DISABILITIES COUNCIL TO MEET: The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities office, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway, Wildwood.
Anyone interested in issues regarding those with developmental disabilities and their families is encouraged to attend. New members are wanted.
Area 13 includes Hernando, Citrus, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. For information, contact Betty Kay Clements at (352) 753-1163 or [email protected]
COUNTY'S HALLOWEEN BASH: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Halloween Harvest Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.
Festivities will include games, face painting, food, a haunted house, hayrides and contests.
The pet masquerade will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 18; the entry fee is $2. A costume contest for all ages will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 19; the entry fee is $2.
Admission to the event is free. Game tickets are four for $1; the haunted house is $3; hayrides are $2, and food is priced separately.
Volunteers are needed to help with judging, the haunted house, children's games and face painting. For information, call (352) 754-4031 or go to hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
JAMES TAYLOR TRIBUTE CONCERT: The Spring Hill Community Association will host an outdoor concert featuring the Fire and Rain Band at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Gates open at 5 p.m.
The band will perform a James Taylor tribute on the Palmwood Pavilion stage.
There will be food and drink vendors; no coolers allowed. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Dogs are welcome.
Tickets are $10 each; free for children ages 11 and younger. Call (352) 666-4746 or visit springhilllakehouse.com.
COOKING EVENT BENEFITS CLINIC: A "Culinary Experience With Chef Michael" will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Residence of Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.
The event will include a cooking demonstration and tasting of a selection of comfort foods for the holidays.
Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit Crescent Community Clinic, a volunteer medical and dental clinic that serves the needs of indigent and uninsured adults ages 18 to 64.
For tickets, call Marcia at (352) 683-8552 or visit crescentclinic.org.
ETHNIC FEST: Armband tickets are now available for the annual Spring Hill Ethnic Festival, which will be Oct. 24 to 27 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The armband tickets, for unlimited rides at the event, are $25 for one day and $55 for four days. They may be purchased at the church office during business hours on weekdays and after masses on Saturdays and Sundays.
For information, call Debbie at (352) 293-6164.
JOIN THE FREEDOM WALK: Sponsors and participants are needed for the Arc Nature Coast's annual Freedom Walk, which will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Check in is at 8 a.m.
The event is a 1-, 2- or 3-mile recreational walk that begins and ends at the VFW post. There will be a ceremony with the posting of colors. Food and drinks will be provided, and there will be interactive games, music and exhibits.
The cost to participate is $15 for adult and youth walkers ages 10 and older and $10 for ages 9 and younger. Participants are also encouraged to collect pledges.
Gold medals will be presented to those who collect $100 or more, silver medals to those who collect at least $75 and bronze medals to those who collect at least $50. A special award will be given to the person who collects the most pledges. All participants will receive an event T-shirt.
Sponsorships start at $150 and include participant entries, names/logos on shirts and printed materials, and exhibit space.
For information or to download forms, visit thearc-naturecoast.org or call (352) 544-2322.
SAFE BOATING CLASSES: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-08, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach, will offer the following safe boating programs:
• "Introduction to Navigation," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 22. Participants will learn to plot a course anywhere and pinpoint location on any chart with hands-on exercises. The cost is $20 and includes a navigation chart.
• "Suddenly in Command," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Designed for those not generally at the helm, this program will help prepare participants in case of an emergency. The cost is $10 and includes printed materials.
• "How to Use Your Marine Radio," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Learn how to use DSC radios, Coast Guard 21 procedures and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon. The cost is $10, which includes printed materials.
Registration for each program starts a half-hour before the first class.
For information, call Jeff Hoff at (352) 397-5417.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed, volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard. Membership is open to individuals 17 and older.
To learn more about the auxiliary or how to become a member, contact Mike Bollinger at (813) 260-0655 or [email protected]
To request a free vessel safety check, contact John Fahey at [email protected] or (813) 431-7181.
COASTAL CLEANUP: The Hernando County Stormwater Engineering Department has announced plans for a coastal cleanup from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, starting at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.
Volunteers should report to the park to receive trash bags and complete volunteer clearance forms, then disperse to collect litter along Shoal Line Boulevard or local waterways.
Individuals, youth groups and civic organizations are encouraged to participate.
For information, contact Clay Black at (352) 754-4062.