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Hernando County club listings for March 6



American Legion Post 99: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 208 E Fort Dade Ave. (352) 796-3259.

Brookridge Line Dance Club: 8150 Hampton St. Beginner lessons, 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays; higher beginner lessons, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. $2 per lesson. Improver and low intermediate instruction, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays; $3 per lesson. Classes are open to both Brookridge residents and nonresidents. Norma, (352) 397-6088.

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: St. Patrick's Day celebration, 5 p.m. March 15, 14494 Cortez Blvd. Menu choice is corned beef and cabbage or pot roast. Music by Nancy and Barry, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased by March 13. Carol Burgess, (352) 686-2817, or Angie Balderson, (352) 585-2730. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-2582.

Brooksville Horseshoe Club: 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane (next to the racquetball court and softball field). Richard Watson, (352) 584-4102 or [email protected]

Brooksville Lions Club: 6 p.m. Monday, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. (352) 593-4063.

Conservative Christian Teens for America: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road. (813) 732-1507.

Disabled American Veterans, Cada Haddon Chapter 67: 7 p.m. today, 16299 Nancy Ave. Steve Greco, (352) 796-1679.

Embroiderers' Guild of America, Sandhill Crane Chapter: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. There will be a tag sale that includes embroidery-related items such as kits and stitching materials. Open stitching until 2 p.m. Bring a lunch. (352) 666-8350.

German-American Club of Spring Hill: 7 p.m. Thursday, Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St. Jack Yaskulski, (352) 688-3744. Web: germanclub

GFWC Brooksville Woman's Club: Luncheon at noon and meeting at 1 p.m. today, 131 S Main St. Lucille Lane will discuss international affairs. Guests welcome. Adele Van Sciver, (352) 293-2240, or Cherry Stettin, (352) 799-3801. Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Includes fashions by Belk, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $18; proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center. For tickets, call Cheryl, (352) 586-8621, or Cherry, (352) 799-3801.

Hernando Audubon Society: Field trips: Fort Island Trail in Crystal River on Thursday; contact Eileen Ricchio, (352) 400-8732 or nature[email protected] Kayaking on Weeki Wachee River, Tuesday; meet at Hardee's at Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard. Must have your own kayak or canoe. Contact Vera Huckaby, (352) 848-5776 or [email protected] Looking for red-cockaded woodpeckers and early spring migrants in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, 6:45 a.m. March 30; meet in the parking lot of the Tucker Hill fire tower. Contact Bev Hansen, (352) 442-5598 or [email protected]

Hernando County Kennel Club: Weekly: Dog training classes, 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Hernando Council Senior Citizens No. 1, 8187 Fort Dade Ave. $10 per class. Carole, 666-1932.

Hernando Historic Preservation Society: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Brooksville City Hall, council chamber, 201 Howell Ave. Garry Ellis of the Gari Gulf Archaeology Research Institute will speak about Hernando County's cultural resources. Jan Knowles, (352) 279-5182. Email to hernando [email protected] Web:

Kiwanis Club of Brooksville: Dinner meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Country Kitchen Restaurant, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Shirl Hammatt, (352) 799-6573.

Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge: Breakfast meeting, 7:15 a.m. Friday, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd. Rich Linkul, (352) 597-6383. Web: kiwanisof

Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708: 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. For the weekly schedule of events, visit the website at (352) 597-7979.

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. Terry Weaver, (352) 796-9891 or [email protected]

Rotary Club of Brooksville: Noon Tuesdays, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road). Terry Weaver, (352) 796-9891. Web:

U.S. Submarine Veterans, Weeki Wachee Base: 1 p.m. Saturday, Marine Corps League Detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road. All qualified discharged, retired or active members welcome. Robbie Roberts, (352) 592-5161 or (352) 428-3964.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary: 1681 E Jefferson St. For weekly schedule, call (352) 796-4449.

Hernando Beach

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. March 6; $6.50. Steak dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday; $12. A St. Patty's Day celebration will be from 1 to 6 p.m. March 17 and will include music and corned beef and cabbage dinners for $10; proceeds will go toward care packages for deployed troops. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

African-American Club of Hernando County: 2 p.m. Thursday, Regency Oaks Civic Center, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. There will be a speaker from HPH Hospice. (352) 686-2742 or 686-7831.

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America: A Spring Hill division is being formed. Adults 18 and older who are Irish or of Irish descent are welcome. Call Matt for details, (352) 340-5280.

