BROOKSVILLE The Chinsegut Conservation Center will host a program titled "Early Fall and Big Pine Tract" from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. David Rakes will lead a guided walk uncovering the hidden colors of early fall wildflowers blooming on the Brooksville Ridge. Meet at the Big Pine tract parking lot on Old Crystal River Road about 2 miles north from U.S. 41.
Injured mermaid fundraiser
BROOKSVILLE Monster Transmission and Chick-fil-A are hosting a fundraiser on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville to benefit mermaid Samantha Maywell, who was injured when fell out of a boat. There will be raffles, a donation bucket and a percentage of Chick-fil-A's sales, within a 3-hour window, will be donated to Samantha for medical expenses. Contact (800) 708-0087, ext. 4491 or email Kathryn@MonsterTrans.com. Additional ways to help are GoFundMe.com/432vzo or facebook.com/HelpMermaidSamantha.
Kiwanis golf fundraiser
BROOKSVILLE The Kiwanis Club Spring Hill will host the 8th Annual Children's Charity Golf Invitational on Saturday at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville. The event will benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. Special guest will include the Weeki Wachee Springs mermaids. Registration and a light lunch will be at 11 a.m. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. An awards presentation, buffet dinner and silent auction will follow. For information call Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day party
SPRING HILL The Ancient Order of Hiberians Bishop Norbert Dorsey Division No. 1 Hernando County will host a halfway to Saint Patrick's Day Party from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Xavier Hall at St. Francis Cabrini, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. The dinner will feature corn beef and cabbage, potatoes and desert. The event is BYOB or soda and water will be available for a charge. There will be door prizes, Irish music and dancing. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call (352) 340-5280.
Horse rescue benefit
BROOKSVILLE A benefit to raise funds for Ohana Rescue will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Ohana will use the funds to provide horses with medical care, food and rehabilitative services. The family indoor event will feature face painting, music, bounce house, food and raffles. Vendors will be on hand selling various items. Donate a nonperishable food item and get entry into a raffle.
Brookridge Good Times Line Dance
BROOKSVILLE The Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Club will have its next social gathering 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse. The cost is $5. We will be dancing only; no lessons. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice. We do beginner through intermediate, so there's something for everyone. There are always instructors on the floor to give help, if needed. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.
Hispanic Heritage party
SPRING HILL Miss Hispanic Queen of Hernando County, Inc. invites the public to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Suncoast Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Tickets are $10 with food available for purchase and a cash bar. The selection of a Hispanic Queen will be followed by a dance party with DJ Willie Matos. For information call (352) 346-3531.
DayStar Life Center celebration
BROOKSVILLE The DayStar Life Center will have a 30th anniversary sale celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the facility, 7120 Hope Hill Road, Brooksville. The event, which will be behind St. Anthony's Church, will feature a 3-for-1 clothing sale, special discounts on books, housewares and furniture. There will be a barbeque lunch provided by Texas Roadhouse. The entertainment will be by Ken E. Grube, a local Elvis impersonator.
Art gallery open house
BROOKSVILLE The Gallery of the Arts & Antiques, 259 Howell Ave., Brooksville, will have a grand opening porch party starting at 2 p.m. The talents of 28 artists will be on exhibit, as well as a 50-page history of the 102-year-old house. Refreshments will be served by The Southern Ladies and a Gent. The event is free; donations are welcome. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (352) 754-8509.
WEEKI WACHEE Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, is offering a "Mermaid Encounter" for children between the ages of 3 and 14. Children will spend 20-minute with one of Weeki Wachee's live mermaids in the "Mermaid Lagoon" at Buccaneer Bay. There will be two sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. The first session starts at 3:30 p.m. and is for children between 3 and 6 years old. The second session starts at 4:30 p.m. and is for children between the ages of 7 and 14. The cost is $75. To register for the event, call (352) 592-5656.
Flea market at airport
BROOKSVILLE/SPRING HILL - The Airport Flea Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 17375 Spring Hill Drive. Vendors offer housewares, tools, collectibles and cosmetics, craft items, recreational items and farm-fresh food. Call (352) 796-0268.
Scallop season runs through Sept. 24. For information on harvesting scallops, licensing and other requirements, visit http://myfwc.com.
Gag grouper season
The recreational season for gag grouper runs through Dec. 3. There is a two-per-person bag limit. For information on gag grouper limits, licensing and other requirements visit http://myfwc.com.
Car museum tour
ODESSA Cook's Antique & Classic Car Museum Tour will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Component General Inc., 2445 Success Drive, Odessa. Jim Cook will host the third annual family-friendly open house, which benefits the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc., raising awareness about the 501(c)(3) nonprofit group aimed at quality early childhood education. This is no ordinary museum tour or awareness event; although it holds some of America's rarest collectibles, it is 100-percent family friendly and 100-percent free for everyone. Last year, 580 families visited Cook's facility to experience the progress of American culture and hear the history behind automobiles from 1915 to 1986. There also is a collection of antique radios, cameras and other items of interest from throughout the years. Free refreshments popcorn, ice cream, water, soda, cookies and cake will be served.
YMCA arts and craft festival
SPRING HILL The Hernando County Family YMCA will host its 5th annual Arts and Crafts Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Indoor tables are $45; outdoor spaces are $55, and larger spaces for food vendors are available for a percentage of sales. All proceeds from tables and spaces will be donated to the 2013 Community Support Fund. Anyone interested in participating as an artist, crafter, or food vendor should contact Kathy Kissell at (352) 688-9622 or by email at email@example.com.
National Public Lands Day
WEEKI WACHEE The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is recruiting volunteers for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 29 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Volunteers are needed for invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and general park cleanup. Trail maintenance volunteers need to bring a lopper or pruning saw. Suggested attire for the cleanup includes closed-toe shoes, gloves, a water bottle and sunscreen or insect repellent. For information call (352) 592-5656.
SPRING HILL The Korean War Veterans Legion No. 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual Fall Festival on Sept. 29 at VFW Post No. 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The festival will feature a performance by Gypsy Star an American gypsy concert band. Door open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a social hour 2-3 p.m. A buffet-style dinner by John Mason Catering will be served 3-4:15 p.m. The concert will follow 4:30-6 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Call Rich at (352) 688-7196.