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Hernando County events and announcements for April, May

ELECTIONS OFFICE EXTENDS HOURS: Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson has expanded office hours at the West Hernando office, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The office is now open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The extended hours will remain in effect through election season.

The Brooksville office at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

For information, call (352) 754-4125.

ROAD CLOSURES: The following streets in downtown Brooksville will be closed starting at noon Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday for the Florida Blueberry Festival:

Jefferson Street from Lemon Avenue to just west of Bell Avenue; Broad Street from Lemon to just west of Bell; Fort Dade Avenue from Lemon to, and including, Oakland Avenue; Liberty Street from Lemon to Magnolia Street; Howell Avenue at Fort Dade, including the library parking lot; and Main Street from Fort Dade to Liberty.

For information, call the city clerk's office at (352) 544-3853.

CHINSEGUT FRIENDS MEETING: The Friends of Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area Citizen Support Organization will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

The mission of the group is to enhance the "Chinsegut experience" through community partnerships, fundraising and outreach.

The meeting is open to all interested. New members can sign up at the meeting. For information, call (352) 754-6722.

EDIBLE BOOK CONTEST: The Hernando County Public Library System will host an Eat Your Words: Edible Book Contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Contestants may make and bring an edible creation based on their favorite book. Edible books do not necessarily have to look like a book. Creations can be inspired by a book or an author, be a pun of a book title, refer to a book character, reproduce a book cover, or just have something to do with books in general.

Entries can be made from anything that is edible, but need to be able to sit out for an hour or two without melting or turning bad. All entries must be family friendly. For inspiration, visit the Edible Book Boards on Pinterest:

Registration is required by Monday. Entry forms are available online at, as well as at all library branches. For information, call (352) 754-4043.

PUTTING CHALLENGE: A Masters Blueberry Challenge golf putting contest will be offered as part of the Florida Blueberry Festival on Saturday and Sunday in downtown Brooksville.

The tee time is at noon each day, with a putting shoot-off at 3:30 p.m. for a chance to win a grand prize of $500; second place wins $300; and third place, $200.

All contestants will have their points recorded on an official scorecard. The top five scores for the day will be eligible for the 50-foot shoot-off.

The cost to participate is $5 for three chances to earn points; the cost does not include admission prices to the Blueberry Festival. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 17. Proceeds will benefit the First Tee of Brooksville.

For information, visit

FORMER MASARYKTOWN RESIDENTS SOUGHT: A get-together of former Masaryktown residents, including those born and raised in Masaryktown, is planned for noon May 9 at Brooksville Country Club.

For details, former residents may contact Lydia Dodson at (352) 796-6966.

MOTORCYCLE RUN FOR BREAST CANCER: The Hernando County Breast Cancer Support Group will host a motorcycle run May 10, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.

Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be served during registration. The run will end at Sleepy Hollow Fishing Lodge, 10333 E Gobbler Drive, Floral City, where there will be entertainment and a steak dinner.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes the dinner. Participants also receive a custom bike towel and door prizes. For information, call Tambra at (352) 592-8137.

SPRING HILL RELAY: The American Cancer Society's Spring Hill Relay for Life will be May 2 and 3 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.

Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. May 2 and continue throughout the night. The event will include a variety of activities and entertainment.

Teams and individuals may still sign up. For details, call Maureen Wickert at (352) 585-7406, send email to or visit

SPONSORS WANTED FOR DAWN CENTER FUNDRAISER: A "Power of Purple Breakfast" benefit for the Dawn Center of Hernando County will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. May 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The breakfast will be a "giving" event. Table sponsors invite friends to attend the free breakfast, where they can learn about the Dawn Center, its programs and domestic and sexual violence in the community. The guests will be asked to make a financial contribution to the Dawn Center.

Event sponsorships are $250 and include recognition on event program and recognition in the Dawn Center's monthly electronic newsletter; a half-table sponsorship is $500, which includes a table for four guests (to be shared with another half-table supporter), along with recognition on the program, event signage and electronic newsletter; and a full-table sponsorship is $1,000, which includes a table for eight guests, recognition on event program, event signage, social media and electronic newsletter.

The Dawn Center works closely with adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence, and provides shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups and information and referrals.

For information or to become a sponsor, send email to or call (352) 684-7191.

HANDBELL CONCERT: The Nature Coast Handbells will perform at 2 p.m. May 4 at Bishop McLaughlin High School, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson.

The group, under the direction of Michele DiLuzio, will play hits from artists such as Katy Perry and Adele, as well as from Broadway shows and movies.

The concert will include guest artist Janelle Zapadenko on violin.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Send email to

RADIO-CONTROLLED AIRPLANE RACES: The Hernando Aero Modelers will host their Florida Club 40 Pylon Race and Gremlin Combat Event on April 26 at 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. Gates open at 7 a.m.; registration will be at 8:30 a.m. There will be a pilots meeting at 9:15 a.m., and racing starts at 9:30 a.m.

Spectators may watch the wing-to-wing pylon racing action, followed by the combat event. Combat Gremlins will be available for purchase. Entry fees are $10 for the pylon race, $5 for the combat or $13 for both. Spectators pay $3 per carload. For information, call (352) 346-9948.

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 for further details.