Visit Dogpatch with 'Li'l Abner' at Stage West
Tickets are available for the musical Li'l Abner, which will be presented March 4-21 on the Main Stage at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. The musical, based on the comic strip by Al Capp, will be directed by Peter Clapsis. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. March 4 and Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for students. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit www.stagewest.net.
Adult volunteers needed at hospice
HPH Hospice needs adult volunteers to visit hospice patients, as well as some who can help in the office with answering phones, making calls to bereaved individuals or helping with special office projects. A two-day orientation for volunteers will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the team office at 698 S Broad St. Advance registration is required. Call Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.
Children's author to speak at festival
The Hernando County Reading Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St. Visitors will be able to meet author Michael Sampson, a New York Times bestselling author of 30 children's books, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3; Star of the Circus and Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat. Sampson will give presentations at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., with a book signing to follow. Also, storyteller Windell Campbell will entertain with puppets and props at 12:15 and 1 p.m. There will be face painting, character appearances, balloons, free activities and food available. Door prizes will be awarded. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 797-7018.
Hear the islands at steel drum concert
The Brooksville Music Club will present "A Caribbean Sampler" steel drum concert at 2:30 p.m. March 7 at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W. The concert will feature steel drum music performed by Kokomo Chris, and songs by the Nature Coast Boys Choir, Nature Coast Festival Singers, Al Wright and others. Tickets are $15 and include door prizes and catered island food. Tickets may be purchased (by check only) at Edward James Investments, 7 Main St.; at the door; after church services at Christ Lutheran, or by calling Sandy Kaliscak at (352) 556-3428, Charlene Johnston at (352) 666-4867 or Julie Hooten at (352) 799-4029.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents 'Big Bands Return — Tribute to Lee Cave': 2 p.m., Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $12 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-12. (352) 597-9555.
Vic Thompkins and VTO concert: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime at 7, Clover Leaf Farms, 900 N Broad St., Brooksville. $12 at the door, if available. (352) 397-3638 or (352) 597-5155.
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