Things to do in Hernando County starting Aug. 23

Art events

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: The outdoor arts market will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 in downtown Brooksville. The monthly event, held on the fourth Saturday of each month. things-to-do-220This event will include live art, exhibitor market, live music, food and hands-on art activities. Vendors are welcome; $15 for a 10×10 space (nonprofits are half price). Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6476 or visit

‘It’s a Zoo’ exhibit: The exhibit is open through Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Other Events

24 Saturday

Nature Coast Botanical Garden Plant Nursery Plant Sale: The botanical gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. On Saturdays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, find a sale of plants grown at the gardens with budget-friendly prices. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Master Gardener Nursery: Find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants, all from healthy stock at budget prices, at the nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon, each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. (352) 796-4704.

Butterfly Count: Learn about common Florida butterflies, how to tell butterflies and caterpillars apart and help count butterfly numbers and species at Chinsegut. Get a free butterfly guide to keep. The informational session will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with the count and tabulation from noon to 12:30 p.m. Photographers encouraged; all information on species richness will be uploaded to Florida Nature Trackers. All ages welcome. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

25 Sunday

Sunday School Rally Day: This is a welcome-back party for the 2019-20 Sunday School. Open to children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades. Free. 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1456.

Congestive Heart Failure Series: Presented by Oak Hill Hospital’s care assure patient-nurse navigators Rebecca Voda, a certified heart failure nurse, and Lisa Cierpka, certified case manager. Held in the sixth floor South Tower family waiting area. This is part of a monthly education series held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Visit Free. 3 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.

28 Wednesday

How to Become Friends with Florida-Friendly Landscaping: This free class will be presented by Master Gardener Kim Cottrell. Participants will learn how to convert their landscape into a low-maintenance, budget-friendly, water-wise oasis. No registration needed. Free. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

Master Gardener Secrets Revealed: This free class will be presented by Master Gardeners Sue and Bernie Bathauer. No registration required. Free. 10:30 a.m. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Wilderness Explorers ages 7-9: The August topic is “Butterflies.” The program is for children ages 7 to 9, and is offered monthly through November, on the last Wednesday of the month. Each class is about 1.5 hours. Registration is required; class is limited to 20 children. Visit or Facebook (chinsegutconservationcenter) for additional dates and topics. Free. 10:30 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

29 Thursday

PHSC Hurricane Expo: This education expo will feature sessions taught by experts from the college and the community, including Josh Linker, Bay News 9 meteorologist; the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Management, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Southwest Florida Water Management District and PHSC faculty. Free. 3 to 6 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College, North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville (outside near Building A).

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