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The Spring Hill Community Association kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with a "Songs of Sinatra" dinner show featuring Bill Stabile, at right, at 6 p.m. June 22 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25. Call (352) 666-4746.
Emancipation celebration: The Juneteenth Historical Festival will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge 1270, 510 E Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville. There will be a memorial ceremony, a barbecue, vendors, live music, narration, poetry and dance, as well as cakes, pies, candy and ice cream. Juneteenth celebrates the 147th anniversary of news of emancipation reaching slaves in Galveston, Texas, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. For information, contact Paul Boston at (352) 410-4108 or [email protected]
Street party with the Rays: A special kickoff for the "Reading With the Rays" summer program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The event will include the Tampa Bay Rays Street Team, inflatable games and activities. Kids who read books as part of "Reading With the Rays" will have an opportunity to win prizes. The program is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays in cooperation with the Tampa Bay Times' Newspaper in Education program. For information, call (352) 754-4043.
Meet the artist: The Spring Hill Art League will host a reception for artist Fred Mannarino from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Refreshments will be served. The artist works from realism and converts it into his own type of cubism. Mannarino's works will remain on display through the end of June. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 556-3984.
Motown and more: New York City is the backdrop for New York Nights, an all-new musical revue featuring singing and dancing to the sounds of Motown, rock 'n' roll, disco and Broadway, playing matinees and evenings through July 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50; show only, $38.45, plus tax and tip, for adults, $24.95 and $19.95 for kids 12 and younger. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.
Musical revue: Tickets are available for Yesterday … Broadway, Today … Stage West, which will be presented June 22-24 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Show times are 8 p.m. June 22 and 23 and at 2 p.m. June 24. Tickets are $15. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewest.net.
'Take it Easy': Live Oak Theatre Company will hold auditions for the musical Take It Easy from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. There are roles for three females and three males ages 16 to 22 who must be able to sing a solo and dance; one woman 40 to 60 who is a soprano soloist; one man 40 to 60 who can sing as a soloist and who has an Army officer look; and three females and three males 16 to 25 as chorus members who can also dance. Those auditioning must prepare 16 bars of an uptempo musical theater song, provide sheet music (an accompanist will be provided) or a CD, and be prepared to read from the script and dance. A head shot and resume are preferred. Callbacks are June 18. Rehearsals will begin after the summer months. Performances are Nov. 9 to 18. Visit liveoaktheatre.org.