AARO Hernando County West: 11:30 a.m. today, Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The topic will be "Hurricane Preparedness" presented by Mark Tobert of the Hernando County Sheriff's Emergency Management Division. Lunch is optional; several meal choices available for $8. Seating limited; RSVP to Bob Williams, (352) 596-0722.
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Steak shoot, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday; this is a bingo-type card game where participants can win steaks. Labor Day party, 2 p.m. Monday. There will be music entertainment. Meals will be served at 3 p.m. The menu includes a 10-ounce ribeye steak dinner for $10 if paid in advance or $12 at the door; a baked half-chicken dinner is also available for $8 in advance or $9 at the door. Tickets are available from the bartender and at the Friday dinner. Weekly events: bingo, 4:30-10 p.m. Thursdays; food available. Pizza and wings, in the lounge, 6 p.m. Thursdays. Dinner dance, 5 p.m. Fridays; dinner choice is half a baked chicken, country fried steak, fried Alaska pollock, fried shrimp and a weekly special; the cost is $10 plus tax; music provided by Take Two. Karaoke, 5 p.m. Saturdays. Food is available. For members and their guests. (352) 596-2582.
German American Club of Spring Hill: Membership meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. New members welcome; you do not have to be German to attend or be a member. Jack Yaskulski, (352) 688-3744. A "Welcome Back Dance" will be Sept. 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Music provided by DJ Herb. Dress code is club casual. Guests can bring their own beverages. Advance tickets are $10 for members, $13 for guests; tickets purchased at the door are an additional $2 each. For tickets, call Lisa Yaskulski at the number above. Web: germanclubspringhill.org.
Historic Hernando Preservation Society/Hernando Past: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, council chambers, Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. After the business meeting guest speaker Carla Bradley will speak about a Seminole attack in 1856 on the Capt. Robert Bradley homestead in Hernando County. Jan Knowles, (352) 279-5182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Coast Orators Toastmasters Club: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Members learn communications skills by following a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. Terry Weaver, (352) 796-9891 or email@example.com.
Hernando County Fishing Club: 6:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. The club arranges fresh and salt water fishing trips at discount prices, group outings at fishing piers and other facilities, seminar on fishing techniques and other events. Rich, (352) 796-7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Rick, (352) 345-4390 or email@example.com. Web: hernandocountyfishing club.org.
African American Club of Hernando County: 2 p.m. Sept. 8, Regency Oaks Civic Center, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. Members are to bring a covered dish to share. Also, members should note that this meeting is on the second Thursday; however, future meetings will be on the first Thursday of each month. The "Oldies but Goodies" committee, headed by Wanda Parfitt, will present the fifth annual dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 22 at the SNPJ Hall/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road. National recording artist Gwendolyn Battle and her band, Deep Pockets, will entertain. (352) 597-8098 or (352) 596-3694.
Brooksville/Spring Hill Women's Connection (Stonecroft Ministries): Ladies luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The feature is "Past and Present Treasures," presented by Jack and Tina Grandon of Trackside Treasures and Snacks in Istachatta. The inspirational speaker is Carolyn Pruette from Hawthorne; her theme is "So I'm Not Miss America — Get Over It!" The menu is trio salad and carrot cake. The cost is $13.50 inclusive. Reservations are required by Sept. 8; cancellations required by Sept. 11. RSVP to Jan, (352) 556-4658, or Mary, (352) 238-9272.
Hernando Computer Club: Upcoming classes include: Selling Online, 1 p.m. today; Convert Records and Cassettes to Music CDs, 7 p.m. today; Introduction to Computers with Windows 7 (class 1 of 8), 10 a.m. Thursday; Get Started With Your Computer (class 1 of 2), 1 p.m. Thursday; VHS to DVD, 10 a.m. Friday; Windows 7 After the Basics (class 1 of 4), 1 p.m. Friday; and How to Use a Digital Camera, 1 p.m. Tuesday. All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Classes are $2 each for members only. (352) 684-7171. Web: hcc.org.
Hernando Green Party: Green Screen showing of Inside Job, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The documentary, which features Matt Damon, is about the 2008 financial crisis. Directed by Charles Ferguson, the film won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. All those interested are welcome; there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served, and information and message merchandise will be available. (352) 683-3151.
Illinois Club of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. Friday, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. The speaker will be Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, who will discuss the changes planned for Hernando County. Nienhuis will answer questions afterward. During the meeting, members will take a vote on a restaurant for the following Wednesday for the social outing. New members welcome; annual dues are $12. Pat Godfrey, (352) 597-0346.
Italian-American Club of Hernando County: 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Coulton Building), 2301 Deltona Blvd. A speaker will discuss the work of the Shriners organization. Coffee and pastries will be served after the presentation. The next executive board meeting will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 21. Membership is open; you do not need to be Italian to join. Membership dues are $20 per person, per year. Theresa, (352) 683-6712, or Lucy, (352) 686-6294.
Military Officers Association of America/Reserve Officers Association: Luncheon, noon Sept. 8, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker will be Debbie Prescott of Habitat for Humanity. All commissioned and warrant officers, active duty, National Guard, reserve, retired and former officers and guests welcome. RSVP to (352) 666-9244.
