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CELEBRATING CHILDREN'S WEEK: The Hernando County Community Alliance and Devereux Kids, in coordination with the Hernando County Public Library System, will offer storytime programs that include children producing a work of art at local branch libraries in celebration of Children's Week, which runs Sunday through Feb. 4.

The children's work will be on display at each library for a week, after which children may return and pick up their creations.

The storytime programs, each starting at 11 a.m., will be offered at the following locations: Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; Wednesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West; Feb. 2 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; and Feb. 3 at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

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YACHT CLUB SUPER BOWL PARTY: The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host a Super Bowl party Feb. 5 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

Festivities begin with a chili contest from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; entries will be tasted and judged by those in attendance. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 4 p.m., with the main buffet opening at 5 p.m. The buffet will include hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa and sauerkraut, chili, potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, baked beans and other dishes, including dessert.

Game time is 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Feb. 2. Call Dick Weichman at (352) 597-2535.

RED HATS 'SUPER BOWL SUNDAE': The Scarlet Belles at Tea invite Red Hat and Pink Hat women to attend the seventh annual Super Bowl Sundae open house from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 5 at Dairy Queen, 370 Suzanne Drive, at Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Women who wear red and purple, or pink and lavender, will receive 25 percent off their order. Door prizes will be awarded every half hour, and there will be raffles to win two gift baskets or an ice cream cake.

The group will also be accepting donations for local no-kill animal shelters, including the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, the Hernando County SPCA and the SPCA Suncoast. Those who donate will be entered into a special drawing.

Some items needed include: Purina Puppy and Kitten Chow, Purina Cat Chow, Pedigree dog food, Friskies and Fancy Feast pate (no chunks), cat litter, dog training pads, hard rubber toys, antibacterial dish soap, garbage bags, rubber gloves, cleaning products, paper towels, blankets, towels and gift cards.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to

COMMUNITY TO SHOW OFF FINE ART: The Wellington at Seven Hills' eighth annual fine arts show will be from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Wellington ballroom, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill.

The multimedia show will feature the works of a number of Wellington residents. The Wellington bar and grill will be open. Admission is free.

For information, call Betty Love at (352) 796-6801.

FOREST GLENN YARD SALE: The annual Forest Glenn Retirement Village yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 in the clubhouse, 1431 Friar Tuck Lane, Spring Hill.

Refreshments will be available, including baked goods, coffee and lunch.

For information, call (352) 688-6969.

REGENCY OAKS VALENTINE'S PARTY: The Regency Oaks Civic Association will host its annual Valentine's Day Dance Party at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill.

The association will provide a dessert buffet and coffee, as well as ice. Guests are asked to bring their own beverages. DJ Rich "The Music Hit Man" will provide music from the 1930s through '80s.

There will be door prizes and a 50-50 drawing.

Tickets are $8 per person. RSVP to Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Terry at (352) 596-9213 or Shirley at (352) 597-2988.

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS: A firearms safety class will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The course provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting.

Time on the range is included.

Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

Class size is limited; registration is required. The cost is $60. Another class will be offered Feb. 18. Call (352) 597-9931.

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RED HAT RODEO: The St. Anthony the Abbot Council of Catholic Women will host a Red Hat Rodeo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event will include food, entertainment, vendors, silent auction, door prizes and raffles.

There will also be line dancing (setups available), with music provided by Duo of Mountain Brew. Lunch will be catered by Southern Ladies and a Gent.

Guests are asked to bring their own beverages.

Red Hatters, those who wish to join and other women and men are welcome.

Call Bev at (352) 796-6586.

WATER AWARENESS PROGRAM: The Hernando County Utilities Department and Citizens for WATER will host the next session of the 2012 Hernando County Water Awareness Series from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 3 at the utilities office, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The topic will be "Managed Stormwater is Good Water," presented by Marty Wanielista, executive director of Stormwater Management Academy.

Wanielista is active with new sustainable stormwater designs and helped formulate policies for stormwater management in Florida.

Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, send email to or call (352) 754-4705.

'COLLEGE CONNECTION' PROGRAM: A "Developmental Disabilities" seminar will be presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

The speaker will be Mark Barry of the Arc Nature Coast.

The free program is part of the College Connection at PHCC, a series of seminars that introduces local health and human service programs in Hernando County.

Additional sessions include:

• Feb. 17 — "Unemployment/Training," with Joe Mascaro of the Pasco-Hernando Jobs and Education Partnership, and Frances Hay, coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation.

• March 9 — "Health Care Services," with Nancy Davis and Ann-Gayl Ellis of the Hernando County Health Department/Nature Coast Community Health Center.

• March 23 — "Medicaid/Food Stamps," with Robert Bradburn of Access Florida/Florida Department of Children and Families.

• April 6 — "Mental Health Support," with Judy Thompson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando.

All sessions start at 2 p.m. and are about 90 minutes.

For information, contact Sonia Rodriguez at (352) 797-5004 or

CHURCH RUMMAGE, BAKE SALE: A rummage and bake sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 at First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor West. For information, call (352) 583-4102.

CHAMBER OFFERS NETWORKING CLASS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer "Practical Networking Skills for Professional and Business Success" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the chamber training room at 15588 Aviation Loop, south of Brooksville.

The class will be conducted by Vince Vanni, who has experience training business professionals and public officials.

The class will include practical, hands-on tips to help those who are uncomfortable speaking with strangers.

It will also offer a perspective for the experienced networker.

The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.

Seating is limited; registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.

KNIGHTS LADIES VALENTINE'S DANCE: Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary St. Jude Council 6383 will host a Valentine's dance and dinner Feb. 11 at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A roast beef dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each. Call Maryann at (352) 688-1889 or Bunny at (352) 688-7537.

ARC SWEETHEART DANCE: The Arc Nature Coast will host its annual Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Arc Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

There will be a DJ, door prizes, food and beverages. The cost is $3.50 per person. For information, contact Nancy at (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or

PHIL DIRT AND DOZERS CONCERT: Brookridge Entertainment will present Phil Dirt and the Dozers in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

The concert is a musical tribute to the Beach Boys, but will also include music from the Hondells, Ronny and the Daytonas and others.

Tickets are $20. For information, call Larry Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.