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Hernando Events for Feb. 16

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16 Friday

Backyard Bird Count: The program offers opportunities to learn about birds and birding. Great science activity for the entire family. A shuttle will be available from Chinsegut to Ahhochee Hill Sanctuary. No registration needed. Individuals can stop by at any time during the event. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. Event continues Feb. 17.

Academia Hernando Spring 2018 Lecture Series: "Florida Soul Music," presented by John Capouya. Series includes eight lectures and one field trip. Field trip open only to subscribers. 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.

Jungle Safari: Take a walk on the wild side, see rare animals and have your photo taken with baby animals. Pony rides and camel rides will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 17, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

17 Saturday

Pancake and Waffle Breakfast: The event benefits the center’s Men’s Club. Proceeds enable the club to underwrite activities, plant management and maintenance of the center. 8 to 10 a.m. Donations appreciated. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 793-7037.

Master Gardener Nursery: Find healthy native and Florida-friendly plants to spruce up landscapes, at bargain prices. Nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Kickball Tournament: "Kick" Start to Early Literacy is the annual kickball tournament of the United Way of Hernando County. All proceeds benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Come cheer your favorite local business partners as they compete to win the Ultimate Kickball Traveling Trophy. Event includes food, raffles, prizes and a kids’ zone. Volunteers needed. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.

Ahhochee Hill Work Day: Help clean and repair the Eastern Bluebird nest boxes before they arrive in the area. 10 a.m. Free. Ahhochee Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 24064 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 797-3545.

Children in the Wild: Kites: Learn about the life of the aerial acrobats and the variety of kites in Florida. Program designed for children ages 5 to 9. Call to RSVP. 2 to 3 p.m. Free (registration required). Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Drag Queen Bingo: Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Training Association, the inaugural event features drag queens, Divas N Dudes Dame Crystal and Vanessa DelRay, calling the numbers for games, and entertaining along with singers Riki B, Ty Austin and Rockell Blu. Prizes awarded, heavy hors d’oeuvres and light adult beverages served. Must be ages 21 and older. Bring your own ink dauber. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $20-30, depending on drink choice. Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 14191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

18 Sunday

Walking Sticks Club: Janet Butterfield Brooks Preserve: Hikers learn about natural areas, history and land management specific to hike locations. For adults only. Call to RSVP. 8 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

21 Wednesday

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: Free seminar to help tobacco users quit. Presented by Area Health Education Center and the hospital. Participants receive four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges). 4 to 6 p.m. Free, registration required. Oak Hill Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Building, 11307 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (813) 929-1000.

Proposition 94 Presentation: Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition will host a presentation featuring guest speaker, Georgia Brick, Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida policy manager, who will explain the evidence-based CDC Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control program. 4:45 p.m. Free. Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

Wednesday Wildlife Walk: Join Chinsegut staff for a guided walk to look for some of the area’s wildlife, and learn about history and ecology along the way. Call to RSVP. Open to all ages. 5 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

22 Thursday

Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Workshop will focus on Florida-Friendly principles and how to follow them in your landscape. Presentations include: Top 10 Things Newcomers Need to Know About their Florida Yard, A Journey from Bland to Beautiful - How the Villages are Going Native, and This Turf is Killing Me - Or am I Killing it? Door prizes and goody bags. Customers of Hernando County Utilities will receive a $10 credit (up to $20 per household) for customers who attend the workshop. Registration required. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $10, includes catered breakfast. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

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