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Things to Do Fun, Educational and Cultural in Hernando County Florida

March 28th & March 29th FREE to attend: 2015 Spring Planting OLIVE TREE and NATURAL HEALING PLANT, TEA and HERB FESTIVAL live bands, Fun Workshops, Educational Seminars and lots of FUN and plenty of FREE PARKING at… Map to The Olive Grove!

Week of March 19 – March 25, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Music Under the Oaks at The Farm
6:00-11:00pm. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476 west of US-98), Brooksville. Enjoy Open Mic Night in the fresh air with folks you know and new friends you'll meet. Bring a covered dish to share, your chair and your own beverage, along with your acoustic instruments, voice, poetry, stories and a smile! Admission and primitive camping by donation. 352-424-2655 / http://www.thefarmreport.webs.com 

 

Thursday, March 19 – Friday, March 20, 2015
Theater: Moonlight and Magnolias
7:30pm. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606. It's 1939. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. Screenwriter Ben Hecht and formidable director Victor Fleming are called in to work with Selznick. Hecht is not sold on the success of the storyline, but Selznick believes in this movie, so much so that he locks the three of them in his office for five days, with bananas and peanuts as their only food, to pull together a new script. While Hecht types, Selznick and Fleming attempt to act out all the characters in the novel, rewriting and creating the screenplay for what has become one of the film industry's epic classics. Tickets: Adults, $15.00; students under age 18, $10.00; college students and active military personnel with valid ID, $12.00. To purchase tickets, or for box office information, call 352-683-5113, or visit http://www.stagewest.net 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015
"Great Decisions" Foreign Policy Discussion Group
11:00am-1:00pm. West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, 34613. You are invited to join the local "Great Decisions" Foreign Policy Discussion Group. First launched in 1954, the program is American's longest-standing civic global affairs education program with more than a half a million participants in the US. Great Decisions is a program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The publication acts as a focus of discussion by providing participants with background information, current data, and policy options. Policy options, as voted by the group, are published in the FPA's National Opinion Ballot Report. This month's topic is Russia Near and Abroad. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Book Discussion: The Apartment
2:00pm. West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, 34613. Join the group for the monthly gathering and lively discussion of this month's book, The Apartment by Greg Baxter. Registration is not required, but copies of the book are limited. Please call ahead to reserve a copy for your use. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit the library's website at http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

 

Friday, March 20, 2015
Bike to Work Day
7:30am. Meet at the Good Neighbor Trail / Russell Street Trailhead, 70 Russell Street, Brooksville, 34601. In support of Bike Month, you are invited to join Brooksville Mayor Frankie Burnett as he takes a loop on the mile-long Good Neighbor Trail, before heading to work at City Hall. Please note that anyone under age 16 is required to wear a helmet. Refreshments will be provide by DownTown Loser. For information, call Lindsay G. at 352-540-3838, or Steve at 352-754-4057.

 

Friday, March 20, 2015
Strike Out Hunger
6:00-9:00pm. Brooksville Lanes, 1691 E. Jefferson St., Brooksville, 34601. Join L.R.E. Ground Services at Brooksville Lanes tor the first ever L.R.E. Loves Local Bowling Benefit to help them strike out hunger in Hernando County. There will be raffle items, food, drinks and fun including $2.00 games and specials! All proceeds go toward hand-packaging a goal of 20,000 meals for distribution among hungry children in Hernando County through the L.R.E. US Hunger Program. For information call L.R.E. and ask for Andrea 352-796-0229.

 

Friday, March 20, 2015
Deadline to register for Citizens Academy (program begins 3/26)
Each Thursday, March 26 through May 14, two sessions are offered: 1:00-4:00pm, or 6:00-9:00pm. Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 18900 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50/bypass), Brooksville. Have you ever wanted to know about the workings of the Sheriff's office? Then you will surely enjoy the upcoming Citizens Academy! You'll learn about the operations of the various departments as well as techniques and programs used by the deputies and detectives. After graduation, individuals have the opportunity to observe firsthand the job a deputy does on a daily basis by riding along on patrol. Applications for the Academy are available at http://www.hernandosheriff.org/applications/citizensacademy. For more information, call 352-797-3608.

