Authentic Florida’s 2016 Bucket List

Authentic Florida 2016 Bucket List

A new year inspires renewal and fresh starts. Exploring Florida can offer many “new beginnings” as we discover adventures along roads less traveled. There’s so much to discover and no better time to begin than right now. Begin checking off your Authentic Florida bucket list with these 14 ideas that will kickstart your 2016:

Paddle Juniper Springs Run

Paddle Juniper Springs Run
Juniper Springs Run, Ocala National Forest

”Stunning” aptly describes the Juniper Springs Run, a slow moving, winding creek that will gently carry you through pristine and lush forested hammocks. Glide under fallen trees past fields of colorful wildflowers as shafts of sunlight shine through overhanging trees into crystal clear water and a shallow sandy bottom below. This Florida treasure is located in the Juniper Springs Wilderness area of Central Florida’s Ocala National Forest, halfway between Ocala and Daytona Beach. The park is an ideal base for exploring the rest of the National Forest that has so many recreational choices for hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming in Florida’s refreshing springs, lakes and rivers.

Flock to See White Pelicans

Flock to See White Pelicans

One of Florida’s most beloved events is the arrival of the white pelicans. From a distance, these birds could be mistaken for a flock of swans. Distinctive with snowy white feathers and pink-tangerine colored bills, they are shy in nature and congregate in isolated areas. From fall until spring they are found on secluded beaches, in estuaries, lakes, mangrove islands – often within protected areas. To ensure a sighting try using a local eco-tour operator who knows where to find them. Here are a few popular locations: St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge (St. Marks); Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (Titusville); Fort DeSoto Park (St. Petersburg); The Celery Fields (Sarasota); White Pelican Island (near Boca Grande).

Go Scalloping

Go Scalloping

Florida’s scallop season runs from late June to mid-September. Prime destinations include Hernando and Citrus Counties along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Big Bend/Steinhatchee River area, and the fertile bays of the Florida Panhandle. The little mollusks are found in shallow water and are fun to catch and delicious to eat. To gather the tasty morsels, snorkel on the surface scanning the grass beds and sandy spots below. You’ll begin to see scallops among the blades of seagrass. The shells are grayish in color and fit in your palm. Scoop them up and fill your buckets. On shore many local restaurants will cook your freshly caught cleaned scallops for you. Popular half-day group tours on pontoon boats charge around $75 per person.

Climb a Fort in St. Augustine

Climb a Fort in St. Augustine
Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

Whether planning a romantic getaway or a seaside vacation, there are many reasons to visit St. Augustine. Most people visit Florida’s oldest city for its rich and layered history, and no trip to St. Augustine is complete without a visit to the city’s Castillo de San Marcos. It is considered the most well-preserved and oldest masonry fort from the Spanish colonial period in the United States. Visitors enter the massive structure by crossing a moat and walking through a gate into living history. Volunteers dress in period costumes adding a touch of authenticity as they share historic stories and answer questions. It is easy to understand why the Spanish built this immense fortress on Matanzas Bay, with a commanding view of the harbor.

Bike the Withlacoochee Trail

Bike the Withlacoochee TrailFlorida’s Withlacoochee Trail

Enjoy a carefree bike ride through natural Florida along Central Florida’s Withlacoochee Trail. Bikers, hikers and equestrian riders, from beginners to advanced, can trek along 46 miles of a continuously paved trail through three counties – Pasco, Hernando and Citrus, from Dade City to Citrus Springs. Orginally a railroad track, the scenic, shaded trail runs through canopied oak hammocks, cypress swamps and pine woods, past ranches and farms, and is convenient to charming restaurants. Inverness, with its historic downtown, is good starting point. Follow the trail to Floral City, and if you are ambitious, head further south to Nobleton. Be sure to stop at Ferris Groves for a fresh Florida strawberry shake.

