Help decorate trail for Halloween event
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are seeking businesses and organizations to participate in the annual Haunted Tram Rides, a community event that will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, when the Pepper Creek Trail will be transformed into a trail of haunted scenarios. The park is at 4150 S Suncoast Blvd.
Participating organizations and businesses will be given a location along the trail to decorate. There is no cost to sponsor a location, and all locations will be judged for cash awards: First place will get $500, second place will get $300, and third place will get $100.
Guidelines and applications are available in the park office.
The annual event will also include clowns, face painting, a costume contest, refreshments, and trinkets for children 12 and younger. There will be a special haunted house set up for children; the cost to enter the haunted house will be $2 per child.
Businesses and organizations interested in participating and anyone seeking further details should call Susan Strawbridge at (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002.
Event will feature a tribute to Elvis
A VFW benefit featuring Bill Lindsey's Tribute to Elvis will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 4736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Along with the show, there will be 1950s and '60s dance music.
Tickets are $10 and include a hot dog and chips. For more information or reservations, call Fred at (352) 593-4010.
Spaghetti Fest will benefit nonprofit
Papa Joe's 30th annual Spaghetti Fest celebration and fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant on Spring Lake Highway at Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville.
This year's event will benefit the Arc of the Nature Coast. It will include all-you-can-eat spaghetti for 99 cents. There will be a raffle to win prizes such as gift certificates to area businesses, attractions and spas, plus theater tickets and more. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
Children's activities will begin at 3 p.m. There will be live entertainment, pony rides, balloon art, cart rides, games, face painting, a bounce house and more.
Also, in celebration of the restaurant's 30th anniversary, local bands will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30, and a Battle of the Bands competition will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1.
All proceeds will benefit the Arc, a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to Hernando County residents with developmental disabilities and their families.
For more information, call (352) 799-3904.
On stage: 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks'
The comedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks will premier at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.
The show is about Lily Harrison, a retired woman who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons in her gulf-front condo in St. Pete Beach. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship between two people from very different backgrounds.
The play, which addresses ageism and intolerance, contains adult language and is not recommended for children. It is directed by Myndee Washington and stars Betsy Glasson and Peter Clapsis.
The play will continue through Oct. 16, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets are $10. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as one hour before showtime. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit the website at stagewest.net.
Support group will help people in grief
HPH Hospice invites newly bereaved adults or those just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one to participate in the free, eight-week Grief's Journey support group. The group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 22, at the HPH Hospice West Hernando team office, 12260 Cortez Blvd.
A hospice bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies.
No prior association with HPH Hospice is needed to participate. Preregistration is required, as class size is limited. Attendance at one of the first two meetings is required to continue with the group. To register or for more information, call toll free 1-800-486-8784.
Alzheimer's walk will be Oct. 22 at park
The Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's will be Oct. 22 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road. Pre-walk activities will begin at 8 a.m., and the walk will start at 9 a.m.
This will be a 2-mile walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Participants can learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment and support programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association.
To start or join a team, visit alz.org/walk or call (352) 688-4537 or toll free 1-800-272-3900.