 

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It's Jazz!
3:00pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Join the group for another installment of It's Jazz, a special series of music programs about the Golden Age of Jazz. The program is presented by former 20-year National Public Radio announcer, Peter LaMattina. His extensive knowledge of jazz is encyclopedic, and the programs are both interesting and entertaining to jazz neophytes and fans of all ages. 352-754-4043 / http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us 

 

Friday, March 20, 2015
Tech Tutors
2:30-4:30pm. West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, 34613. Not quite sure how to use your electronic device? Do you have tech questions or concerns? Grab your gadget and stop by! Your Hernando County Public Library System is here to help! Your library offers one-on-one instruction in the Tech Tutors program! Bring in any hand-held, self-contained device along with any questions you would like to have answered. Just drop in between the hours indicated for one-on-one help. For information, call 352-4-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

 

Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ghost Tour
8:00-10:00pm. May-Stringer Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville, 34601. Legend has it that the 151-year old former residence of pioneer Frank Saxon is still inhabited by some of its residents, including three-year old Jessie May Saxon. Hand-held cameras and recording devices allowed. Tour is by reservation only, $20.00 per person (cash only). 352-556-9571 / http://www.hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.


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Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00-9:00pm Strong Tower Winery, 17810 Forge Dr., Spring Hill, 34610. Friends of the Library of Hernando County are pleased to invite you to join them for an enjoyable evening to benefit local libraries. There will be wine tasting, appetizers, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Additional wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Tickets are $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. For tickets and information, call Regina at 727-271-4163 or Betty at 352-684-0660; or email Vinny at tokyovin@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hernando County Bar Association 5K / One Mile Run – Walk
7:00am, Registration; 8:00am, Race start. Weeki Wachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill. The Hernando County Bar Association is pleased to host their annual 5K / 1 Mile Run – Walk college scholarship fundraiser on the trails of one of Hernando County's most beautiful nature preserves. Races will be timed by the Red Mule Runners; awards will go to male and female Open and Masters, and medals presented in five-year age groups. Pre-registered runners and volunteers will receive signature event shirts. 5K registration is $25.00 for individuals; $50.00 for up to four family members; and students under age 20, $15.00. The free one-mile fun run is on a paved trail. Register online at http://www.active.com/spring-hill-fl/running/distance-running-races/hernando-bar-5k-2015  or email HernandoBar5K@aol.com.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hernando County Farmer's Market
10:00am-3:00pm. 2450 Commercial Way (US-19) in the Rural King Parking Lot, Spring Hill, 34606. Vendors offer fresh veggies and fruit, organic and Amish country food, plants, local honey, herbs, soaps, jams, candy, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, and more. 352-232-4241 / http://www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com 

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Performing Arts: Ella Glasgow and Christopher Dallo
7:00pm. Hernando Performing Arts Center, 790 Howell Avenue, Brooksville. This is a tribute to that great woman herself. Filled with familiar tunes, Ella Sings Ella is a tour through the music of the First Lady of Jazz. There'll be some unexpected stops along the way into some music you may not have known Ella Fitzgerald performed. The second half of the show features the pop-opera style of tenor Christopher Dallo. Tickets are $25.00 per person. March honors entertainers (musicians, singers, dancers) with special pricing of $20.00 per person. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 352-799-5577, or visit http://www.hpag.org.

 

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22, 2015
Theater: Moonlight and Magnolias 
2:00pm. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606. It's 1939. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. Screenwriter Ben Hecht and formidable director Victor Fleming are called in to work with Selznick. Hecht is not sold on the success of the storyline, but Selznick believes in this movie, so much so that he locks the three of them in his office for five days, with bananas and peanuts as their only food, to pull together a new script. While Hecht types, Selznick and Fleming attempt to act out all the characters in the novel, rewriting and creating the screenplay for what has become one of the film industry's epic classics. Tickets: Adults, $15.00; students under age 18, $10.00; college students and active military personnel with valid ID, $12.00. To purchase tickets, or for box office information, call 352-683-5113, or visit http://www.stagewest.net.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Book Discussion: In Paradise
12:00pm or 1:45pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Join the group for the monthly gathering and lively discussion of this month's book, In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen. Matthiessen's final novel is profoundly thought-provoking, as he confronts the legacy of evil, and our unquenchable desire to wrest good from it. Registration is not required, but copies of the book are limited. Please call ahead to reserve a copy for your use. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Voter Registration
10:00am-12:00pm. Main Library, 238 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, 34601. The Hernando County Library is pleased to partner with the Supervisor of Elections Office to make it easy for you to register to vote. Be sure to bring a photo I.D. and proof of residency. For information, call 352-754-4125, or visit http://www.hernandovotes.com.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Basic Kayaking and Canoeing
7:00-9:30pm. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta Street, Hernando Beach. Paddling enthusiasts will enjoy this safety program. Topics cover safely entering and exiting your paddling craft, hull designs, boating emergencies, and legal requirements. The fee is $20.00 per person, and includes a navigation chart. Registration starts one hour before the first class. For more information, call 352-397-5417.

