TOWN HALL MEETINGS VIA TELEPHONE: The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority encourages the public to participate in telephone town hall meetings. Board members and staff will answer questions and discuss regional transportation, including the region's transportation future, the master plan and priority projects.
A meeting for Hernando County and Citrus County residents will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Between 40,000 and 80,000 people will be called each night through an automated system and invited to participate in the telephone forum. Those who wish to participate can call toll-free, 1-855-244-1359. Participants will be able to review key materials and documents online while listening to the call. Questions and comments will also be collected through Twitter, Facebook and email.
For information on the town hall meetings, contact Christina Koop at (813) 282-8200.
REPTILE FEST: The Reptile Expo 2013 will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.
The event will feature live creatures, such as alligators, amphibians, tortoises and snakes. Activities include archery, a gopher tortoise walk, a reptile handling area and various presentations. Food and refreshments will be available.
Admission is free. For information, call (352) 754-6722.
CELEBRATING CHILDREN: Hernando County will celebrate Children's Week Monday through April 13 with these activities:
• Opening ceremonies, 10 a.m. Monday, at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
• Storytime for Toddlers will be at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• A Family Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 10 at First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 8092 Toucan Trail. It includes a free barbecue, bounce house and band.
• A Family Movie Night will be at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The animated film, Brave, will be shown. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
• Children's Week Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13, at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. There will be free food and activities.
For information, call (352) 797-7022, ext. 407.
RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING: The American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life will have a committee meeting at 5 p.m. Monday on the field at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. A team party will follow at 6 p.m.
The Brooksville Relay for Life will be April 26 and 27 at Hernando High School. Opening ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. April 26.
A survivors' dinner will precede the event at 5 p.m.
Teams can still join. To form a team or register as a survivor, visit relayforlife.org/brook svillefl.
For information, contact Lisa at (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612, or [email protected]
MEETING ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Withlacoochee Technical Institute, Room 115, 1201 W Main St., Inverness. This will be a combined meeting with the START Citrus County Interagency Council.
Those interested in issues regarding people with developmental disabilities and their families are encouraged to attend.
New members are being sought. Area 13 covers Hernando, Citrus, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.
For details, contact Betty Kay Clements at (352) 753-1163 or [email protected]
PAVERS FOR 9/11 MEMORIAL: The Fire Department New York Retirees of Spring Hill are selling brick pavers for the 9/11 memorial on the grounds at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.
The memorial is in front of the post and adjacent to the World War I and World War II memorial site, across from the proposed Korean War and Vietnam War memorial site.
The cost is $50 for an engraved brick paver. Each paver includes four lines, with 16 characters per line, for engraving.
Checks or money orders should be made out to the 9-11-2001 Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601.
For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401.
KNIGHTS AUXILIARY HOSTS TEA: The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, St. Jude Council 6383 will host a High Tea Luncheon at noon April 22 at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Music will be provided by Tony Boeing.
Guests are to bring their favorite tea cup. Tickets are $15. Call Cathie at (352) 666-4571.