DONATe supplies today to fill kids' BACKPACKS
There's a "Tools for School" community fundraising event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 6270 Commercial Way. A bus from the Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County will collect donations of school supplies and backpacks. The fundraiser is in preparation for the annual backpack giveaway for local schoolchildren, which is Aug. 18. For details, email email@example.com.
Block Party is Tuesday night
The city of Brooksville hosts the Uptown Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday along N Brooksville Avenue. The free event will feature live music and food. For information, call the Brooksville Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.
Aloha Auction to benefit 4-H club
The Jolly Ranchers 4-H Club hosts its third annual Aloha Auction on Aug. 18 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. The evening will include a silent auction, a DJ and dancing. The group is seeking assistance with the dinner and auction. Donations of food items for the menu, as well as items or services for the auction, are needed. Those who donate items valued at $50 or more will receive two free tickets to the event. All donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds will help the group take an educational field trip to Washington, D.C., and go toward animal projects for 2013. For information or to help, call Tammy Fincher at (352) 650-0409 or Susan Stringer at (352) 585-3577.
Keep your cool at a concert tonight
Kim Evans and the Ultimate Band perform in concert 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. The indoor event is part of the Spring Hill Community Association's Summer Cabaret Series. Guests may dance to a variety of music, including swing, rock and disco. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres. Call (352) 666-4746 or visit springhill lakehouse.org.
Tour Nature Coast Botanical Gardens
The Spring Hill Garden Club offers guided tours of the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., between 9 a.m. and noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The property has 23 theme gardens, including a rose garden, Asian garden, memorial garden and butterfly garden. Tours are about one hour and free, though donations are appreciated. Reservations are required; call (352) 683-9933. Gardens open daily during daylight hours. Adjacent plant nursery is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Mondays. Visit naturecoastgardens.com.
'Compassion for All His Creatures' benefit pool tournament and Texas Hold 'Em tournament: Registration at noon, tournaments start at 1 p.m., Capone's Billiard Lounge, 10463 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Pool tournament, $15; poker tournament, $10. (352) 754-9692.
Basic Kayaking and Canoeing class: 7-9:30 p.m., Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. $20. (352) 200-8385.