RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISERS: The committee for the Spring Hill Relay for Life will host the following fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society:
• Navigator Dash for a Cure, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Challenger K-8 School, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill.
A $2 donation gains access to the carnival-style event with food, games and viewing areas for the dash, which features students running to raise money. The cost to run is $10. The race will start at 10 a.m. for primary runners (kindergarten to Grade 2), 11:30 for intermediate (grades 3 to 5), 1 p.m. for middle school runners and 2:30 p.m. for high school runners. For information, contact Stephanie Post at [email protected] or Mildred Murrman at [email protected]
• Pool tournament, BB Magee's, 12400 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Doors open at noon Saturday; the tourney starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $10. This is a double-elimination, 8-ball tournament race to two. Prizes will be awarded. Chance tickets will be sold for cue sticks and gift baskets. Contact BB Magee's at (727) 861-1769.
• Bingo benefit, 7 to 9 p.m. March 8, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The cost is $20. The event is open to adults only, 18 and older. Contact [email protected]
• Walmart Charity Golf Tournament, March 10, River Ridge Golf Club, 11022 Tee Time Circle, New Port Richey. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, with teams of four golfers. There will be a barbecue and contests. To enter, contact Tom Cooper at (631) 704-6686 or [email protected]
• Tax returns will be provided with a minimum donation of $100 to the American Cancer Society on March 24 at Liberty Tax Service, 5476 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. There will be free food and music throughout the day. To schedule an appointment, call (352) 835-7186.
• Convert VHS tapes to DVDs, with all funds going to Relay for Life. The cost is $15 for a standard two-hour tape and $25 for two. Send email to [email protected] or call (813) 562-1779.
The Spring Hill Relay for Life will be March 30 and 31 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.
SCHOOL ADVISORY MEETING: The School Advisory Committee at Nature Coast Technical High School will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the media center, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 797-7088, ext. 407.
CPR CLASS OFFERED: Hernando County Recreation Department will offer the American Heart Association's CPR Adult, Infant and Child/AED (automated external defibrillator) course from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.
The course is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or unlicensed health care professionals, as well as the general public.
Participants will receive a certification card, good for two years. Additional classes will be March 2 and March 23, same time and location. The cost is $40.
To register, call Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664 or the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
BUY PAVERS FOR 9/11 MEMORIAL: The Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill are selling brick pavers for the 9/11 memorial on the grounds at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.
The memorial is in front of the post and adjacent to the World War I and World War II memorial, across from the proposed Korean War and Vietnam War memorial site.
The cost is $50 for an engraved brick paver. Each paver includes four lines, with 16 characters per line, for engraving.
Checks or money orders should be made out to the 9-11-2001 Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.
For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401.
VENDORS CAN TRY MARKET FOR FREE: The Brooksville Business Alliance invites new vendors to try the weekly Market on Main Street, which is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays along Main Street, between Broad and Liberty streets.
For a free pass or for information, call Lisa at (352) 428-9275.
MODEL SHIP SHOW: The Suncoast Ship Model Society will present its annual ship display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive, Spring Hill.
Visitors will have an opportunity to see ships dating from the 18th Century to modern times.
There will be ships in a bottle, frigates, merchant ships, riverboats, tugboats and schooners, as well as radio-controlled ships. Modelers will be on hand to answer questions.
There is no cost for admission, but donations will be accepted. For information, call Ed Singer at (352) 797-0998.
CONCERT FEATURES MANILOW MUSIC: The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present "I Am Music … The Songs of Barry Manilow" at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville.
The concert will feature classic hits, such as Mandy, Copacabana, I Write the Songs, Could It Be Magic and I Can't Smile Without You.
Tickets are $25, reserved seating only. Call the hotline at (352) 799-5577. Visit the website at hpag.org.
RADIO-CONTROLLED PLANE RACE: The Hernando Aero Modelers will host a Club 40 Pylon Race from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at the club field at the Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville.
Admission and parking are free. Food and cold drinks will be available. For information, call Bill Panzeter at (352) 346-9948 or George Yager at (352) 796-0474.
LEARN AFRICAN DRUMMING AND DANCING: A three-day African drum and dance camp will be offered at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake, kicking off at 5 p.m. March 15 and continuing through 2 p.m. March 18.
Camp Maitres Tambour Afric will provide a unique opportunity to study African drum and dance, culture and traditions with more than 25 African drum and dance masters from various African ethnic groups (Ivory Coast, Guinea, Congo, Senegal and Kenya).
There will be 12 dance classes and 12 drum classes. Traditional instrument classes and traditional African song classes will also be provided, as well as children's classes and nightly drum circles around the bonfire.
Camp Maitres Tambour Afric is a nonprofit organization that has a vision of creating an educational journey through African performing arts, emphasizing cultural and spiritual understanding.
