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Firearms safety classes

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

The class dates are July 2, July 19, Aug. 6, Aug. 16. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held on Saturday.

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 preregister.

For information on the club, visit

Machine Gun Shoot at Sportsman’s Club

– The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is sponsoring its next Machine Gun Shoot on July 4, 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 or

Brooksville Gun and Knife Show

– The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is sponsoring its Gun and Knife Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, located at 6436 Broad St. (U.S. Hwy. 41) in Brooksville, on Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Aug. 10, 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 Dec. 6-7.

For more information, call Randie Rickert at (352) 799-3605 or visit: or

Nature Coast basketball camp

– The Nature Coast boys basketball program will be hosting the second session of its ninth annual Youth Summer Drills and Skills Basketball Camp, July 14-17, for ages 4 through those entering eighth grade.

The camp has been rated among the top five basketball camps to attend in the state three years in a row, including a number one ranking in 2013, with over 200 kids attending the camp.

The session run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with camper drop-off at 8 a.m. It’s $30 if you attended Session 1 or $75 if you register at the door.

Hernando County employees can take advantage of the great discounts for friends and family.

For more information, contact Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194 or

Summer football camp

– It Is All About The Youth Inc. will be hosting the sixth annual Summer Football Training Camp, June 23 through July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The camp will take place at Ernie Wever Youth Park. Cost is $30.

For more information or to register, contact Coach Eric Riggins at (352) 340-6132 or (352) 340-6141.

Ride to Defeat ALS

– The ALS Association Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that UnitedHealthcare is once again sponsoring its annual Ride to Defeat ALS, a one-day cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The event takes place Nov. 8 at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel, located at 401 2nd St. in Indian Rocks Beach. The event kicks off at 8 a.m.

UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring a portion of the ride titled “The UnitedHealthcare Metric Century,” a 62-mile route that parallels the Gulf of Mexico and passes through historic Fort De Soto Park on Mullet Key.

Nearly 500 cyclists are expected to participate. Funds raised during this event will support research, programs and services for people living with ALS in Florida. This fundraising community event also serves to generate hope and action around the fight to conquer Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The day’s ride concludes with a lunch and family celebration at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel. Along with cyclists, many volunteers are also needed before, during and after the event.

To register for the ride or sign up to help, visit

HCA Soccer Academy

– The Hernando Christian Academy Soccer Academy will take place June 23-27, from 4 to 7 p.m., and July 21-25, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For ages 6-17, players will have fun learning ball control skills including passing, finishing, dribbling, receiving, heading and defense. Players will improve balance and coordination as well as improve physical endurance.

Cost of the camp is $75 per session, $115 for both sessions. Bring ball, cleats, shinguards and water.

The HCA Little Tikes Soccer Academy will also run June 23-27, from 4 to 5 p.m., and July 21-25, from 9 to 10 a.m.

For ages 3-5, kids will have fun learning basic ball control skills including passing, dribbling and receiving. Sessions are designed to introduce your little tike to the game of soccer by incorporating fun activities.

Cost is $15 per session, $25 for both sessions. Bring ball (size 3), shinguards and water.

For more information contact HCA coach Jeremy Crawford at (813) 333-3008 or

Sea Eagles seek players

– The Sea Eagles, a 16U AAU travel baseball team, is looking for players to complete their roster.

If interested, contact Shawn Laferty at (813) 267-8530.

Sheriff’s Bowling Extravaganza

– The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Youth Education Services, Inc. will be hosting its 14th annual Bowling Extravaganza, on July 19.

Registration will begin at noon, and the bowling starts promptly at 1 p.m. at Spring Hill Lanes. A printable registration form is also available at

Those interested can participate with a team or individual bowler, or through lane sponsorship or prize donations.

The names of all sponsors will be prominently displayed on T-shirts. In order for the sponsor names to be displayed, money must be received by July 11.

Proceeds from the tournament will support the following programs: Sheriff’s Summer R.O.A.R. (Respect Others And YouRself) day camps, Richard Buckingham Community Service Scholarship, and “In honor of Richard B. Nugent” Community Service Scholarship.

These programs are funded through contributions from citizens and local businesses.

For additional information, contact the HCSO’s Community Outreach Section at (352) 754-6830 Ext. 53660.

Powell football camp

– The Powell Middle School Football Agility and Conditioning Camp will take place Aug 4-7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school’s football field.

The camp cost is $50 per participant and $25 for each sibling. Each camper will receive a Powell football T-shirt.

Campers must complete all FHSAA sports paperwork. Bring a copy of insurance card and the completed registration form. Forms can be obtained at or at the school.

Camp will be open to all Hernando County middle school students.

Attendance at camp will give you a physical advantage at your 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. Be prepared to work hard.

Participants should only drink water at home before camp starts each day. No dairy. Water will be available to students at all times during camp. Open water policy is strictly adhered to.

For more information, contact Coach Ron Blackwell at (352) 797-7095 ext. 230 or

Sunshine State Games online registration opens

– As the Sunshine State Games celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2014, athletes are now able to log on and register online and pay their entry fees.

Online registration is now open for select events, including the two multi-sport festivals in Sarasota and Polk County, at

Competition information and online registration is now open for the following Sunshine State Games events:

Sunshine State Games Polk County Festival, Saturday and Sunday

Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships, June 27-29

Entry fees vary by sport and registration deadlines are approximately two weeks prior to the competition date.

Look for upcoming information about the following 2014 Sunshine State Games events:

Sunshine State Games Track and Field Championships, Saturday

Sunshine State Games Badminton Championships, June 28-29

Sunshine State Games Grass Volleyball Series, August-November

For more information, visit

Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic

– The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held Aug. 30-31, Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 29-30 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.

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 500 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.

Marksmanship Clinic fees are $60 for adults, $20 for youth under age 18. 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 For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or

Alumni football games

– Gridiron Alumni is attempting to organize several full-contact alumni football games throughout the region, including Hernando County.

Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Hundreds of players and thousands of fans have swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time.

Gridiron Alumni is targeting teams like Central, Hernando, Hernando Christian Academy, and many others. Players from the area are invited to register to play.

Players are needed to sign up for their alma mater and the first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.

The games are set for the spring. To register, visit

For more information, call Chris Hall at (530) 410-6396 or go to the website.

Hurricane Golf Tour

– The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour has opened 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 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 or call (904) 379-2697.

Bully awareness, self-defense

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.

Girls Night Out trap shoot group

– 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 or the club’s Facebook page at

J.C. Karate offering classes

– 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

Tennis camp and classes

– 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

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