It’s looking like another hot summer weekend here in Hernando County! Celebrate students’ return to school with the Back to School Bash! Or drop your kids off at the YMCA for Parents’ Night Out and enjoy Evening at the Vineyard at Strong Tower Vineyard. Check out your local pet shelters on Saturday, like PAW Warriors and The Humane Society, as they participate in the nationwide Clear the Shelter event; fees on adoptions have been reduced or waived, so help fight shelter overcrowding and adopt a furry friend this weekend! Motorcycle enthusiasts can check out the Open House Bike Show in Spring Hill. Support your local firefighters and attend the official ribbon cutting for the Hernando Beach Fire Station! We’ve got all that and more going on this weekend in Hernando County. Whatever it is you choose to do, we at The Hardy Team hope you make it a safe and eventful weekend!

Noah’s Little Ark

  • Where: nCHAI, 18340 Powell Road, Brooksville 34604
  • When: Saturday, August 19th - Sunday, August 20th 
  • Time: 12 PM - 5 PM
  • Admission & Info: Animal meet and greet and pony rides! This is a weekly recurring event happening at the Nature Centers for Human Animal Interaction.

Admission is $1 per person, and pony rides are $5. For more information, please call 352-363-5200 or visit http://nchai.org/noahs-little-ark/

Back to School Bash

  • Where: Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Friday, August 18th 
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: COME AND CELEBRATE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR! Brooksville Main Street is hosting a Back to School Bash right here in Historic Downtown Brooksville. The event is open to the public and free to enter and play the games. Coney Island and Rita’s Italian Ice will be providing food and soft drinks for sale. Beer will also be sold for consumption in the event space. Tons of fun things will be available: volleyball, corn hole, pickleball, bocce ball, croquet, ladder ball, KARAOKE on the Bandshell Stage and many more. To end the event, Friends of the Children will be showing a movie starting at dusk – Monster Trucks. You won’t want to miss this event! It’s going to be a BASH!!

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call 352-540-6409 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/122943661680823

Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner

  • Where: Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, 34613
  • When: Friday, August 18th 
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Open to the public, dinner includes choice of baked or fried fish, fried shrimp or an alternative meat, as well as mashed potatoes or steak fries, vegetable or cole slaw, salad, corn muffin, dessert and coffee or tea. Alcoholic drinks available for purchase in the Command Post Bar & Grill.

Cost is $10 per person. For more info, please call 352-556-3045.

Evening in the Vineyard

  • Where: Strong Tower Vineyard, 17810 Forge Dr, Spring Hill, 34610
  • When: Friday, August 18th 
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 10:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: It should be a great time under the clear summer stars. Bring the week to an end and enjoy a glass of wine or port with a friend or two. "Vamos Gourmet!" will be here making the tastiest Colombian-Floridian Fusion delights: arepas, crab cakes, quesadilla or Colombian burgers, fish tacos, house salads, and more! The best of both worlds and so, so good. We've got your sweet tooth covered with Fisher's Honey homemade desserts buzzing around here with delicious local honey made sweets & desserts. Vendors will be set up around 6:30. Call ahead if a party of eight or more so we can try to keep you all together. Wine will be available for purchase by the bottle or glass including our "Mulled Spiced Wine". Lawn chairs & blankets are always welcome. Come out and relax. Strong Tower Winery is a wine grape growing and making establishment, please do not bring other non Strong Tower beverages. Looking forward to seeing you.

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call Terry and Janis at 352-799-7612 or visit http://www.strongtowervineyard.com/home.html.

Summertime Salad Cooking Class

  • Where: Spirit In Motion, 11037 Hearth Rd, Spring Hill, 34608
  • When: Friday, August 18th 
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join us Friday Night August 18th from 6 – 8 pm for the Summer Time Salad Cooking Class because you are looking to:
    • Make salads you can eat at home or take along to a pot luck and feel good about!
    • Be inspired through the benefits of taking a cooking class, and come back time and time again!
    • You get to take home your meals along with the recipes!
    • When you prepare better salads at home, you will be more satisfied and enjoy eating them more, plus your family will think you’re amazing and never want to eat out again!
    •  Have fun learning new salads while having a glass of wine and making new friends!
    • Menu: Panzanella Salad and Lightened Up Creamy Broccoli Salad

Cost is $35 per person. For more info or to register, please call Christine McNally at 352-535-9579 or visit www.HealthCoachChristine.com

YMCA Parents’ Night Out

  • Where: Hernando County YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill 34609
  • When: Friday, August 18th 
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Mom and Dad -  Enjoy a night out while your child enjoys activities, dinner and snack! Recurring weekly, every Friday night through the end of August. This week’s theme is Hungry Hippos! Children must be between 3-12 years old (Must be potty trained.)

Cost is $10 for members, $25 for non-members. For more info, please call 352-688-9622 or visit https://www.ymcasuncoast.org/images/HDO_Program_Guide_Jul-Aug_2017_WEB.pdf

Fire Department Ribbon Cutting 

  • Where: Hernando Beach Fire Dept., 3451 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach
  • When: Saturday, August 19th
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: It's a celebration!!  Join us for the Ribbon Cutting at the Hernando Beach Fire Department!!

