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Spring Lake 5K Run and Two-Mile Fun Walk

BROOKSVILLE The sixth annual Spring Lake 5K Run and Two-Mile Fun Walk will be held on Saturday. The proceeds benefit The Arc Nature Coast.

Last year over 140 participants toughed out the challenge of this course, dubbed "the toughest 5K race in Florida."

The race begins on the grounds of The Arc Nature Coast administrative offices located at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville.

The first mile takes the participants through a horse barn and a trail through the woods. From there, it goes out onto Neff Lake Road heading south to a turnaround just short of Powell Road.

The section of Neff Lake Road brings runners over two steep climbs out and the same two steep climbs back. Walkers go to the first climb and turn around halfway down the back side.

It's a challenging course which keeps people coming back year after year. Some runners have stated that they "love to hate this course."

Awards are given to runners for first, second and third place in various age categories, from 10 and under to over 70. Refreshments are served after the race.

There will be some door prizes, plenty of food and time to socialize with runners. It's a morning of fun and exercise for the whole family.

To register, go to: active.com or the thearc-naturecoast.org and click on the link to the Spring Lake 5K Run. The cost is $25. High school runners receive a $5 discount.

The Arc Nature Coast is a 501C3 non-profit agency which provides services to adults with developmental delays. These services include job skills training, job placement and coaching, life skills, in-home supports, arts and crafts, community field trips, as well as transportation to and from the facility and enclave sights, just to name a few.

For more information, call (352) 544-2322 extension 112, or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.

USTA holding youth events in area

The New Port Richey Recreation Center will host a USTA Play Day for children of all ages on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Play Day will feature prizes, music, games and more. The cost for the event is $5 for USTA members and $10 for non-USTA members.

USTA Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The events are open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. Information will also be available on 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis leagues, other local play opportunities, and special free USTA memberships for qualifying participants.

The event will feature the 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, and a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport.

Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. For more advanced players the event will feature full-court play.

The New Port Richey Recreation Center is located at 6630 Van Buren St.

To register or for more information, contact Christina Hill at (727) 375-7678 or Chill.tennis@gmail.com.

For additional event information visit the Florida Region 3 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USTAFloridaRegion3/events.

The Innisbrook Men's Open, a USTA Pro Circuit event featuring ATP-ranked players from around the globe, will also highlight area youth when the tournament is hosted on May 31-June 3 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

The tournament will celebrate Junior World Team Tennis Day on June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., when ATP tournament players will coach high school-age juniors in team play with refreshments, a raffle for prizes and more. Players and parents can also take in the pro event's singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals.

USTA Kids Day will take place June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. ATP tournament players will teach complimentary 10 and Under Tennis and junior clinics for players 18 and under, featuring games, snacks, prizes and more. Children and parents can also take in the pro event's singles semifinals and doubles final.

Events during the week will also include a golf/tennis pro exhibition followed by a chipping/putting challenge, the Russian Standard VIP/Player Party, the USTA and Innisbrook Member Day, clinics with the pros and more.

For the full schedule of events or for more tournament information, go to www.visitinnisbrook.com or call the Tennis Center at (727) 942-5241.

Powell Middle School sets sports camps

SPRING HILL Powell Middle School will be holding both football and volleyball camps this July.

The Panther Pride Volleyball Camp for girls entering sixth through eighth grades takes place July 8-11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Powell gym.

Campers will learn the fundamentals and skills of the game while having fun with their fellow campers. Bring knee pads, something to drink, as well as sneakers and socks.

The cost is $50. Late registrations may not get a camp T-shirt. Have all money and forms turned in to Coach Maria Dumas in Room 806 by June 17.

For more information, call the school at (352) 797-7095.

The Football Agility and Conditioning Camp will take place July 22-25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Powell football field. The camp is open to all county middle school students.

Those who attend will gain a physical advantage at football tryouts. This camp will help with becoming heat tolerant for the season, and with cardiovascular endurance, along with strength and agility as they relate to football. This is not a skills camp.

Transportation will not be provided. Participants should only drink water at home before camp starts every day. No dairy. Water will be available to students at all times during camp. Open water policy is strictly adhered to.

The camp cost is $50 per participant and $25 for each sibling.

Athletes who register on or before June 6 will receive a free T-shirt. Must have completed FHSAA sports paperwork, a copy of the birth certificate, insurance card and a completed registration form. Forms can be obtained at www.fhsaa.org.

For more information, contact Coach Ron Blackwell at (352) 797-7095 ext 227 or blackwell_r@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

NRA classes offered

BROOKSVILLE The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several special NRA classes this summer.

The NRA Basic Pistol course is scheduled for June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The NRA Basic Pistol course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. Students will receive classroom and range time, and learn to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

Lessons include the NRA's rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position and two-handed standing positions; and cleaning the pistol.

All students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook. Cost of the course is $100.

Three NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) courses are set for June 19, July 24 and Aug. 21, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Instructor candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills and be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified. Candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course; building a budget; and preparing to teach.

Students will receive the NRA trainer's guidebook. Cost of the course is $100.

A two-day NRA Pistol Instructor course goes on June 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling; ammunition knowledge; the fundamentals of pistol shooting; and how to improve the performance of beginning pistol shooters. Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Prerequisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Pistol class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within the previous two years. Cost of the course is $300.

A NRA Basic Rifle-Student class runs July 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., and July 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The NRA Basic Rifle course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles.

Lessons include: the NRA's rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; and cleaning the rifle.

