School is less than two weeks away for most students in Hernando County, so this weekend is kicking off with not just one, but two Operation Backpack events for students in need! Get your little ones back to school ready with free physicals at Family Health Day. Kids can also get in one last all night skate at the Locomo or spend the night with Baby Cow at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover hosted by Chick-Fil-A. If you’re looking to see a show, Stage West is presenting Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. on their Forum stage, and The Residence at Timber Pines will be hosting Beauty-Lou and the Country Beast. Looking to unwind after a busy week? Enjoy a glass of wine at Evening at the Vineyard, color your troubles away in Adult Coloring, or head to Mindfulness Meditation Practice. Get your golf on and play in a tournament supporting our vets at Hernando Oaks. We’ve got all this happening 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!

Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. 

  • Where: Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606
  • When: Friday, August 4th - Sunday, August 6th 
  • Time: Friday 7:30-9:30 PM, Saturday 2-4 PM and 7:30-9:30 PM, Sunday 2-4 PM 
  • Admission & Info: In SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. we meet Tom Mizer, a young teacher, as he anxiously prepares for his first day of school. Attempting to calm his fears, he turns on the television to find the educational cartoon show we all know and love, Schoolhouse Rock, playing. Tom gets drawn in and soon the teacher is sucked into the television show. We meet a slew of colorful personalities as the entire company tries to comfort him and prepare him for his first day. Featuring many crowd-pleasing favorites, such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Interplanet Janet”, this musical is sure to entertain the entire community. This show will be on our Forum Stage, featuring our youngest performers.

Tickets are $12 each. For more info or to purchase tickets, please call 352-683-5113 or visit http://stagewestflorida.com/

Beauty-Lou and the Country Beast Performance

  • Where: The Residence At Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Rd, Spring Hill, 34606
  • When: Friday, August 4th - Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: Friday at 6:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join us for a very special theatre event: Beauty Lou and the Country Beast performance, hosted by Intergenerational Theatre Productions as part of our Ages Entwined program, innovative programming that brings children and older adults together to explore ideas and connections. Beauty Lou is the oldest daughter of the bronc-bustin’ balladeer Buck. At the local county fair, young Beauty Lou is upset by the ungrateful behavior of a miner who has won the blue ribbon for his beautiful roses. She calls him a beast and wishes that he would look like one too. Years later, when in danger of losing the family farm, Buck meets the miner-turned-beast. Beauty Lou agrees to befriend the Beast to save her family. Beauty Lou and the Beast both learn to look beyond appearances and first impressions and to see the beauty that dwells inside in this story set in the American West. 

For admission, please bring a donation for the Alzheimer's Association. For more info, please call Jordan at 352-683-9009 or visit https://www.facebook.com/theresidenceattimberpines/

All Night Skate

  • Where: The Locomo Skate-Dance-Party, 10451 County Line Rd, Spring Hill, 34609
  • When: Friday, August 4th - Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Come enjoy an all night skate before you head back to school with your friends! Dancing, skating, games, movies and lots of fun all night long! The party starts at 7 pm and ends the next morning at 7 am. No blankets or backpacks allowed. Must be 8 and older to stay all night.

The cost is only $15 per person, including regular skates.For more info, please call 352-340-5904 or visit http://www.thelocomo.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/TheLocomoSkateDanceParty/

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

  • Where: Chick-fil-A in Spring Hill, 13143 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, 34613
  • When: Friday, August 4th - Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: Drop off Friday 5 PM - 7 PM, Pick up Saturday 8 AM - 10 AM
  • Admission & Info: Chick-fil-A® is hosting a sleepover for your kid’s furriest friends! Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal. When dinner is over, you’ll head home, but your stuffed friends will stay for a slumber party they won’t forget! Meet them here the next morning to see pictures from the slumber party and find out all about their adventures! 

Admission to this event is free! For more info, or to RSVP, please visit http://www.cfahernando.com/.  

Noah’s Little Ark

  • Where: nCHAI, 18340 Powell Road, Brooksville 34604
  • When: Saturday, August 5th - Sunday, August 6th 
  • 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/

Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner

  • Where: Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, 34613
  • When: Friday, August 4th 
  • 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 4th 
  • 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 & 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 and 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 & 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 & Janis at 352-799-7612 or visit http://www.strongtowervineyard.com/home.html.

