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Things to do in Hernando County this weekend


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Model airplanes

Hernando Aero Modelers R/C Flying Club will have a 40 Pylon Race & Gremlin Combat Event at 7 a.m. Saturday at the HAM Flying Field, at 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. The cost for spectators is $3 per carload. Entry fees are $10 for pylon race, $5 for combat or $13 if you fly both. See wing-to-wing pylon racing action with pylon rules in effect. There is a combat event immediately after the pylon race and combat gremlins will be available for sale.

For information and directions visit

These folks are hams

Hernando County Amateur Radio Association hosts its annual Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sandhill Boy Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Shop for bargains for new and used radio equipment. Admission is $6 at the gate.

For information, call Bob Millard at (352) 848-4381.

Take me home

The Brooksville Elks 2582 host an Adopt-A-Pet event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Various pet organizations will be on site, along with vendors and groomers. A reduced fee for pet adoption will be offered, subsidized by a grant from the Elks National Foundation.

For information call (352) 596-2582.

Sportsman swap meet

Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring a swap meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at their clubhouse, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. Admission is free for members and $3 for non-members. Items available include used firearms, archery items, reloading equipment and supplies to swap, sell, trade, barter or give away. Table rentals are available for members at $10 per table and nonmembers $20 per table. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit

Sweetheart dance at The Arc center

The Arc Nature Coast hosts a Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $5 per person and includes pizza, beverage, snack and music. For information call (352) 544-2322 ext. 109 or email

Audubon Society leads nature hike

Hernando Audubon Society will lead a field trip around McKethan Lake Nature Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday Enjoy a two mile walk around the lake and nature trail on U.S. 41 seven miles north of Brooksville. Admission to the park is $2 per person.

For more information call Eileen Riccio at (352) 613-5289.

Golf tourney is ALS fundraiser

The inaugural James Santella Memorial Golf Tournamrent is set for Saturday at the Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive, Brooksville. The cost is $75 per person for a two, three, or four-person scramble. All proceeds go to The James Santella Foundation to help fight ALS. Late registration and check in is from 8 to 8:30 a.m., introduction at 8:45 a.m. and shotgun start at 9:15 a.m.

For registration, sponsorship or general information, call Donna Santella at (352) 277-1761 or Erin Begeny at (352) 442-5857. To register online go to

Marine Corps League socks it to you

Marine Corps League Detachment 708 hosts a Sweetheart Sock Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville. Entertainment will be provided by Artie Lent. Dress in your '50s and '60s costumes, and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5 per couple or $2.50 per person, and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. The Leatherneck Lounge also will be open to purchase beverages. Tickets are available at the lounge and at the door.

For information, call (352) 597-7979.

Coming up Dinner benefit raises funds for family

Nina's Cucina Italian Restaurant is hosting an Italian dinner benefit to raise money for the Oulson family from Land O'Lakes, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the restaurant, 1427 Kass Circle, Spring Hill.

Chad Oulson was shot and killed in a movie theater in Wesley Chapel in January, leaving behind a wife and 2-year-old daughter. All proceeds will be donated to the family.

House or Caesar Salad is $2.50 and selected pasta dishes including bread and butter is $7. There will be donation jars and raffles all night. For reservations or if any local businesses wish to donate an item for the raffle, call the restaurant at (352) 556-5286.

Quilt Club plans quilt show and tea

High Point Quilt Club presents a "Quilt Show and Lady Dresden Tea" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 22 at the Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, Brooksville. Admission to the quilt show is $4 and the Lady Dresden Tea is $4 (optional). There will be antique and memorial quilts, a certified quilt appraiser ($10-$40), vendors, opportunity baskets, used books and magazines. English tea will be served along with cakes, tea sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Proceeds will be donated to projects within the High Point Community. For information, call (352) 592-2147 or email

Kiwanis Club has car show fundraiser

The fourth annual Car Show Fundraiser hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will be rolling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 (rain date March 1) at the Towne Square Shopping Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The registration/donation fee for car entry is $5, which will benefit Relay for Life-American Cancer Society. Come out and enjoy live entertainment, hot dogs, chili, chips and raffles. For information, call Debbie Koenig at (352) 585-1659, or Paul Reeves at (352) 597-3536.

Mardi Gras party set at VFW post

VFW Post 10209 presents its Mardi Gras from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 22 at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Donation of $8 before Tuesday or $10 at the door. There will snacks, beads, masks, costume contest, drink specials, 50/50 and entertainment starring Vintage. For information call (352) 796-0398.

Sign up now for Chili Challenge

YMCA of the Suncoast hosts its Annual Chili Challenge from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the YMCA Hernando Branch, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are available at the branch for $7 in advance or for $10 the day of the event. Tickets entitle the holder to samples of the entries, crackers, corn bread, cheese, sour cream, beverage and ice cream for dessert.

To enter your best chili, sign up at the branch by Feb. 22. There is no fee to enter, just bring your chili in a slow cooker, hot and ready to serve. There will be cash and prizes awarded. For more information call Kathy Kissell at (352) 688-9622 or email

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