 

Orchid Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Orchids 101
10:30-11:30am. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Have you tried to grow orchids, but had no success? Learn from the expert how to grow and care for orchids. Registration is not required; seating is first come, first served. For information, call 352-754-4433. http://www.extension.hernandocounty.us 

 

Wednesday, March 25 – Friday March 27, 2015
Keys to Success Business Development Series
7:15am-3:30pm Wednesday, 8:00am-3:30pm Thursday and 9:00am-1:00pm Friday. Workshops, Seminars and luncheon sessions occur at different times each day. Attend one or all!
Unlock doors to economic success in Hernando County in this inaugural business development seminar series. Attend workshops and seminars designed to enhance business in the following areas:  Sales, Customer Service, Social Media, Branding, Human Resources and much more.
Participate in seminars and enjoy keynote presentations by successful area business leaders and experts. Choose your sessions by time, location and topic or attend them all! All programs are open to the general public.  For a full program description visit http://hernandochamber.com/keys-to-success or call the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce 352-796-0697.

 

Wednesday, March 25 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Spring Bluegrass Festival
10:00am-11:00pm. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, 34602. Enjoy an entire weekend of music featuring The Boxcars, Nothin Fancy, IIIrd Tyme Out, Tyler Williams, Swinging Bridge, Cotton Eyed Does, and more! Camping is available onsite and hotel accommodations are nearby. For camping information, the full schedule of entertainment and ticket prices, visit http://sertomayouthranch.org/Event_Calendar.html, or call 352-754-3082. For area information and lodging, visit http://www.naturallyhernando.org.

 Week of  March 26 – April 1, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Citizens Academy
Each Thursday through May 14, two sessions are offered: 1:00-4:00pm, or 6:00-9:00pm.  Hernando County Sheriff's Office, 18900 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50/bypass), Brooksville. Have you ever wanted to know about the workings of the Sheriff's office? Then you will surely enjoy the upcoming Citizens Academy! You'll learn about the operations of the various departments as well as  techniques and programs used by the deputies and detectives. After graduation, individuals have the opportunity to observe firsthand the job a deputy does on a daily basis by riding along on patrol. Applications for the Academy are available at http://www.hernandosheriff.org/applications/citizensacademy. For more information, call 352-797-3608
 
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Rain Barrel Workshop
2:00-3:00pm. Hernando County Extension,1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, 34601. Add a rain barrel to your landscape to provide water to plant beds and vegetable gardens. Diverting potential runoff also helps protect area waterways from potential pollution. Cost is $68.00 per person. Participants will take home a rain barrel; Hernando County Utilities customers will receive a $25.00 credit on their water bill. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, or for information, call 540-6230. http://www.extension.hernandocounty.us  
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gallery Exhibit Artist Reception

5:00-7:00pm. The Uptown Gallery (formerly Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery), 201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, 34601. You're invited to view the new exhibit feauring work in a variety of mediums by members of the Spring Hill Art League. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 352-540-3810.

 

Friday, March 27, 2015

An Evening at the 1885 Train Depot Museum:

Railroad Lore and Old Tin Toy Trains

7:00pm. The 1885 Train Depot, 70 Russell Street, Brooksville. Have you always been fascinated by trains? Take a look back to the early development of railroads from 1800 to 1885 in the eastern U.S. and Florida. Learn how early trains influence the development of the toy, tin train industry from the late 1800's to the early twentieth century. The evening includes refreshments, and a guided tour of the Train Depot Museum. Donation: $10.00 per person. Please call for a reservation, 352-799-4766.

 

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Tech Tutors

2:30-4:30pm. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville, 34602. Not quite sure how to use your electronic device? Do you have tech questions or concerns? Grab your gadget and stop by! Your Hernando County Public Library System is here to help! Your library offers one-on-one instruction in the Tech Tutors program! Bring in any hand-held, self-contained device along with any questions you would like to have answered. Just drop in between the hours indicated for one-on-one help. For information, call 352-4-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

 

Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lakewood Retreat Golden Jubilee Celebration

Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, Brooksville, 34602.

