Events and things to do in Hernando County week of Sept. 8

Honor Guard member Barbara Currin of Spring Hill plays taps on a silver bugle during last year’s 9/11 Memorial Service at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 in Spring Hill. This year’s ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2012)

Honor Guard member Barbara Currin of Spring Hill plays taps on a silver bugle during last year’s 9/11 Memorial Service at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 in Spring Hill. This year’s ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Events

Remembering 9/11

WEDNESDAY

YMCA 9/11 Run to Remember: The timed 5K-run and 1-mile walk include breakfast and prizes. Commemorative T-shirt available for purchase. 6:30 a.m. Free. Registration required. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. ymcasuncoast.org.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony: The event is to remember and honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive earlier (gates open at 8:30 a.m.) to view the 9/11 memorial on the grounds, which contains items from all attack sites. Bring lawn chairs. Hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and the Retired NYC Firefighters of Spring Hill, Chapter 343. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 200-6662, 688-3703.

Benefits

Saturday

Humane Society Fur Ball: The annual event to benefit homeless pets at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast features a silent auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m., and dinner, music and dancing starting at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Steve and Ronda Kaplan of Street Talk Orchestra. $75. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 796-2711.

Bowling for Boobies: Proceeds benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and American Cancer Society. 1 p.m. $15, $10 for children ages 4-10, 3 and younger free. Mariner Lanes, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-1926.

Music

TODAY

Hernando Jazz Society presents 'Big Band Bash': Featuring the Hernando Jazz All Stars. An optional buffet will be available for $6.99. 2 to 5 p.m. Members free; nonmembers pay $10 each or two for $15. Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7183.

Classes/self help

Tuesday

About Boating Safety course: This introductory program teaches safe boating practices, navigation, use of safety equipment and Florida law. This is a three-day course that continues through Thursday. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $35, includes textbook. Hernando Beach U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417. a0701508.uscgaux.info.

WEDNESDAY

Writing Your Life Story: Receive tips and techniques on how to get started writing your life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. The focus is on writing for yourself, family and friends, not on publication. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Pine Needle Basket Class: Use longleaf pine needles to make baskets. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5; children 17 and younger free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Family

FRIDAY

Family Movie Night: Dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The animated film Madascar 3 will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Free child care with children's activities available. Reservations for dinner and/or child care must be made by Tuesday. Optional dinner is $1 (hamburger, chips and beverage). The movie is free. Popcorn and coffee are complimentary. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600, ext. 0.

College bound

TUESDAY-THURSDAY

PHCC College Night: Bringing together representatives from Pasco-Hernando Community College, as well as numerous other public and private colleges, other educational institutions and the military. It will serve as a one-stop opportunity to get information about admissions, financial aid and post-secondary programs. High school students, parents and prospective students of all ages are invited to attend the free event. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at PHCC East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu.

THURSDAY

College Night: The Hernando County School District invites high school juniors and seniors and their parents to meet representatives from about 50 universities, colleges, other educational institutions and the military. 6 to 8 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Brooksville. (352) 797-7000.

Parties

Saturday

Almost Half Way to St. Patty's Day Party: 1 p.m. Free admission. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Party: Hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Bishop Norbert Dorsey Division 1 of Hernando County. With Irish music, dancing and entertainment by Kenn "E" Grube. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $15 per person or two for $25; includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner with dessert. Soda and water available for purchase, or bring your own beverages. Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 593-4325, (352) 340-5280.

Miscellaneous

THURSDAY

Hernando County Friends of NRA Banquet and Auction: Along with dinner, there will be a live and silent auction, door prizes and game tables with prizes. There will be a drawing for a chance to win a Thompson Tommy gun with violin case, a Smith & Wesson Governor pistol that shoots both .45-caliber pistol cartridges and .410 shotgun shells and a TriStar Tec-12 shotgun. The 2013 standard NRA banquet package of items will be auctioned. Proceeds will help support shooting sports and firearms safety and education programs. 6 p.m. $40 each or $70 per couple. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 238-4894. friendsofnra.org.

Saturday

Miss Hispanic Queen of Hernando County: The winner will be crowned from a panel of five finalists. A dance party with DJ Willie will follow. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. 6 p.m. $10. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 346-3531.

Green Thumb

MONDAY

Common Garden Insects: Beneficial insects keep pests under control, while others coexist harmlessly. Learn how to identify good and bad bugs. 5:30 p.m. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Wednesday

Living with Florida Snakes: Hernando County master gardener Jennifer Merkosky will discuss venomous and nonvenomous snakes that live in the area. No registration required; first come, first seated. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Dancing

Saturday

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 are on hand to give assistance. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 397-6088.

Sports

Saturday

Manatee Soccer Blast: A five-on-five round robin tournament for adult teams throughout Florida and Georgia with divisions for men, men over 40, women and coed. 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. $210 per team. Homosassa Area Recreational Park, 4414 S Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa. (352) 637-2475. manateesoccerblast.com.

Parks

TODAY

Literacy Day: Present your library card, show a book borrowed from the library or donate a new or gently-used family-friendly book to receive free admission. Also, volunteers from the Citrus County Sheriff's Department will offer its Children's Identification program in the Visitor Center from 1 to 4 p.m. This 10 to 15 minute free service is an opportunity to have your child fingerprinted, videotaped and a DNA sample taken. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

Saturday

Crews Lake Park Appreciation Day: The second-annual event features railroad rides, a release of more than 40,000 lady bugs, and appearances by Queen Chasco and King Pithla, the Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse, and McGruff the Crime Dog. The Crime Prevention Unit will give out free child DNA kits. The event will recognize Pasco County commissioner Pat Mulieri and two Boy Scouts. CSX Railroad presents the program "Operation Lifesaver," followed by guest speaker G. Rex Nichelson Jr. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and Florida native plants will be available. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 donation requested. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 457-9010. pascocountyfl.net.

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Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or emailed to pday@tampabay.com. The deadline for news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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