Embroiderers' Guild of America, Sandhill Crane Chapter: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W. The program will feature the brick stitch in beading. Membership is open to anyone interested in stitching, from those wishing to learn to the most experienced. All types of needlework is covered, including cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel and surface embroidery. (352) 596-1415 or (352) 249-1084.
Florida Native Plant Society: 7 p.m. Monday, Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St. A presentation on the Florida Master Naturalist Program will be presented by program instructor and wildlife biologist Jeanne Murphy. The meeting is open to the public; there is no cost to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at www.hcfnps.org.
General Federation of Women's Club/Brooksville Woman's Club: Covered-dish luncheon at noon, general meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, 131 S Main St. The cost for lunch is $3 for those who bring a dish and $6 for those without a dish. The meeting program will be "GFWC Arts and Crafts," presented by Joyce Dudley. Performer/comic Sandra Sleesman will entertain. Martha Heino, (352) 345-4950. The annual Collectible Antiques and Appraisal and Sales Fair fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds auditorium, 6436 S Broad St. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 11 and younger. Items can be appraised for $5 each. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and raffles. Vendors are welcome; table rentals are $40 for the two days. Contact Martha Heino at the number above or Joan Sherman, (352) 796-8224.
German-American Club of Spring Hill: Membership meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St. Jack Yaskulski, (352) 688-3744.
Hernando Audubon Society: Hernando County Big Day, Saturday. This is a daylong search for birds throughout the county. Those wishing to participate may call Clay, (352) 592-4949, ext. 4325. Environmental Sensitive Land Day Clean Up, 9 a.m. Feb. 12. Participants should bring gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, water and a bucket for collecting trash. For a meeting place and time, call Jim King, (352) 754-6722.
Hernando Computer Club: This week's classes include: How to Use a Digital Camera, 10 a.m. Monday; Draw Maps, Flow Charts and Clipart with Your PC, 1 p.m. Monday; PowerPoint/Impress, 7 p.m. Monday; Getting Comfortable with Your PC, 10 a.m. Wednesday; Introduction to Computers with Windows XP (class 1 of 4), 1 p.m. Wednesday; Introduction to Computers with Windows Vista (class 1 of 4), 7 p.m. Wednesday. All programs are at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St. www.hcc.org or (352) 592-0070.
Hernando Council Senior Citizens No. 1: 8187 Fort Dade Ave. Pinochle is offered from noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $3, which includes lunch and prizes. Visitors and new members are welcome. The facility is available to rent. Linda, (352) 573-7696.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra: Rehearsal, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Chocachatti Elementary School, 4135 California St. 597-9555. Anyone interested in auditioning for the orchestra may call conductor Wayne Raymond at (352) 688-0427. Web site: www.hernandosymphony.com.
Hernando County Civil Air Patrol: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 3151 Air Commerce Blvd. This aviation-oriented organization is an auxiliary of the Air Force. Cadet training is available for adults, as well as youths ages 11-18. (352) 688-5214.
Kiwanis Club of Brooksville: Special guest night for prospective members, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Brooksville Golf and Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. After dinner, there will be a speaker. Visitors welcome. The club's Boy Scouts Troop 71 will have a carwash from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 8 at McDonald's on Cortez Boulevard, just east of I-75; funds raised will benefit the troop's trip to MOSI. Joan Lynch, (352) 686-8180.
Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge: Breakfast meeting, 7:15 a.m. Fridays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. John Ehlenbeck, email@example.com or toll-free 1-888-852-5000, ext. 3720.
Rotary Club of Brooksville: Noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road). Richard Trump, secretary, (352) 796-1143.
Hernando Beach Club: Weekly events include TV sports event, card playing, pool and bar bingo at noon on Sundays. Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $8-$10, with a cash bar available (nonmembers can participate in two dinners without joining club). Reservations are required by Tuesday. 3145 Flamingo Blvd. Call Bunni for details and reservations, (352) 688-4976. Visit the Web site at www.hernandobeachclub.com.