March, 27: Relax, refresh, and renew at the 50th Anniversary Celebration with activities for the entire family, including raffles, games, scavenger hunt, crafts, a silent auction, and more! Live evening entertainment by contemporary folk band, Walking Roots. March 28: 5K Run / Walk – 6:45am, Registration and Check-in; 7:15, Run/Walk begins. Enjoy the early morning coolness as you make your way through the course; then enjoy refreshments and snacks. An awards ceremony will be held at noon. Pre-registration, $15.00 per person; day of event, $25.00.

12:00pm, BBQ lunch with all the fixin's! 1:00-2:00pm, Watermelon Carving Contest. Show your artistic creativity! Only 50 entrants allowed, so be sure to register early! 7:00-9:00pm, live entertainment featuring Walking Roots, popcorn and fireworks to top off the celebration. The event is free and open to the public; a donation of food will be appreciated. To register for events, of for information, call 941-809-1283.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kayak-Canoe Fishing Tournament and Golden Jubilee Celebration

Daybreak to 10:00am. Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, Brooksville, 34602. Think you can team up with your family or friends to create a fishing team? Bring your own canoe or kayak, or use a canoe (nine available onsite, first come, first serve), for a great morning of fishing! Lakewood Retreat's Golden Jubilee Celebration fishing tournament is open to all ages. Florida fishing laws apply, and life jackets must be worn. Measurement deadline is 10:00am the prize for the biggest fish is $100.00! Pre-registration entry donation is $20.00 per team; walk-up donation is $30.00 per team. To register, or for information, call Mike at 941-809-1283, or email somscake@comcast.net.

 
Saturday, March 28, 2015
How to Read Your GPS
9:00am-12:00pm.  Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta Street, Hernando Beach. The program focuses on the GPS equipment typically owned by the recreational boater. You will learn how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. The fee is $35.00 per person, and includes text materials. Registration starts one hour before the class. For more information, call Jeffrey Hoff at 352-397-5417.
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hernando County Farmer's Market
10:00am-3:00pm. 2450 Commercial Way (US-19) in the Rural King Parking Lot, Spring Hill, 34606. Vendors offer fresh veggies and fruit, organic and Amish country food, plants, local honey, herbs, soaps, jams, candy, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, and more. 352-232-4241 / http://www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com
 
Bark Island Saturday, March 28, 2015
Bark Island – Final Romp of the Season
7:30am-9:30am. Pine Island Beach, 10840 Pine Island Drive, Spring Hill, 34607. You and your canine friends are welcome at Pine Island for the final Bark Island Saturday of the season. Enjoy two hours of play time with your best pals! Admission is $7.00 for the first dog, per car; $3.00 for each additional dog. Yearly passes are available for $70.00 first dog; $30.00 each additional dog. Please remember to bring proof of your dog's current vaccinations and licensing, pick up after your pet and bring a leash, just in case they get rowdy. Thank you, and see you next season! 352-754-4031 or recreation@hernandocounty.us.
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Spring into Music Rock n' Blues Festival
2:00-9:00pm. The Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Avenue, Spring Hill, 34606. Gather the family for a day of fun to benefit the amazing Special Olympics Florida – Hernando County athletes! You'll enjoy delicious food, cold beer and wine, vendors wares and more. Get into the beat of the live entertainment featuring an off the chain line-up of Florida's hottest bands performing all day, including  Bad Boy Elroy, Razin Jane, Tommy Roxx, Drive, along with local artists Dan & Dave, Tammie Sue, and Fred & Friends. Bring your chair or blanket for comfort; no coolers, please. Tickets, advance purchase: $10.00 per person; at the gate, $12.00 per person. To purchase tickets, call Christine at 352-238-2279, or Debbie at 352-442-1570. For information, visit https://specialolympicsflorida.org/events/events/fundraising-event-spring-into-music-1036/
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hernando County Farmer's Market
10:00am-3:00pm. 2450 Commercial Way (US-19) in the Rural King Parking Lot, Spring Hill, 34606. Vendors offer fresh veggies and fruit, organic and Amish country food, plants, local honey, herbs, soaps, jams, candy, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, and more. 352-232-4241 / http://www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Brooksville City Nights
4:00-8:00pm. Downtown Brooksville, 34601. On the first and third Saturday of each month, downtown Brooksville hosts Brooksville City Nights, a fresh market like no other! You'll enjoy live entertainment, unique cuisine, arts, vintage crafts, organic and local produce, street vendors and fun for the entire family. Bring a chair to relax under the stars and evening lights, chat with friends, or cruise Main Street for your shopping delight. For more information, call Lisa at 352-428-9275, or email brooksvillecitynights@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
2015 Spring Planting OLIVE TREE and NATURAL HEALING PLANT, TEA and HERB FESTIVAL
Come Early, Stay Late! Free Two Day Event and Free Parking. Coolers, well behaved 4 legged family members and lawn chairs are welcome, and be sure to stay late and join the musical Fireside Jam. SATURDAY March 28th The Connie Scott Duo – 2PM -5PM on our Stage with a Key West-Margaretville Theme. PLUS The Sound Of Popular Brooksville Local Performers. Then join the "Madd Hatter" Tea Party. Learn about medicinal plants and herbs, sample the teas. Workshops: Making Mosaic Flower Pots Workshop at 11AM, includes an olive tree and all supplies -$20.00. Bonsai Olive Tree Workshop 2PM- all supplies included $20.00. Ancient Style Clay Olive Oil Lamp Workshop 4PM -$10.00 Includes an olive Tree and all supplies. The same workshops will be available SUNDAY. SUNDAY MARCH 29th FEATURING Amber Lynn Nicol returning to The Olive Grove Stage 2PM-5PM with her full band to perform the songs we all know and love from her first 3 albums. She is currently working on her 4th, she calls her acoustic album. amberlynnnicol.com – To join the workshops early (space is limited) visit http://www.floridaconcerts.org/workshops-and-seminars.htm or for more information please call Dede at: 352-345-5940.

