Events26 FridayBeginning Birding Hike: Join a member of the Hernando Audubon Society for a guided hike to find the feathered winter residents of Chinsegut. Program starts with a short observation session at well-stocked feeders then a walk to the viewing blind to look for ducks and other water birds. Binoculars and guides available to borrow. 8:30 a.m. Free, registration required. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.Academia Hernando Spring 2018 Lecture Series: "Influence of Japanese Artists on Western Art," presented by Herve Le Guilloux. Series includes eight lectures and one field trip. Field trip open only to subscribers. 10 a.m. to noon. $65 for entire series including field trip, $9 per individual lecture. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 597-6640.Hippopotamus Birthday: Sing Happy Birthday to Lu the hippo at this 58th birthday party. Park volunteer Vicky Iozzia will perform a special birthday song she wrote for Lu. Children and park visitors are welcome to sample cookies and water while Lu enjoys a special hippo-friendly cake. Included with park admission. 10 a.m. $13, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.27 SaturdayBird Walk: An experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon will lead the walk on the Pepper Creek Trail, one of 19 birding trails that are part of the west section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the park’s visitor center. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, not required. 8 a.m. Free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.About Boating Safely: Provided by the Hudson Flotilla 11-7 US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Successful completion earns the Florida Boating Safety Education Card. Advanced registration is appreciated. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $40 per person ($20 for additional family members); includes class, digital manual and processing. Hudson Flotilla Training Facility, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.Master Gardener Nursery: Find healthy native and Florida-friendly plants to spruce up landscapes, at bargain prices. Nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays, through March 31. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.Burn Boot Camp: Scott and Amy Passarella will offer free pop up fitness camps at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 9 a.m. Saturdays, through the end of January. 9 a.m. Free. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.May’s Prairie Program and Hike: The guided hike will include history and information on May’s Prairie with an opportunity for children ages 8 and older to net for specimens. The hike is approximately one mile. 10 a.m. Free, registration required. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.Rain Barrel and Composting Workshop: The rain barrel workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the composting workshop begins at 11:30 a.m. Attendance at a workshop is mandatory to purchase a rain barrel. One barrel per workshop attendant. Advance registration and payment required. Bring a vehicle large enough to accommodate the 65-gallon barrel. A free compost bin will be provided to those who attend the compost workshop. One per household. Call to RSVP for one or both workshops. 10:30 a.m. $50, includes rain barrel. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 540-6230.28 SundayWalking Sticks Club: Perry Oldenburg: The club will meet at Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area located off Deer Run Road, north of Brooksville. Registration is required. Those attending will learn about the history of Perry Oldenburg and gopher tortoise mitigation work while hiking a little more than a mile at a casual pace. Limited to 15 hikers. 8 a.m. Free, registration required. Perry Oldenburg Mitigation Park, Deer Run Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.30 TuesdayTaking Charge of Your Health: The complete gynecological care seminar is part of the For Your Health community education series. A panel of specialists will discuss gynecological care, focusing on prevention and treatment of several common conditions. A hot meal will be served. Reservations required. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.Free Belly Dance Class: Shed pounds, tone your body and have fun. Open to adults and children ages 7 and older. All skill levels and body types welcome. Sponsored by DanceCraft and Hernando County Recreation. Wear comfortable exercise clothing, socks or bare feet. Registration begins at 7 p.m. 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Free, reservations required. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-1568.31 WednesdayCaring For and Watering Your Lawn the Right Way: Learn ways to reduce your water bill and keep your lawn healthy. The best management practices for your Florida lawn will be discussed. 10:30 a.m. Free. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.01 ThursdayHistoric Hernando Preservation Society: The group meets on the first Thursday of each month except July. Those who share a love of local history are welcome. Erwin Wunderlich, award-winning author, will present "The Civil War in Florida." 6:30 p.m. Free. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 848-0505, 344-4705.