Academia Hernando Fall 2017 Lecture Series: "Henry Ford and His Magic Model T," by Rick Kristner. 10 a.m. to noon. $9 per individual lecture. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 597-6640.
'Organic Vegetable Gardening': Learn about vegetables grown the old-fashioned way, using nothing but nature. Informational class offered through the University of Florida's Hernando County Extension Service. 10 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.
Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner: Open to the public, the dinner includes a choice of baked or fried fish, fried shrimp or an alternative meat, as well as mashed potatoes or steak fries, vegetable or coleslaw, salad, corn muffin, dessert and coffee or tea. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase in the Command Post Bar & Grill. 4 to 8 p.m. $10. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 556-3045.
German-American Club Oktoberfest: The event includes music, food and dancing. Dress code: Trachten/club casual; no shorts or jeans. Music provided by Manni Daum. Bring your own beverage. No tickets sold at the door. 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $18 for members and $22 for guests. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.
Ballroom dance: Dance to music by Dave Mussatto. Includes a free dance lesson. 6 to 9 p.m. $8; $5 for members. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-0107.
Run for New Beginnings: Registration, opening and pre-race program at 6:30 a.m.; certified 5K run or walk at 7:30 a.m.; 1-mile fun run (for children ages 12 and younger) at 8:45 a.m. The awards and post-race party will be at 9:30 a.m. Register online. The event benefits the New Beginnings youth shelter in Brooksville. T-shirts available for purchase. The 5K entry fee is $25; the fee for the 1-mile fun run is $15. Children ages 12 and younger are free. SunTrust Bank, 1 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 540-6015. raceroster.com.
Chuck Hellings Benefit Fly-In: The Hernando Aero Modelers R/C Club will host the fourth annual benefit for lifetime member Chuck Hellings, who was severely injured in a radio-controlled accident in February 2014. Event includes a high-speed delta demo, a pattern demo, combat flying, static aircraft displays, scale aircraft and skilled flying events. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Rain date: Oct. 15. Donations accepted. Bring your own chair. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Landing fee, $5; spectator fee, $3 per person or $5 per carload. Free parking. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 503-9797.
Paws on Parade: A pet parade and pet costume contest will be held during Brooksville's Founders Week celebration. Prizes will be awarded for best pet costumes. Proceeds benefit Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services. 10 a.m., with registration from 9 to 10 a.m. Free admission; $10 parade entry fee. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
Beginners Archery for Youth: The two-hour introductory class is for children ages 10 and older. Class is limited to 16 enrollees. Call to RSVP. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.
Wings of Hope: Join an animal rehabilitator with Hope Wildlife who will discuss birds of prey. Hope Wildlife is a nonprofit rescue that relies on community support. Donations of bleach, clean towels, paper towel rolls, gift cards for Lowe's or Walmart, or cash are appreciated. Donations will benefit the program. 1 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.
Music on the Porch and Classic Car Cruise-In: Classic cars and music of all genres, plus vendors, food and beverages available for purchase. Performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Chinsegut Hill Manor and Retreat Center. 2 to 8 p.m. $5 per car; classic cars are free. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. (850) 819-6851.
Dash for Dawn Center: Take Back the Night run to support survivors and victims of domestic and sexual violence. 5K or 1-mile support run/walk. Strollers welcome. 6 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 p.m. 5K individual, $30; 5K student, $20; family, $60; 1-mile individual run/walk, $15. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 592-1288. active.com.
Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. Singles and couples are welcome and encouraged to wear "slidey" shoes. Call Norma to RSVP. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.
Movie on Main Street: Part of Founders Week activities in Brooksville. Enjoy the movie, Monster Trucks, under the stars and oaks. Bring a chair. Food and beverage available for purchase. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (352) 540-3830.
Peace Week at PHSC North Campus: Pasco-Hernando State College hosts its annual Peace Week from Oct. 16 to 20. This year's theme is Mindfulness. For a full schedule of events at all PHSC campuses, visit the website. 11 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/peace.
Peace Week at PHSC Spring Hill Campus: Pasco-Hernando State College hosts its annual Peace Week from Oct. 16 to 20. This year's theme is Mindfulness. For a full schedule of events at all PHSC campuses, visit the website. 11 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/peace.
Pick Two Luncheon on the Hill: Enjoy a gourmet luncheon at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat. The meal includes a choice of soup, salad or quiche, plus a beverage and dessert. Luncheons are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. Reservations are needed for groups of five or more. After lunch, tour the manor house. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $15; includes lunch and tour. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 799-5400. Event continues Oct. 18 and 19.
Weekend Navigator course: Learn how to plot a course anywhere and pinpoint a location on any chart. Two-day session: Oct. 17 and 24. Call Jim to RSVP. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $30; includes training strip chart. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 Hernando Beach, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 688-4620.
Weeki Wachee River cleanup: Volunteers are needed to join Boating in Florida team leaders as they paddle down the river, educating participants as the group cleans debris from the river. Cleanup events will take place on the third Wednesday of each month. 8 a.m.; arrive by 7:30 a.m. Call to RSVP. First 15 participants receive complimentary kayak rental. Boating in Florida, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-8484.
Choose Health: Come for breakfast and stay for lunch. The community health event begins with a light breakfast sponsored by Naomi Green, vegan lifestyle coach and educator. Free health screenings and Medicare information provided by Sharon Mackey, licensed health insurance agent. Angela Bonfardino-Walasek, executive director of United Way of Hernando County, will provide information on the agency's 211 program. Afternoon topics include healthy weight, diabetes, controlling hypertension and how to quit smoking. Door prizes. Call to RSVP by Oct. 13. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 263-1218.
Let's Cook: Tired of precooked, frozen, tasteless meals? Learn to cook from scratch. Cooking program for ages 13 to adult. Presented by Karen Steuer. 4:30 p.m. Free; registration required. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
GFWC Woman's Club annual Historic Tea Party: Part of Brooksville's Founders Week activities, the event is the club's biggest fundraiser. Entertainment provided by the Sweet Adelines at noon and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 only. Call to RSVP for groups of six or more. Call for tickets. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. Includes assorted tea sandwiches, scones, salad, dessert and fresh-brewed tea. GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 340-4123, (352) 799-4319. This event continues Oct. 20.
Current Events Forum @ Your Library: Join the group to discuss what's happening in the world, including politics, foreign affairs and world, national and local news. Topics will be suggested, but everything is on the table. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.