Cross your fingers and hope for clear skies this weekend: the highly anticipated 4th Annual Food Truck Fiesta has returned, with over 20 top rated gourmet food trucks expected to be in attendance.  The event was unfortunately washed out several months ago due to heavy storms. With it will be the  also rescheduled 2nd Annual Hernando’s Got Talent show, featuring local performers! If you’re looking for a good time that will help support a great cause, Bark Bingo, benefiting the Humane Society, will be taking place at the Masaryktown Community Center. Or, you can Tap for a Cause at Marker 48 to support the Arc Nature Coast and have a chance to win some cool raffle prizes! Have an opinion on what’s going on in Brooksville? Wine In Good Company at the Rising Sun Bistro, where residents are encouraged to “wine” about current events. If you’re looking for a creative outlet, check out Alice Herden’s two day photography workshop, or head over to Strong Tower Vineyard to paint some wine glasses with The Color Wheelz. We’ve got all this going on and more in Hernando County this weekend. Whatever it is you choose to do, we at The Hardy Team hope you make it a safe and eventful weekend!

“Keys To More Abundant Living” Health Seminar

  • Where: Brooksville Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 991 W Jefferson St, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Friday, August 25th - Sunday, August 27th 
  • Time: Friday at 6:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM, Sunday at 9:30 AM 
  • Admission & Info: Topics covered in the 3-day 'Keys to More Abundant Living' seminar include: heart disease and hypertension, cancer, diabetes, phytochemicals and nutrition from a scientific based perspective. Speaker Linda Bentancurt is a registered nurse.
    • Friday Overview: Live More Abundantly. Topics include: improving your quality of sleep, charcoal therapy, and heart disease and hypertension.
    • Saturday Topics include: Keys to fitness, hydrotherapy, phytochemicals and diabetes.
    • Sunday Topics include: sunshine and vitamin D, chair massage, hydrotherapy, cancer, cooking class with nutrition nuggets.

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call (352) 796-2539. 

Photographing Wildlife: Cypress Lakes Exploration

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 26th - Sunday, August 27th 
  • Time: Saturday at 10 AM, Sunday at 12 PM
  • Admission & Info: Part of the Real Amazing Wildlife (or RAW) photography series, presented by Alice Herden, teacher and professional photographer. Two-day workshop includes one-on-one camera instruction. Space is extremely limited; visit website for information and to register.

Cost is $50 per person. For more info, including a list of supplies to bring, please call (352) 754-6722 or visit http://creative-nature-photography.com/.  

Noah’s Little Ark

  • Where: nCHAI, 18340 Powell Road, Brooksville 34604
  • When: Saturday, August 26th - Sunday, August 27th 
  • 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/

Bug Blitz

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Friday, August 25th 
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Spend the evening at Chinsegut with Dr. William Lester of the UF/IFAS Hernando extension Office learning about bugs. Participants will travel around the Conservation Center and Environmental area to explore the contents of a variety of traps pre-set to collect a sample of the insect life of Chinsegut. Program runs until after dark and end with a moth light trap. Stop on in and view the collection or join the hunt. Free program for all ages, no registration required.

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call 352-754-6722 or visit http://myfwc.com/chinsegut/

Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner

  • Where: Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, 34613
  • When: Friday, August 25th 
  • 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.

Wine In Good Company

  • Where: Rising Sun Bistro, 10 S. Main St, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Friday, August 25th 
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Have you been looking for an opportunity to voice your opinion about what you would like to see happening in Brooksville? Well look no further…Come and WINE ABOUT IT with us! Light snacks and live entertainment provided.

Admission is free! For more info, please call 352-540-6409 or email [email protected]

Bark Bingo

  • Where: Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave, Brooksville, 34604
  • When: Friday, August 25th 
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join us for a fun evening of bingo for HSNC. Tickets may be purchased in advance and include food, beverage, dauber and 1 set of game cards for $30. Tables of 6 may be purchased and reserved for $175. There will be 20 games starting at 6 pm with prizes valued at $50 or more and one Grand Prize! The cash bar will be open, additional tickets available and auction items too. All proceeds will help us save more lives!

Tickets are $30 per person; tables for 6 can be purchased for $175. For more info, please call (352) 796-2711 or visit https://humanerescue.org/event/bark-bingo/.  

YMCA Parents’ Night Out

  • Where: Hernando County YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill 34609
  • When: Friday, August 25th 
  • 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 Pool Night! 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

Arc Nature Coast Summer Sizzler Dance

  • Where: Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 34609
  • When: Friday, August 25th 
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Tickets include food and beverage, and music by P.J. the D.J.

Admission is $5 per person (parents, Arc staff and children ages 10 and younger are free). For more info, please call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or visit http://www.thearc-naturecoast.org/home0.aspx

Ernie Chatman Labor Day 5K 

  • Where: McKethan Lake, 15019 N. Broad St Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 26th
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Come run with us at our annual Labor Day 5K. In honor of Ernie Chatman, we've changed the race from the 36th Annual Red Mule Runners Labor Day 5k to The Ernie Chatman Labor Day 5k. There will be a kids fun run following the 5k race. This run is a flat, cross country course shaded by old oak trees wrapped around the lake. There will be music, food, prizes, and awards for each age group.