 

 
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Airport Flea Market and Farmer's Market
8:00am-3:00pm. 17375 Spring Hill Drive (just west of US-41), Spring Hill, 34604.  Shop for what you need and find a bargain at the same time! Approximately 100 vendors offer everything from housewares, tools, collectibles, cosmetics, craft items, recreational items and fresh-from-the-farm goodies. For information, call 352-796-0258.
 
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, April 12, 2015
Annual Parade of Homes of the Nature Coast
Throughout the show dates: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday; 12:00 – 5:00pm on Sunday. Various sites throughout Hernando County. Presented by Sunrise Propane and the Hernando Builders Association, you and your family are invited to view some of the finest-built affordable homes on the Nature Coast. This self-guided tour is a unique opportunity to answer the question,  "What's new?" in new homes offered by the local building industry. Featuring home builders from both Hernando County and Citrus County, there is sure to be a model home to view in a neighborhood close to you. For a complete list of Parade models and addresses, visit http://www.ParadeofHomesNatureCoast.com, or call 352-596-1114.
 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Deadline to register for the 6th Annual Cause FORE Paws (Event date: April 13)
April 13, 2015 – Check in, 8:00am; Shotgun start, 9:00am. Brooksville Golf and Country Club, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville. You are invited to join the fun with a day of golf, beginning with breakfast by Chick-Fil-A. Then go for your best golf game, the hole-in-one contest, longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Lunch will be provided by Texas Roadhouse. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams and the golf contest winners. The event is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast; pets will be available for adoption. The entry fee is $80.00 per golfer, or $320.00 for a foursome. For more information, call 352-496-2711 or chairperson Kathy at 352-232-4376, or visit http://www.humanerescue.org.
 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Classics Book Discussion: In Search of Lost Time
2:00pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Join the group for the monthly gathering and thought-provoking discussion of this month's book, In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. Among the handful of literary classics produced in this century, Proust's In Search of Lost Time is the most oceanic-and the least read. Registration is not required, but copies of the book are limited. Please call ahead to reserve a copy for your use.  For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.
 
