Entertaining orphan: The Youth Summer Theater presents Anne of Green Gables at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission is $2. For information or to purchase tickets, call (352) 683-5882, send e-mail to [email protected] or stop by the church office.
It's a blast: The Hernando Sportsman's Club presents an Independence Day Machine Gun Shoot at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the club range, in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, off Commercial Way north of Weeki Wachee. Five cars will be destroyed, along with assorted other targets. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids 12 and younger, who must be accompanied by an adult. Shooters with their own guns may participate in the shoot for $20 for the day. Call (352) 597-9931 or v isit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Parade of carts: High Point Community's Fourth of July parade will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting at the entrance at Cortez Boulevard and ending at the community center at 12249 Clubhouse Road with a flag-raising ceremony. The parade lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. Call (352) 596-6006.
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. Matinees and evening performances 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 1-888-655-7469.
Sparklebration: The two-day Sparklebration will be today and Saturday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. The event starts at 7 p.m. today with "A Night of Patriotic Music," featuring the Mostly Pop Orchestra conducted by Robert Romanski, and performances by John and Mary K. Wilson and special guest Robert Wilson. Tickets are $15. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, with continuous live music, games, pony rides and magic. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Chairs and blankets are welcome. No coolers, food, alcohol or personal fireworks may be brought onto the grounds. Admission is $3 for adults, free for 10 and under. Parking costs $5.
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).
Trip the light fantastic: A big band dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 2 to 5 p.m. July 19 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Admission is $10. Food will be available. Reservations suggested. Call Mary at (352) 596-9486.
A cut above: The Boulevard Players will present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street July 23-26 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. July 23-25, with 2 p.m. matinees on July 25 and 26. Reserved tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Funds raised will benefit Springstead's choral department. To purchase tickets, call (352) 476-9086.