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Brooksville Gun and Knife Show

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring its annual winter Gun and Knife Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, located at 6436 Broad St. (U.S. Hwy. 41) in Brooksville, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will feature all types of new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories for sale.

Adult admission tickets are $6, with children age 16 and under admitted free with adult. Parking is free.

Vendor rental tables are available for $60 each. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Future 2014 shows include: March 15-16, Aug. 9-10 and Dec. 6-7.

For more information, call Randie at (352) 799-3605 or visit: www.hernandosportsmansclub.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hernando-Sportsmans-Club/181824431850883.

Machine Gun Shoot at Sportsman's Club

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring its next Machine Gun Shoot on Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your own machine gun to the range for lots of noise and fun. Several cars, trucks and assorted targets will be destroyed.

Admission entry fee is $20 per machine gun shooter. No tracers or incendiary ammo. Must be 18 years old to shoot.

Spectator admission is $2, with kids under 15 free with adult.

Please bring your own eye and ear protection, even if you are a spectator, and especially for children. It will be quite loud, but a lot of fun.

Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the clubhouse.

The event will be held at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Highway 19), in Brooksville, just nine miles north of Weeki Wachee.

For more information, call the club at (352) 597-9931, or visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Hernando-Sportsmans-Club/181824431850883.

HYL Softball spring registration now open

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando Youth League Softball will hold spring season registrations at Tom Varn Park from 10 a.m. until noon on the following dates: Saturday, as well as Feb. 1.

The registration fee will be $90. Credit cards will now be accepted. Registration must be in person and a copy of the child's birth certificate is required.

The league will be offering four free mini spring training camps to all registered players on Saturday mornings during registration.

For more information, visit www.hylsoftball.com or the league's Facebook page, or call (352) 584-7541.

Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour

JACKSONVILLE - The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour will open its 2014 schedule this summer with a brand new format and prizes.

The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour is a collegiate-level golf tour open to male and female golfers age 18-23, with tournaments being played on some of the best courses across the country.

The tour provides collegiate golfers, those preparing for collegiate golf, as well as non-collegiate golfers a chance to play in prestigious tournaments with a college tournament atmosphere.

Membership to the tour is free, and entitles the player to access to all 28 tournaments this summer. The top male and female finishers at the end of the season will receive a free exemption to the 2014 Dixie Amateur in Coral Springs, one of the biggest amateur golf tournaments in the country.

Top finishers are determined using a points system. Points are awarded to the top five male and female finishers at each tour event. First place receives 100 points, second place receives 80 points, third place receives 60 points, fourth place receives 40 points and fifth place receives 20 points.

The top three male and female finishers in each event will receive a gift card to the Hurricane Tour Shop. The winner will receive a $200 gift card, second place will receive a $150 gift card, and third place will receive a $75 gift card.

The Hurricane Tour Shop sells the latest golf gear at discount prices, including Nike, Adidas, Puma and TaylorMade.

With events scheduled in 10 different states (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey) the Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour will offer players the opportunity to test their skills across state lines.

The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour will begin its season May 29 with tournaments at Fowler's Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio, and Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa.

The tour's 28 tournaments will span almost three months, with the tour championship taking place Aug. 14-15 at Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee.

For more information, visit www.hurricanetour.com or call (904) 379-2697.

The Walk to Defeat ALS

TAMPA - On March 8, more than 1,000 people will gather at the University of South Florida to join the fight to find a cure for a deadly illness.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. ALS has no known cause or cure, but the Bay area comŽmunity is rallying together to change that.

Wheelchair-bound patients along with their families and friends will make a two-mile trek in The Walk to Defeat ALS, hoping their steps will make a difference for ALS patients living in the Tampa Bay area.

Many who walk have a loved one who is fighting the deadly disease. Others walk in memory of a loved one who has lost the battle. Many people, without any personal connection, walk out of a simple concern for those who are suffering with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association's signature event in which all funds di-rectly support cutting-edge research, programs and patient care. Last year, these events raised nearly $1 million around the state of Florida.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The walk starts at 11 a.m.

For more information, call (888) 257-1717 or visit www.WalktoDefeatALS.org.

Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG - The largest sailboat racing circuit in the United States, the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, will launch its 27th season in St. Petersburg, on Feb. 14-16.

The event will be the first stop on the six-city tour, with roughly 1,000 sailors competing on three Tampa Bay race courses.

During the three-day event hosted at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, sailors within various boat classes will compete in a series of races, accumulating points based on placement in each individual race.