Brooksville/Spring Hill Women's Connection (Stonecroft Ministries): Luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The menu is a chef's salad, with New York cheesecake and strawberries for dessert. Ann Parrish of New Smyrna Beach will speak. Reservations required by Thursday, cancellations by Sunday. Jan, (352) 556-4658, or Louise, (352) 597-9569.

Democratic Women's Club: Noon Friday, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave. Beverly Brown, (352) 683-0323. The club will host the annual "Tribute: Veterans Among Us" to honor "women warriors" at 11 a.m. March 23 at Silverthorn Country Club. Tickets are $35 and should be purchased by March 15. Contact Beverly Brown at the number above or Yvonne Nelson, (352) 597-9902.

Fantasy African Violet Club: Presentation on growing African violets and other gesneriads, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Presented by Thad Scaggs. There will be a drawing for an African violet and other plant material. Thad Scaggs, (352) 398-1679.

FDNY Retired Firefighters of NY Association Chapter 343: meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Kevin, (813) 528-8239, or Joe, (352) 686-4401.

Hernando Computer Club: All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. For class schedule visit or call (352) 684-7171.

Hernando County Green Party: "Green Screens" showing of Gasland, 5 p.m. today, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. A documentary on gas drilling by filmmaker Josh Fox, who discovers how fracking taints water sources near drilling sites and how many households now have water that is not only undrinkable, but also flammable. Suzanne, (352) 666-7576.

Hernando County Branch NAACP: Executive committee meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, Sterling Hill North Clubhouse, 4411 Sterling Hill Blvd. Evelyn, (352) 684-0340.

Hernando County Young Democrats: 5 p.m. Saturday, Democratic headquarters, 3432 Deltona Blvd. The movie Freedom Ride will be shown. This is a new organization. Politically interested individuals 18 and older are invited. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to David Philipsen, (727) 247-6202.

Hernando Hills Hi-Lites: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive. This is a women's a cappella chorus. Norma, (352) 540-9192.

Hernando Jazz Society: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. Randy Rando's Swinging Shepherds will perform swing dance music. A cash bar and optional buffet will be available. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. It is suggested that nonmembers RSVP to (352) 835-7183 to reserve space and to ensure admittance into the community. For membership information, call Bill McLoughlin, (352) 799-9690.

High Point Community Line Dance: Classes, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. $3. Louise Weber, (352) 683-8007.

Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive. Dinner is $10 (includes drink, tax and tip). Al Johnson, (352) 684-1661.

Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill: Noon Tuesdays, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, Building B, 450 Beverly Court. Susan Myers, (352) 428-3717. Website:

Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 6383: 10470 Spring Hill Drive. For weekly schedule call (352) 683-1227 or (352) 686-2650.

Lois Club, Spring Hill Chapter: Annual luncheon, noontoday, Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive. Anyone with the name Lois is invited. Those attending are asked to bring a wrapped gift valued up to $5 for a gift exchange game. RSVP to (352) 796-1201 or (352) 684-0304.

National Association of Retired Veteran Railroad Employees: 11:30 a.m. March 13, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Janice Adams will speak. Spouses welcome. Lynn, (352) 796-0477.

Nature Coast Bridge Club: Bridge games, 12:30 p.m. weekdays, except for Thursdays, which start at 6:30 p.m., Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way. Lois, (352) 686-7283 or [email protected]; or Mary Ellen, (352) 596-1524 or [email protected] Web:

Nature Coast Telecom Pioneers: 1 p.m. today, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. The annual corned beef dinner will be served. Members are reminded to bring used stamps, community service hours, can tabs and other collected items. Bonnie, (352) 592-9856.

New York State Club: 5 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Dinner will follow the meeting; contact Carolyn for tickets, (352) 684-6979. Members bowl at 11 a.m. each Monday at Spring Hill Lanes. Call Marge for details, (352) 686-8015.

Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club: 11375 Cortez Blvd. The Friendly Four Band will entertain, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Annual dues are $20. For weekly schedule, call (352) 597-6383.

Poor Rich's Chess Club: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, cafeteria, Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. J.C., (352) 678-6987, or Andy, (352) 686-8195.

Regency Oaks Civic Association: St. Patrick's Day party, 5 p.m. March 17, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served. Music by DJ Rich "The Music Hitman." Tickets are $15 for both members and nonmembers and must be purchased by Tuesday. Joyce, (352) 597-1405.

