Earth Day extravaganza
Celebrate Earth Day at a free festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the local Natural Resource Conservation Service facility, USDA Brooksville Plant Materials Center, 14119 Broad St. in Brooksville.
Learn about native plants, gardening and Florida wildlife, with activities, demonstrations and presentations for all ages. Children’s activities include painting gourds, face painting and harvesting vegetables. Door prize drawings are at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. For information, call (352) 796-9600 or plant-materials.nrcs.usda.gov/flpmc.
Join Steve Jerve from WFLA Storm Team 8 at the 2014 All Hazards Preparedness Expo, an educational family event presented by the Hernando County office of Emergency Management, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. in Brooksville. Topics include personal disaster preparedness, home readiness and safety products, and Jerve will be on hand to answer questions. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and water.
For information, call (352) 754-6830 and visit www.hernandosheriff.org/em.
Mother’s Day tea
You are invited to the Great Gatsby Mother’s Day Tea, featuring two nostalgic roaring ‘20s-style tea services, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at The Titled Teacup, 200 W. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Dress as a flapper, gangster, silent screen star or go as you are.
Admission is $24.95 for adults and $20.95 for children ages 8 to 12, and reservations are required for this inaugural event. Call (352) 593-4111.
The community is invited to a free Gospel Jam from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church 19255 Campground Road, Brooksville. Join in singing, playing an instrument or simply sitting and listening. Those interested in performing must arrive at 4:30 p.m. for set up. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Frank at (352) 754-9330.
Stage West’s ‘Best Little Whorehouse’
Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” Friday through May 18. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, and tickets are $15 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (352) 683-5113, or visit www.stagewest.net.
Calling residents of Masaryktown
“Children of Masaryktown,” a get-together of former residents and those born and raised in Masaryktown, takes place at noon Friday at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville.
For information, call Lydia Dodson at (352) 796-6966.
Jazzercise center hosts open house
Spring Hill Jazzercise Fitness Center hosts an Open House today through Sunday at 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., located upstairs in the Forest Oaks Plaza, Spring Hill.
The open house includes free information on the Jazzercise program, entry into a drawing for prizes, and a special registration discount. Scheduled classes are Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.; and Sunday’s class is at 3 p.m. All classes are free and children ages 12-18 must be accompanied by a parent.
For information, call Becky Mooneyham at (352) 442-8595.
Wider Horizons has annual performance
Wide Horizons School presents its annual “Friday Night Live” performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Springstead High School’s Performing Arts Building, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. All students participate in this production from preschool through the 12th grade. Tickets are available at the door.
For information, call (352) 686-1934.
Conservation Center upcoming programs
FWC’s Chinsegut Conservation Center upcoming programs:
◆ Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Earth Day at USDA Plants Material Station.
◆ Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Outdoor Skills Class, Introduction to Camping.
◆ May 17 from 9 to 11 a.m., Hike at Big Pine with David Rakes.
◆ May 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Water World, Children in the Wild.
◆ May 24 from 9 to 11 a.m., May’s Prairie Guided Wetlands Hike with Pam Murfey.
Pre-register for all programs at www.myfwc.com/calendar or call (352) 754-6722. Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at FWC’s Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville.
Author talk on Dozier school
Hernando County Public Library presents an Author Talk and Book Signing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Author Johnny Lee Gaddy will discuss his book “Dark Days of Horror at Dozier: Rapes, Murders, Beatings & Slavery.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us.
Classes offered for job seekers
Hernando County Public Library is offering a series of job searching and career development classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the West Branch, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville, and Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The next in the series is, The Library Helps With … Looking for Work. To register, call (352) 754-4043 or visit www.hernandocountylibrary.us. You may also register in person at the library.
High school offers drama and dance
Hernando High School’s Drama Department presents “Vignettes to Remember,” a Human Video drama and dance presentation, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school’s auditorium, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 per person and includes one ballot for voting. Additional ballots can be purchased for $1 each. For information, call Susanna Rosario at (352) 797-7015 ext. 333.
Sight and hearing loss prevention
Access Health Care LLC presents the lecture “Losing Your Sight and Hearing? The Prevention of Further Losses and Coping with Your Deficiencies” at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Access Health Care’s main office, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
For information or to register, call (352) 688-8116 or visit www.AccessHealthcareLLC.net.