The boat finishing with the fewest total points will be declared the winner of its respective class. At the close of the event an Overall Winner will be selected, based on the strongest finish in the most competitive class.

The St. Pete Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta is a spectator-friendly event and there is no charge to view the races from land or water aboard private boats.

Race start times are dependent on wind and weather, but are scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m. each day.

For more information, visit www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

Sportsman's Club Swap Meet

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring a swap meet on Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The swap meet will be held in the Hernando Sportsman's Club clubhouse, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Highway 19) in Brooksville.

The swap meet will feature used firearms, archery items, reloading equipment and supplies, and related accessories for "Swap, Sell, Trade, Barter or Give Away."

Table rentals are available. The fee is $10 per table for Hernando Sportsman's Club members; non-members pay $20 per table.

Club members are admitted free. Non-members pay $3 per person. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the clubhouse at (352) 597-9931, or visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Hernando-Sportsmans-Club/181824431850883.

Adult softball, kickball leagues

BROOKSVILLE - The City of Brooksville Parks/Facilities and Recreation's adult softball leagues will be starting up in the coming months.

Men's games start March 17 and will take place every Monday. Women's games start March 18 and will run every Tuesday, and co-ed games begin March 20 and will be played every Thursday.

The leagues, for ages 16 and up, will play at Jerome Brown Community Center. Player fee is $20, new team NSA fee is $25 and sponsor fees are $250.

A mandatory team meeting for managers is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m., at the Jerome Brown Community Center.

A representative from each team is requested to be in attendance at the meeting for important spring season information.

The City of Brooksville Co-ed Kickball League, for men and women ages 16 and up, starts March 19 and will run every Wednesday at Tom Varn Park.

Player fee is $20, sponsor fees are $250.

A mandatory team meeting for managers will be held Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center. A representative from each team is requested to be in attendance at this meeting for important spring season information.

For more information, contact the City of Brooksville Parks/Facilities and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.

Bully awareness, self-defense

WEEKI WACHEE - Mang Ho Martial Arts, the Black Dragon Fighting Society and Tone U Fitness Center have teamed up to offer a free bully awareness program every Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

This program is designed for kids who are being or have been bullied, as well as their parents and those who suspect bullying is occurring.

Parents will learn the signs that indicate their child is a victim of bullying. Children will learn to not be afraid to tell a friend, parent, teacher or person of authority that they are being bullied.

The class will offer effective ways to communicate with each other at school or in the workplace to stop bullying.

This program is modeled after the award-winning book "Spirit of the Tiger," written by Soke Jay Blanton about his own struggles and triumphs with bullying.

The program will be held at Tone U Fitness Center located at 6254 Commercial Way. Space is limited.

Also, self-defense classes are held throughout the week as follows: senior self-defense, Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.; adult karate (ages 13 and up), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.; self-defense, Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m.; and women's self-defense, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact Master Robert Blanton at (352) 345-1292 or Tone U Fitness at (352) 596-9996.

Youth flag football, soccer and T-Ball

BROOKSVILLE - This year i9 Youth Sports is offering flag football (ages 5-14), soccer (ages 3-13) and T-ball (ages 3-7) for boys and girls in Hernando County.

All programs are on Saturdays at Chocachatti Elementary School, with the spring season starting March 29.

No mandatory fundraising or volunteering, and everyone plays (no tryouts). Coaches are screened and certified, and games are played in a safe and instructive environment.

For more information, or to register, go to www.i9sports.com or call (352) 544-2995 Monday through Friday.

HSUA umpire clinics set

SPRING HILL - Hernando Sumter Umpires Association, the largest baseball/softball umpires association in the West Central Florida area for over 10 years, will be holding several umpire clinics for men and women over the age of 16 who want to become certified amateur baseball or softball umpires.

The dates and locations are as follows: Saturday at the Anderson Snow Sport Complex at 10 a.m., and Feb. 2 at Wesley Chapel District Park at 10 a.m.

During these three-plus hour extensive umpire clinics, students will be taught and tested on the mechanics of the game. All of the participants must first take a 100-question test based on Major League Baseball, high school, AAU, USSSA and Dixie rules.

The cost of this clinic is $25 per person.

An HSUA umpire can make an average of $20 per hour working part-time on nights and weekends.

HSUA has over 18 leagues it deals with in Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Pasco counties, and currently has over 90 umpires on its roster.

These events will have limited seating and registration is required. To sign up or for more information visit the HSUA clinic web page at: http://hernandosumterumpire.homestead.com/2014-Clinic-Sign-Up-Page.html .

