Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Lots of things to do this week and coming up

This week

Traveling tin cans: The Tin Can Tourists winter convention continues today through Sunday at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. The event includes more than 50 trailers and motor coaches from the 1940s, '50s and '60s, including rarities. Visitors can view the trailers and motor coaches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3 per vehicle. Call (941) 748-1483 or visit online at tincantourists.com.

Blues and bluebirds: The Hernando Audubon Society will present Blues on the Hill on Saturday at Ahhochee Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 24268 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Starting at noon, Audubon members and other bluebird enthusiasts will offer information about attracting and keeping bluebirds. Blues music and a barbecue will follow at 4 p.m., featuring Dave Shepard and the Blues Riders. The dinner will be provided by Lake Lindsey Deli. Wine tasting will be provided by Aspirations Winery. Bring lawn chairs. Afternoon programs are free; the evening barbecue is $15. Proceeds will benefit Ahhochee Hill. Dinner reservations are recommended; call (352) 797-3545.

Rockin' for charity: The Nature Coast Kiwanis Club will host the annual Rockin' Thru the Ages from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner. The event includes raffles, silent auction and music from the 1950s through '90s. Call (352) 293-4317.

Evening with the Ricardos and Mertzes: The Temple Beth David Players will present Trouble at the Tropicana, a mystery dinner play, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. The show is a spoof of the TV show I Love Lucy, featuring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel as they enjoy tropical drinks and music at Ricky's club. Tickets are $15. Call (352) 686-7034.

Quick trip

Sing us a song: A dinner show featuring "Piano Man" Henry Haid will be held Saturday at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dinner is at 6 p.m.; showtime is 7:30. Haid will perform the music of Billy Joel. Tickets are $30 for regular seating and $32 for prime seating. Call (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Look ahead

Musical conman: Meredith Willson's The Music Man will open at 8 p.m. March 8 at Stage West, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The show will continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 18. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewest.net.

Party in the swamp: The annual Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest will kick off with a Carnival Night from 4 to 10 p.m. March 2 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill. Festival hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4, with the carnival continuing from noon to 10 p.m. both days. Admission is $3; free for children 12 and younger. Call (352) 596-3757 or visit swampfestweekiwachee.com.

Curtain call

'Barefoot in the Park': Auditions for the Neil Simon comedy will be at 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday at Stage West, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. There are roles for two women, one in her 20s and another between 50 and 60, and small roles for two men, one 30 or older and another younger than 70. Performance dates are May 10-20. For info, call director Terri Marwood at (352) 684-1787 or (352) 397-0259.

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