People of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to participate. The cost is $60 for adults and free for Hernando County youth ages 17 and younger; children ages 6 to 17 from other counties pay $30. All children must come with an adult. Vendors are invited to participate at no additional cost other than the $60 event fee.
Free primitive camping is available. For information, send email to [email protected], call (407) 574-2941 or visit the website at cmtafric.weebly.com.
RUN OR CYCLE FOR ALZHEIMER'S: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host its 2012 Pasco Challenge on March 10 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey.
More than 600 participants are expected to run, cycle and walk for those who are battling Alzheimer's and for their families.
Competitive events include 5K and 10K footraces and a half marathon.
Noncompetitive events include a 1-mile walk/fun run and 25K, 50K and 100K bike tours.
For information about the challenge, to sponsor the event or to register, call the Alzheimer's Family Organization at (727) 848-8888 or visit the website at alzheimersfamily.org.
HOSPITAL WANTS VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer opportunities are available with the Oak Hill Hospital Volunteer Association.
In particular, golf cart drivers are needed to transport patients, visitors and families to and from the hospital parking lot. Additional opportunities are also available for three shifts — mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Oak Hill is at 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call the volunteer association office at (352) 597-3038.
MOBILE PARK CELEBRATES 40 YEARS: Frontier Park's 40th anniversary party will be March 9 to 11 on the community grounds, 15549 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The following events are open to the public:
• Street concert with the Southern Reign Band, 7 p.m. March 9. The event will include a 50/50 drawing to benefit All Children's Hospital and the Salvation Army, as well as door prizes.
The street dance and stage set-up will be by the gazebo; in case of inclement weather, the event will be in the clubhouse.
Also, between 5:30 and 8 p.m., the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in front of the office.
• Decorated golf cart parade, noon March 10. The parade will also include wheelchairs and bicycles.
• David Onan and the Gulf Ridge Quartet, 7 p.m. March 11, in the clubhouse. This is a gospel singing group. Limited seating is available.
For information, call Marv at (352) 442-3210.
WORKSHOPS FOR SENIORS: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer a variety of enrichment workshops during March at the PHCC Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. The Encore Academy is a service of PHCC that provides educational opportunities to adults over the age of 50.
• Introduction to the Internet, 10 a.m. to noon March 7. Students receive hands-on experience connecting to the Internet, surfing the Web, safety tips, information search tips and setting up Internet options.
• Photo Fun Online, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 7. Learn a variety of ways to edit photos and create photo memory books using online programs Picasa and My Publisher.
• Beginning Email, 9 a.m. to noon March 9. Learn to set up a free email account and communicate with others via email.
• Scanning and Storing Photographs, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 14.
• Plato's Just Society, 9 a.m. to noon March 14. Explore lessons from Plato's The Republic, which shaped the vision of key founders of the nation and influenced the structure and scope of the U.S. Constitution.
• Desktop Publishing, 9 a.m. to noon March 16. Change the appearance of a document using page borders and graphics, and how to create labels and make signs.
• Hound and Heart, 9 a.m. to noon March 21. Learn basic CPR and first aid for pets.
Students will explore how to stabilize their pets before going to the vet.
• Email — Working With Attachments, 9 a.m. to noon March 23. This course will demonstrate how to add an attachment to outgoing email, open and save attachments from incoming email, and download and save picture attachments.
• Genealogy, 1 to 4 p.m. March 23. Learn to find ancestors, famous relatives, immigration information and more using Ancestry.com.
• Mail Merge, 9 a.m. to noon March 30. Personalize letters you wish to send to multiple people by using Microsoft Word's Mail Merge feature. Create mailing labels easily in Microsoft Word, using an Excel data sheet.
Also discussed will be using other data sources, such as MS Outlook.
All workshops are open to the community; membership in the Encore Academy is not required. The registration fee is $18 for each three-hour workshop and $12 for each two-hour workshop.
Registration deadlines are two days before workshop start dates. For information, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit phcc.edu/encore.
STRAWBERRY FEST: The 25th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 at Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. Parking and a shuttle will be available from the Citrus County Fairgrounds. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 11 and younger. For information, call the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at (352) 795-3149.
BOATING CLASSES OFFERED: The Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach, will offer the following boating safety courses:
• How to Use Your Radio, 7 p.m. March 6. Learn about the latest lifesaving technology, including how to use DSC radios, Coast Guard 21 procedures and the Emergency Positioning Indicating Beacon. The cost is $10.
• Basic Kayaking and Canoeing, 9 a.m. March 24. This is a safety program for paddle enthusiasts. Topics include entering and exiting your paddle craft safely, hull designs, boating emergencies and legal requirements. The cost is $20.
• Suddenly in Command, 7 p.m. March 27. This is a primer course designed for boat passengers, who are not generally at the helm, to be prepared in case of an emergency. The cost is $10.
Registration begins a half-hour before the start of each class. For information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.