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Things to do in Hernando County for Aug. 8-14

Back to school

Saturday

Getting Back in the School Groove Festival: Bouncy rides, face painting, refreshments, complimentary haircuts for school-age children, eye exams and games. While supplies last, kids will get a free backpack filled with school supplies; children must be accompanied by an adult. New socks and underwear will be available. 10 a.m. to noon. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 683-2605.

Nature, outdoors

TODAY

Frog Watch: Join in this night of wildlife conservation and hands-on learning and help survey the frogs and toads at the Crystal River Preserve State Park. Long pants, long-sleeve shirts and bug repellent are recommended. 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Free; donations appreciated. (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriverpreserve/default.cfm.

SUNDAY

Meteor shower: Bring a lawn chair to Dade's viewing mound and look for shooting stars during the Perseid Meteor Shower. 8 to 10 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $3 per car. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Politics

WEDNESDAY

Naturecoast Coalition for Peace and Justice town hall meeting: The meeting will exploring whether there is a common interest between socialism and capitalism and whether citizens, rather than officials and interest groups, should make decisions. 3 to 4:30 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9936.

THURSDAY

Great Decisions foreign policy discussion: The topic will be food and climate. Can the United States lead the way on climate reform? Great Decisions is a program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Green thumb

WEDNESDAY

Class on small fruit crops: Participants will learn how to grow small fruit crops, such as figs, loquats, blueberries and blackberries. The speaker will be horticulture agent Bill Lester. No registration required, but seating is limited. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Classes/self help

SATURDAY

Creativity Workshop: For adults, it will incorporate exercises recommended by books on creativity. No previous artistic experience required. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

WEDNESDAY

'Writing Your Life Story': Get tips and techniques on how to start writing about your life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. The focus is not on publication, but on writing for yourself, family and friends. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

CPR/Automated External Defibrillator class: Meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but is open to anyone. Upon completion, students will get a two-year certification card. Reservations are required. 6 p.m. Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. $20. (352) 597-8875.

Book talk

TUESDAY

Classic Book Discussion: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. This month marks 100 years since the start of World War I. This 1929 novel tells about the conflict's barbarism and futility. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

Book discussion: In honor of National Dog Day, Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote will be discussed. The book chronicles the 13 years Kerasote spent with Merle, a stray dog he found while on a camping trip. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Dancing

Saturday

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. Singles and couples welcome and are encouraged to wear "slidey" shoes; foot tubes will be available to put over shoes. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. (352) 397-6088.

Hernando County Philippine American Association Annual Academic Excellence and Achievement Awards: Outstanding students will be recognized. There will be music and dancing. Bring a dish to share. 6 to 11 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 848-1031, (352) 398-6207.

Festivals

Saturday

Wine festival: Sample assorted varieties, meet the wine maker, browse vendors with unique gifts and items for sale and enjoy live entertainment. Vaccinated, leashed pets welcome. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. Free. (813) 996-2113. floridaestateswines.com.

Hobbies

Saturday

Palm weaving class: Use saw palmetto/palm fronds to create various crafts. 9 to 11 a.m. $5; free for ages 17 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Parking $3. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Gun and Knife Show: Hosted by the Hernando Sportsman's Club. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $6; children ages 15 and younger admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. (352) 799-3605.

On stage

THROUGH SUNDAY

'Coupled': The play revolves around three couples, taking a comedic look at love, friendship and relationships. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. $23.36. (727) 409-0293. ferrarostudiotheatre.com.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY

'Greater Tuna' auditions: Roles for two men between the ages of 25 and 60. Production dates are Nov. 13 to 23. 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

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

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