The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is offering the Smart Start Basketball program every Monday through April 9 at the Jerome Brown Community Center.
Start Smart Basketball teaches children ages 3 and 4 the basic motor skills necessary to play organized basketball while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents.
The program focuses on teaching children and their parents skills in ball handling, passing, shooting and running, without the burden of competition or the fear of injury. Each week the exercise becomes increasingly more difficult.
Sessions will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60. For information, call (352) 540-3835 or visit cityofbrooksville.us.
WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will host an 8-pin No-Tap Handicap Tournament on April 15 at Spring Hill Lanes.
To compete, participants must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club and the Hernando County U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Bowling Alliance. Entry forms are available at Mariner Lanes and Spring Hill Lanes.
The handicap at the event will be 100 percent of a 200 average. Check-in will be at 1 p.m. with a potluck lunch; bowling starts at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $17 per person with a deadline of April 9. Entries may be dropped off at either bowling center.
For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.
FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will begin a First Tee golf program starting April 10 and running for six weeks at the Quarry Golf Course, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks and Silverthorn Country Club.
First Tee focuses on golf and life skills instruction. The juniors program strives to instill in participants the organization's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
The cost is $60 per child, with ages 5 to 17 eligible. Preregistration is required. The program is accepting up to 10 participants per class.
Volunteers also are needed. Donations are welcome, including youth golf clubs, bags and balls. For information, contact Miles Groff at (352) 540-3835 or [email protected]
HYL FOOTBALL: Registration for the Hernando Youth League football season will be May 5, 12 and 19 and June 9 at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville.
Officials will be on hand from 9 a.m. until noon each day registering players. The cost is $128 per player, which includes a $3 county park usage fee. Payment may be made with cash, money order, debit card or credit card. All players must be present at registration so they can be fitted for equipment.
Space is limited, so participants are urged to sign up early. For forms and information, visit leaguelineup.com/hylfootball online.
For other information, call (352) 346-0000.
GRIDIRON ALUMNI FOOTBALL: Gridiron Alumni is planning several full-contact alumni football games in Brooksville during the next couple of months.
Gridiron Alumni is an organization that travels around the country pitting old high school football rivals against each other. Players are still needed. The first 40 players on each team get to play, and the team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.
Teams from Central High, Hernando High, Hernando Christian Academy and Nature Coast Technical High are forming. Games are scheduled for this month and April.
For information, call Chris Hall at (530) 410-6396 or go to gridironalumni.com.
TENNIS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation has announced that 2012 scholarship applications are available for high school seniors.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded by the organization. There are two applications online at nctf.usta.com — one for an academic scholarship available to all seniors, the other specifically for tennis players. The application deadline is April 1.
For information, visit the website or send email to [email protected]
DAWN CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association will sponsor a golf tournament to benefit the Dawn Center. The tournament will be April 18 at the Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club in Brooksville.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Dawn Center, Hernando County's nonprofit shelter for abused women and children.
Golfer registration is $65 per person and includes the tournament, buffet, contests and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. The golf reservation deadline is March 30; spots are limited.
For information, send email to Andrea McGregor at [email protected]
HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the third-annual Cause Fore Paws Golf Tournament on April 3 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.
A shotgun start for the best-ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 8.
The entry fee is $75 per golfer, including prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. The lead tournament sponsor is Brooksville/Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Other sponsors include Century 21 Alliance Realty/Gail Spada Team, Flagstone Pavers and Sammy the Cat, representing special-needs felines. The hole-in-one sponsor is Rick Matthews Buick/GMC.
Individual hole sponsorships also are available for pets and their human companions. Proceeds will go toward the care of homeless pets in Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Sumter counties.
For information, call (352) 797-0962.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.