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Hernando Events for Sept. 15

15 Friday

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Free mental health first aid training: Learn to assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis. Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to get help. The eight-hour course includes a free workbook, a certification certificate and lunch. For adults. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. NAMI's Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (813) 751-7372.

Free Zika training: Presented by the Hernando Computer Club, the training is for those who wish to assist in the effort to find a cure for the Zika virus. Club members are volunteers for World Community Grid and are donating their devices' spare computing power to help scientists find a cure. Participants need to leave their computers on overnight so World Community Grid can crunch data. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171.

Academia Hernando Fall 2017 Lecture Series: Series includes eight lectures and one field trip. Field trip only open to subscribers. This week's topic: "Doctor Assisted Suicide: Next Big Social Movement?" by Doug Dallio and Charles Kolker. A discussion of the pros and cons of the right to die. Class participation is encouraged. 10 a.m. to noon. $65 for the entire series, including field trip; $9 per individual lecture. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 597-6640.

Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner: Open to the public, the dinner includes a choice of baked or fried fish, fried shrimp or an alternative meat, as well as mashed potatoes or steak fries, vegetable or coleslaw, salad, corn muffin, dessert and coffee or tea. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase in the Command Post Bar & Grill. 4 to 8 p.m. $10. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 556-3045.

Ballroom dance: Dance to music by Dave Mussatto. Includes a free dance lesson. 6 to 9 p.m. $8; $5 for members. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-0107.

16 Saturday

Coastal Clean-Up: Organized by the Hernando County Stormwater Engineering Department. 8 a.m. to noon. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 754-4062.

Bricks-N-Blocks Lego Expo: Brick artists from all over the country will share their creations. The event will include building challenges, hands-on activities, games, vendors offering brick building items, and a mini-food truck rally. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. General admission, $8; family four-pack, $25, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 502-2050, 428-4344. The event continues from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17.

Firearms safety class for women: Introductory "First Steps" orientation class for new shooters. All materials and equipment provided. The class will include classroom instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Call to RSVP. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931.

Master Gardener Native Plant Sale: The sale will include ground covers, flowers, shrubs and trees, plus additional native varieties like St. John's wort, calamint, wild coffee and other Florida natives that support butterflies and birds. Master Gardeners will help with proper plant selection for a particular landscape. Sale held Wednesdays and Saturdays through September. Arrive early for best selection. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. The event continues Sept. 20.

Low-cost pet vaccination clinic: Sponsored by the Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff. Vaccinations are administered by a veterinarian. Documentation is provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo facility in Bushnell. 11 a.m. to noon. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats are $7; puppy distemper-parvo combo, $15; cat distemper combo, $15; bordatella/kennel cough, $16. Tractor Supply Co., 18471 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 867-7788.

Children in the Wild — Bears: The program, open to ages 5 to 9, allows children to explore the life of a Florida bear through games, storytelling and crafts. Call to RSVP. 2 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Murder-mystery dinner theater: Murder at the Casino Royale includes dinner and entertainment. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 13. The dinner (roast beef, soup and salad) and show begin at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar. Call Peggy for information. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $35. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (850) 776-1631.

17 Sunday

Autumnal equinox program: Participants will learn fun and interesting facts, myths and cultural views associated with the autumnal equinox, which is coming Sept. 22. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

19 Tuesday

Microphotography: Learn to photograph commonplace things, including insects, parasites and pollen, using a special magnifying lens for DSLR microscope compatibility. Register online. 10 a.m. $10. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Pick Two Luncheon on the Hill: Enjoy a gourmet luncheon at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat. The meal includes a choice of soup, salad or quiche, plus a beverage and dessert. Menu items change weekly and may be viewed online. Luncheons are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Reservations are needed for groups of five or more. After lunch, tour the manor house. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $15, includes lunch and tour. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville. (352) 799-5400. The event continues Sept. 20 and 21.

Boating Skills and Seamanship course: This is a nine-week comprehensive program designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Topics include boating safety, navigation, weather, radio use and Florida laws. The course continues each Tuesday through Nov. 14. Participants receive a Florida Safety Education ID card (does not expire). Call to RSVP. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $60, includes textbook and training strip chart. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 Hernando Beach, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 688-4620.

20 Wednesday

Weeki Wachee River Cleanup: Volunteers are needed to join Boating in Florida team leaders as they paddle down the river, educating participants as the group cleans debris from the river. Cleanup events will take place on the third Wednesday of each month. 8 a.m. Arrive by 7:30 a.m. Call to RSVP. First 15 participants receive complimentary kayak rental. Boating in Florida, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-8484.

'Let's Cook': Tired of precooked, frozen, tasteless meals? Learn to cook from scratch. Cooking program for ages 13 to adult. Presented by Karen Steuer. 4:30 p.m. Free; registration required. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

21 Thursday

Exploring a Basin Marsh — Home School: Homeschooled children ages 10 to 13 are invited to participate in a five-class environmental series. The second class focuses on the food web and the diversity of May's Prairie. Bring a bagged lunch, drinks and snacks. Call to RSVP. 11 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Current Events Forum @ Your Library: Join the group to discuss what's happening in the world, including politics, foreign affairs and world, national and local news. Topics will be suggested, but everything is on the table. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

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Information for the Events column should be submitted to Jean Hamilton, Hernando Times, 13045 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or emailed to jhamilton@tampabay.com. The deadline for news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 848-1438.

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