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call Dawn Badami at 352-796-0697. 

Volunteer Chinesgut

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 19th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: This is the final opportunity this summer for those interested in information on volunteer programs at Chinsegut to join the staff and current volunteers for a look at some of the FWC volunteer projects in our area. This date will focus on bird related projects relating to Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Southeastern American Kestrels.

Admission is free, but registration is required! To register, please call 352-754-6722; for more info, visit http://myfwc.com/chinsegut/

Game On!

  • Where: East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Rd, Ridge Manor West, 34602
  • When: Saturday, August 19th
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Come have a family fun day at your library. Featuring classic board games and video game systems such as Xbox and Wii U!

Admission is FREE and kids of all ages welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Susan Cataldo or Jodi Camino at 352-754-4043, or at [email protected].

Clear the Shelters: Humane Society of the Nature Coast

  • Where: Humane Society of the Nature Coast, 7200 Mobley Rd, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 19th
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join us for a fee waived day of adoptions on our Brooksville campus as we make matches, save lives and let love happen!

Admission to this event is free, with fees waived on adoptions. For more information, please call the shelter at 352-796-2711 or visit http://www.humanerescue.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietynaturecoast/

Clear the Shelters: PAW Warriors, Inc.

  • Where: PAW Warriors, Inc., 355 Spring Time St, Spring Hill, 34608
  • When: Saturday, August 19th
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: All adoption fees will be reduced and all kittens/cats will be home delivered the following week. Everyone is welcomed to come to the rescue that day and interact with the kitties (both cats and kittens). Come and join us for a great day! Sponsors will be available & volunteers are needed!

Admission is free, with reduced adoption fees on all animals. For more information, please call the shelter at 352-403-9633, email them at [email protected], or visit https://www.facebook.com/PAWwarriors

Rain Barrel Workshop

  • Where: Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608
  • When: Saturday, August 19th
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Admission & Info: Reduce dependence on irrigation by using collected rainwater in the garden. Registration required. Bring a vehicle large enough to accommodate the 65-gallon barrel. Send check to: HCUD, 15635 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613, and write 'rain barrel workshop Aug. 19' on the envelope. Attendance at workshop is mandatory to receive rain barrel.

Price is $55 and includes a completed rain barrel (Hernando County Utilities customers receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill). For more info, please call 352-540-6230. 

Open House Bike Show

  • Where: Motorcycle Enthusiasts, Inc., 5138 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 34606
  • When: Saturday, August 19th
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: We will be holding 3 different classes for the show, Best Cruiser, Best Sportbike, and Best Vintage! The winner will take home a 1st place plaque, with gift certificates for 2nd and 3rd place. We will have a Best In Show for the best bike out of the whole show! Western Powersports will be here unveiling the new 2018 street gear and apparel. Free food, music and amazing door prizes, and up to 30% discounts from 11-2! We hope to see you there!

Admission to this event is free! For more information, please call Deano at 352-596-8028, or visit https://www.facebook.com/mcenthusiasts/.  

Children in the Wild: Fire

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 19th 
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Kids ages 5-9 are invited to Chinsegut to learn about fire, some superstitions on fire, and see the Smokey Bear Story and forest fire model demonstration. All activities for the kids are hands-on.

Admission is free, but registration is required! To register or for more info, please call 352-754-6722 or visit http://myfwc.com/chinsegut/

Black & White Party

  • Where: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34606
  • When: Saturday, August 19th 
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Hosted by the Latin American Civic and Cultural Association. Music provided by DJ Jose El Master. Soda, water and ice will be available for purchase. Small coolers permitted, bring your own adult beverage.

Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more info, please call 352-683-6742.

Kids Bowl Free - Strike City

  • Where: Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill 34609
  • When: Sunday, August 20th 
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long! Please use the link provided to register your child(ren). All participants must wear bowling shoes - rental shoes available. Not good for use with day care outings, camps, business or club outings, or birthday party celebrations.

First 2 games are free, bowling shoes not included. Rental shoes available at regular rates. For more information, please call 352-683-7576. To register children for this program, please visit https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=713

Nature Kids Button Tree Art

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Sunday, August 20th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Kids and teens ages 7-19… Join us for a fun filled craft day at Chinsegut Conservation Center. Create your own awesome Tree Button Art! During this event we will learn some fun history facts about buttons from members of the Hernando County Button Collectors group. You can create up to three different artistic canvas creations with a huge variety of buttons and colorful paint! Kids you can even share one with your parent and help them create their own Button Tree Art! Volunteer and Nature Photographer Alice Mary Herden will be on hand to help with any of your inspired works of art as well as share some interesting facts about trees! Workshop begins at 10am sharp. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Front gate will be opened only to those who registered for this workshop. Please bring water and a snack! Thank you!

Admission is $20 per person. For more info, please call Alice at 352-232-6092 or email her at [email protected]. Or, visit https://creative-nature-photography.com/