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Suddenly in Command
7:00-9:30pm. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta Street, Hernando Beach, 34607. The program is designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to be prepared in case of an emergency. The fee is $20.00 per person and includes educational print materials. Registration starts one hour before the first class. For more information, call 352-397-5417, or email jhoff116@tampabay.rr.com.
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Firearms Safety Course
9:00am-3:00pm. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way (off US-19, nine miles north of Weeki Wachee Springs), Weeki Wachee. The course will introduce the basics of firearms safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Those who successfully complete the class will receive the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit, if desired. The class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost is $60.00 per person, and includes classroom instruction and live fire training on the range. Bring your lunch, or food and beverage may be purchased. For more information, or to register, call 352-567-9931. http://www.hernandosportsmansclub.com
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Hernando Audubon: Purple Martin Viewing
9:00am. You are invited to join Hernando Audubon members to view the beautiful Purple Martins at a private residence. Purple Martin enthusiasts often become "landlords" to the birds, erecting Purple Martin houses to attract and maintain colonies, tracking migration, doing nest checks, keeping predators away, and feeding when necessary. To attend this special viewing, contact Linda at 352-428-2629, or email lindalark85@gmail.com. Directions to the meeting area will be provided when you RSVP your plans to attend.
Even More Things To Do in Hernando!
 Future Featured Hernando County Events
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, April 12, 2015
Annual Parade of Homes of the Nature Coast
Throughout the show dates: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday; 12:00 – 5:00pm on Sunday. Various sites throughout Hernando County. Presented by Sunrise Propane and the Hernando Builders Association, you and your family are invited to view some of the finest-built affordable homes on the Nature Coast. This self-guided tour is a unique opportunity to answer the question, "What's new?" in new homes offered by the local building industry. Featuring home builders from both Hernando County and Citrus County, there is sure to be a model home to view in a neighborhood close to you. For a complete list of Parade models and addresses, visit http://www.ParadeofHomesNatureCoast.com, or call 352-596-1114.
 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Good Neighbor Trail Community Ride
9:00am. Meet at Good Neighbor Trailhead, 70 Russell Street, Brooksville, 34601. You're invited to join one of two rides to celebrate the Good Neighbor Trail as part of the annual Brooksville Cycling Classic. 
Ride #1: The Good Neighbor Trail Roll-Stroll, led by Brooksville City Manager Jenene Norman-Vacha,  is an out-and-back pedal on the distance of the existing trail, a total of approximately seven miles. The pace is easy and perfect for riders of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult rider.
Ride #2: The Good Neighbor Tour, led by Tampa Bay Times reporter/columnist Dan DeWitt, the tour shows how the trail can launch bike riders into the scenic eastern Hernando County area. The ride leaves Russell Street and proceeds to the Weatherly Road trailhead, then travels north and east on rural roads, south on McIntyre where the ride will rejoin the Good Neighbor Trail for the return into Brooksville. The pace will be moderate, and the total ride is approximately 25 miles, with some hills. Please note that once riders leave the trail at Weatherly, the roads will be open to traffic and riders must follow the rules of the road. For information, call 352-584-1391, or visit https://www.facebook.com/BrooksvilleCyclingClassic''

 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Young Professionals Hop n' Glow
5:30-9:00pm. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Brooksville, 34609. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce  Young Professionals invite you to share some fun-after-the-sun with games, drafts, field activities, food vendors, free give-a-ways, Easter Bunny photo opportunities, and the Black Light Bunny Hop to dance the night away! Kids will love the six Easter Egg Hunts with 20,000 real Glow-in-the-Dark eggs – and much, much more!
 

Croom Zoom Saturday, April 4, 2015
Croom 50M/50K/16M Fools Trail Run
Start times: 6:00am, 50 Mile; 7:00am, 50K and 16 Mile. Tucker Hill, 26416 County Road 480 West, Brooksville, 34601. Mostly shaded by beautiful tree canopies, this is a race course you don't want to miss! The popular Croom Fools Run trails wind through oak hammocks on a well-defined trail that takes runners through some of the best terrain in Florida. There are three races that are part of the Fools Run Races: the 50-mile Fools Run; the 50K I'm Not A Fool Run, and John Holmes 16-mile Run. The main running trail is a 16-mile loop. The 50-mile race is three loops, the 50K is two loops, and the 16-mile is one loop. Race packets can be picked up from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday night before the race, or early on Saturday morning at the race start-finish line. The Forestry Service has set the race field at 300 runners, so be sure to register early. To register, or for information, visit http://www.tamparaces.com, or call 813-232-5200.
 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Brooksville Cycling Classic: 2015 State Criterium Championship
Brooksville will once again host the Brooksville Cycling Classic, made more exciting this year since the race will be the 2015 State Criterium Championship races. Enjoy bicycle racing at its finest, cheering on the riders to the finish line! The festival atmosphere, great food, samples, and prizes offer fun for the whole family, and all profits go to local charities! For information, call 352-796-9798, or visit https://www.facebook.com/BrooksvilleCyclingClassic.

 

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2015 Spring Planting FESTIVAL at the Olive Grove!

January 1, 2015

2015 Spring Planting OLIVE TREE and NATURAL HEALING PLANT, TEA and HERB FESTIVAL March 28th & March 29th at the Olive Grove. FREE TWO DAY EVENT!!!   MARCH 28th Featuring: The Connie Scott Duo – 2PM -5PM The DeLei'ed Parrots are back on The Olive Grove Stage with a Key West-Margaretville Theme so bring the […]

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