Float Down the Ichetucknee River 

Float Down the Ichetucknee River

Relax and enjoy total serenity immersed in the beauty of Florida’s nature while tubing down the Ichetucknee River. Located near Fort White, northwest of Gainesville, the Ichetucknee Springs and River has been a destination for tubers, families and college students seeking the bliss of drifting on one of Florida’s most scenic waterways. Admire the overhanging trees and blue skies; enjoy crystal clear slow moving water; listen to birds; glimpse deer and turtles along the banks; let go of all your cares and worries. This six-mile river will not disappoint as one of Florida’s most authentic pleasures. The park is open year around, but prime tubing season begins Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Source : http://www.authenticflorida.com/

 

10 Bizarre Car News Stories

There is a lot of weirdness in the world. A lot of odd people, unusual situations and interesting stories. As a result, amongst all the doom and gloom of news stories, there are occasionally some bits of news so bizarre that all you can really do is laugh.

 

Being the car maniacs that we are, we have sifted through a pile of newsworthy and bizarre stories involving cars to bring you the 10 most bizarre recent car news stories – Enjoy!

10 Bizarre Car News Stories

 

1. ‘Woman with Blood-Alcohol Level 5x the Legal Limit Escapes from Burning Car Totally Unscathed’

That’s right, a drunken woman who crashed her car into an embankment and set it on fire, managed to escape the burning vehicle without a scratch. She was then arrested for DUI.

 

2. ’12-year-old Boy Gets Drunk, Steals Car and Crashes it’

It’s no surprise that the drunken 12-year-old ending up crashing the car, but he crashed it into three other cars before he was then stopped by a 41 year old citizen who held him down on the floor until the police arrived. Kids these days.

 

3. ‘Mayors Cause Chaos with Opposing Views on One-Way Street’

Two mayors in Paris caused absolute commuter chaos when both of them declared a shared street a one-way street – the issue being that they decided on different directions. Paris police were called in to direct traffic and control the road rage in Levallois-Perret and Clichy-la-Garnne. The Telegraph tells us that Clichy have been told to make its section of the road two-way.

 

4. ‘Mechanic Finds Goat in Trunk of Car’

Yep. A car was dropped off at an auto-repair shop with a goat tied up in the boot. Not only was it tied up, it was also painted the colours of an American football team. The mechanic was so appalled that he rang animal rescue who are considering pressing charges. The ex-Vikings goat has since been adopted.

 

5. ‘Freefalling Fish Smashes Car Windsheild’

A woman driving in Ohio, USA suddenly had her windshield smashed up at the ‘impact of a brick’ as a falling fish landed on her car. Authorities claim that an overhead eagle dropped his dinner he had caught from a nearby lake. No injuries other than the car (and fish) took place. RIP Nemo.

 

6. ‘7-year-old Boy Nicks Car to Procrastinate Going to Church’

A 7-year-old boy stole a car and joy rode it around the local neighbourhood on a Sunday morning. The car reached up to 40mph before he was stopped by police. When asked why he did it, he claimed that he ‘didn’t want to go to Church’. By the sounds of it, this kid could really use some of the Sunday school teachings, such as, you know: ‘Thou shalt not steal’.

 

7. ‘Man Drives Car all Around the World’

Last year, a middle aged British man jumped into his convertible, started driving and apparently just didn’t stop. Sick of his mundane life (some call it a mid-life crisis), he hit the road and made it through Europe, India, South America and Australia. He is now currently in Canada.

 

8. ‘20-Year-Old Mini has 148 Miles’

In 1989, Ron Frost purchased a brand new, classic red mini. He drove it home, parked it and that was it. 20 years on, it still has the original oil in the engine and is worth a fortune more than when he bought it.

9. ‘Thieves Kidnap Child then Drop Him off at School’

A couple of car thieves accidentally kidnapped a little boy during a car steal. When they realised the boy was in the back, they diverted their get away route to go via his school and dropped him off there. Police found him sat in the classroom with a smile on his face. Ignorance is bliss.

