Simpson sets grand opening for his office
State Sen. Wilton Simpson will host a grand opening of his Brooksville office from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 10 W Jefferson St. Simpson, a Republican, represents Hernando, Pasco and Sumter counties. Refreshments will be provided. Attendees should RSVP by emailing Harrison.Patty@flsenate.gov or by calling (850) 487-5018.
Learn to become a better boater
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its Boating Skills and Seamanship course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 to March 12, at the facility at 4340 Calienta St. The nine-week program, designed for experienced and novice boaters, covers boating safety, rules, navigation, weather, radio and Florida law. Completion of the course satisfies the requirement for a Florida Boating Safety ID. The cost is $50, which includes the text. For information, call Jeff at (352) 397-5417.
Time to sign up for health program
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registration for the next Hernando Health Experience. Initial check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at GIME Fitness, 19832 County Line Road. The final check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23. The 10-week program is designed to motivate, educate and support people and families to seek healthier lives. There are no special foods or medications. Participants can meet for workouts, scavenger hunts and other planned events, and can take advantage of menu planning, nutritional information and cooking videos. The cost is $35. People who complete the program and attend the final check-in will receive a refund of half the registration fee. To register, visit hernandohealth experience.com or call Kim at (352) 428-6368 or the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
For dogs, it'll be a day at the beach
Hernando County Parks and Recreation will host its next Bark Island event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive. Dogs and their owners are welcome to play and enjoy the beach. Pets must be current with their vaccinations and tags must be provided. Owners should have a leash on hand and are responsible for picking up after their pets. The cost is $7 per car or walk-up patron. Effective Jan. 26, the fees will be $7 for the first dog and $3 for each additional dog for those who bring more than one dog to the event. Additional dates include Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9. To register or for information, call (352) 754-4031.
Gong Show good for laughs, AFO
The Alzheimer's Family Organization is selling tickets to the 13th annual Gong Show, which will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive. Tickets are $25, $30 and $40 for preferred seating. The annual benefit will include a dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill, the show, door prizes, silent auctions, raffles, snacks and soft drinks. Guests may bring their own beverages. For information or tickets, call AFO at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
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