Things to do in Hernando County this weekend 20140617

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Summer Jam family event

Hernando County Parks & Recreation, Team Maddison Rae and AME International present a Summer Jam Benefit Concert in the Park from noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Park Bandshell, 205 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Six bands perform, and there will be craft vendors, exhibits, beer, wine and food for sale, along with a playground and free activities for the kids. The cost is $5 per person for ages 13 and up; $1 for ages 5 through 12; and 5 and under free. Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis and Hernando County Parks & Recreation.

For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit

Fun evening event

Join the Friends of Weeki Wachee State Park for the summer’s second Family Beach Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Buccaneer Bay, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The Beach Bash features water fun, hula-hoop contest, spin-it-to-win-it game and food at family-friendly prices. Admission is $5 per person and ages 2 and under are free. Proceeds benefit park improvements.

For information, call Cassie Stump at (352)345-1612 or email

What’s that coin worth?

A Coin Show presented by the West Hernando Coin Club takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Admission and parking are free.

More than 25 dealers will be buying and selling coins and providing free appraisals. There will be door prizes throughout the day, and food and drinks will be available. For information, call Bruce at (352) 584-3163 or John at (352) 232-1200.

Coast Guard open house

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates its 75th Anniversary with an Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Beach Flotilla 15-8, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach.

Meet the local Coast Guard Auxiliary and first responders face to face. Hot dogs, barbecue pork, chips and cold beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 442-1202.

Chinsegut Center has 2 Saturday programs

Chinsegut Conservation Center, plans two Saturday events:

♦ Guided Hike at Big Pine Wildlife Environmental Area on Old Crystal Road in Brooksville from 9 to 11 a.m. with naturalist and native plant expert David Rakes.

♦ Children in the Wild, “Cool Creatures Underground!” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 7 at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are required by calling (352) 754-6722 or visit list.asp.

For information, call (352) 754-6722 or visit

Coming up

Program: Using cover crops to improve soil

SUF/IFAS Hernando County Extension Sumter County is offering a free class, “Using Cover Crops to Improve Soils,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Extension office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn how cover crops can solar-charge your soil and improve soil nutrients.

No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

Encore Academy knitting workshop

Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College offers a Knitting Workshops from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at its North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., room B-101, Brooksville. The cost is $12 and students need to bring U.S. size 10 knitting needles and one large spool of yarn. The Academy provides educational opportunities to adults over the age of 50. Membership in Encore Academy is not required and all workshops are open to the community. Registration deadline is three days prior to workshop start date. For information call (352) 797-5167 or visit

Rec department belly dance class

Hernando County Recreation Department sponsors a belly dance class conducted by instructor Jaynellen on Wednesday at Hernando County Recreation Center, 205 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Learn the ancient and mystical art of this tribal dance. Open to all body types, skill levels, and ages.

Registration is at 7 p.m.; RSVP to (352) 540-1568 or email

Film screenings set on vision loss

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind invites the public to attend special screenings of the film, “Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark about Vision Loss,” at 1 p.m. Thursday at Brooksville Lighthouse, 6492 California St., Brooksville, or at 10 a.m. on June 27 at the Port Richey Lighthouse, 8610 Galen ILSON Blvd., Port Richey. The film is a documentary that tells the story of coping with vision loss from the director, Joseph Lovett’s own experience and others who have lost their vision through diseases, infections and accidents. A panel discussion follows each showing.

If you plan to attend one of the screenings, RSVP to events@1vib.or or call (352) 754-1132 in Brooksville, (727) 815-0303 in Port Richey. For information, visit

Free drum circle planned next Friday

Findias Metaphysical & New Age Emporium hosts a Free Drum Circle from 7 to 10 p.m. on June 27 at 2987 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Bring your drums, tambourines, friends and energy for a fun magical night of drumming, dancing and singing. For information, call (813) 546-8527 or visit

Low-cost vaccinations offered for pets

Mark Wilson, staff veterinarian for the Florida International Teaching Zoo, is sponsoring a Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 28 at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. A dog/cat rabies shot is $7; dog/puppy parvo-distemper combos $15; cat/kitten distemper three-way is $15; and Bordatella/kennel cough is $16. All vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian and documentation will be provided. No sick pets.

All proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit Florida International Teaching Zoo programs. For information, call (352) 867-7788.

Ham radio users plan preparedness exercise

Hernando County Amateur Radio Association hosts its annual 24-Hour Emergency Preparedness Exercise at 2 p.m. on June 29 at the Linda Pederson Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill. The public is invited to observe and to try their hand at communicating via shortwave radio. For information, call Robert Millard at (352) 848-4381.