For more information, contact HSUA at umpire@hernandosumterumpire.com or by phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (352) 593-6998.

NRA classes offered

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

A NRA Pistol-Instructor class is set for Feb. 1-2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor 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.

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

A NRA Rifle-Instructor class is set for March 8-9, from 8 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.

A NRA Shotgun-Instructor course will run March 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 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.

New archery program at Sportsman's Club

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is pleased to announce a new archery program starting in January. The 50-yard range will be open to the public for general archery practice on the second Sunday of each month.

No crossbows are allowed and no broad heads. Field points only.

The club will also be soon offering the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Online Archery Program's field-day exercises of their online archery class. This hands-on field-day exercise includes lessons on bow setup and shooting, field walks, blood-trail exercises, erecting and safely ascending and descending from tree stands, as well as equipment preparation and survival techniques.

For more information, or sign up and take the online archery class, visit www.myfwc.org/hunting/safety-education/bowhunter.

For further information, contact the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Girls Night Out trap shoot group

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is pleased to announce a new "Girls Night Out" trap shooting group starting in January.

The ladies trap shooting group will meet the first Thursday night of the month at the trap range, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For those who have never tried out trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will be providing 20-gauge shotguns for the ladies group to use.

For those using a club shotgun, be sure to bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammo, ear plugs and eye protection. You may use your own shotgun, too.

The trap range fee is $5 for members/$8 for non-members for two games of trap.

The Hernando Sportsman's Club is located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) in Brooksville.

For more information, contact the club at (352) 597-9931, visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com or the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hernando-Sportsmans-Club/181824431850883.

FHSAA Sunshine State Spirit Showdown

GAINESVILLE - Passionate sports rivalries are a way of life in Florida high schools, and now schools across the state have the opportunity to prove who has the best cheering section.

The Florida High School Athletics Association has launched the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, a video contest in which students are encouraged to submit videos showing their classmates and community exhibiting positive sportsmanship while rooting for their favorite school.

Students across Florida are invited to submit appropriate videos proving that their school has the best fans. The videos can run from 90 seconds to three minutes, including at least 30 seconds of why that school's student section is the greatest.

Students can upload their videos to www.fhsaa.org/upload by Jan. 31. Fans will then have the chance to vote for their favorite video, with voting to last from Feb. 6 to March 6, and those online votes will factor into judging.

Members of the FHSAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will conduct official judging on March 7. The winning school will be announced on March 10 and will receive a plaque and banner from the FHSAA.

Students are encouraged to make the videos unique by including anything from picture montages and background music, to special chants, or even choreographed dances. Judges will base their decision on sportsmanship, participation, school spirit, organization, creativity and fun. All students are welcome to participate, from football players to band members, from soccer players to yearbook staffers.

Full details about the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown contest, including video requirements, voting and judging, are available at http://www.fhsaa.org/departments/special-programs/sunshine-state-spirit-showdown.

Globetrotters coming to USF

TAMPA - The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour comes to the USF Sun Dome on March 7 at 7 pm.

Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown.

The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again - but with a major twist.

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:

Hot Hand Jersey - Both teams will have a "Hot Hand Jersey" they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.

Make or Miss - The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.

Trick Shot Challenge - Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points.

With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy, Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant - plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball-handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing - all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.

After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Tickets for this event are now on sale. Ticket prices are $24.75, $32.75, $40.75, $56.75 and $111.75. Additional fees may apply.

Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Sun Dome Box Office. Sign up for the SD VIP Pass to receive all the information you need about this event and others at www.SunDomeArena.com.

Groups of 10 or more may save $7 per ticket on select prices.

For more information, contact Rachel Meyrowitz at (813)974-8916 or meyrowitzr@usf.edu.

J.C. Karate offering classes

RIDGE MANOR - J.C. Karate is currently offering classes starting for only $30 a month.

Come out and train under Soke Master Jason P. Chase Sr., a two-time Triple Crown state champion and 2011 National Instructor of the Year, with no hidden fees or surprise costs, in a family-friendly environment where character development and life skills along with martial arts training will taught.

J.C. Karate is located in Ridge Manor at 31162 Cortez Blvd., in the Winn-Dixie plaza, or in Brooksville at 22293 Cortez Blvd., at the Brooksville Dance Academy.

For more information, contact (352) 467-0506 or chase@jckarate.org.

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 Feb. 5, Feb. 15 and March 5. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held on March 22.

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

This is an introductory "First Steps" orientation class for new shooters. 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 .22-caliber 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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