 

10. ‘Chewbacca Arrested for Driving Darth Vadar to Polls in Ukraine’

A man dressed as Chewbacca was arrested at a polling station in Ukraine. Chewy said he was at the polls to support Darth Vader who he chauffeured to the polls according to the Guardian. Chewy was arrested on the grounds of not having the correct papers to vote but Darth Vader jumped to his defence saying that because Chewy was his pet and servant, he did not need papers. He was put into a police van for public disturbance and was fined under £10 in court.

Halloween Safety Tips

Sheriff Al Nienhuis and the men and women at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office would like everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween. With that being said, please take a minute to read through these Halloween safety tips before sending the little ghosts and goblins out to collect their treats this year.

Halloween Safety Tips

Adults

– Welcome trick- or- treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights ON.
– Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
– Clear the porch and/or front yard of obstacles a child could trip over.
– Restrain household pets.
– Use a glow stick in the jack-o-lantern instead of a candle to avoid a fire hazard.
– Patrol your neighborhood occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and/or crimes against children.
– Report any and all suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency immediately.
– Keep all of the doors locked at your home (even if you are just “out front” handing out candy). Halloween is a night when many homes are burglarized because parents are out with the kids.
– Do not give out homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

Children

– Do not go inside anyone’s home.
– Do not accept rides from strangers.
– Keep a safe distance from moving cars.
– Cross the street only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.

– Look in ALL directions before crossing a street. Obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run across the street.
– Use sidewalks – NOT the street for walking.
– Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys, or parks.
– Do not eat any treat until your parent has inspected it.
– Be cautious around pets and any other animals.

Motorists

– Exercise extreme caution when operating your vehicle.
– Be alert for excited youngsters whose vision may be obscured by masks. These children may inadvertently dart in front of your vehicle if unattended.
– Slow down.

Pets

– Do not leave your pet outside, unattended on Halloween (or on the days preceding or following Halloween). Halloween pranks committed against pets can be vicious, and black cats are particularly at risk.
– Halloween treats are for people, not pets. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks can be hazardous if swallowed. Chocolate can be poisonous for most types of pets.
– Keep pumpkins out of reach of curious noses and paws. Pets may knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire.
– Despite how much fun it is for people, many pets don’t enjoy getting dressed up for Halloween. If you do dress up your pet, be sure that its costume doesn’t interfere with its ability to breathe, see, hear, move, or bark.
– Consider keeping your pet in a separate room, away from the door, when trick-or-treaters arrive. Strange people, in even stranger costumes, can frighten pets.
– When you do answer the door, make sure your pet doesn’t suddenly head for the great outdoors. In case your pet does escape, make sure that he or she is wearing proper identification. Pets with identification are much more likely to be returned to owners.

Trick or Treat Tips

– Be sure costumes are flame retardant.
– Keep costume short to prevent tripping/falling (bumps in the night).
– Try make up instead of a mask that may obstruct vision (when crossing streets and going up and down steps). Masks can also be hot.
– Be sure kids wear light colored costumes or reflective tape on costumes so they can be seen by drivers.
– Create a map of a safe trick or treat area. Set a time limit for the kids to go by.
– Kids should stay in groups and parents should accompany young children.
– Older kids should trick or treat with friends, and parents should KNOW where they are going.
– Tell older kids to stop only at familiar houses and only when the lights are on.
– Try to get your kids to trick or treat while it is still light out.
– If it is dark out, make sure they take a flashlight with them.
– Make sure children know their home address and telephone number(s).
– Make sure children know how to use 9-1-1 properly.
– Teach children how to say “NO” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them.
– Teach children not to approach vehicles.

