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Things to do in Hernando County

HISTORIC SIGN DEDICATION: A dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the historical markers at Bayport Park will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the park, 4140 Cortez Blvd., Bayport.

The event will include local musicians providing Civil War-era music, re-enactors with an artillery demonstration and music by Jack and Company.

LIBRARY OFFERS TECHNICAL HELP: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer its Tech Tutors program from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 4 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Residents can receive assistance with smartphones, e-readers and other handheld, self-contained devices. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING: The American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life will have a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 7 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. A team meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The Brooksville Relay for Life will kick off with a survivors dinner at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. April 25 at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. The event will continue until 11 a.m. April 26.

To form a team or register as a survivor, visit For information about sponsorship details, contact Lisa at (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612, or

CANDIDATE MEET AND GREET: A meet-and-greet fundraising reception for Beth Narverud will be at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Narverud is running for the District 3 seat on the Hernando County School Board.

The suggested donation is $50, but any campaign contribution will be accepted at the door. To RSVP or for information, send email to or visit the event page, VoteBeth Meet and Greet Fundraising Reception, on Facebook.

BLUEBERRY FEST: The 2014 Florida Blueberry Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 12 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 throughout downtown Brooksville.

The annual event includes arts and crafts, entertainment, a "Blueberry Patch" kids zone and a variety of exhibitors. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and younger. Parking in designated areas will be $4 per car.

For information, visit

CAR, TRUCK SHOWS AT FESTIVAL: Registration is being taken for the car and monster truck shows that will be part of the Florida Blueberry Festival in downtown Brooksville.

The Florida Blueberry Festival Car Show, hosted by Monster Truck Transmission, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12. It will include antiques, custom cars, classics and custom trucks. Trophies will be awarded in various categories. There will be raffles and door prizes. Goody bags and dash plaques will be provided. Registration is $15, which includes admission to the festival. Proceeds will benefit A New Generation, a nonprofit pregnancy and family resource center. For information, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4494, or send email to

The Mud Truck Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. There is no cost to participate and mud truck entry includes free admission to the festival. There will be a pit stop challenge for children. For details, contact Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830 or, or Scott Griffin toll-free at 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4494, or

CLUBS HOST OPEN HOUSE: An open house will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive, Spring Hill.

There will be 14 clubs, representing various art genres, such as woodworking, oil painting, crafts, woodcarving, shipbuilding, decorative art, rock polishing, jewelry and quilting.

There will be light refreshments and prizes. For information, call (352) 684-6943.

BECOME A LOCAL WEATHER OBSERVER: The Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club will offer a two-hour training class for adults interested in becoming local weather observers during weather emergencies. The class will be at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Warning coordination meteorologist Dan Noah with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather service office in Ruskin will provide Skywarn classroom training — both basic and refresher training. Participants do not have to be amateur radio operators to take the class.

There is no cost to attend. A reference manual will be provided at no cost. Participants are to bring a pencil or pen, as well as a notebook. For information, contact Dave at or (352) 684-3925.

REMEMBERING CRIME VICTIMS: National Victims' Rights Week will be observed April 6 to 12, and the "Victims' Voice 2014: A Time of Remembrance" program will be at 3 p.m. April 9 in the jury selection room at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

The program will show support for victims and survivors of crime, who will be recognized during the program. Those who have a loved one they would like remembered during the program should call Mary Johnston at the State Attorney's Office, (352) 754-4255.

JOIN NEXT HURRICANE HOOPLA: Tickets and sponsorships are available for the Arc Nature Coast's Luna Fusion Hurricane Hoopla, which will be from 7:30 to 11 p.m. April 12 at the Arc's Education Center and Regional Hurricane Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Tickets are $35. Sponsorships range from $250 to $5,000. This is the Arc's signature fundraising event.

The Arc is a nonprofit organization that provides services and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. For tickets, sponsorship details or information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or visit .

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.

Screenings will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: April 9 and 23. The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested. Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

SENIOR PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers.

Volunteers are needed in various capacities: tutoring elementary and high school students; teaching life skills to young parents; tutoring adult education students; delivering meals to the homebound; providing transportation for the blind and visually impaired; preparing tax returns; working in the thrift store; participating in environmental stewardship programs; and sorting and distributing food to the needy.

For information, call (352) 796-8117.

Things to do in Hernando County 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:19pm]
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