YMCA holding Run To Remember
SPRING HILL - The Hernando County Family YMCA will host the 12th annual Run To Remember 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Wednesday. The event will start at 6:30 a.m.
This is a Sept. 11 memorial run and walk, and it's free and open to all members in the community. The event will start at the Y, located at 1300 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill.
In addition, a complimentary breakfast will be provided following the event. Runners and walkers can participate in style by purchasing a commemorative T-shirt for $7.
Register at the Y's Member Service Desk or acquire a registration form at www.suncoastymca.org.
For more information, call (352) 688-9622.
MacFarlane Park hosts 10 and Under Tennis Festival
TAMPA - The City of Tampa's MacFarlane Park will host a 10 and Under Tennis Festival on Sunday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
For children age 10 and under, the event will feature 10 and Under Tennis, utilizing the right-sized equipment for kids age 10 and under; smaller, lighter racquets; softer, lower-bouncing balls; and kid-sized nets and court.
The 10 and Under Tennis program is creating a whole new generation of players in the U.S., introducing kids to tennis in a fun format rather than with the frustration of regular tennis balls that bounce over their heads; heavy, adult-sized racquets and too much court for little legs to cover.
MacFarlane Park is located at 1700 North MacDill Ave. in Tampa.
For more information, contact Barbara Soto at email@example.com or (813) 764-3586, or go to www.tampabaytennislessons.com.
For information on other area tennis festivals, go to www.YouthTennis.com.
4-H Benefit Trap Tournament
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on Oct. 12, at the club's trap range, located at 16121 Commercial Way.
All proceeds are to benefit the youth of the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club.
The trap tournament consists of four rounds of 25 shots each, for a total of 100 shots. Trophies will be awarded from three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner is determined by most targets hit.
Cost is $40 per trap shooter, $35 if pre-registered by Oct.1. Lunch is provided to all participants.
Registration for shooters begins at 8 a.m. Shooting will start at 9 a.m. Please bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair.
For more information, contact Ken at (352) 797-0409.
Girl Scouts to host Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot
SAFETY HARBOR - On Sept. 28, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) will host its inaugural Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot in downtown Safety Harbor. The event is expected to draw more than 500 participants from elite runners to walkers.
The Thin Mint Sprint, a 5K (3.1-mile) race, will begin at 8 a.m. The Tagalong Trot, a one-mile fun run/walk designed for younger racers or those who do not wish to participate in the 5K, will begin at 9 a.m.
Both events will start in front of the Safety Harbor Marina (110 Veterans Memorial Lane).
Registration deadlines and entry fees are as follows: Sept. 21 - $25 for Thin Mint Sprint, $15 for Tagalong Trot; Sept. 22-25 - $30 for Thin Mint Sprint, $20 for Tagalong Trot; Sept. 28 - $35 for Thin Mint Sprint, $25 for Tagalong Trot.
Registration will be available online at www.gswcf.org/sprint through Sept. 25. Anyone wishing to register after this date will need to do so on-site the morning of the event.
The top male and top female finishers of both the Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot will receive exciting prizes compliments of RunnerGirl and American Running Company. The top 50 male and top 50 female finishers of the 5K will also receive a box of Girl Scout Cookies compliments of FITniche. All finishers will receive a participation medal.
Post-race, all participants will have access to a celebration area complete with refreshments, music, and of course, Girl Scout Cookies.
For those unable to attend in person, there's also the unique option to participate in spirit as a virtual runner. GSWCF will send a running bib and race shirt to all virtual runners so they can run or walk at their own time, method and location.
All virtual runners will have the option to complete a 5K or one-mile distance, and will have the opportunity to self-report their results. The cost to participate in the virtual race is $15 through Sept. 28.
All proceeds from the event will support the nearly 21,000 girls and nearly 10,000 adult members served by GSWCF in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sumter counties.
For more information, contact Terri Costello, development manager, at (813) 262-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic
BROOKSVILLE - The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held on Sept. 21-22 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 adults and children age 12 and older.
To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or email@example.com.
Suncoast Select seeking players
SPRING HILL - The Suncoast Select Baseball Club is currently looking for quality players in the classes of 2014-17.
These candidates should have a 3.0 or better GPA and have the skillset to play at a high level, as well as the want to play at the college level.
The 18U squad is looking for pitchers (2014-15) to add to its roster. Contact head coach Jerry Scott at (813) 992-8124.
The 16U squad is currently looking for a couple key positions (catcher and shortstop) and also is looking for some quality arms to add to its roster.
The Suncoast Select will be sending a team to Fort Myers in October to participate in Perfect Game's Underclass World Championships, which will include players in the Class of 2015 and younger.
Again, players must have a 3.0 or better GPA with the skillset to play at a high level, and should contact 16U/Underclass head coach Izzy Fontanez at (352) 428-0035.
For more information, visit www.suncoastselect.wix.com/custom.
YMCA offering youth soccer, flag football
SPRING HILL - The Hernando County Family YMCA is offering youth soccer for ages 3-14, starting Oct. 14 through Dec. 14.
The 3-5-year-olds will play Saturdays only, and 6-14-year-olds one weekday evening and Saturdays.
The prices for 3-5-year-olds are $52 for facility members, $66 for program members. Prices for 6-14-year-olds are $66 for facility members, $76 for program members.
