Readers theater: A staged reading of Hot Coffee and Live Bait, a new, original production by Mary Sheldon, will begin at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Forum theater at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The story is about a quiet weekend that goes awry at Rose Lake in the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Tickets are $5. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewest.net.
Art reception: A free wine and cheese reception for artist Jana Withers will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at Nanette's Spirit of the Hand Gallery, 13157 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. While her medium of choice is oil, Withers also has works in pencil, pastel, watercolor and acrylic. The collection of landscapes, flowers and wildlife is on exhibit through July. Co-sponsored by the Spring Hill Art League. Call (352) 597-7391.
Let's do the twist: The Spring Hill Community Association will host a '50s Sock Hop at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Music will be provided by DJ Marty the One Man Party. There will be prizes for best 1950s attire, a dance contest, a hula hoop contest and other activities. Food and drinks will be available. Tickets are $5. Call Cara at (352) 666-4746, visit online at springhilllakehouse.org or stop by the office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today.
Coin show: The West Hernando Coin Club will host its Summer Coin Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Free admission and parking. Food and drinks available. The event will feature more than 50 vendors for buying, selling and appraisals of coins, including gold, silver, U.S. and foreign coins, and paper money. There will be free hourly door prizes and a free gold drawing. Call Vincent at (352) 428-4564 or Guy at (352) 345-9979.
Magical memories: This Magic Moment, a story set to the music of the 1950s and '60s, continues through July 26 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Tickets to matinees and evening performances are available. Dinner and show, $46; show only, $34.95, plus tax and tip; ages 12 and younger, $28.45 and $23.45. Call toll-free at 1-888-655-7469.
Celebrating freedom: The Nature Coast Freedom Fest will be held July 3 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. This year's annual patriotic celebration will feature country singing star Rodney Atkins, followed by a fireworks display by Pyrotechnico of America. Lindsay Taylor will also perform. Gates open at 3 p.m. Limited VIP tickets (up front) for the Atkins concert are $25. General admission is $5, and parking is $5. The family event includes numerous activities and concessions. Call Joe Santerelli at (352) 799-0687 or visit naturecoastfreedomfest.com.
Silly sisters: Meshuggah-Nuns! The Ecumenical Nunsense will be performed July 10-12 and July 17-19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. While the sisters are on a trip aboard the "Faiths of All Nations" cruise, the cast of Fiddler on the Roof gets seasick, and the ship's captain asks the sisters to put on a show. Tickets are $10. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 (open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).