Library events, classes and baby expo among activities

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World's Greatest Baby Shower and Toddler Expo: This event is for expectant and new parents, friends and family members. Participants can speak one-on-one to a variety of local professionals on topics such as a healthy pregnancy, infant and child safety, early learning, physical and mental development, positive parenting and other topics. Also includes educational presentations and demonstrations. Door prizes and light snacks provided. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6800, ext. 82154.

Library fun

TUESDAY, FRIDAY

Plant a Seed: Youth are invited to join in as volunteers from the Chinsegut Conservation Center teach about plants and gardening. Geared for ages 8 to 12, but all ages welcome. Participants will have a chance to plant their own seeds. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; 10:15 a.m. Friday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

WEDNESDAY

Butterfly Gardening: Recommended for ages 5 through 12, children will get to learn all about Florida butterflies and butterfly gardening from a landscaping expert from the Hernando County Utilities Department. 10:15 a.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

THURSDAY

'Worms at Work' Summer Reading Program: Earthworms will visit the library as children learn the animal's important role in composting. Kids will also make their own edible dirt cups. 10:15 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

SATURDAY

Hobbit Program: Teens ages 13 to 18 can make crafts and participate in Hobbit related activities while enjoying the film. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

Books

TUESDAY

Viva Florida 500 Book Discussion of 'Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape': Discussion of Bill Belleville's book. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Classes/self help

WEDNESDAY

Florida Black Bear Curriculum Workshop: This workshop is for educators who teach third through eighth grades. It is a comprehensive series of lessons on the natural history and conservation needs of Florida's black bear. Those attending will receive a curriculum guide. Participating teachers are eligible for in-service points. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free for educators. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

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 on writing for yourself, family and friends. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

Advanced Directives — It's Your Right To Decide: This seminar is provided by the Encore Academy at PHCC. Participants will learn how developing an advance directive now will help define a person's wishes on health care decisions. Registration is required. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5167.

Nature/wildlife

FRIDAY

Incredible Edibles Preparation Workshop: Learn how to identify and collect wild edibles, then harvest and prepare dishes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and gloves. 9 to 11 a.m. $5 park entry. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Green thumb

WEDNESDAY

Vegetable Gardening class: Discover proper planting time and care for homegrown vegetables. Presented by Hernando County master gardener Karen Bowman. No registration required; first come, first seated. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Music

SATURDAY

Hernando Youth Orchestra in concert: Featuring student musicians ages 3 to 21. Noon. Free. DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 346-1516. hernandoyouthorchestra.org.

On stage

Friday, Saturday

The Velveteen Rabbit: Children's production of a small boy's stuffed rabbit, who strives to become real through the love of his owner. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 21 (Sunday showtimes are 2 p.m.). (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Friday

Jerry Cowling presents 'The Man in the Red Underwear': Cowling, a Brooksville author and storyteller, will hold a reading of his two-act farce. The play is a spoof on the Zorro/Scarlet Pimpernel theme of the hero pretending to be a dandy in order to catch the villain. The cast includes four men and three women. Those attending will be asked to read a role. 1 p.m. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-0984.

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

Library events, classes and baby expo among activities 07/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 6:19pm]

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