KNIGHTS AUXILIARY FLEA MARKET: The Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council 6383 Ladies Auxiliary will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.Outdoor vendor spaces are available for $15; bring your own table. For information or to reserve a space, call Annie at (352) 683-7290.
ROADS CLOSED FOR RACE: The city of Brooksville announced the following roads will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for Hernando High School's 5K race, "Sounds of Color Fun Run": Oakwood Drive, from Varsity Drive to Broad Street; Varsity at Broad; and University Drive. For information, call (352) 540-3853.
RIFLE CLINIC OFFERED: A Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Participants will be taught skills that allow accurate shooting out to 500 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammunition. Most of the instruction is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 500 yards. Students learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.
Participants should bring their own ear and eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, snacks and drinks, particularly water to keep hydrated. Lunch will be sold in the clubhouse.
The cost for men is $50 for one day or $80 for both; for women, $20 for one day or $40 for both; for youth ages 17 and younger, $10 for one day, $20 for both or one free youth per paying adult, and free for military (active, reserves or retired) and law enforcement with ID, as well as those who are disabled, elected officials and revolutionary re-enactors in costume. The club range fee is $14 per day for all participants.
Project Appleseed is an activity of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, dedicated to teaching Americans about their shared heritage and history, as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. To register online, visit appleseedinfo.org. For information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or [email protected]
RESCUE/ADOPTION EVENT: The Animal Rescue Friends Network will host a rescue/adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at PetLuv, 7348 Broad St., Brooksville. There will be several rescue groups with dogs and cats participating. Along with pets available for adoption, there will be a dog training exhibition, a raffle and a bake sale. Food and snacks will be available.
For information, send email to [email protected]
WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS WELCOME FOR SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties has eliminated its waiting list of children for School Readiness services and, for the first time in six years, is accepting walk-in appointments.
School Readiness funds pay a portion of child-care costs for low- to moderate-income families.
Families who believe they might be eligible for assistance may call or stop by one of the coalition's offices:
• 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 754-5068.
• Dade City Business Center, 15000 U.S. 301, Dade City. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesdays, when hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (352) 834-0052.
• Courtyard Commons, 7334 Little Road, Suite 102, New Port Richey. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesdays, when hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (727) 569-1004.
For information, visit phelc.org/schoolreadiness.php or call (727) 233-8291.
CELEBRATING THE EARTH: The Spring Hill Garden Club and the Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill.
The event includes talks by master gardeners and experts about attracting wildlife to your landscape, Florida-friendly gardening with native plants and the gift of water, plus tours of the gardens. Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 317 will plant marigolds.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
BIKE RUN FOR BREAST CANCER: The Hernando County Breast Cancer Support Group will host its ninth annual motorcycle run May 4, starting at the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be available. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.
The run ends at Sleepy Hollow in Floral City, where there will be a steak dinner, live music, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Participants will also receive a custom bike towel.
Tickets cost $20 per person. Proceeds will go to the support group to provide free mammogram screening vouchers for uninsured and underinsured Hernando County residents.
For information, call Tambra at (352) 592-8137.
THEATER SUMMER CAMP: The Live Oak Theatre Company will offer its annual summer camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 to 28 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
The camp is open to children ages 7 to 18. Special arrangements may be made for younger children based on an interview and audition. Campers will be split into three age groups.
Campers will learn various concepts of musical theater, including vocal technique, song interpretation, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage make-up, acting skills and set/costume theory and technique.
Campers will have a lunch break and time for snacks. Children must bring their own lunch, drinks and healthy snacks.
Arrangements can be made for early drop-off/late pickup, on a case-by-case basis.
The cost is $150. Reservations may be made with a $25 deposit, payable to Live Oak Theatre Company and mailed to the company in care of Randi Olsen, artistic director, at P.O. Box 12285, Brooksville, FL 34603.
For information, call (352) 593-0027 or visit liveoaktheatre.org.
DICE RUN: The Freedom Chapter of ABATE of Florida will host its 7th annual Motorcycle Awareness Dice Run on April 27. Sign-ups will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at BB Magee's Bar and Grill, 12400 County Line Road, Hudson. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m.
The event begins with an escorted ride by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to the county courthouse, where county Commissioner David Russell will read a proclamation.
The dice run will follow, with stops at five locations, ending at the Chassahowitzka River Lodge in Homosassa. Last bike in at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m.; must be present to win.
Tickets cost $10 per person; extra cards are $5. For information, call (352) 584-2124 or send email to [email protected]