Top Shot Competition

  • Where: Tampa Gunfights, 13160 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Friday, August 4th 
  • Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join us for a night of shooting fun! Your entry fee gets you a non-alcoholic beverage, and 10 rounds in a converted Glock 17 to take a stab at hitting a moving target that is 15-20 yards away. If you hit the moving target you will be entered into a raffle to win a free gunfight for you and another friend ($300 value). 

Admission is $20 per person. To register, please visit https://tampagunfights.com/en/event_detail/4

Movie Night at Chinsegut

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Friday, August 4th 
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Bring the kids (ages 5 and older) to see the last movie night of the summer. Family-friendly movie shown indoors. No registration required. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

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

Yoga in the Vines

  • Where: Strong Tower Vineyard, 17810 Forge Dr, Spring Hill, 34610
  • When: Saturday, August 5th 
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Come & join Jessie of HAPPINESS YOGA RETREAT for a 1 hour de-stress yoga class and enjoy the beauty of the vineyard to enhance your yoga time. Don't worry if you're not a pro, participate at your own pace. All levels class (even beginners welcome). Come for yoga, bring snacks for a picnic social after class. Wine tasting compliments of Strong Tower. Please bring a mat or beach towel, water & good energy to share! Wine will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.

Cost is $8 per person, cash only please. For more information, please email Jessie at [email protected] or visit http://www.happinessyogaretreat.com/

Home Depot Kids Workshop - Penske Truck

  • Where: Home Depot, 4765 Commercial Way, Spring Hill 34606
  • When: Saturday, August 5th 
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a wooden Penske truck to roll some fun into August. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their truck with stickers and paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, please call 352-596-7699 or visit http://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#store/0281

Operation Backpack

  • Where: Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Free backpacks and school supplies provided to Hernando County children entering kindergarten through 8th grade, while supplies last. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Event hosted by Friends of the Children.

Admission is free and the event will last until supplies run out. For more information, please call 352-540-3835.

Eat What You Love without Gaining What You Hate!

  • Where: Anytime Fitness - Nature Coast Commons, 1267 Wendy Court ( on US 19), Spring Hill, 34607
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Diets tell you you can't eat this or that. You might as well eat cardboard! Well, why not eat what you love without gaining what you hate? That's right ,it can be done! Now I'm not talking it's ok to go buy that cake and eat it everyday until it's gone, let's be real! But wouldn't it be nice to have that 1 piece of cake and not feel like you did something bad! Come on out and let's figure out how to eat what we love and still be healthy! Participants of this class have the opportunity to register for the "Summer Time" cooking class which will be offered!

Admission is free, you do not need to be a member of Anytime Fitness - NCC to attend. Please RSVP by calling or texting 352-444-0005. For more info, please call Christine McNally, CHC, at 352-515-9579 or visit http://www.healthcoachchristine.com/.

Map and Compass Program

  • Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Saturday, August 5th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Before GPS navigation relied on the use of a magnetic compass. A compass can still, in many cases, be the most reliable navigation tool available. Learn, hands-on, to navigate using a compass and how that combined with a good map can get you anywhere you need to go! 

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

Composting 101

  • Where: Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr Spring Hill, 34608
  • When: Saturday, August 5th 
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Hernando County Solid Waste & Recycling along with University of Florida IFAS Extension will be holding a backyard composting class. The classes will be taught by Dr. William Lester & Carmen Bruno. The class will offer basic information to residents in how to make compost. At the end of the class residents will receive a free composter. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis to Hernando County residents only. 

Admission is free, but registration is required! To register or for more info, please call 352-754 4112.

Adult Coloring for Stress Relief and Relaxation

  • Where: East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Rd, Ridge Manor West, 34602
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Drop in for soothing music, a cup of herbal tea, a dollop of art therapy and maybe meet a new friend or two. Adult coloring is a great way to relieve stress. We make it enjoyable by playing pleasant music, providing herbal tea and the coloring supplies. If you have wanted to try it out but don't want to invest in the materials just yet, come on by and try it out. You may find a new hobby. In addition to coloring we may occasionally explore another medium or product. This is an ADULT ONLY program to ensure a peaceful, stress free environment. 

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

Game On!

  • Where: East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Rd, Ridge Manor West, 34602
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • 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].

Family Health Day

  • Where: Boys and Girls Club Westside Unit, 5404 Applegate Dr, Spring Hill 34606
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Come join us at the "Family Health Day" Event. It's free and fun for the whole family. Field games, face painting, fun with friends, free food! Free school physicals will also be available!