Things to do in Hernando County Week of September 3 – September 9, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Music Under the Oaks at The Farm

Music Under the Oaks at The Farm

6:00-11:00pm. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476 west of US-98), Brooksville, 34601. 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 / www.thefarmreport.webs.com

Friday, September 4, 2015
Tech Tutors
2:30-4:30pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. 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 2:30-4:30 pm for one-on-one help. For information, call 352-754-4043, or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

Friday, September 4 – Saturday, September 5, 2015
Ghost Tour
8:00-10:00pm. May-Stringer Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville, 34601. Legend has it that the 160-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 / www.hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Archery for Beginners

Archery for Beginners
10:00am. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476, one mile west of US-41N), Brooksille. This archery introductory program is for basic skills development and shooting practice. National Schools in Archery Program equipment will be provided for use at the onsite outdoor range; please do not bring any personal archery equipment. The minimum age allowed is 12 years old; parents must remain with children at all times. Please dress for being outdoors; rest facilities and drinking fountains are located nearby. For more information, or to register, call 352-754-6722, or visit www.MyFWC.com/Chinsegut

Saturday, September 5, 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 / www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com

Saturday, September 5, 2015
License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day
A free fishing day provides an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents). All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply. The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days. For more information, visit www.MyFWC.com/fishing/saltwater

Saturday, September 5 – Sunday, September 6, 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 352-796-0268.

Saturday, September 5 – Monday September 7, 2015
Legendary Sirens Performance

Legendary Sirens Performance
Special performances: 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way (corner US-19 & SR-50), Weeki Wachee, 34607. The traditional saying, “Once a mermaid, always a mermaid,” holds true as The Legendary Sirens perform this Weekend! This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 40’s to the 70’s. Don’t miss this magical performance by this special group of ladies. Enjoy a full day at the Park and Buccaneer Bay, plus the special performance. 352-592-5656 / www.weekiwachee.com

Things to do in Hernando County Week of August 27 – September 2, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 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, 34601. 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 / www.thefarmreport.webs.com

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Current Events Commentary with Don Myers
2:00-3:00pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Are you tired of the spin placed on the news? Get critical insight on today’s news from Col. Don Myers, USMC (Retired), as he explains current events, and what they mean. A weekly editorialist, he has written extensively on the subjects of government, education, politics, the economy, and the military. For information, call 352-754-4043, or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us. (Any opinions expressed are that of Col. Myers and not of Hernando County Public Library, staff or Hernando County Government).

Friday, August 28, 2015
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 2:30-4:30 pm for one-on-one help. For information, call 352-754-4043, or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Explore from Shore: Marsh

Explore from Shore
1:00-2:00pm. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476, one mile west of US-41N), Brooksville, 34601. Join the Chinsegut Conservation Center Staff in exploring animals, plants, and a famous confection that originated over 2000 years ago from marsh plants. Just in time to appreciate National Toasted Marshmallow Day! The program is free and open to the public; registration is requested. To register, or for information, call 352-754-6722, or visit www.MyFWC.com/Chinsegut

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Thomas Edison Visits Chinsegut Hill
6:00pm. Chinsegut Hill Manor House, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville, 34601. The Friends of Chinsegut Hill invite you to join them for a five-course dinner and special historical presentation about the great inventor and his time in Florida. Friends of Chinsegut Hill members, $40.00 per person; non-members, $45.00 per person. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets early by emailing friendsofchinseguthill@gmail.com, or call 352-799-5400.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
2015 College Football Kickoff Party

2015 College Football Kickoff Party
6:00-10:00pm. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place (off W. Jefferson Street, via Darby Lane), Brooksville. Help kick off the college football season! Dress in your favorite college gear for a full evening of fun, including a BBQ dinner, corn hole toss, a raffle for a TV, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, cold beer and music. Admission: $15.00 per person includes BBQ dinner and non-alcoholic beverages; beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, call 352-540-3830, or visit www.cityofbrooksville.us.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
34th Annual Red Mule Runners Labor Day 5K (red mule timing race)
Registration 6:30am; Race starts 8:00am. McKethan Lake Park, 15185 Broad Street (US-41), 7 miles North of Brooksville. Enjoy the cool shade of the Withlacoochee State Forest as you compete to in this timed race. Enjoy DJ entertainment, refreshments, and fresh fruit following the race. Awards will be presented to overall male and female winners, first through third place in various age divisions, and first through fifth place for the 14-19 age groups. For race information, call Jennifer at 352-346-5182 or Judy at 352-585-7495, or email wsmoot@tampabay.rr.com.

