Hernando events, week of May 22

Today

Nature Coast Festival Singers present 'Songs of Faith and Freedom' concert: Patriotic hymns and a special performance by the Nature Coast Children's Chorale, as well as by Alexis Pletincks on French horn. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-2235.

Monday

'John's Favorite 50' horticulture class: John Korycki of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program will discuss his favorite 50 plants, selected with drought tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance and good growth in poor soils in mind. 5:30 p.m. Free; first come, first seated. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Tuesday

Play to Learn: This is an indoor toddler program for babies and their mothers. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $3 per class. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 540-3835.

Wednesday

Master Gardeners weekly plant sale: Plants for shade and sun are available, including flowering plants, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Funds raised benefit the Hernando County Master Gardener Program. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Prices vary. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

YMCA fifth annual Health Fair: The free event includes complimentary medical screenings, giveaways and massages. Screenings include: vision by Stolte Eye Center, cholesterol and glucose by Spring Hill Regional Hospital and bone density and cancer kits by Oak Hill Hospital. Medical professionals will answer questions. Representatives of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office will accept unwanted or expired medications for disposal. Bring a list of current medications for a free consultation with pharmacist John Griffith from Walgreens. 9 a.m. to noon. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622.

Secrets from Landscape Designers: Learn tips from landscape professionals about how to create a beautiful outdoor space. 10 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433.

Mining Association Enrichment Center Special Needs Disaster Shelter picnic and grand opening celebration: The Friendly Four Band will perform at 10 a.m., opening ceremonies are at 11 a.m., a ribbon-cutting will be at 11:30 a.m. and Louie Fortunato will entertain at 12:30 p.m. Free health screenings will be provided. There will also be contests at the adjacent Quarry Golf Course, including closest to the pin and a putting challenge (discounts will be offered on rounds of golf and membership). Shuttle parking will be provided by the Grand at 725 Desoto Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mining Association Enrichment Center Special Needs Disaster Shelter, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 544-6022.

Spring Hill Art League reception: Featuring artists Charlie Hage, Mae Pollizze and Joe Starkey. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will be on display through June. 5 to 7 p.m. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 799-9690.

Thursday

Rain Barrel Workshop: Cope with watering restrictions and reduce water dependence by learning how to make, decorate and place a rain barrel in the landscape to harvest rainwater. Limited space; Advance registration required. 10 a.m. $30 per completed barrel. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Friday

NAMI Hernando to show 'Depression: Out of the Shadows': The PBS documentary delves into types of depression and introduces individuals who struggle with the disease, including business people, a new mother, teens and seniors. Leading mental health experts highlight the latest in treatment and research. There also will be a special feature with Jane Pauley. 2 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-0004, 544-0352.

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.

Saturday

Spring Lake 5-K Run: Annual 5-K Run and 2-mile fun run/walk through scenic rolling hills, with a run through an equestrian stable. Registration at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m. Prizes awarded to first through third-place finishers in various age groups. Participants will be treated to a post-race food fest. Register online at active.com. $25 for the 5K; $20 for the fun walk. Arc Nature Coast, 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109. thearc-naturecoast.org.

Brooksville Blazin' Butts-n-Brisket: Fourth annual barbecue competition featuring professional barbecue cook teams from throughout the southeastern U.S. Also, "backyard" teams (nonprofessional) will compete for ribbons and bragging rights. Award-winning country music artist Brian Chytka will entertain. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 540-3830.

Hernando County Fire Rescue District open house: There will be refreshments, a hot dog-eating contest and other activities. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brooksville Fire Station, 85 Veterans Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3809.

High Point Open Mic: Musicians sign up and perform. Bring your own snacks and drinks. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 597-1113.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks and beverages (and ice, if needed). No lessons provided, but instructors will give assistance, if needed. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.

Talent Quest Florida 2011 National Karaoke Singing Contest: Compete in three categories: country, pop and masters. Men and women singers compete separately to reach the national finals in Laughlin, Nev., where a total cash prize of $27,000 is guaranteed and split between 18 winners. Local winners advance to a regional contest, and those winners compete in the national contest. Continues each Saturday through June 11. Stop by the post or call to sign up. 7 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (618) 322-4646.

Kids of Hope concert: Featuring a Broadway and Disney revue with Shawn and Jessica Doolittle, Journey Into the Performing Arts, Kids Helping Kids and the music and arts departments of J.D. Floyd K-8 School. 7 p.m. $5 in advance; $8 at the door. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-7455, (352) 410-3355.

Hernando events, week of May 22 05/21/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:08am]

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