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.
Amazing Race event in March
TAMPA - Families looking for something to do with their kids might want to register for the Orlando/Tampa 2014 Great Amazing Race, a family-oriented foot race based on the popular reality series, "The Amazing Race."
The event takes place on March 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. at E.L. Bing Park in Seffner.
Teams of two people (adults and kids) race around a mile-long course with up to eight stations. Clues provided at each station direct teams to perform tasks or complete obstacle courses that focus on teamwork in order to advance to the next station. Contestants should be prepared to get wet and dirty while completing the tasks.
The course is designed to ensure beginners are able to complete the race within the allotted time, while veteran racers will complete the more difficult challenges.
Medals will be awarded following the race in various categories, and the 25 best teams will qualify for the championship race and a chance to win $2,000.
Special pricing is available for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, 4-H, BBBS, BGC, military, law enforcement, fire department and teachers.
Walk-ups on the day of the race will be accepted, but preregistration is urged, as the race is limited to 120 teams.
Online registration cost is $40 per two-member team, and can be completed at www.GreatAmazingRace.com.
Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
OLDSMAR - The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will be heading to Oldsmar, when it hosts the Hurricane Tour Shop Series on Feb. 22-23.
This tournament is open to all junior golfers between the ages of 11-18. Played at the scenic East Lake Woodlands Country Club South course, this tournament has plenty up for grabs.
The champion in each division will win AJGA Performance Stars if their respective field-size requirements are met. National Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings will be awarded as well as Florida Junior Tour Exemptions.
Winners in each division will receive an automatic bid into the HJGT 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The top three finishers in each division will receive an invite to the Hurricane Tour Shop Invitational.
Additionally, the top 10 finishers will receive points toward year-end honors which include state teams, All-HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Hurricane Tour Shop Series will be a two-day, 36-hole, stroke-play event. The first round will begin on Feb. 22 with a double tee start running from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Special for this event only will be a tour shop series after-party. Food, beverage, contests and giveaways from the Hurricane Tour Shop will be occurring following the end of the first day's play (approximately 5:30 p.m.).
The second round, on Feb. 23, will be a double tee start with times ranging from 8 to 10 a.m.
The registration fee is $185 for members and $215 for non-members.
For 2014 membership information, visit www.hjgt.org/basic-membership/.
4-H Benefit Trap Tournament
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on April 5, 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 preregistered by March 27. 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.
Spring Hill Lanes upcoming tournament
SPRING HILL - Spring Hill Lanes is hosting the Mid Florida Classic Spring Hill Singles Bash on Feb. 23.
Format consists of six qualifying games, two-game semifinals with pins not carrying over from qualifying round, and stepladder finals. Handicap is based off 80 percent of 230.
The entry fee for this event is $65. Prize money is paid at a 5-to-1 ratio.
For more information on this event, contact KC at (352) 999-9683 or visit www.kbiron10.wix.com/midfloridapromotions.
HYL Softball opening ceremonies, signups
BROOKSVILLE - Hernando Youth League Dixie Softball will be hosting its opening ceremonies March 1 starting at 10 a.m.
This family friendly event is open to the community. There will be fun and games for children to enjoy, hosted by the Boy & Girls Club. Come support the youth league, and watch a game of softball.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of HYL Dixie Softball, or making a donation, visit the Hernando Dixie Softball Facebook page or call the league director, Jake Garmen, at (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 Friday thought Sunday.
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. It is best seen from the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier.
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.
NRA classes offered
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several special NRA classes.
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. 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Firearms safety classes
BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.
The class dates include Saturday 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.