Hernando Beach Yacht Club: Weekly dinners are offered on Wednesdays (for members and their guests only). Cocktail hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. New members welcome. (352) 596-4830. Boat slip rentals are available on a monthly basis; call Dockmaster Gordon Meyers, (352) 200-8601. To rent the club (for weddings, receptions and parties), call Vice Commodore Walter Gordon, (352) 597-0030.
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Writers Workshop: 1 p.m. Wednesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road. Members write fiction and/or life histories. No experience necessary, and there is no cost to join. Workshops are conducted every other week. (352) 583-2441.
African-American Club of Hernando: 2 p.m. Thursday, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Wallace Johnston, owner of more than 400 books on black history, will speak on five factual incidents of importance in black history.
Beta Sigma Phi, Alpha Delta Beta chapter: 7 p.m. Friday, Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. (352) 584-9064. Web site: www.alphadeltabeta.org.
Brooksville/Spring Hill Christian Women's Connection: Red Hat Extravaganza Luncheon and Fashion Show, noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Kika Paprika Fashions will be featured, presented by Moira Dempsey. The inspirational speaker will be Gaye Martin from Summerfield. Her theme will be "Momma Told Me There Would Be Days Like This." The cost is $13.50. Luncheon and free nursery reservations are needed by Thursday. The group is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Dolores, (352) 799-3735, or Barbara, (352) 796-5216.
Hernando County AARP Chapter 1026: Noon Thursday at Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd., in the private conference room at the restaurant (a senior discount will be given by the restaurant to chapter members). Due to large response, this is a second "overflow" meeting of the one from Jan. 29. Edward Vance, regional vice president, and Lisa Johnson, service center manager, of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union will present an educational workshop on identity theft. Attendance is limited to 70 members; reservations are required. Bob, (352) 596-0722; Mary, 596-0599, or Joyce, 688-6910.
Hernando County La Sertoma Club: 11 a.m. Monday, Guido's Italian Restaurant, 7219 Forest Oaks Blvd. Tickets for the annual fashion show and luncheon on March 21 are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Cris, (352) 650-9225.
Hernando Hills Hi-Lites: Rehearsal, 7 p.m. Mondays, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. This is a women's a cappella chorus. Women of any age who love to sing are welcome to join the rehearsals and sing with the chorus; experience is not necessary. Those wishing to just observe are welcome. Tessie, (352) 686-4122.
Illinois Club of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. Friday, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. J.R. Russell will present a program on reverse mortgages. All former and current Illinois residents are welcome. Annual dues are $12 per person. Patricia Godfrey, (352) 597-0346.
Italian-American Club: Annual Italian buffet dinner, 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Members will bring their main dishes to serve six to eight people. There will also be coffee, bread and butter. Those attending must bring their own drinks. A short meeting will follow the dinner at about 2 p.m. On Feb. 22, several members are planning to attend the Hernando Symphony Orchestra concert at Springstead Theater. New members welcome; Italian heritage is not required. Annual dues are $20. Joe, (352) 799-5214, or Theresa, (352) 683-6712.
Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Scotto's Bistro, 6172 Commercial Way. Guests are welcome. Dinner is available. Meetings are typically at noon on Tuesdays, except for the first Tuesday of each month. Dana Cutlip, (352) 684-9137, ext. 202.
Nature Coast Decorative Artists: 9 a.m. Saturday, Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive. The project is acrylics on a candle base, taught by Hazel Dickson. Charlene, (352) 596-5561 or Andi, (352) 666-9091.
Nature Coast Orators Club/Toastmasters: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oak Hill Hospital (in the room behind the cafeteria), 11375 Cortez Blvd. The group helps improve communication skills, both personally and professionally. Martha, (352) 277-2577, or Abigail, (727) 861-2203.
Pennsylvania Club: 10 a.m. Feb. 10, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The entree choice is Salisbury steak or baked manicotti, served with garden salad and dessert. The cost is $12.50 per person. Reservations must be in by Tuesday, with checks payable to the club and mailed to P.O. Box 6024, Spring Hill, FL 34611; entree choice(s) should be noted on the check. RSVP to Millie, (352) 688-8663. Recording artist Marti Carol will entertain. Annual dues are $10 per person. A $25 grocery store gift certificate will be awarded to two members who have paid their dues. Membership is open to all former Pennsylvania residents. For membership, call Jane, (352) 848-0110. The club will go see the Phillies vs. Pirates ballgame March 14 in Clearwater. For tickets, call Jerry, (352) 592-1293.
