Ethnic festival rolls through the weekend
The annual Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church kicks off from 5 to 10 p.m. today at 13485 Spring Hill Drive. Admission and parking are free. The event features midway rides, games, entertainment and a variety of food. Tonight's entertainment includes the Show Palace Dinner Theater cast, Center Company, Explorer K-8 Band and Shazadi & Jewels of the Desert Belly Dance Troupe. The festival continues through Sunday. Call (352) 666-3063 or (352) 688-0663.
Nonprofit feeds the needy Sunday
People Helping People of Hernando will serve free meals to the needy from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. People Helping People is an interfaith, nonprofit organization that has formed to feed the homeless and hungry on the west side of the county. Meals are served on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Call Diane Rowden at (352) 573-4178.
Builders feature Parade of Homes
The Hernando Builders Association's 2009 Fall Parade of Homes will open Saturday and run through Nov. 8, with model homes open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visitors will be able to view 20 energy-efficient models from builders in Hernando and Citrus counties. The map with locations and information for all the models will be printed in the Times on Saturday as well as online at www.hernandobuilders.com. The event is sponsored in part by Progress Energy and the St. Petersburg Times. Call the Hernando Builders Association at (352) 596-1114.
County to give free H1N1 vaccinations
The Hernando County Health Department will provide 750 free H1N1 (swine) flu injectable vaccinations, first-come, first-served, from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Nature Coast Technical High School cafeteria. Visitors should enter behind Chocachatti Elementary School on Powell Road, and park at the back side of the high school. Tickets will be distributed, starting at 12:30 p.m., with an appointment time. Those eligible for the shots include pregnant women; those ages 6 months to 24 years and their caregivers/family members; ages 25-64 who have chronic medical conditions; and health care/emergency medical workers who provide direct patient care. Call (352) 540-6855.
Library Toddler Time, Storytime programs: Toddler Time (for ages 18-35 months) is at 10 a.m.; Storytime (for ages 3 to 5 years) is at 11 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Library to show 'The Soloist': 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Rated PG-13. Free. (352) 540-6391.