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call 352-666-0068 or visit http://www.phelc.org/freefamilyevents.php.   

Operation Backpack Spring Hill

  • Where: Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Florida 34606
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Last year Suncoast Credit Union, with the help of Domino’s & Nature Coast Wealth Management, as well as several local businesses & political campaigns, we were able to give away approximately 1000 backpacks to needy children right here in Hernando County! This year our goal is to reach even MORE children! Please note that this event is for Hernando County residents only, for students in grades K-8.

Admission to this event is free and backpacks will be given away while supplies last. For more info, please contact Phil LaRossa at 352-610-2253 or Christine Gregory at 352-238-0003, or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1939675199610905/.  

Splatoon 2 Tournament

  • Where: Game Quest, 14221 Powell Road, Spring Hill, Florida, 34609
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Splatoon 2 Tournament! We will provide the games and controllers. Game Mode : Turf Wars, 1 V 1, Best 2/3 matches, Double Elimination, Pro Controllers. All prizes to be paid out in store credit. Entry fee can not be paid with store credit. Entry fee goes towards prize pool, with prizes awarded as follows.
    • 1st : 50% of prize pool
    • 2nd: 30% of prize pool
    • 3rd: 10% of prize pool
    • 4th: 10% of prize pool

Admission to this event is $5. For more info, please call 352-797-2999 or visit https://www.facebook.com/gamequestLLC/

In Tune for You Concert

  • Where: High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point, 34613
  • When: Saturday, August 5th 
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Presented by High Point Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Concert features performers Mildred Boccia, Clay Kirk, Connie Slabaugh and Andy Correia.

Admission to this event is free! For more info, please call 352-597-9887. 

Island Getaway Dance

  • Where: Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville, 34613
  • When: Saturday, August 5th 
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Hosted by the Brookridge Social Dance Group. Music provided by 'At Large'. Bring your own refreshments. Coffee and ice provided. 

Admission to this event is $5 per person. Call Vivian for tickets at 352-515-1765.

Back to School Skate

  • Where: The Locomo Skate-Dance-Party, 10451 County Line Rd, Spring Hill, 34609
  • When: Saturday, August 5th
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Bring a supply to donate to our local schools! A BACK TO SCHOOL BASH! We will be skating to the hottest songs from DJ R-SON! Prizes and raffles will be given away! Let's celebrate one last night of a wonderful summer!

Admission is $2 per person, including regular skates.For more info, please call 352-340-5904 or visit http://www.thelocomo.net/ or https://www.facebook.com/TheLocomoSkateDanceParty/

Kids Bowl Free - Strike City

  • Where: Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill 34609
  • When: Sunday, August 6th 
  • 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

Tournament to Support Veterans

  • Where: Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Dr, Brooksville, 34604
  • When: Sunday, August 6th 
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Admission & Info: Hosted by David G. Snyder Memorial VFW Post 8681. Shot gun start at 9 a.m., four person scramble in honor of soldiers and heroes. Cash prizes, lunch, 50/50 drawing and raffles.

Admission is $55 per person. Please call Lisa to register at 727-460-1710.

Women’s March Mobilization Meetup

  • Where: GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville, 34601
  • When: Sunday, August 6th 
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Admission & Info: Women’s March Central Gulf Coast Florida and the local Islamic center will co-host Activist’s Boot Camp Training 101. The event includes four training sessions, including 'Activism 101: How to Capitalize on Easy Action Resources and How Government Works,' 'Winning Friends and Influencing People via Social Media,' 'Activism and Intersectionality,' and 'Let’s Run'.

Admission is $15 (cash/check) or $16 (debit/credit). For more info, please call 352-540-1568.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice

  • Where: House of Light Yoga, 12560 Spring Hill Dr, Spring Hill, 34609
  • When: Sunday, August 6th 
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Admission & Info: Periods of mindfulness meditation, loving kindness, and walking meditation, followed by group discussion and question and answer period. Practice held every Sunday, except the second Sunday of each month. Group is led by Clark Hamilton, avid Buddhist scholar, mindfulness mentor, and founder of Spring Hill Meditation Group (Facebook page: Spring Hill Meditation Group). Remember to bring your own cushions, mats, pillows. Chairs provided.

Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. For more info, please visit https://www.facebook.com/houseoflightyoga/