Poor Rich's Chess Club: 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, cafeteria, Oak Hill Hospital, Cortez Boulevard. Bring chess set; club sets are available. Snowbirds and visitors are welcome. Club members work with school chess clubs at Central High School and Challenger K-8. Andy, (352) 428-8272, or Chuck, (352) 345-4764.
Regency Oaks Civic Association: Indoor picnic to celebrate Valentine's Day, 6 p.m. Saturday, Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. The menu includes chicken, coleslaw, beans, corn muffins, coffee, tea and dessert. Dancing to the music of DJ Rich "The Hit Man." There will be games, door prizes and surprises. Tickets are $12 for members, $13 for guests. Shirley, (352) 597-9705.
Rotary Club of Spring Hill: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays, IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. Judy Hughes, (352) 597-4853.
Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central: Lunch meetings, 11:45 a.m. Thursdays, Silverthorn Country Club, 4450 Golf Club Lane, Guests are welcome. Brooks Edwards, (352) 666-4107, or Josh Kelly, (352) 684-0313. Visit the Web site at www.shcrotary.org.
Spring Hill Teaching Computer Club: Board meeting, 5:30 p.m. and general meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. This week's classes include: Using Photoshop (class 1 of 4), 9 a.m. Monday; System Cleaning, 7 p.m. Monday; How to Burn CDs and DVDs, 7 p.m. Wednesday; Windows Vista (class 1 of 4), 9 a.m. Friday; Intermediate Windows (class 1 of 4), 3 p.m. Saturday. All programs and classes are at the Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive Toucan Trail). (352) 686-7146 or visit the Web site at www.shtcc.net.
Spring Hill Women's Chorus: 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. The chorus performs for civic clubs and organizations, nursing homes, luncheons and parties. New members welcome. Esther Lamoreaux, 688-6099, or Sandra Termin, (352) 684-7173.
St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. The speaker will be Debbie Walker-Druzbick, director of the Enrichment Center at Oak Hill Hospital. Those interested can attend Mass and the rosary at 7:30 a.m. before the meeting. A bake sale will take place after the afternoon masses on Saturday and the morning masses on Feb. 8. (352) 683-9666.
Suncoast Ship Model Society: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday , Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive. All modelers interested in building model boats and ships are welcome. Jim, (352) 592-6419.
Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Club: 6 p.m. Monday, Panera Bread, 13151 Cortez Blvd. This is the first "meetup" of the new club, which is part of an international group whose members share a common interest in collecting vintage costume jewelry and accessories. Members share their collections, discover new resources, discuss and share information. Kim, (352) 238-4933.
Wisconsin Club: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. There will be a speaker from Comfort Keepers. The February social will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Show Palace in Hudson. Nonmembers are welcome. The cost is $46 per person, plus tax and tip. Carol Zellmer, (352) 666-2974.
After 5 Connection: "Love Is in the Air" dinner, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd. The inspirational speaker will be Gaye Martin from Summerfield, who will discuss "Mama Told Me There Would Be Days Like This." The feature will be His Nibs with Jerry Johnson. Reservations are required by Thursday. Pauline, (352) 688-5687, or Marian, (352) 666-1256. After 5 Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.
Hernando Harmonizers Men's Barbershop Chorus, Chapter P-047: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The director is Jerry McPhail. New singers are welcome to join this men's a cappella chorus. All written arrangements, training techniques and professional direction are provided. Art Ellingsen, (352) 688-1182, or Doug Stewart, (352) 688-0392. The Web site is at www.hernandoharmonizers.com.
Nature Coast Festival Singers: Rehearsals, 7 p.m. Mondays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The Spring concerts will be March 15 at Nativity Lutheran Church, March 22 at Faith Presbyterian Church and March 30 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ; all concerts start at 3 p.m. Shirley, (352) 597-2235.
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