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Things to do in Hernando County this week

Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2014 at 06:42 PM

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Italians in America

Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2502 presents a special screening of “Pride and Passion: The Italians In America” from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Originally aired as a PBS special, the documentary includes interviews, footage and information about the contributions of the Italian people.

For information, call (352) 684-7340.

Preschool Palooza

Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties hosts its second annual Preschool Palooza from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The free event features sing-a-long songs brought to life by the masterful storyteller and guitarist “Mr. Tommy,” whose unique interactive program gets children off their feet and encourages them to build their self-esteem and imagination.

For information, contact Bev Doucet at (727) 233-8291, email or visit

Beach Themed Dance

Brooksville Social Dance Group presents a Beach Themed Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at its club house, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. Admission is $5 per person with music by Johnny Lobo. Bring your own refreshments. Ice and coffee will be available and Dunkin Donuts will be served around 9:30 p.m. For Tickets, reservations or information, call Dot at (352) 597-0723.

Music Under the Oaks

Enjoy the fresh air with folks you know and new friends you’ll meet at Music Under the Oaks from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday at The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (C.R. 476), Brooksville. Bring a covered dish to share, your chair and BYOB, along with your acoustic instruments, voice, poetry, stories and a smile. Admission and primitive camping is by donation.

For information, call (352) 424-2655 and go to

Plant Society looks at land trusts

Florida native Plant Society’s Hernando Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville. David Pais, president of Conservation Trust for Florida, will give a presentation titled “The Audacity of Perpetuity: Land Trust’s Role in Preserving Biodiversity.” Learn how these organizations help private landowners establish and manage conservation land and strategies used by land trusts to protect and create greenways.

For information, visit or email

Workshops offered for over-50 students

Encore Academy at PHSC continues Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for plus-50 students at the Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Each two hour workshop is $12 unless otherwise stated. All workshops are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

◆ Tuesday, Intro to File Management.

◆ Thursday, Interviewing Skills; this workshop is free.

Membership in Encore Academy is not required and all workshops are open to the community. Students may enroll for the entire series or select individual workshops. Registration deadlines are three days prior to workshop start date. For information, call (727) 816-3439 or visit

Basic acting class set in Brooksville

Live Oak Theatre Company will offer a class in Basic Acting and an Introduction to Live Oak Theatre from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville. There is no tuition; however, a $10 registration donation is requested. Topics include basic acting skills and principles of acting; theatre terminology and etiquette; and audition techniques. Children ages 7 to 14 are eligible. Those who successfully complete the program can audition for Live Oak Theatre’s productions of “Anne of Avonlea” and “The Music Man.” Auditions for both shows take place Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

To register, call (352) 797-9199 or email

Hernando Dems plan medical pot class

Hernando Democratic Club is sponsoring a class on Medical Marijuana, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville. The class is being offered by a retired (disability) NYPD officer, who resided in Colorado for a number of years. For information, call (352) 403-7940.

Aloha Party ticket cutoff is Wednesday

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 invites members and guests to a Hawaiian Aloha Party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased at the bar by Wednesday. This will be one of the last events at the present location before the move to their new location on County Line Road in September. Special Hawaiian drinks will be available and entertainment will be by Mid Life Crisis. Have your attire fit the occasion. For information, call (352) 596-2582.

Landscaping program has class on color

Hernando County Utilities Department’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program will offer a class on Florida’s Fall Color at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville. The class is free and will be conducted by Rita Grant, Master Gardener volunteer. Registration is not required, but seating is limited so it will be a first come, first seated basis. For information, call (352) 540-6230.

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