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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. 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.

Senior Games online registration now open

TALLAHASSEE - Online registration is now available for the 2013 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships, to be held Dec. 7-15 in Lee County, featuring 23 sports and events for athletes age 50 and over.

Visit and like the new Florida Senior Games Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/floridaseniorgames, to register online.

Registration deadlines are in mid-to-late November and entry fees vary by sport.

Sports needing a qualifying performance by Florida residents include 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.

The Florida International Senior Games and State Championships are open to out-of-state athletes. Out-of-state athletes are not required to qualify at a local Senior Games event.

Open sports which do not need a qualifying performance are archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, pickleball, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, 5K and 10K road race and volleyball.

Two new sports have been added, as bag toss and croquet debut. Bocce returns to Veteran's Park in Cape Coral after not being offered in 2011 and 2012.

Ride to Defeat ALS approaching

TAMPA - On Nov. 2, an estimated 500 cyclists will gather in Indian Rocks Beach for the 4th annual Ride to Defeat ALS.

The Ride is a one-day, fully supported cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The NuMotion Family Fun Ride has been completely redesigned this year. Cyclists of all ages will ride a one-mile route that starts and ends at the Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach.

Wheelchair-bound patients, children and families can do multiple loops through a quiet local neighborhood and alongside the distinctive Gulf Boulevard businesses of Indian Rocks Beach. Riders are never more than one-half mile from the Holiday Inn Harbourside and event personnel. This year's sponsor, NuMotion, specializes in individualized health and mobility solutions.

While the Ride to Defeat ALS is not a race, participants are racing toward a world without Lou Gehrig's Disease. Each participating cyclist raises funds that support patient care, programs and research.

While the minimum fundraising amount is $250, many participants exceed this amount, raising even more funds that go directly to those affected by ALS.

The one-day ride was named the "Event of the Year" by the Florida Bicycle Association and includes three routes of varying intensity (1-mile, 25-mile or 62-mile) for riders of all skill levels. Each route was designed for optimum safety and takes riders through scenic areas of Pinellas County, including Fort DeSoto Park.

Breakfast will be served pre-ride and this year's after-party includes entertainment, lunch and ice-cold beer.

For more information, to register or to sign up to help, visit www.RidetoDefeatALS.org.

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 Friday.

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.

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. 12-19. 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, call (407) 742-8252 or 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 recreation@hernandocounty.us.

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 rmogolf@hotmail.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. 19, Nov. 6, Nov. 16 and Dec. 4. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held on 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.

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