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Hernando Events for March 31

Published Mar. 29, 2017

31 Friday

Relay for Life of Spring Hill: Teams of walkers will come together for the all-night walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Activities and entertainment will run throughout the night until 11 a.m. April 1. The event begins at 4 p.m., and the opening ceremony and celebratory cancer survivors lap at will be at 6 p.m. The luminaria ceremony (candles lit in honor and memory of people who have battled cancer) will begin at 9 p.m. Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. (813) 949-0291.

Ballroom dance: Hosted by the Ballroom Dance Club. Dance to the music of Dave Mussatto. Includes a free dance lesson. Bring a potluck dish to share and your own beverage. Call to RSVP. 5:15 to 9 p.m. $8; $5 for members. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-0107.

'Dealing with Wildlife': Learn how to deal with undesired wildlife in your yard and how to keep unwanted guests out of your house. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; pre-registration required. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

1 Saturday

Brooksville Main Street Fitness Expo: Includes music, food and health and fitness vendor booths. For vendor information, call Ryan. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Downtown Brooksville, Main Street, Brooksville. (352) 540-6409.

Lake Lindsey Spin: Casual group bike ride follows a route from the Hernando County Government Center in downtown Brooksville north to Lake Lindsey Road. Includes a rest stop at Eden Baptist Church. Distance: 22 miles. To register, visit 8 a.m. $30, includes T-shirt, bag and sag stops.

Croom Forest Metric Century Ride: Ride along some of the most scenic roads in Hernando County and a seldom-explored leg through the lake country of Citrus County. Riders will travel from the Hernando County Government Center in downtown Brooksville east through the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, and to points north. Distance: 63 miles. To register, visit 8 a.m. $30, includes T-shirt, bag and sag stops.

Good Neighbor Leadership Ride: Join Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and other local leaders for an 8-mile, no-stress bicycle ride to the end of the Good Neighbor Trail, starting from Russell Street Park. Call Ann-Gayl to register. T-shirts available for purchase while supplies last. 10 a.m. Free. Good Neighbor Trail, 70 Russell St., Brooksville. (352) 540-6817.

The Pro 1-2: The 70-minute bicycle race, beginning on Liberty Street, has been added to a national race series. Spectators will have an opportunity to watch top-flight riders race through the streets of downtown Brooksville in hopes of winning a $3,000 purse. 1 p.m. Downtown Brooksville, Main Street, Brooksville.

Five Points of Life Kids Marathon and 5K: The event promotes good health and physical fitness by giving kids the opportunity to run or walk an entire marathon (26.2 miles). Kids complete 25 miles prior to the event (1 mile a day during the months prior to the marathon) and log each mile. The final 1.2 miles will be completed during the event. Participants will receive a T-shirt and medal. Register online. The 5K, for people of ages, starts at 8 a.m.; the kids marathon starts at 9:15 a.m. The Kids Marathon is $5 through March 31, $10 on event day; the 5K is $5 through March 31 and $10 on event day. Target at Suncoast Crossing, 3201 Aerial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 596-2002.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 flea market: Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. Call Wanda to reserve a space. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 200-9120.

NAMI Hernando Fool's Gold Sidewalk Sale: Proceeds will help provide support services and educational classes for those living with mental health conditions and their families. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. NAMI's Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-0004.

Wellington Community Garage and Bake Sale: Treasures for everyone, and baked goodies, too. 8 a.m. to noon. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-6568.

Kids Fishing Extravaganza: Hosted by the Weeki Wachee Anglers and Hernando County Parks and Recreation. Event includes a one-day clinic sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to educate kids ages 5 to 15 about the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems and to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills. Pre-registration recommended. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (906) 458-1486.

Operation Kindness Kitten Shower: The community is invited to attend and bring an item. Items needed include: nursing bottles and nipples, KMR formula, Royal Canin baby cat dry food, canned pate wet food, Gerber or Beechnut baby food (meat), kitten toys, pet beds, heating pads for pet beds, all-natural baby wipes, baby receiving blankets, disposable paperboard food, Dawn dish soap and monetary donations. Both dogs and cats will be available for adoption. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring an item for the shower. Pet Supermarket, 4316 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 596-5328.

Youth baseball clinic: Presented by the Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the Major League Baseball Players' Association and Friends of the Children. Aspiring ballplayers will have the opportunity to be coached by several former major league players. Lunch (hamburgers and hotdogs) will be provided by Cemex. Call to RSVP. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 540-3835.

Blessing of the Fleet: A land-based ceremony will include the raising of flags. The water ceremony includes fleet blessings and the laying of the wreath at Marker 58, honoring those lost at sea. Boaters wishing to participate must arrive before 3 p.m. at the club dock (Snapper 1 canal). Cash bar available. Advance tickets only. Call Patti Nelson. 3 p.m. There is no cost to participate in the ceremonies. A social hour and dinner ($20) will follow at yacht club; reservations required. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (206) 919-8921.

2 Sunday

Women's Health Expo: Grandmothers, mothers and children are invited to a fun-filled, educational afternoon. Complimentary refreshments served. Call to RSVP. 1 to 5 p.m. Free; pre-registration required. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (844) 692-2911.

3 Monday

Cause Fore Paws Golf Tournament: The annual event benefits the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. There will be awards for top teams, a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Rick Matthews Buick/GMC and prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Pets available for adoption will greet golfers. The deadline to register is March 31. 8 a.m. $80 per person; includes breakfast and lunch. Brooksville Country Club, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville. (352) 796-2711.

Hernando Computer Club Open House/Newcomer Orientation: For those interested in learning about the club. Light refreshments served. 10 a.m. Free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171.

4 Tuesday

Florida 504 Book Discussions: The book club discusses a different Florida-themed writing each month. For adults. April discussion: Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

5 Wednesday

Firearms Safety Class: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Several classes to choose from. Call to RSVP. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931.

Chinsegut Bellflower Luncheon: Botanist John Kunkel Small, who discovered the Chinsegut bellflower with Margaret Dreier Robins, will speak. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $15, includes choice of two lunch items (soup, salad, quiche), beverage and cookies, and a tour of the Manor Museum. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 799-5400.

Hernando County Community Anti Drug Coalition: Quarterly meeting will give updates on drug prevention initiatives in Hernando County. Elliott and Dianne Steele will speak about Hernando's Vincent Academy Adventure Coast. 10:30 a.m. Free. NAMI's Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

6 Thursday

Annual Spring Vista Grand Health Fair: Offers health care and wellness exhibits, blood pressure checks, Medicare insurance information, cancer prevention information, medical supplies, health insurance information, home health care information, chiropractic evaluations and giveaways. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Vista Grand at Spring Hill, 10380 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (727) 825-0018.

African-American Club of Hernando's Founder's Day Celebration: Celebrate with club members following the general monthly meeting. Call Velda to RSVP. 2 p.m. Free; bring a covered dish. Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4421.

Historic Hernando Preservation Society: The group meets on the first Thursday of each month except July. Those who share a love of local history are welcome. Rick Fraker, a resident of Ridge Manor, will present information regarding two historic cemeteries in eastern Hernando County. 6:30 p.m. Free. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 848-0505, (352) 344-4705.

Free health lecture: Presented by registered nurse Cheryl Myers, author and dietary expert and educator. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. RSVP required. 6:30 p.m. Free. Get in Get Healthy Brooksville, 1254 S Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-9798.