summertime fun for kids
The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville will host Slip Slidin' into Summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. The free event includes hot dogs and drinks, games and prizes. Be prepared to get wet. Call Robert Draper, (352) 796-8531 or (352) 796-5141.
Youthful fun: A Youth Summer Kickoff event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. Youths in sixth through 12th grades are invited to this free event featuring inflatable games, including jousting, bungee runs and boxing, carnival games with prizes and free food and drinks. Call (352) 683-5882 or visit northcliffe online.org/summerkickoff.
Sweet finale: The musical comedy Sweet Charity wraps up this weekend at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson, with matinees and evening shows through Sunday. Dinner and show, $46; show only, $34.95, plus tax and tip; 12 and younger, $28.45 and $23.45. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.
Branson-style show: 24K Music Shows will present a musical variety show with tributes to Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson (Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School). Tickets are $18 to $45. Visit c24k.com or call toll-free 1-866-884-0291. A dinner catered by Marzella's International Catering of Hudson will be served at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $12. Call (727) 857-2604 for reservations.
Talent showcase: American Legion Post 99 will host Hernando Has Talent at 7 p.m. June 18 and 19 at 208 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Individuals and groups will perform to win prizes: first place is $150, second $75 and third $25. Up to 30 contestants will compete on June 18, with 10 finalists returning June 19. Winners will be determined by three judges, plus votes from the audience. The audience can vote for their favorites for $1 per vote (50 cents per vote will go to the winner's choice of charitable organization or fundraiser in Hernando County). Admission is $5 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the show. Contestants can still sign up; there is no cost to participate. Call Jennifer Frye at (352) 942-3919 or (352) 796-2826 or visit hernandohas talent.yolasite.com.
Dreamcoat: Auditions for the Stage West Community Playhouse production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are 1 p.m. June 19 and 6 p.m. June 20 at the theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Accompaniment will be provided; bring sheet music (no CDs allowed). Wear comfortable clothing for movement/dance. The cast will have 15 to 18 women, 15 to 18 men and a chorus of 12 children. Children must be ages 10-14; men's and women's roles will be filled by those 15 and older. For information, call director Leanne Germann at (352) 263-4576.
Comics wanted: Local comedians and wannabes are wanted to perform between musical sets at the Hot Summer Nights Market on Main Street that is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. on the third Saturday of June, July and August in downtown Brooksville. The first event is June 19, and will include live entertainment and family activities. Those interested can call Lisa at (352) 428-9275.