Learn to play bunco at church on Friday
Alpha Delta Beta will host a Bunco Night at 7 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall at the Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd.
Bunco is a social dice game that involves no skill (no decisions to be made) and is easy to learn.
Admission is $10 per person. There will be a concession stand with snacks and beverages available for purchase. Raffle tickets will be sold at the door for prize drawings.
For information, e-mail alpha firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at www.alpha deltabeta.org.
Church rummage sale, flea market soon
Spring Hill United Church of Christ will host its semi-annual indoor rummage sale and outdoor tailgate flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at the church, 4244 Mariner Blvd.
Space rentals are available for the outdoor flea market. Call Ed at (352) 683-0841. For information, call Louise at (352) 796-1189.
Poker run to help buy presents for veterans
The American Legion Riders Post 186 will host a fundraiser poker run Nov. 9 to help buy Christmas presents for the 120 veterans at Lopez State Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes. The event is sponsored by the Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans.
Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd. The cost is $10 per person, which includes a buffet dinner at the American Legion after the run.
The last bike out will be at noon. Stops include VFW Post 9236 on Shoal Line Boulevard in Hernando Beach, VFW Post 335 in New Port Richey and VFW Post 8681 at County Line Road and Drayton Street in Shady Hills.
The last bike should arrive back at the American Legion at 5 p.m., where there will be the dinner, music, raffles and prizes.
First place prize is $100 for the best poker hand, second place wins $50 and the worst hand wins $25.
Make checks out to the NCVV Inc. For information, call Doug or Fran at (352) 686-1820.
Knit or crochet? Group wants you
Knitters and crocheters are invited to join the Tuesday at Two Knitters, which meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays at Beary G's Bus at 12514 Citrus Way.
There are no dues or fees required to join. Instructions are provided for beginners and members share advice and support.
For information, call Wanda at (352) 544-0449 or e-mail email@example.com (put "knitter" on the subject line).
Solve clues, complete challenges at race
Girl Scouts of Brooksville and Ridge Manor will host an Amazing Race Event from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 at Lake Townsen Regional Park, 28011 Lake Lindsey Road.
Competitors will receive clues as they complete challenges while working in a team with other girls to find the final clue.
The event is open to girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. There is no cost to participate. Girls should wear closed shoes (preferably sneakers) with socks. Participants should bring sunscreen and bug repellent.
Information on the Girl Scouts will be available and registrations will be taken on site. Several troops have immediate placement availability and new troops are forming. Membership is $10 per girl or adult joining; financial assistance is available.
For information, call Roni toll-free at 1-800-881-4475 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site at www.gswcf.org.
Learn about reptiles, butterflies and more
Chinsegut Nature Center will host the following events and programs:
• Reptile and Amphibian Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. The event will include demonstrations, a large indoor exhibit, a puppet show, walks and talks. Door prizes will be awarded. In-service credit may be available for participating educators.
• Jane Butterfield Brooks Preserve Wildflower and Butterfly Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 14. Participants meet at the preserve parking lot at Citrus Way and Bailey Hill Road. Bring binoculars and filed guides, if you have them.
• Junior Butterfly Watching Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18. This program is for ages 16 and younger; kids younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn about some of the common butterflies and observe them in their natural habitat.
• Florida's Coastal Shorebirds and Seabirds, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. This is a seaside slide show with Chris Burney, the Shorebird Partnership coordinator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
• Pioneer Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 1. This is the annual living arts demonstration of the past that will include hand-cranked ice cream, broom making, a lumber jack demonstration, spinning, horse-drawn wagon rides, butter churning, rope making, open hearth cooking, an archery exhibit and more. In-service credit may be available for educators.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and held at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. For information or to make reservations for one of the classes, call (352) 754-6722 or visit online at www.myfwc.com/chinsegut.
Residents, this day is for you to have fun
A Community Appreciation Fall Fun Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Paul and Jerry's Self Storage, 10161 County Line Road.
The event will include a food drive for the United Way of Hernando County, a blood drive with the LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile, free refreshments, prize drawings and games. DJ Willie Matos will entertain.
The event will be held in conjunction with a bike ride sponsored by Sky PowerSports. Participating bikers are encouraged to bring a food donation or donate blood to receive patches and T-shirts. Representatives from the Center for Independent Living will be on hand to provide information on free services and equipment available.
Those who bring a nonperishable food or donate blood will receive a raffle ticket for a chance at drawings for Red Lobster gift cards and other prizes.
For information, call (352) 684-4414.
Chamber's Halloween Carnival starts Oct. 30
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Hernando 2008 will present a four-day Halloween Carnival with Reithoffer Shows from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in the parking lot at Lowe's, 4780 Commercial Way.
The event will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30; 5 to midnight Oct. 31; 1 p.m. to midnight Nov. 1; and 1 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2. Armbands will be sold for the Oct. 30 and 31 events as well as from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Ride tickets will be sold for 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 1 and 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2.
Advance armbands are $15, $20 on event days. Ride tickets will be 15 for $10.
Proceeds will benefit local charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Brooksville, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando, National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando, New Beginnings Youth Shelter, the Arc Nature Coast and the Rotary Centennial Dog Park.
Advance ticket locations include Cortez Community Bank, 1000 S Broad St., Brooksville; and Re-Max Advantage Realty, 4320 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill.
For information or to make a donation, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
VFW offers karaoke, bingo, hall rental
VFW POST 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, invites the public to the following weekly activities and events:
• Karaoke with Rusty, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, in the canteen. There is a bucket of beer special and pizza available for $1 a slice.
• Live musical entertainment, 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays, in the canteen. There is no cover charge.
• The kitchen is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except on Fridays, when it is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The canteen is open daily.
• Hall rental is available for weddings, birthday parties, holiday parties and other celebrations. For details, call Hugh Hayes at (352) 686-3337.
• Bingo games have been temporarily postponed due to technical difficulties. The start-up date will be posted soon.
The post will be assisting needy veterans and their families during the holidays with Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.
Donations of food items are needed and can be dropped off at the post.
For information, call the post at (352) 796-0398 or visit www.VFWPOST10209.webs.com.
REGISTER to VOTE AT SAM'S CLUB
Voter registrations will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in front of Sam's Club, 13360 Cortez Blvd., by the Hernando County Young Democrats.
Residents can register with any political party or no party.
The group will also accept donations of nonperishable food to be given to local food pantries. For information, call (352) 238-6299.
Monday is the deadline to register for those wishing to vote in the November elections. Registrations can also be done at the supervisor of elections office, Room 165 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Information is available on the supervisor of elections Web site at office at www.hernandovotes.com. Call the office at (352) 754-4125.