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Hernando Events for Aug. 25-31

Published Aug. 25, 2017

25 Friday

Free Zika training: Presented by the Hernando Computer Club, the training is for those who wish to assist in the effort to find a cure for the Zika virus. Club members are volunteers for World Community Grid and are donating their devices' spare computing power to help scientists find a cure. Participants need to leave their computers on overnight so World Community Grid can crunch data. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171.

Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner: Open to the public, the dinner includes choice of baked or fried fish, fried shrimp or an alternative meat, as well as mashed potatoes or steak fries, vegetable or coleslaw, salad, corn muffin, dessert and coffee or tea. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase in the Command Post Bar & Grill. 4 to 8 p.m. $10. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 556-3045.

'Bug Blitz': Spend the evening learning about bugs. Participants will travel around the conservation center and environmental area to explore the contents of a variety of traps pre-set to collect insects. The program runs until after dark and ends with a moth light trap. 4 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Ballroom dance: Dance to music by Dave Mussatto. Includes a free dance lesson. 6 to 9 p.m. $8; $5 for members. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-0107.

Bark Bingo: There will be a buffet dinner prior to playing 20 cards of bingo. A cash bar and additional game cards will be available. Proceeds will benefit animals at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. 6 p.m. $30. Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2711.

Arc Nature Coast Summer Sizzler Dance: Tickets include food and beverage, and music by P.J. the D.J. 7 to 10 p.m. $5 per person (parents, Arc staffers and children ages 10 and younger will be admitted free). Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.

26 Saturday

Ernie Chatman Labor Day Run: Formerly the Red Mule Runners Labor Day 5K, the annual race features a flat cross-country, 5,000-meter course with large oak trees providing shading. Includes T-shirts and post-race refreshments. 8 a.m.; registration begins at 6:30 a.m. $25 (pre-registration) for adults, $30 on the day of race; $15 for students (K-12). McKethan Lake Nature Trail, 15185 Broad St., north of Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 346-5182.

Photographing Wildlife — Cypress Lakes Exploration: The two-day event is part of the Real Amazing Wildlife Photography series, presented by Alice Herden, teacher and professional photographer. The workshop includes one-on-one camera instruction. Visit the website for information and to register. $50. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. creative-nature-photography.com. Event continues Aug. 27.

27 Sunday

Walking Sticks Club — Big Pine: Hike Big Pine, the southernmost portion of virgin longleaf pine forest in Florida. Learn about the history, restoration and management of Big Pine during the walk. Call to RSVP. 8 to 9 a.m. Free. Big Pine Tract of the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

29 Tuesday

Free belly dance class: Shed pounds, tone your body and have fun. Open to adults and children 7 and older. All skill levels and body types welcome. Sponsored by DanceCraft and the Hernando County Recreation Department. Wear comfortable exercise clothing; socks or bare feet. Registration begins at 7 p.m.; class starts at 7:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-1568.

31 Thursday

Low-cost pet vaccination clinic: Sponsored by the Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff. Vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo facility in Bushnell. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats are $7; puppy distemper-parvo combo, $15; cat distemper combo, $15; Bordetella/kennel cough, $16. Tractor Supply Co., 18471 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 867-7788.

Information for the Events column should be submitted to Jean Hamilton, Hernando Times, 13045 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or emailed to jhamilton@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) 848-1438.

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