Saturday, August 29, 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 / www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com

Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30, 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 352-796-0268.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Towne Square Farmer’s Market
Sundays, 10:00am-3:00pm. The Towne Square Mall, 5236 Commercial Way (US-19), Spring Hill, 34606. Extend your fresh produce shopping to Sunday in the air-conditioned comfort of the indoor market area. Shop to your heart’s content for fresh produce, veggies and more! For information, call Richie at 352-340-7579.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monster Transmission / Chick-Fil-A Charity Cruise-In

Monster Transmission
5:00-8:00pm. Chick-Fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50), Brooksville, 34613. Meet and mingle while enjoying classic and newer cars on display. Cruise-ins are always free; the fun includes live music and entertainment, raffles, valve cover races, prize spin wheel, silent auction and more. This month’s charity is Jericho Road. For more information, call 1-800-708-0087 or email kathyrn@monstertrans.com.

Things to do in Hernando County Week of August 20 – August 26, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 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, 34601. 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 / www.thefarmreport.webs.com

Friday, August 21, 2015
Florida Friendly Landscaping: Rude Guests in the Garden

Florida Friendly Landscaping
10:00am. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476, one mile west of US-41N), Brooksville, 34601. Join Lily Browning of the UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension Service as she discusses wise landscape choices that avoid introducing exotics and invasives into your yard, and what to do with those already in your yard. The program is free and open to the public. To register, or for information, call 352-540-6230.

Friday, August 21, 2015
Book Discussion Group: Lucky
2:00pm. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville, 34602. Join the group for a lively discussion of this month’s book, Lucky by Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones. The 1999 memoir describes her experiences of being raped and how the experience shaped the rest of her life. Registration is not required, but copies of the book are limited. Please call ahead to reserve a copy for your use. For information, call 352-754-4043, or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us

Friday, August 21, 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 2:30-4:30 pm for one-on-one help. For information, call 352-754-4043, or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

Friday, August 21, 2015
It’s Jazz!
3:00pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. 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 / www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hernando Aero Modelers: Hot Deals Swap Meet

Hernando Aero Modelers
Gates open, 7:00am. Hernando Aero Modelers Field, 16301 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. (U.S. 98; at the Cemex entrance) Brooksville, 34614. Attendees are encouraged to bring RC items that they would like to sell or trade. Everyone with h an interest in RC flying is encouraged to attend. There will be food and beverage available for purchase. Bring a chair for your comfort. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help defray costs. For information, visit www.hamrc.com.

Saturday, August 22, 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 / www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com

Saturday, August 22, 2015
An Afternoon of Music Fundraiser
12:00-6:00pm. River Ratz Café, 29295 Lake Lindsey Road, Nobleton, 34661. Come out for an afternoon of fun and entertainment at the edge of the beautiful Withlacoochee River. Games, food and music for everyone! The entertainment lineup includes Melanie and Chris LInkous (12:00 ); Fred L. George (1:00); Catmandu (2:00); Lyla Neff and Paula Bateman (2:30); The Black Swans (3:00); Terry Cole Show (4:00); Sarasota Slim (5:00); and Cover Fire (6:00). For information, call 352-796-7176.

Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23, 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 352-796-0268.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Trees! Marvelous Trees!

Marvelous Trees
10:30am. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Shades of green, stately yet graceful, provider of cool shade and welcome breezes! Learn which trees perform best in our area and how to keep them happy and healthy. The program is free and open to the public; registration is not required. For information, call Lilly at 352-540-6230.

Things to do in Hernando County Week of August 13 – August 19, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Music Under the Oaks at The Farm

Music Under
6:00-11:00pm. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476 west of US-98), Brooksville, 34601. 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 / www.thefarmreport.webs.com

Friday, August 14, 2015
Tech Tutors 2:30-4:30pm
Main Library, 238 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, 34601. 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 2:30-4:30 pm for one-on-one help. For information, call 352-754-4043, or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Movie in the Park: The Sandlot
8:00pm. Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville, 34601. You’re invited to settle back and enjoy a great movie with family and friends. This month’s movie is The Sandlot. The event is free; bring a chair for your comfort. Coolers are allowed; food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call 352-540-3835, or email lgulledge@cityofbrooksville.us.

