Hernando County events, Aug. 2-6

Tuesday

Florida Library Youth Program presents Tony the Balloon Guy: Tony uses balloon art as a vehicle for comedy, information and a pro-reading message. The program is for children ages 5 to 12. Parents must remain on library premises. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. 10:15 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Library to show 'Bucket List': Cranky billionaire hospital magnate Edward Cole and blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers meet when they both find themselves terminally ill. The unlikely pair head out together on a road trip with a list of to-dos before they die. The 2007 film, rated PG-13, stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. 2 p.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4443.

Eat Smart for a Healthy Start: Hosted by the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando Counties, the event includes a free lunch box giveaway to the first 100 children ages 8 and younger. Parents can learn about child care options in their areas, receive health-related information and back-to-school items for their children. 4 to 6 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (727) 233-8291. phelc.org/foundation.html.

Green Screens to show 'Imperial Geography': This documentary, narrated by David Barsamian of Alternative Radio in Boulder, Colo., is about the history of Palestine and Israel. It will be followed by an excerpt from a Democracy Now news exclusive about a Palestinian obstetrician's experience. Refreshments provided. 6 p.m.. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 410-4484.

Wednesday

Firearms safety class: This is a firearms orientation program for new gun shooters. Completion of this class also provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. This class is about five hours, including range time. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. $50. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Florida Library Youth Program presents 'Snack Smart, Move More': Presented by the Hernando County Health Department. Geared for children ages 5 to 12. 10:15 a.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 540-6391.

VFW Post 9236 spaghetti and meatball dinner: All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner also includes a salad bar, garlic bread and Italian ice cream. 4:30 to 7 p.m. $6.50 per person. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Thursday

Library presents Jiggleman: This is a high-energy show with audience participation, juggling and other activities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Parents and guardians must remain on library premises. Two show times: 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Early arrival is recommended; tickets will be passes out on a first-come, first-served basis, starting a half-hour before each scheduled showtime. For children ages 5 to 12. Parents and teens will be asked to remain outside the meeting room to allow the greatest number of children. 10:15 a.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-6391.

Friday

Florida Library Youth Program presents John Storms' World of Reptiles: Children can meet some of John's friends, including snakes, turtles, a crocodile, lizards and maybe a 15-foot python. Two showtimes: 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Early arrival is recommended; tickets will be passes out on a first-come, first-served basis, starting a half-hour before each scheduled showtime. For children ages 5 to 12. Parents and teens will be asked to remain outside the meeting room to allow the greatest number of children. 10:15 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Children's stories and crafts program: The themed programs include stories, songs, games and crafts. Starts at 11 a.m. for ages 18 to 35 months, and 11:45 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 years. No registration required. Programs continue through Aug. 5 and are provided by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast. No registration required. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Operation HeartFELT fundraiser: The concert features Eliot Sloan from Blessid Union of Souls (pop, gospel and country), Billy Dawson (Clear Channel Country Music Talent Search Winner 2010), singer and harpist Deanna Loveland (pop, country and gospel), and country singer George Marshall, the "Salt Water Cowboy." Funds raised support a backpack program for local children in need. 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. Brooksville Golf and Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-5463.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May's 3-year-old daughter, Jessie. Hand-held cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior': Children's production of the 1920s-era musical about the sassy country girl Millie, who moves to New York City to start a new life. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

NRA Muzzleloading Rifle Class: Students will be taught the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a muzzleloading rifle. Students learn the National Rifle Association's three rules for safe gun handling, parts, loading, shooting, cleaning, shooting from a standing position and shooting from a crossed stick position, as well as continued opportunities for skill development. The course includes classroom instruction and time on a range shooting a muzzleloading rifle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $100. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Operation Back Pack and Back To School Bash: The event will include refreshments and games. Children must be present to receive a backpack. The event is sponsored by Behind the Stone Ministries, the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, Head Start, the Spring Hill Neighborhood Project and the Suncoast For Kids Foundation. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (727) 808-4096.

Hope Youth Ranch Learning Academy bowl-a-thon fundraiser: The academy, in Hudson, teaches students with autism and other forms of learning disabilities. The school needs financial support for the interior structure of the modular classroom buildings. Registration for the bowl-a-thon is required by Monday. 2 to 5:30 p.m. $30 for three games; includes shoe rental and a raffle ticket. Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 238-5526.

Thespians of Aripeka Elks present 'Murder Me Always' mystery dinner theater: The show is adapted from a book by Lee Mueller. It is not only a "who done it" that the audience will be expected to solve, but there will be a few laughs as well. This is a fundraiser for the lodge. Dinner is at 6 p.m.; showtime at 7. For reserved seating (eight or more) tickets, call (727) 868-2994; for open seating tickets, call (727) 863-2520. $15 per person. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson.

Brookridge Social Dance Group hosts "Beach" Dance: Music provided by The Two of Us (Joyce and Ralph). Guests may bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. Doughnuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m., after the 50/50 raffle. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.

Ghost Tours: Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 years ago. Hand-held cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior': Children's production of the 1920s-era musical about the sassy country girl Millie, who moves to New York City to start a new life. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Hernando County events, Aug. 2-6 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:51am]

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