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Nature and the outdoors

Saturday

Guided Hike at Big Pine Wildlife Environmental Area: Join naturalist and native plant expert David Rakes for a guided hike through one of the largest stands of old growth longleaf pines left in Florida. See native plants and wildlife of the sand hills. Wear cool outdoor clothing and walking shoes and bring plenty of water, bug spray and sunscreen. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Big Pine Tract, Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/chinsegut.

Children in the Wild 'Cool Creatures Underground': Designed for children ages 3 to 7. The program may include arts and crafts, outdoor games, a conservation lesson and a hike. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited, and reservations are required. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722. outreach.myfwc.com/events/event_list.asp.

THURSDAY

Honey Bee presentation at Homosassa Springs: Presented by Melody Tayler, a beekeeper since 2008. The presentation will include an explanation of the honey bee, its workings as a social insect and products produced by the hive. Held in the Children's Education Center. 1 p.m. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Included with regular park admission: $13, $5 for ages 6-12, 4 and younger free. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

Library fun

FRIDAY

'Homosassa Springs' Summer Reading Program: Join experts from Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and learn about the wildlife in our area. Geared for ages 5 to 12. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

SATURDAY

Gaming tournament: Teenagers are invited to hone their skills and compete for prizes and bragging rights. For ages 13 to 17. 3 to 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Tuesday

'Homosassa Springs' Summer Reading Program: Join experts from Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and learn about the wildlife in our area. Geared for ages 5 to 12. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4043.

WEDNESDAY

Art Attack!: Geared for youths ages 5 to 12, who will learn about a famous artist and then make their own works of art, inspired by that artist. All materials and supplies will be provided. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Free. (352) 754-4043.

'Build It!' Tween Summer Reading Program: Take the challenge and test your building skills. Geared for youths ages 8 to 12. 4 to 5:30 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

'Chemical Chaos' Summer Reading Program: Discover everyday chemical reactions with the local extension service. Geared for youths ages 5 to 12. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Summer Story Time: Geared for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Includes stories, finger plays and songs. 1 to 2 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

LEGO Club: Geared for youths ages 8 to 12, who will get a chance to build LEGO creations and meet other fans. Materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Advance registration is recommended but not required. 3 to 4 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Book talk

SATURDAY

Hernando Readers Theatre: Reading The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. Advance registration is recommended. Ask for a copy of the play at the library's information desk. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

TUESDAY

Spring Hill Book Discussion Group: Discussing The Sisters by Nancy Jensen. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

For your health

WEDNESDAY

'Preventing Men's Health Issues' seminar: Hosted by Oak Hill Hospital, in collaboration with the YMCA of the Suncoast. Presented by Dr. Abhik Roy. A complimentary healthy lunch will be served. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. 11:30 a.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 597-6333. oakhillhospital.com/foryourhealth.

THURSDAY

'Going Blind: Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss' film screening: This is a documentary film by award-winning director Joseph Lovett, who tells his story of coping with vision loss due to glaucoma. He also interviews people throughout the country on how they have dealt with vision loss. 1 p.m. Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 6492 California St., Brooksville. Free. RSVP to events@lvib.org or (352) 754-1132.

Hobbies

FRIDAY

Friday Night Thunder: The cruise-in is open to cars and trucks from all decades — including classic, antique, sports, imports and more. There are activities, music, valve cover car racing and prizes. Presented by the MOPARS Car Club. 5 to 8 p.m. City of Inverness Historic Courthouse Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Free. inverness-fl.gov.

Saturday

Hernando Aero Modelers Ham RC Fun-Fly: This is a chance to see a variety of flying machines and meet the owners who build and fly the models. There will be free flying, a giant scale pattern demo, a World War I and World War II flyby, a precision pattern flying demo, a giant sailplane demo, an RC skydiver and parasails. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per carload. Free parking. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 263-8198. hamrc.com.

THURSDAY

Belly Dance Class: Strengthen your core and get fit while learning the basics of the mystical art of belly dancing. Reservations required. 7 p.m. Hernando County Recreation Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-1568. facebook.com/dancecraft3.

Music

SATURDAY

Rockin' Country on Pine: The Jamie Davis Band will entertain with country and Southern rock on the main stage at the corner of Main Street and N Pine Avenue. Festival vendors will be street-side. There will also be a pub and restaurant crawl. No coolers or pets allowed. 6 p.m. City of Inverness Historic Courthouse Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Free. inverness-fl.gov.

Miscellaneous

FRIDAY

Chili in June: Hosted by the Women's Stars to introduce Republican candidates who are qualified for the 2014 election. Candidates will compete for the best chili. 6 p.m. Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave., Masaryktown. $5, includes tasting entries and a ballot to vote for the best chili; soft drinks and dessert sold separately. (352) 799-1012, 597-4596.

SATURDAY

Couponing 101: Learn how to save money with coupons. 11 a.m. to noon. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

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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.

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 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:00pm]
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