The inaugural Manatee Awareness Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
There will be manatee boat tours in hopes of spotting this marine mammal, and vendors will provide education on the importance of protecting this endangered species.
Regular park admission applies, and those who participate in the manatee boat tour will receive one free admission ticket to return to the park another day, while supplies last.
For information, call (352) 754-4000.
Fair kicks off today
The 63rd annual Hernando County Fair starts today with fun for the entire family, including rides, games, food, live entertainment, contests, livestock shows, demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, arts and crafts and much more.
Gates open at 5 p.m. at Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. in Brooksville, and the fair runs through April 12. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 6 to 12. Parking is free.
Opening day is Kids Day, with free admission for ages 17 and under. For the complete schedule, go to www.hernandofairgrounds.com.
Garden club plant sale
Spring Hill Garden Club hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at its nursery, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. A variety of plants that grow well in this area will be available for purchase. Qualified personnel will be on hand to assist in selecting the right plant for the right location. The nursery is adjacent to Nature Coast Botanical Gardens which has 23 themed gardens and free admission, however, donations are appreciated. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit www.naturecoastgardens.com.
Hot rods and rockabilly
The Suncoast Skakedown Hot Rod Rockabilly Revival kicks off today with a pre-party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Slovenia SunCoast Party Center, 13383 County Line Road in Spring Hill. The car show is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and bands will keep playing until 2 a.m. Car show registration is $15. The event also features burlesque, pinups, vendors, food and a cash bar, plus free primitive camping for hot rodders Friday and Saturday night.
For information, call (727) 244-4334 and visit www.hellionssc.com.
Garage sale benefits community center
Tri-County Community Center Association hosts its Annual Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the old firehouse, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. Proceeds from the sale benefit the daily operations of the community center.
For information, call Dorrie at (352) 587-4014.
Bike Rodeo assists Cancer Society
A Kids Bike Rodeo will be presented by Spring Hill Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. The fee is $5 per child and parental permission is required. Participants must have a helmet and bike to enter the rodeo and pass a safety check. Join this fun-filled day of activities, prizes, hot dogs and snow cones. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For information, call Karen Sigmund at (352) 428-0422.
Trap tournament set at Sportsman's Club
Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at the club's trap range, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. The cost is $40 per trap shooter and lunch will be provided to all participants.
Registration for shooters begins at 8 a.m. and the tournament consists of four rounds of 25 shots each. Trophies will be awarded for youth, adult and senior with most targets hit. Bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair. All proceeds benefit the youth of the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club. For information, call Ken at (352) 797-0409.
Kids Marathon planned at school
The 2014 Five Points of Life Kids Marathon Hernando, presented by Oak Hill Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Care Center, kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Brooksville. Participants will receive a T-shirt and a Kids Marathon Medal. To register, call (352) 224-1623 or visit www.fivepointsoflife.org.
'1.69 Million Millimeter Move-a-long' benefit
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church hosts its first ever "1.69 Million Millimeter Move-a-long" to benefit Mary's House at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave. in Brooksville.
Participants will jog, walk or stroll from the church along the new sidewalk bordering U.S. 41, up to State Road 50 and back - a total of 1.05 miles or 1.69 million millimeters. The goal is for each participant to gather at least $100 in pledges from sponsors.
For information, call (352) 796-3969 or (352) 584-7715.
Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies scheduled
The 35th Annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Participating boats will receive a certificate. Social hour/dinner begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $12 per person for dinner and the blessing is free. The public is welcome to join in one or all of the festivities. Dinner reservations are required. For information, call Terry Lemmons at (352) 600-2580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caribbean Carnival set in Spring Hill
The African American Club of Hernando hosts a "Caribbean Carnival" from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Citizen's Club of Hernando County, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. There will be a live Caribbean steel band, prizes, Grand Marche and a limbo. For information, call (352) 666-4867 or (352) 835-7003.
Blueberry Festival kick-off event
A special Blueberry Festival kick-off event takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday under the oaks at Hernando Park, 205 Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville. Live entertainment includes Elton John tribute group The Rocket Man Band along with 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience. Food trucks will be there; bring your chairs (no coolers). Admission is $5 per person and parking is free.
The third annual Florida Blueberry Festival takes place April 12 and 13 on Main Street in Brooksville. For details, go to www.floridablueberryfestival.org.
Victim's remembrance program is Wednesday
Victim's Voice 2014 takes place at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Courthouse, room 164 (jury selection room), 20 N. Main St., Brooksville. Next week is National Victims' Right Week, and the community is invited to this special program to show support for the victims and survivors of crime. If you have a loved one you would like remembered during this program, call Mary Johnston, State Attorney's office, at (352) 754-4255.