Saturday, August 15, 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 / www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Croom Trail Riders

Croom Trail Riders
9:30am. Meet at Townsen Park, 28011 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476), Brooksville, 34601. The group meets on the third Saturday of the month to enjoy a ride through the beautiful Croom Trails and Withlacoochee State Forest. Bring your horse to join the morning ride, or if you prefer, join the group at noon for lunch. Bring a covered dish to share, your chair, place setting and beverage. If you ride, Coggins must be carried; children under age 16 must wear a helmet. Have anything to sell? Bring it along! For information call Martha at 352-544-8034, or email mtcasisa@att.net.

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16, 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 352-796-0268.

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Cool Summer Jazz at the Lake House

Cool Summer Jazz at the Lake House
2:00-5:00pm. The Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Drive, Spring Hill, 34606. Members of the Hernando Jazz Society will perform Cool Summer Jazz selections for your listening and dancing enjoyment. BYOB (bring your own beverage and snacks). Admission at the door, $5.00 per person. For information, call Bill at 352-799-9690.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Recycle Tuesday!
4:30-5:30pm, Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Would you like to learn how to turn trash into treasures? Your Hernando County Public Library will teach you how, during Recycle Tuesday. The program is for all ages; bring the whole family and go green by reusing and repurposing discarded items into useful creations and works of art. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit the library’s website at www.hernandocountylibrary.us.

Things to do in Hernando County Week of August 6 – August 12, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 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, 34601. 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 / www.thefarmreport.webs.com

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Native Plants for Sun and Shade
10:30am. West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, 34601. Master Gardener Rita Grant will explain the benefits of Florida native plants, and how you can incorporate them in all areas of your landscape. The program is free and open to the public; registration is not required. For information, call Lilly at 352-540-6230.

Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8, 2015
Ghost Tour
8:00-10:00pm. May-Stringer Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville, 34601. Legend has it that the 160-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 / www.hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Hernando County Farmer’s Market

Hernando County Farmer 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 / www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Free Back-to-School Physicals
10:00am-3:00pm. 1417 Wendy Court, Spring Hill, 34607. Community partners Sports Authority and Terlep Chiropractic, together with Hits 106, Rita’s Italian Ice, and New York Life, have teamed up to provide free back-to-school physicals for the students in your family. Obtain a free ID card with your child’s photo, digital fingerprints and other vital information, and a 20% coupon to use as Sports Authority. It’s a great way to be ready for school!

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Grand Opening at Diver City / Aqua Vertical

Grand Opening at Diver City
10:00am-5:00pm. Diver City, 15010 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, 34613. Join the festivities at the opening of Hernando County’s new scuba diving center. Visit with equipment manufacturers and enjoy the presentations on spearfishing, cave exploration and underwater photography, win door prizes. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 352-799-5900, or visit https://www.facebook.com/divercityaquavertical.

Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 9, 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 352-796-0268.

Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
Gun Show
Saturday, August 8, 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, August 9, 9:00am-4:00pm. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad Street (US-41 south), Brooksville. The Hernando Sportsman’s Club hosts their annual winter gun show, where you can buy, sell, and trade! You’ll find all types of new, used, and antique firearm, knives, and related accessories. Admission is $6.00 per person; children age 16 and under admitted free with paid adult admission. Parking is free. For additional information, contact Randie at 352-799-3605, or visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Best All-Around Plants for Hernando County
10:30am. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Do you plant, and re-plant? Are you tired of being frustrated with plants that disappoint? Learn how to choose the right plant for the right place! Making the right choice and properly caring for the plants will provide you with a beautiful yard you can enjoy and be proud of. The program is free and open to the public; registration is not required. For information, call Lilly at 352-540-6230.