Things to do in Hernando County

VOLUNTEER AT BLUEBERRY FEST: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to staff the beer and wine tents during the Florida Blueberry Festival on April 12 and 13 in downtown Brooksville.

The chamber will offer two volunteer training dates: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill, and 1 p.m. Thursday at the chamber, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The training should last between 30 and 45 minutes.

The April 12 tent schedule is: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (four volunteers needed), 1 to 5 p.m. (two volunteers needed) and 5 to 8 p.m. (eight volunteers needed). The April 13 schedule is: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (six volunteers needed) and 1 to 5 p.m. (five volunteers needed). For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

BIKE RODEO FOR KIDS: A kids bike rodeo to benefit the Spring Hill Relay for Life will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill.

The event will include a variety of activities, prizes and bike safety checks. There also will be hot dogs and snow cones. The cost is $5 per child. Participants must have a helmet and a bicycle in order to enter the rodeo. Parental permission is required. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For information, call Karen at (352) 428-0422.

HUMANE SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: The Humane Society of the Nature Coast will conduct its annual reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the shelter, located at the corner of Mobley and Wiscon roads, Brooksville. For information, call (352) 796-2711 or visit humanerescue.org.

AGENCIES CAN LEARN ABOUT 2-1-1: The United Way of Hernando County invites local nonprofit health and human service agencies to a free 2-1-1 "Get Connected to Your Community" workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The seminar will provide information on how agencies can utilize the 2-1-1 resource line. The line is designed to be an easy number to remember that connects callers to information about health and human services available in Hernando County.

Free WiFi will be available; participants should bring a laptop for hands-on instruction.

To reserve a seat, call the United Way at (352) 688-2026 or send email to Angie Bonfardino at angie@unitedwayhernando.org.

PROPERTY APPRAISER TEMPORARY CLOSING: The Hernando County property appraiser's offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon Friday for training purposes.

The offices are in Room 463 of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and in the Westside Government Center at 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4190.

GARDEN CLUB NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Spring Hill Garden Club has a need for more volunteers to assist with various projects.

Those who love gardening need only to help a few hours each week. Tasks include planting, transplanting, propagating, cultivating, weeding, raking, watering and mulching.

The club maintains the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens and adjacent plant nursery at 1489 Parker Ave. Volunteers work between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The club is also responsible for the care and upkeep of the landmark Spring Hill waterfall at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way. Volunteers work at that site between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturdays.

Residents interested in helping are invited to call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com for further details.

STORYBOOKS COME ALIVE: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host its annual Storybook Forest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills.

The free event, in celebration of Children's Week and early childhood literacy, will include a variety of entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food.

Children will be able to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, Super Why, Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat and other storybook friends. There will be interactive displays based on children's books; children will learn about the story and create a related make-and-take project at each display.

For information, visit phelc.org or call (727) 233-8291.

STAGE WEST PRESENTS 'DIXIE SWIM CLUB': Tickets are available for the Stage West presentation of The Dixie Swim Club, which opens April 10 and continues weekends through April 20 at the theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The comedy spans 33 years of friendship among five women — starting when they first become friends on their college swim team and continuing through the years as they meet each August for a long weekend at the same beach house on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Tickets are $12. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewest.net.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR GED PROGRAM: Starting in April, the Pay It Forward Farm will begin providing General Educational Development classes for single mothers in Hernando and Pasco counties. The classes will be offered free; the only criteria is membership in the farm.

Community members may help support this endeavor with monetary donations to help cover the cost of tests, which are $135 each.

Since 2010, the Pay It Forward Farm has been helping area single mothers gain confidence and skills by participating in one-on-one goal-setting sessions and by taking courses in computer literacy, public speaking, sewing, cooking and meal planning.

Members' children get educational help through the volunteer tutoring program, as well as socializing and arts and crafts.

To help out, contact director Christine Collins at (813) 966-7448.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 'LION, WITCH AND WARDROBE': The Live Oak Theatre Company is selling tickets for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which will be presented weekends, April 18 to 27, at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

Based on the classic C.S. Lewis story, this is a musical adaptation by Don Quinn, and produced with special arrangements by the Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, Ill.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. April 19 and 27. Each performance will be a dessert dinner experience, with seating available a half-hour prior to the show.

Tickets are $15; tickets for students 13 and younger are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee, tea and dessert.

In observance of Good Friday, the opening show on April 18 is free.

Donations will be accepted, but are not required. However, due to limited seating, tickets are required. Free tickets will be available on a date to be announced in April. For information, call the box office at (352) 593-0027 or visit liveoaktheatre.org.

Things to do in Hernando County 03/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 6:01pm]

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