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Library to show free film on Queen Victoria
The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a free viewing of The Young Victoria at 2 p.m. July 6 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.
The film, rated PG, is about the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. At 17 and in line for the thrown, Victoria was already the object of a royal power struggle. Emily Blunt stars as Queen Victoria and Rupert Friend as Prince Albert.
Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost and no registration needed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Fourth of July events span food to fireworks
The following events are planned in celebration of Independence Day:
• Hernando County Philippine American Association's Independence Day Dinner, Show and Dance, 6 to 11 p.m. July 3, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The menu includes roast pork, spare ribs, roast chicken, lumpia, pancit (noodles), assorted vegetables and desserts. Tickets are $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for children 6-15 and free for 5 and younger. Call (352) 848-1031, (352) 666-5381 or (352) 397-9730.
• High Point Fourth of July Parade, July 4. The parade lineup will start at 8:30 a.m. at the High Point bus stop near Cortez Boulevard. The parade starts at 9 a.m., and will proceed down High Point Boulevard to Club House Road, ending at the community center. Call (352) 596-6006.
• VFW Post 8713 Fourth of July Service, 11 a.m. July 4, 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. A cookout will follow, with ribs, chicken and numerous side dishes. The cost is $5. There will be raffles and music. Call (352) 796-4449.
• VFW Post 8681 Independence Day Celebration, July 4, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. A ceremony will be at 11 a.m., followed by a pig roast from noon to 4 p.m. Music provided by Short Notice from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6.50. Call (727) 856-1860.
• Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 Independence Day Celebration, July 3, 9135 Denton Ave. Music with Jim and Jim from 3 to 7 p.m., with karaoke with Annie starting at 7 p.m. Dinner served at 4 p.m., which includes a half of baked chicken, potato salad and baked beans. Tickets are $8, available at the bar, as well as at the door. Call (727) 863-2520.
• City of Inverness Patriotic Evening: An Old-Fashioned Hometown Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza, 5 to 10 p.m. July 3, Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park, downtown Inverness. Includes children's activities, food vendors, music by Neon Truckers and Cooter Idol winner Ricky Mitchell. An opening ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, as well as a flashlight. No personal fireworks or pets allowed. Free parking and admission. Call (352) 726-3913 or visit www.inverness-fl.gov.
• Machine Gun Shoot, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4, Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee (9.5 miles north of Cortez Boulevard), in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. Five cars will be destroyed, along with an assortment of other targets. More than 100 machine guns are expected. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Spectator admission is $2; children younger than 15 are admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Shooters with their own machine gun can pay $20 to participate. Vendor spaces are available for $20. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Storyteller to salute patriots of Revolution
An evening of storytelling with local author Jerry Cowling will be from 7 to 9 p.m. July 3 at Hill House Bed and Breakfast, 406 E Liberty St.
Cowling will salute lesser-known patriots of the American Revolutionary War with short biographical sketches of generals, spies, flag makers and politicians.
Complimentary refreshments will be served. There is no cost for admission. Call (352) 345-4466.