Hernando County events for Aug. 1

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Nature, outdoors

TODAY

Frog Watch: Join friends and family for a night of wildlife conservation and hands-on learning as participants help survey the frogs and toads at the park. Long pants, long-sleeve shirts and bug repellent recommended. 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Free; donations appreciated. (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriver preserve/default.cfm.

Benefit

Saturday

Dinner fundraiser for Dixie All Star team: The Spring Hill Youth Dixie (AAA) Minors All Star Team (ages 9-10) has made it to the World Series in North Carolina. Funds are needed to assist with the team's travel expenses. A spaghetti dinner will be served, and will include meatballs, salad and bread, dessert and a drink. 5 to 7 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $10; $5 for ages 9 and younger. (352) 346-9662.

Film showings

SATURDAY

Film on Italian heritage: Showing of Pride & Passion: The Italians in America. Provided by the Sons of Italy Lodge 2502. 2 to 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 684-7350, (352) 398-3506.

TUESDAY

Green Screens showing of 'The Untold Story of the United States' (Parts 7 and 8): Showing of the final two parts of Oliver Stone's six-part series, which re-examines events in history that have not been fully reported. These segments include the Bush and Clinton years. There will be a break between each one-hour segment. Refreshments available. Seating is limited; early arrival recommended. 4:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 666-7576.

Green thumb

THURSDAY

'Florida's Fall Color': Master Gardener Rita Grant will discuss what plants to choose for fall foliage to liven up a yard. No registration required, but seating is limited. 10:30 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us

Library fun

TODAY

'Identified Flying Objects' summer reading program: Join the Hernando Aero Modelers R/C Club for a presentation about aircraft. Hosted by the Hernando County Public Library System. 10:15 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Saturday

Teen Anime: The program is geared toward youth ages 12 to 18 who can draw and discuss manga, and participate in anime-themed activities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Advance registration requested. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Book talk

TODAY

History and Biography Book Discussion Group: Discussing Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis. No registration required, but copies of the book are limited. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

WEDNESDAY

Viva Florida 501 Book Discussion: This is a Florida-themed book discussion group. Several short pieces by Zora Neale Hurston will be discussed. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Dancing

Saturday

Brookridge Social Dance: This will be a beach-themed dance with music provided by Johnny Lobo. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. (352) 597-0723.

Festival

TODAY

Pine Street Jam Parrothead Party: The streets near the corner of N Pine and Main streets will be closed for this street jam, which will include music by the Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Beer, wine and festival food will be available. 6 to 10 p.m. Downtown Inverness, 212 W. Main St., Inverness. Free admission. (352) 726-2611.

On stage

THROUGH AUG. 10

'Coupled': The play revolves around three couples, taking a comedic look at love, friendship and long-term relationships. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. $23.36. (727) 409-0293. ferrarostudiotheatre.com.

Politics

THURSDAY

Naturecoast Coalition for Peace and Justice hosts town hall meeting: The meeting will explore whether there is a common interest between socialism and capitalism and whether citizens, instead of officials and interest groups, should make decisions regarding local government. 4 to 5:30 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9936.

Candidate meet-and-greet: Mark Johnson, who is running for the Hernando County School Board District 1 seat, will discuss his platform and speak with visitors. Coffee and light refreshments available. 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Donations appreciated. Reservations requested; RSVP at electmarkjohnson.com.

Miscellaneous

THURSDAY

Socrates Cafe: The question for discussion will be "What is happiness?" The group, with the help of a facilitator, applies the Socratic method to questions that troubles it. 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

'Breast-feeding: The Foundation for Lifelong Health': In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, the Hernando County Health Department invites expectant mothers to learn more about the benefits of breast-feeding. Local partners will share information and demonstrate techniques to help ensure a healthy start for mom and baby. 6 to 8 p.m. Bayfront Health Spring Hill, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6924.

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Submit your events

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 price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hernando County events for Aug. 1 07/31/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:45pm]

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