A NRA Rifle-Instructor class is set for July 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., and July 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of rifle shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning rifle shooters.

Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Rifle-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $300.

The NRA Basic Shotgun-Student class is scheduled for Aug. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Aug 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The NRA Basic Rifle course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot shotguns.

Lessons include: the NRA's rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; range rules; shooting at straightaway and angled targets; and cleaning the shotgun.

All students receive the NRA's Basics of Shotgun Shooting handbook. Cost of the course is $100.

A NRA Shotgun Instructor course will go on Aug. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of shotgun shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning shotgun shooters.

Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Shotgun-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $200.

Preregistration is required for all classes.

To preregister, or more information on the courses, call Hernando Sportsman's Club at (352) 597-9931 or visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Weeki Wachee football camp

WEEKI WACHEE Weeki Wachee High will host a football camp June 10-12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp is open to children age 5 through those entering the seventh grade. The cost is $65 per camper. Make reservations by May 27.

Instructors will be Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee and his football staff. The camp will also feature current football players from Weeki Wachee High.

Participants will learn basic technique and fundamentals about the game of football. Each camper will receive a T-shirt for participating. The camp will consist of offensive and defensive drills, one-on-one instruction, speed training, plus games and a contest.

Weeki Wachee coaches will be at the school's stadium by 8 a.m. for drop-offs. Campers are to bring their own lunch or can purchase a value lunch for $5 that will consist of a hamburger or two hot dogs, chips and a drink.

For more information or to confirm your child's spot at the camp, contact Coach Lee at (352) 200-0440 or lee_m2@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

HCA holding basketball camp

BROOKSVILLE The annual Hernando Christian Academy 'Light it Up' Basketball Camp will run June 17-21, from 8 a.m. until noon in the HCA gym.

Cost of the camp is $65 and includes a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the school front office or at www.hernandochristian.org under Athletics.

For more information, contact athletic director Mike Drummond at (352) 796-0616 or mdrummond@hernandochristian.org.

Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic

BROOKSVILLE The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held on June 8-9 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19).

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days.

Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association and dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a non-profit organization operated by volunteer instructors.

Their heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.

Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.

Please bring ear/eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Food and beverages are also available for purchase for lunch in the clubhouse.

A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.

Marksmanship Clinic fees are $50 one day/$80 two days for men, $20 one day/$40 two days for women, $10 one day/$20 two days for youth age 18 and under, or one free youth per paying adult, male or female.

Active military, Guard and Reserve, law enforcement officers with ID, disabled, elected officials and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free. Additional club range fees of $14 per day apply for all.

To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or tdawson@tampabay.rr.com.

Nature Coast basketball skills camps

BROOKSVILLE Nature Coast Technical High School will be holding boys and girls basketball skills camps this summer, for players age 5 to those entering seventh grade.

The camps will take place June 17-20 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Nature Coast gym. Players and coaches will be at the NCT gym at 8 a.m. for camper drop off.

The cost is $75 per camper. The camp instructor will be David Pisarcik, a former college basketball standout at Armstrong Atlantic State University and current head boys basketball coach at Nature Coast. The camps will also include Nature Coast varsity boys basketball players to give individual instruction to campers.

The camp will consist of individual and group instruction on basic fundamentals of basketball, which include: basic and advanced ball-handling skills; fundamentals on shooting and passing; individual defense; team defense; daily contests and prizes; team competitions (3v3, 5v5); infamous pickle shot; 3-point, free throw and hot shot competitions; and trophies and awards.

For more information or to confirm your spot, call Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.

Firearms safety classes

BROOKSVILLE The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The class dates include June 5, July 3, July 20, Aug. 7, Aug. 17, and Sept. 4. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held June 15 and Sept. 21.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home; intro to pistol safety, parts and operation; intro to ammo and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; intro to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position; and intro to pistol cleaning and storage.

The classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection.

The cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired.

Pre-registration is required. Please call (352) 597-9931 to pre-register.

For information on the club, visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Spring Hill Lanes Kids Camp

SPRING HILL Spring Hill Lanes' Kids Camp will be held for eight weeks this summer, allowing children ages 5-16 of all skill levels to have fun and learn how to bowl.

The camp will take place Wednesdays, June 15-July 31, and Saturdays, June 8-July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $10 per week. Included is a choice of bowling ball, bag and shoes, free on-lane instruction, free T-shirt, open bowling for $1.50 per game, and an instructional video on Wednesdays.

For more information or to sign up, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

Springstead basketball camp

SPRING HILL Springstead High's inaugural All Skills Basketball Camp, sponsored by Impact Sports, takes place this summer, open to boys and girls going into second through seventh grade.

The camp will be offered at Springstead's gym, in two separate sessions, June 24-27 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off is available starting at 8 p.m. for an additional fee.

Campers must bring their own lunch, though pizza, Powerade and water will be available for purchase.

Cost is $80 per camper, $65 for children of Hernando County school district employees, and $20 off for each additional child.

Sign-ups will take place Saturday at the Springstead gym, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early registration is available at www.impactissports.com, or through the registration brochure.

For more information, contact Springstead boys basketball head coach Tim Plumadore at (352) 797-7010 ext. 251, (352) 238-7536 or plumadore_t@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

Tennis camp and classes

SPRING HILL Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10.00 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players.

Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Additionally, Ace Performance Tennis is offering a Ladies Night Out, Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

For more information on the camp and classes, contact John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or www.louisedowney.usptapro.com.

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