Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Have a Heart for Horses event benefits O'Hana Horse Rescue

BROOKSVILLE

Show off your talent and help horse rescue

A "Have a Heart for Horses" benefit for O'Hana Horse Rescue will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. April 13 at Saxon Manor, 200 S Saxon Ave. The event will include the Miss Hernando Pageant, a talent competition and a best western wear contest. Prizes will be awarded to all winners. Admission to the event is $5. The cost for the talent competition is $10 (or $15 to perform two times), and is open to singers, dancers and other performers of all ages. All proceeds will go to O'Hana, a nonprofit organization that houses, cares for, feeds and protects unwanted, abused and neglected horses and donkeys. For information or to participate in either the talent or beauty contests, call Suzi Hosfeld at (352) 256-9959.

Program raises water awareness

The next session of Hernando County's 2012-13 Water Awareness Series will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd. The first part of the program will cover the Southwest Florida Water Management District's role in protecting water resources. The second part will be on Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority's role. The third part will discuss where the county's water comes from and how it gets to residents' homes. Light refreshments will be served. For information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 754-4705.

BROOKRIDGE

Hawaiian dance celebrates spring

Brookridge will host a Spring Hawaiian Dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Tickets are $5, and will be available at the door. Music will be provided by Diane and Mitch. Dunkin Donuts will be served at 9:30 p.m. Coffee and ice will be provided throughout the evening. Guests may bring their own beverages. For reservations or further information, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.

SPRING HILL

Garden Club plant sale Saturday

The Spring Hill Garden Club will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the plant nursery at 1489 Parker Ave. The adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens will be open. For information, call (352) 683-9933.

Flea market has spots for vendors

Vendor tables are available for the Springstead High School Flea Market, which will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Springstead Theater parking lot, 3300 Mariner Blvd. Set-up begins as early as 6 a.m. For reservations, call Greg at (352) 683-3528.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition Legislative Committee, 3:30 p.m., BayCare Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Today's picks

'Growing and Caring for Citrus' seminar: 10:30 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernando county.us/.

Green Screens showing of 'HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?': 5 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-7576.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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