Brooksville Book Discussion Group: 6 p.m. Aug. 15, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is South of Broad: A Novel, by Pat Conroy. Set in Charleston, S.C., Leo King and a unique group of high school friends from the 1960s remain connected for more than two decades, sharing tragedy, friendships, loyalty and cultural events of the time. New members welcome. No registration is required, but copies of the book are limited at the library. (352) 754-4043.
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Steak shoot, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Karaoke will follow at 5 p.m. with "wings and things" available. 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. For members and their guests. (352) 596-2582.
Historic Hernando Preservation Society/Hernando Past: 5:30 p.m. today, council chambers, Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. After the regular business meeting, Jeff Cannon of the Pasco Historical Preservation Society will speak about historic cemeteries. Jan Knowles, (352) 279-5182 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month; the public is welcome.
Society for Creative Anachronism: 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd. Following the meeting will be a demonstration and tips and techniques for making period jewelry. This is an international, nonprofit organization that learns and seeks to recreate the best aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance era. Guests welcome. Deborah, (352) 799-6318 or email@example.com.
Hernando County Fishing Club: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. The club arranges fresh and salt water fishing trips, group outings at fishing piers and other facilities, seminars on fishing techniques and other events. Meetings are on the first Saturday of each month. Rich, (352) 796-7711 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Rick, (352) 345-4390 (email@example.com). Web: hernandocountyfishing club.org.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: Spaghetti and meatball dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m. today, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Dinner includes a salad bar, garlic bread and Italian ice cream. $6.50. Adult beverages purchased separately. (352) 596-9236.
AARP Hernando County West Chapter 5445: Arrive at 11:30 a.m., meeting starts at noon Monday, Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. The topic will be "Identity Theft." Identical meetings will be offered Aug. 16 at Town Square Restaurant, 3021 Commercial Way; and Aug. 24 at Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14492 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. An extra meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Brooksville Elks Lodge. The speaker is Mark Tobert of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office/Emergency Management. His topic is "Hurricane Preparedness." An optional lunch will be available for $8, with several menu choices to choose from. Seating is limited to 40. Reservations are required for all meetings. Bob Williams, (352) 596-0722.
Aglow International, Spring Hill Chapter: 8:45 a.m. Aug. 15, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. The inspirational speaker is Mayra Leon, who has been organizing women's conferences, addressing issues dealing with abuse and inner healing, since 1990. She also visits women's correctional facilities. She and her husband, Pastor Luis Leon, have seven children and have their own ministry, Jesus Cares. The cost for breakfast is $6.25. RSVP to Loretta, (352) 610-4164, or Rachael, (352) 848-4182.
Brooksville/Spring Hill Women's Connection (Stonecroft Ministries): Ladies luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The feature will be "All About Pets," presented by Marlene Amey with Petco. Guests are encouraged to bring their pets' photos. Inspirational speaker will be Barbara Gobbs of Jacksonville, who will speak about "Debt Free Living." The menu includes turkey croissant and fruit and lemon crepe. The cost is $13.50. Reservations required by Thursday, and cancellations by Sunday. Jan, (352) 556-4658, or Mary, (352) 238-9272.
Democratic Women's Club of Hernando County: Noon Aug. 12, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Helen Villafane, (352) 688-3392.
Forest Oaks Crime Watch: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Forest Oaks Club House, 8125 Forest Villas Circle. (352) 200-8895.
Hernando Computer Club: Newcomer orientation brunch, 10 a.m. Monday. For newcomers only. RSVP to (352) 686-0750. Upcoming classes include: Windows Movie Maker 2.6, 1 p.m. today; Linux Workshop, 7 p.m. today; Introduction to Computers with Windows 7 (class 5 of 8), 10 a.m. Thursday; Import, Organize and Improve Photos with Picasa, 7 p.m. Thursday; Get Started With Your Computer (class 1 of 2), 10 a.m. Friday; MS Publisher, 10 a.m. Friday; Windows 7 After the Basics (class 1 of 4), 1 p.m. Friday; Computerized Sewing Workshop, 1 p.m. Monday; Introduction to Computers with Windows XP (class 1 of 4), 10 a.m. Tuesday; and MS Excel 2007, 7 p.m. Tuesday. All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 684-7171. Classes are $2 each for members only. Web: hcc.org.
Hernando Hills Hi-Lites: 7 p.m. Mondays, Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive. This is a women's a cappella chorus that sings contemporary and traditional songs in 4-part harmony. New members, spectators welcome. Tessie, (352) 686-4122.
Illinois Club of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. Friday, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. The speaker is Anna Murray with Grace Memorial Gardens. During the meeting there will be a vote on which restaurant to meet on Aug. 10. Coffee and dessert will be served after the meeting. Membership is open to individuals (and spouses) who have lived in Illinois at any time. Annual dues are $12. Pat Godfrey, (352) 597-0346.
Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive. Al Johnson, (352) 684-1661.
Nature Coast Bridge Club: Bridge games, 12:30 p.m. weekdays, except for Thursdays, which start at 6:30 p.m., Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Games for all levels of players are offered as well as lessons for beginning to advanced players. Beverly Tillberry, (352) 556-3892; or Annabelle Hills, (352) 597-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Coast Decorative Artists: 9 a.m. Saturday, Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3356 Susan Drive, at Toucan Trail. There will be a short meeting, show and tell, and a birthday raffle. The project will be a mixed media beach scene on canvas, taught by Jeanette Seese. This is a local chapter of the Society of Decorative Artists. Andi, (352) 666-9091; Jeanette, (727) 857-1045, or Pat, (352) 249-7221. Web: ncda-artists.com.
SHARP Crime Watch: 7 p.m. Monday, Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Volunteer dispatchers and patrollers are needed. (352) 683-5936 or email@example.com.
Weeki Wachee Woodcarvers Association: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3357 Susan Drive at Toucan Trail. Those interested in woodcarving or related activities (painting, burning, mounting, etc.) are welcome, from novices to masters. All ages welcome. Annual dues are $15, which includes a monthly newsletter. George Lytle, (352) 666-5092, or Mike Rice, (352) 683-9087.
Sons of Norway, Sun Viking Lodge 607: Mid Summer Pizza Night and Games, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive. One, two or three slices (at $3 per slice) can be ordered, and includes garden salad and ice cream. Reservations are a must. The public is welcome. RSVP to Jan, (352) 686-6538, or Gladys, (727) 868-6302. For club information, call Elsie, (352) 666-2220, or Nellie, (727) 846-1584.
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Assembly 3022: Business meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. All Knights who possess a Fourth Degree membership card are welcome, as well as those who wish to transfer membership to the assembly. (352) 686-9767.
Suncoast Ship Model Society: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3357 Susan Drive, at Toucan Trail. All modelers interested in building model boats and ships are welcome. Jim, (352) 592-6419.
Royal Highlands Crime Watch Group: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. A special updated crime report will be presented by Deputy Dustin Adkins to review crime prevention activities in the Royal Highlands area. All residents welcome. Ron Durham, (352) 835-4332.
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520: 9135 Denton Ave. 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.
Polish-American Social Club: Dinner Dance, Sunday, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Dinner choice is beef tips over noodles or baked chicken, served 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Dancing to Happy Music By Jeanne from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Tickets $11 for members, $13 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dolores, (352) 596-4802, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.
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Pasco Billiken Club: 11:13 a.m. Tuesday, Niko's Place Restaurant, 6818 U.S. 19 N. Lunch will follow the meeting. (727) 372-0528.
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.