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Hernando Events for April 21

21 Friday

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'Mental Health First Aid Training': Learn to assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis. Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to get help. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. NAMI's Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call to RSVP. (813) 751-7372.

'Beginning Birding' with Audubon: Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. Binoculars and field guides available. 8:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 428-2629.

'Perfect Pairings: Butterfly Host Plants': Join Bill Lester of the Hernando County Extension Service as he shares what plants attract butterflies and how to keep them reproducing. 10 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Sierra Club celebrates founder's birthday: The event, hosted by the Adventure Coast committee, celebrates the birthday of John Muir, the Sierra Club's founder. Relax lakeside or take a guided trail walk with Sierra's Ben Berauer and Linda Vanderveen. The birthday celebration, at Pavilion B, will feature Jerry Cowling as John Muir. Donations appreciated for the program and lunch. Noon to 1:30 p.m. $2 park admission. McKethan Lake Park, 15109 N Broad St., north of Brooksville. (352) 277-3330.

German-American Club's 35th anniversary ball: The event will feature a catered buffet dinner and dance music provided by Manni Daum. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Elegant to semiformal attire required. Bring your own beverage. No tickets will be sold at the door. 4:30 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets only. $10 for members; $27 for non-members. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.

Ballroom dance: Hosted by the Ballroom Dance Club. Dance to the music of Dave Mussatto. Includes free dance lesson. Bring a potluck dish to share and your own beverage. Call to RSVP. 5:15 to 9 p.m. $8; $5 for members. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-0107.

Celebration of Poetry: Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to listen and participate in an open-mike poetry reading. Refreshments and door prizes. Sign up at the door or call professor Kay McKamy. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5109.

22 Saturday

Springstead High School flea market: Vendors welcome; must provide own table and chair. Located in the theater parking lot. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10, which includes two car spaces. Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Earth Day plant sale: Sale proceeds will benefit Pasco-Hernando State College scholarships and Wekiva Youth Camp scholarships. Common and botanical plants available. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville.

Janet Butterfield Brooks tour: Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the wildlife and environmental property for a guided tour. Advanced registration required. Meet at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville, to carpool. 8 a.m. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Earth Day Family Fair: Bring the kids and a camera for fun photo opportunities in a bubble with Green-Fly Media. Plant a sunflower to take home and watch a slide show of Chinsegut memories. 9 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Spring Native Plant Sale at Chinsegut: Stock up on native plants for west-central Florida. Experts will be on hand to help. The event will include vendors, activities for kids and tours. Tours of manor house are $5. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.

Earth Day — Hummingbirds at the Botanical Gardens: The event, focusing on hummingbirds, will include displays by local gardening groups with information on attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to home gardens. Free hummingbird feeder kits available while supplies last. Spring Hill Garden Club members will offer tours of the gardens and answer questions, and the garden train will be running. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Craft and vendor show: Shop for handmade items, including embroidery gifts and woodworking. Food will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Family First Assembly, 12435 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2030.

American Legion open house: The public is invited to visit the post, which will be open for extended hours during the Florida Blueberry Festival. In addition to the canteen being open to the public, there will be an inside yard sale in the post hall. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. American Legion Andrew Jackson Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-0058. This event continues on Sunday.

24 Monday

Roslyn Franken book presentation: In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Roslyn Franken will speak about the true story of her parents, Holocaust and atomic bomb survivors, based on her book, Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit. A book signing and meet-and-greet will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034.

25 Tuesday

First responder barbecue: Salishan invites all firefighters and law enforcement officers to attend a free barbecue lunch. No reservations required. Call for information. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Salishan Graceful Retirement Living, 14191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 263-2300.

Belly dance class: Shed pounds, tone your body and have fun. Open to adults and children ages 7 and older. All skill levels and body types welcome. Sponsored by DanceCraft and the Hernando County Recreation Department. Wear comfortable exercise clothing; socks or bare feet. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Class begins at 7:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-1568.

26 Wednesday

Rain barrel workshop: Cope with watering restrictions and reduce water dependence by learning how to make, decorate and place a rain barrel in the landscape to harvest rainwater. Hernando County residents only. Bring a vehicle that can accommodate a 50-gallon barrel. 10:30 a.m. $55 per completed barrel, plus $25 credit on Hernando County Utilities bill. Write "Rain Barrel Workshop April 26" on envelope. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. To RSVP, call (352) 540-6230.

27 Thursday

Picnic at McKethan Lake: Bird walk starts at 5 p.m., with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Bring your own place setting and a dish to share. Free. McKethan Lake Park, 15109 N Broad St., north of Brooksville. (352) 686-0460.

CPR/automated external defibrillator class: Designed for professional health care providers. Meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Non-health care professionals welcome. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the enrichment center. To RSVP, call Bob Kanner. 6 p.m. $25. Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Room 120 of the Medical Arts Building. (352) 597-8875.

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