Race day registration is $30 per person. For more info, please call 352-346-5182 or visit http://www.active.com/brooksville-fl/running/distance-running-races/the-ernie-chatman-labor-day-5k-2017

Pre-School Play and Skate

  • Where: The Locomo Skate-Dance-Party, 10451 County Line Road, Spring Hill 34609
  • When: Saturday, August 26th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Ages 6 and under only! A specially designed skate session just for a young child to practice skating. Games and Disney music will be played! Walkers included based on availability. A bounce house will be open during the last hour!

Admission is $4 per person and includes regular skates. For more info, please call 352-340-5904 or visit https://www.facebook.com/TheLocomoSkateDanceParty/.  

Free Family Fun Day

  • Where: Grace Brethren Church of Brooksville, 6259 Faber Dr, Brooksville, 34602
  • When: Saturday, August 26th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: We are planning a free fun day to hang out as a family and a community. We will have games, food, water slides, and more!

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call (352) 796-7172 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Grace-Brethren-Church-of-Brooksville-115686281794098/.  

Game On!

  • Where: East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Rd, Ridge Manor West, 34602
  • When: Saturday, August 26th
  • 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].

Children’s Movies at Your Library

  • Where: East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Rd, Ridge Manor West, 34602
  • When: Saturday, August 26th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Movies on the big screen with popcorn provided. This week’s movie is Beauty and the Beast. Be our guest! Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. 

Admission is free! For more information, please contact Susan Cataldo at 352-754-4043, or at [email protected]  

Wine Glass Painting

  • Where: Strong Tower Vineyard, 17810 Forge Dr, Spring Hill, 34610
  • When: Saturday, August 26th 
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: This event is open to the public....Everyone is welcome! Enjoy an afternoon at the picturesque Strong Tower Vineyard painting wine glasses with The Color Wheelz! Complimentary wine tasting & cheese and crackers, wine is also available for purchase by the glass or bottle

Cost is $25 per person and includes a 20 ounce wine glass with all painting supplies. Registration is required. For more info, or to register, please call 352-584-1396 or visit www.thecolorwheelz.com

Spring Hill Writing Group

  • Where: Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608
  • When: Saturday, August 26th
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Admission & Info: Open to anyone who writes or would like to write, with the encouragement, support, and camaraderie of other writers. Bring some of your work to share and discuss the joys and challenges of writing. Attendees give and receive constructive feedback on writings.

Admission is FREE! For more information, please call 352-754-4043.  

Personal Enrichment Book Group

  • Where: Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608
  • When: Saturday, August 26th
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Get inspired by reading and discussing books that encourage you to cultivate your emotional, intellectual and spiritual self. Group meets two Saturdays a month. For adults.

Admission is FREE! For more information, please call 352-754-4043.

Tap for a Cause at Marker 48

  • Where: Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd, Weeki Wachee, 34613 
  • When: Saturday, August 26th 
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: During the month of August, order The Arc on draft and 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Arc Nature Coast’s future Life Skills Development facility at our Neff Lake Road Campus. The Arc Nature Coast serves more than 250 individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their families in Hernando and Pasco Counties and are in desperate need of a new building! Come out to Marker 48 on Saturday, August 26th and The Arc will receive a percentage of ALL sales for the entire day! Be sure to be there from 4:00-7:00 PM for chances to win some great raffle prizes!

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please email [email protected] or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1230001687121821

4th Annual Hernando County Food Truck Fiesta

  • Where: Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill
  • When: Saturday, August 26th 
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Make plans to join us for the Food Truck Fiesta! There's a variety of trucks to choose from, some new to Hernando County! We’re planning on an explosion of family-friendly events throughout the evening to celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL including children’s games, entertainment and surprises galore. 

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697 or visit http://www.hernandochamber.com/

2nd Annual Hernando’s Got Talent Show

  • Where: Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill
  • When: Saturday, August 26th 
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: 2ND ANNUAL "HERNANDO'S GOT TALENT" Show the event will be LIVE during the Food Truck Fiesta. The show will feature community musicians, singers, actors, dancers and more. 

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697 or visit http://www.hernandochamber.com/

Monthly Nature Coast Drum Circle

  • Where: Airport Farmers & Flea Market, 17375 Spring Hill Dr, Brooksville, 34604
  • When: Saturday, August 27th
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join us in creating a rhythmic group experience in which each individual has a voice, through their instrument, that lend to the collective whole. Let’s create a synchronous, cohesive, energetic groove together! Most circles will be held the last Saturday of the month, with a few exceptions.

Admission is FREE! For more information, please call Dorri Spoto 352-796-0268.

Walking Sticks Hike: Big Pine WEA

  • Where: Big Pine Tract of Chinsegut WEA, Old Crystal River Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Sunday, August 27th 
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: This month’s club hike will take place at Big Pine Environmental Area located off of Old Crystal River Road in Brooksville. Big Pine is the southernmost extent of virgin longleaf pine forest in Florida. Learn about the history, restoration and management of Big Pine during this 1 hour walk. This hike is of limited size, please call to see if space is available.

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

Kids Bowl Free - Strike City

  • Where: Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill 34609
  • When: Sunday, August 27th 
  • 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

Open House

  • Where: Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill, 34609
  • When: Sunday, August 27th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Learn about upcoming activities and events planned for religious school students. Tour the synagogue's building facility and meet staff members. Open to the public. A barbecue lunch will be served.

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call (352) 686-7034.