Rotary Club of Spring Hill: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays, IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way. Judy Hughes, (352) 597-4853, or Carol McElroy, (352) 684-6840.

Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Silverthorn Country Club, 4450 Golf Club Lane. Robin, (352) 797-4645.

Senior/Babyboomer Singles Dance: 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, Spring Hill Domino Club, 15120 County Line Road. Admission is $3. Sheila, (352) 293-4009.

SHARP Crime Watch: 7 p.m. Monday, Dayspring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd. Volunteer day and night dispatchers and patrollers are needed. (352) 683-5936 or scrimewatch

Sons of Italy Friendship Lodge 2728: 6:30 p.m. today, Senior Citizens Club of Hernando County, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. You do not have to be Italian to join. Charlotte, (727) 378-3711, or Angie, (727) 697-3734.

Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502: Social night, 5 p.m. today, Argento's, 15925 U.S. 19, Hudson. Denise, (727) 862-3170, or Zina, (352) 688-9740. A trip to Biloxi (by air) will be April 9 to 12. The cost is $352 double or $487 single for four days and three nights; includes air, accommodations, airport transfers, taxes, surcharges and one bag. Contact Joe for details, (352) 688-9234.

Sons of Norway, Sun Viking Lodge 607: St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. Includes corned beef sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad and cupcakes. The cost is $10; $4 for ages 13 to 16 and free for ages 12 and younger. Call for reservations: Clair, (352) 596-2171, or Gail, (727) 863-3145.

Spring Hill Aglow International Lighthouse: Breakfast meeting, 8:45 a.m. March 18, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. The speaker will be Melody Evans of Tampa, member of the Aglow area board. Optional breakfast buffet is $8.50. RSVP to Loretta, (352) 610-4164, or Rachael, (352) 848-4182.

Spring Hill Moose Lodge 521: 5214 Mariner Blvd. Wings and burgers, 7 p.m. Monday. St. Paddy's Day dinner-dance, 6 p.m. March 16; music and food, starting at noon March 17. A toga party will be on March 23 for $25 per couple. For details and the weekly event schedule, call (352) 683-5666. Web:

Spring Hill Toastmasters Club: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Journey Christian Center, 3233 Commercial Way. [email protected] Web:

St. Theresa Social Club: Business meeting, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, parish hall, 1107 Commercial Way. Roberta, (352) 688-2315. Bingo is at 5:54 p.m. Mondays; call Evelyn for details, (352) 683-1532.

Suncoast Ship Model Society: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive. Jim, (352) 592-6419.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209: Time Machine entertains, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. For weekly events, call (352) 796-0398.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681: 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road For weekly events, call (727) 856-1860.

Weeki Wachee Woodcarvers: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3357 Susan Drive. Guests and new members welcome. Annual dues are $10. George Lytle, (352) 610-4025, or Mike Rice, (352) 683-9087.

Weeki Wachee

Hernando Harmonizers Men's Barbershop Chorus: 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Mondays, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. This is a men's a cappella chorus. Guests are asked to call (352) 556-3936 prior to a visit.

Monday Night Singles: 7 p.m. Mondays, Nellie's Restaurant, 6234 Commercial Way (Weeki Wachee Village). For singles 50 and older. Joanne, (352) 596-6969, or Phyllis, (352) 596-3125.

Royal Highlands Crime Watch: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Building D. Hernando County sheriff's Deputy Scott Reak will give an updated crime report, review crime prevention activities and answer questions. Ron Durham, (352) 835-4332.

Weeki Wachee Area Club: Bingo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 7442 Shoal Line Blvd. (352) 596-3316.

West Hernando Coin Club: 7 p.m. Monday, Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Jack Iaci, (352) 688-4704.

Citrus County


Nature Coast Disc Golf Club: Handicap round of 19 holes of disc golf, 10 a.m. Sundays (sharp), Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., off U.S. 41. Buz Ryalls-Clephane, (352) 584-5078, or Brandi Laudermilch, (352) 263-4475.

Pasco County


Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520: 9135 Denton Ave. For weekly events, call (727) 863-2520.

Polish-American Social Club: 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Country-western dance with the Country Backroads Band, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; $5. John Lubertowicz, (352) 650-5664. Dinner-dance, 12:15 to 5 p.m. Sunday; $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dolores, (352) 596-4802, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.

Send information for the Clubs column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or email [email protected] (put the club's name in email 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.

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