'Quit Smoking Now' class starts Oct. 9
Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center will offer the free "Quit Smoking Now" tobacco cessation classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting Oct. 9, at Oak Hill Hospital, Conference Room 2, 11375 Cortez Blvd.
The six-week program is facilitated by a certified health education specialist and is designed to help smokers modify their behaviors and overcome the nicotine addiction in a supportive group environment.
For information or to register, call Becky Martin at the Hernando County Health Department, (352) 540-6848.
Concert at church will benefit South Africa
A benefit concert for South Africa with Carlton Burgess and Judy Peterson will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at New Beginnings Life Center Church, 3350 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
For information, call (352) 686-8880.
Affirming America series continues
Academia Hernando will continue its fall lecture series, Affirming America, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.
The topic will be "Our Great Opera Singers," presented by Jerry Squier.
The series, which continues on Mondays through Nov. 24, will also include:
• "Our Peculiar Geography (An Aid to Democracy)", Oct. 13
• "Our Innovative Movie Directors", Oct. 20
• "Our Great Philosophers", Nov. 3
• "Our Great Painters", Nov. 10
• "Our Great Writers", Nov. 17
The cost to attend individual lectures is $7.
For information, call (352) 597-0158.
Filipino-American Club plans roasted pig luau
The Filipino American Social Club will host a "Fiesta Tropicale" Hawaiian Luau and Recognition Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Regency Park Civic Association Hall, 10240 Regency Park Blvd.
The event will feature the traditional "lechon," or roasted pig, in addition to a full course buffet dinner and Philippine native desserts.
San Miguel beer, imported from the Philippines, will be available at the cash bar.
DJ Ernie will provide a variety of dance music and requests. The FASC recognition awards will be presented.
Tickets are $20 for adults if purchased by Monday and $25 thereafter and at the door. Tickets for children ages 9-13 are $10 each; children 8 and younger are admitted free.
For information or tickets, call Ernie at (352) 684-9252, Estrella at (352) 686-5519, Brenda at (352) 942-3570 or Roger at (352) 683-4751.
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Library to show film 'American President'
The Hernando County Public Library System will have a free showing of the movie The American President at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The film stars Michael Douglas as widowed President Andrew Shepard, who tries to balance approval ratings and an aggressive political opponent while wooing environmental lobbyist Sydney Wade, played by Annette Bening. The movie is rated PG-13.
Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Master Gardeners plant sale Saturday
The Hernando County Master Gardeners will host their Fall Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St.
The sale will include hundreds of plants, including trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers and perennials. Plants have been specifically grown to tolerate local climate conditions. All have been propagated and grown by the Master Gardeners.
Proceeds will be used to maintain and grow the Hernando County Master Gardener Program, which offers education and information to residents about gardening and maintaining urban, suburban and rural landscapes, while promoting environmental awareness and protection.
For information, call (352) 754-4433.