The YMCA is also offering youth flag football for ages 6-14, beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 12.
Games will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Prices are $65 for facility members and $76 for program member. Registration ends Oct. 4.
For more information, call (352) 688-9622 or visit www.suncoastymca.org.
Travel ball 12U Marlins looking for players
The 12U Marlins, a competitive travel ball team from Hernando County, are looking for a few experienced players and parents to complete their fall roster.
All participating players must not turn 13 by May 1, 2014.
For more information, contact Coach Ted Leo at (352) 585-2574 or Ted_helpinghand@yahoo.com, or visit www.leaguelineup.com/marlinstravelbaseball.
Dade City hosts USTA Free Tennis Play Event
DADE CITY - Tennis 4 U/Tennis Para Ti in Dade City will host a USTA Free Tennis Play Event in celebration of Nickelodeon's 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play on Sunday at the Pasco High tennis courts, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This is part of a nationwide effort to get kids active and involved in tennis during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September.
The event is one of thousands of tennis events throughout the country, each showcasing how fun and easy it now is for families to get into the sport, as well as providing a great way for parents to spend time with their children while keeping them active.
Tennis is now sized right for small children on shorter courts with smaller racquets, and slower, lower-bouncing balls. Kids have a great time with the game and want to keep playing and improving.
The Pasco High tennis courts are located at 36850 State Road 52 in Dade City.
For more information about USTA Free Tennis Play Events, visit www.youthtennis.com.
Nature Coast golf tournament
BROOKSVILLE - Nature Coast Technical High School is hosting a 4-Man Scramble Golf Tournament at Southern Hills Plantation Club Sept. 29, starting with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. buffet-style lunch and a 1 p.m. tee time.
The cost is $90 per individual and $360 per foursome.
Each golfer will receive a buffet-style lunch, green fees with cart and range balls, a $200 gift card to Warrior Golf, a $50 Gift card to Callaway Golf, a $45 discount card to Southern Hills, a $10 gift card to Edwin Watts, a $10 gift card to GolfSmith and a goodie bag to include various golf items.
There's also a chance to win a brand new Buick, donated by Rick Matthews Buick, for a hole in one.
Spaces are limited to the first 80 golfers that submit payment and registration.
For more information, contact Dave Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games registration opens
KISSIMMEE - Registration is now open for the 2013 Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games. In its 18th year, this annual event is the ultimate competition for athletes age 50 and over. The games are hosted by Experience Kissimmee.
Events will take place Oct. 14-19. Twenty-three physical and recreational activities will be held throughout Osceola County. Athletes may participate in as many events as they would like.
Physical events include: archery, billiards, swimming, basketball shooting, bowling, track and field, shuffleboard, golf, cycling, race walking 5K run, pickle ball, table tennis and tennis. Some of the recreational activities include: euchre, Mah Jongg, cribbage, bridge, Texas hold 'em poker and corn hole.
The Senior Games are a sanctioned event for the Florida Senior Games Series, acting as a qualifying site for the 2013 Florida Senior Games State Championship. The top five finishers in most events will advance to the state competition in December.
Another highlight of the Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games is the annual "Celebration of Athletes" banquet which recognizes all participants, sponsors, staff and volunteers who help make the event happen. The banquet also includes a ballroom dancing exhibition and interactive teaching session. It will take place Oct. 19 at Osceola Heritage Park.
To register for the competition or banquet, visit www.experiencekissimmee.com/seniorgames.
Golf lessons available
BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Recreation Department is offering golf lessons for beginner and intermediate players.
Class schedule is as follows: Thursdays - Intermediate with Woods from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Woods Only 6 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays - Beginners from 10 to 11 a.m. and Intermediate 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Beginner classes are for the person or child who has never played, maybe played but needs a review, or possibly has just never had formal lessons.
Short Game is for those who need help with shots 50 yards out from the putting green.
Woods Only is a continuation in the program and for correction of additional swing problems.
Intermediate with Woods is for players in need of swing improvement.
All ages welcome. The cost is $7 per session, per person. The instructor is Chuck Bridgewater.
To register or for more information, contact Barbara (352) 596-5344, or the HCRD at (352) 754-4031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRA classes offered
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering special NRA classes in September.
A two-day NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course takes place Sept. 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.
This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and provides information on the law-abiding individual's right to self-defense.
Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, and how to choose a handgun for self-defense.
The course participants must be law abiding, adults (at least 21 years old) and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course.
Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol course certificate, NRA FIRST Steps course certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the pre-course assessment.
Cost of the course is $150. All students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook.
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.
The Ridge Ladies' Golf Invitational seeking sponsors
RIDGE MANOR - The Ridge Ladies' Invitational Golf Tournament, held at The Ridge Golf Club (formerly Ridge Manor Oaks and Whispering Oaks) on Feb. 24, is seeking sponsors.
Hole sponsors, paying $50 per hole, will have their company name posted at one (or more) of the 18 holes, or a banner can be provided to hang in the clubhouse. All sponsors will be listed in the program for the event.
For more information, contact Betty O'Brien at The Ridge, (352) 608-4800 or email@example.com.
Firearms safety classes
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.
The class dates include Oct. 2, Oct. 19, Nov. 6, Nov. 16 and Dec. 4. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held on Sept. 21 and Dec. 21.
All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way.
The courses cover 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.
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.