Thursday, April 19, 2018
Events

Hernando events in January

Dog shows

MONDAY THROUGH JAN. 19

Florida Gulf Coast Clusters: The largest dog show cluster in the state comes to Tampa Bay, featuring 10 American Kennel Club all-breed dog shows, conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials and free tours to learn about AKC dog shows. Visitors may also bring their dogs to participate in the Doggie Fun Zone, an obstacle course for dogs (entry fee is $12). There will be vendors and a food court. Presented by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Florida Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Pasco Florida Kennel Club and Tampa Bay Kennel Club. Monday and Tuesday features terrier, dachshund, Boston terrier and poodle specialties. There are no shows on Wednesday or Jan. 14. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Free admission; $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 215-3580. floridaclassicpark.com.

Classes/self help

WEDNESDAY

Pine needle basket class: Learn how to make a pine needle basket using longleaf pine needles. Participants should bring their own scissors. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5; free for youth ages 17 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Writing Your Life Story: This workshop provides tips and techniques on how to get started writing your life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. The focus is not on publication, but more toward writing for yourself, family and friends. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Keyboard lessons: In partnership with Fletcher Music Centers, the library is offering six free weekly lessons to the first 14 people who sign up. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

SATURDAY

Creativity Workshop: The workshop is for adults and will incorporate exercises recommended by books on creativity. No previous artistic experience required. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Library fun

THURSDAY

Book discussion: Join library staff for a discussion on author and Tampa Bay Times staff writer Jeff Klinkenberg's book Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Hernando County Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Junior Book Club: The book to be read is Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, by Melissa Sweet. Copies will be provided to the children; registration is recommended. The Hernando County Public Library is offering this new club for readers in the first through fourth grades. Children will read a book together, then get a chance to go beyond the book with related activities. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

SATURDAY

Meet a NASA engineer: NASA engineer Caley Burke will discuss NASA's Launch Services Program and spacecraft such as the Mars Science Laboratory. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6374.

Spring Hill Writing Group: Open to anyone who writes or would like to write. 2 to 3:30 p.m.. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Film showing

TUESDAY

Green Screens showing of 'The Invisible War': The investigative documentary, a 2013 Academy Awards nominee, exposes the systemic cover-up of U.S. military sex crimes. The Department of Defense estimates there were 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served. 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-7576.

Festivals

TODAY

Dade's Battle Re-enactment: Includes period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps; a sutler trade fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building; and activities for kids. The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is $3. Admission is $5; free for ages 5 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Hobbies

FRIDAY

Dade Winter Bird Walk: Take a hike and see what wintering birds are visiting the park. Bring binoculars and a bird book. 10 a.m. to noon. $3 park entry per car. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Music

Today

Polka with the Frank Moravic Band: American and polka music will be featured. A cash bar and food will be available. 2 to 6 p.m. $10 for members; $12 for nonmembers. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (989) 768-0031.

THURSDAY

John Denver Tribute with Tom Becker: Becker, a former member of the legendary folk group the New Christy Minstrels brings back some of Denver's greatest hits, such as Rocky Mountain High, Thank God I'm a Country Boy and Annie's Song. Presented by Brookridge Entertainment. 7 p.m. $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.

For seniors

FRIDAY

PHCC Winter Senior Expo: Learn about services available from area agencies and businesses and attend free mini-seminars on topics such as art and painting, computer and digital photography. Hosted by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC to provide educational opportunities and special interest workshops to adults ages 50 and older. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Miscellaneous

THURSDAY

Socrates Cafe: This is for those who enjoy thought-providing discussions and lively debate and discussion. The group, with the help of a facilitator, applies the Socratic method to a question that troubles them. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

SATURDAY

Ranger history program and live firing demonstration: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $3-per-vehicle parking fee. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

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