Nature Coast Decorative Artists: 9 a.m. Saturday, Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3357 Susan Drive, off Toucan Trail. There will be a short meeting, show and tell, and a raffle. The project will be pears and silver vase in oils, taught by Jean Archer. Andi, (352) 666-9091; Jeanette, (727) 857-1045, or Pat, (352) 249-7221. Web: ncda-artists.com.
Nature Coast Telecom Pioneers: 1 p.m. Sept. 7, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. This will be a welcome back meeting with doughnuts and coffee. Members are to bring used stamps, community service hours, can tabs, ditty bag items, food for the needy, knitted baby caps, Box Tops for Education, coupons, school supplies and Campbell soup labels. Membership is open to anyone interested in serving the community. Bonnie, (352) 592-9856.
New York State Club: 5 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Dinner and dancing will follow. RSVP to Carolyn, (352) 684-6979. Members bowl at 11 a.m. Mondays at Spring Hill Lanes; call Marge for details, (352) 686-8015.
Pennsylvania Club: 10 a.m. Sept. 13, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Lou Fortunato will entertain. The entree choice is burgundy beef tips or chicken cordon bleu, served with garden salad and dessert. The cost is $12.50 (entree choices must be noted on the check), with checks payable to the club and mailed to P.O. Box 6024, Spring Hill, FL, 34611. No payment will be accepted at the door. Reservations required by Tuesday. RSVP to Millie, (352) 688-8663. Members should bring a food donation for People Helping People. Membership is open to all former residents and their spouses; call Jane for membership details, (352) 848-0110. For trips, call Jerry , (352) 592-1293.
Poor Rich's Chess Club: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, cafeteria, Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Bring chess set; club sets available for use. Sets and clocks available to purchase. All levels welcome. The club has a free chess library. Annual dues are $10, which benefit the annual College Chess Scholarship fund. Visitors welcome. The club now has a free chess library. J.C., (352) 678-6947, or Andy, (352) 686-8195.
Sons of Italy, Friendship Lodge 2728: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Ranbuoy Road. Tickets for the Halloween Dinner Dance will be available for purchase at this meeting. The event will be Oct. 22 at Heritage Pines Country Club, with music provided by Marty and the Nice Guys (costumes are not required). Tickets are $25 each. New members welcome; you do not have to be Italian to join. Charlotte, (352) 688-9637, or Doreen, (352) 686-7479.
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. All Knights possessing a current membership card are welcome. Refreshments follow the meeting. (352) 686-9767.
Suncoast Ship Model Society: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive, at Toucan Trail. Jim, (352) 592-6419.
Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers: 6 p.m. Sept. 7, Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive. Four entree choices are available; the cost is $17.99 each. The program will be "Fly Fishing in Local Waters," by Capt. Larry Roderick, a local guide and owner of Flats Slam Fishing Charters. Planning for an outing to New Smyrna Beach will be discussed. Guests and visitors welcome. Free fly-tying classes for members will restart soon; space is available for additional participants. Visit the website, tarponcoastflyfishers.shutterfly.com, for details and planned events for 2011. All TCFF members are required to belong to the Federation of Fly Fishers, an international organization based in Livingston, Mont. Roger Maler, (352) 293-3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681: Labor Day Pig Roast, 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, 18940 Drayton St. at County Line Road. There will be plenty of food and music provided by Joe Berry. The cost is $6 per person. Weekly activities: Fish fry, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays; steak shoot, 2-4 p.m. Sundays. (727) 856-1860.
Wellington Republican Club of Hernando County: 3 p.m. Sept. 7, Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. The speaker will be Blaise Ingoglia, chairman of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee and assistant treasurer for the Republican Party of Florida. Kathy Hill, email@example.com.
Monday Night Singles: 7 p.m. Mondays, Nellie's Restaurant, 6234 Commercial Way (Weeki Wachee Village). This group is for singles 50 and older. Joanne, (352) 596-6969, or Phyllis, (352) 596-3125.
Nature Coast Festival Singers: 7 p.m. Mondays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The chorus is rehearsing for the Christmas concerts, which will include Christmas choruses from Handel's Messiah, as well as other pieces. Shirley, (352) 597-2235.
Royal Highlands Crime Watch Group: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Building D. An updated crime report will be presented by Deputy Dustin Adkins, which includes a review of crime prevention activities in the Royal Highlands Area. There will also be a discussion with Hernando County Judge Donald Scaglione. Area residents are welcome. Ron Durham, (352) 835-4332.
Spring Hill, FL Saturday AM Connection (Stonecroft Ministries): "Sights and Insights" Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 10, Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way. The cost is $9 inclusive. Sandy Barley will discuss the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, as well as the many aspects of visual concerns. The speaker is Ruth Warnick, a cardiac nurse from Lakeland, who will relate to broken hearts. Reservations and cancellations are required by Sept. 7. Mary, (352) 593-4292, or Norma, (352) 686-6905.
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520: Labor Day Barbecue, 3 p.m. Monday, 9135 Denton Ave. Food includes oven roasted barbecue chicken leg quarters, baked beans and potato salad. Music provided by Jim & Jim. Tickets are $11, available at the bar between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays. Breakfast cooked to order, 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. Order from a varied menu; prices range from $2 to $4.50, with bottomless coffee for $1. (727) 863-2520.
Send information for the Clubs column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (put the club's name in e-mail subject line). Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number is missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.