Benefit breakfast for Weekend Blessings backpack program: The event is a benefit for People Helping People's Weekend Blessings, which provides weekend food for Hernando County schoolchildren in need. A full breakfast menu will be available. For each nonperishable food item brought to the breakfast, the donor will receive 10 percent off their meal, up to 80 percent off (for a donation of eight food items). Donation suggestions include Pop-Tarts, snack packs, ramen noodles, small raisin packs, juice boxes, individually wrapped or snack-sized cookies and candies. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979. mcl708.org.
Vendor Palooza: Featuring more than 40 vendors, raffles, and activities for children, such as a bounce house, petting zoo, snow cones and face painting. Food will be available. This is a fundraiser for Pony Tail Farms. Contact [email protected] 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton Street, Shady Hills.
Full Moon Walk: This is a 1-mile hike to look and listen for creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight. Call for reservations. 8 to 10 p.m. $3 per vehicle parking fee. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.
Make a Scarecrow: The Spring Hill Garden Club will host this workshop in preparation for its "Scarecrows in the Gardens" fundraising event, which will be Oct. 12 in the botanical gardens to benefit the landmark Spring Hill waterfall. Participants should bring clothing and any decorations needed to make their scarecrows. Donations of extra articles are appreciated. Contest rules and entry forms for the Oct. 12 event are available online. 9 a.m. Free; frames to support scarecrows will be available for $2. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.
Public Speaking Basics: Cheryl Marsden, president of the Wesley Chapel Speaks Toastmasters, will discuss the tools, process, outline and practice required to polish one's public speaking ability. 4:45 p.m. Free. Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6817.
Holy Cross ice cream social: Make your own sundae. The church band will entertain. 6 p.m. An offering will be collected. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9016.
Gun and knife show: Features an assortment of guns and knives, along with a display of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a "Jumpstart Rider" experience and a raffle. Benefits Samaritan Charities to provide housing for veterans. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8; ages 11 and younger free. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (727) 842-8282.
Hernando Hills Hi-Lites open house: Women of all ages are invited to attend and learn about the Hi-Lites, a women's a cappella chorus that sings contemporary and traditional songs in four-part harmony. New members are welcome; no experience is needed. 7 p.m. Free. Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-9192, 799-0584.
Growing Orchids: Hernando County master gardener Wynn Miller will discuss selection, planting and care of orchids. No registration required. 5:30 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.
Springstead Marching Eagle Brigade Night of Flight: The band, which is the reigning Florida Marching Band Coalition Class 2A state champion, will perform on the football field after a dinner in the school cafeteria. Under the direction of Richard Dasher, the performance theme is "Shadows and Light," with music such as House of the Rising Sun, Intention and Nights in White Satin. Proceeds will benefit the band. Tickets will be available at the gate. 6 p.m. $10; includes dinner. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010.
Red Mule Runners Labor Day McKethan Lake 5K: Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.; the race starts at 8 a.m. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, masters male and female winners, first through third place in various age divisions, and first through fifth place for the 14 to 19 age group. Refreshments and fresh fruit will be provided by Murphy's Market. $20 in advance; $25 on race day. T-shirts will be guaranteed to all preregistered runners. McKethan Lake, Withlacoochee State Forest, 15003 Broad St., north of Brooksville. (352) 382-4870. raceit.com.