The Plus 50 Completion Initiative will also be presented for those interested in completing a degree or certification program.
The main presentation will be followed by a meet-and-greet with instructors.
Past and present members (students) will also be available to answer questions.
For information about the Encore Academy or the orientation session, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit phcc.edu/encore.
9/11 CEREMONY: A 9/11 Remembrance ceremony to remember and honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is scheduled for Sept. 11 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.
The ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive earlier to view the 9/11 memorial on the grounds, which contains items from all attack sites. Those attending are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The event is hosted by the VFW and the Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill. For information, call the post at (352) 796-0398.
CRESTS CONCERT: A benefit concert featuring Tommy Mara and the Crests will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The concert will include a variety of music, from doo-wop to today's Top 40.
The event is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. Tickets are $25 plus tax. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped school supply.
For reservations, call (727) 863-7949.
Visit the website at palacegrand.com.