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Things to do in Hernando and the area

a-mazing corn

The corn maze at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, east of Masaryktown, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4. Includes a 5-acre corn labyrinth and other activities, including a corn cannon and hayrides. Proper shoes required. Visitors younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $8.50, $4.50 ages 3 to 11, and free for ages 2 and younger (cash only). Call (352) 279-0977.

This week

For the dogs: The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central will host Barktober Fest in the Park from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor St., Spring Hill. It includes a costume contest for dogs and their owners at 2 p.m. and a talented-dog contest at 3 p.m. There will be vendors, food and drink available, including beer and wine. Admission is free; parking is $1. For information, email rotarySHC@hotmail.com or call (352) 403-3632.

Benefit concert: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert of patriotic music at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting Stage West. The concert precedes the orchestra's season, and Stage West will be the new home of the orchestra. For tickets, call the box office at (352) 683-5113. Visit the website at hernandosymphony.com.

Festival of olives: A Fall Olive Harvest Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Drive, west of Brooksville. All things olives will be featured at this daylong festival, with seminars on growing olives (11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) and curing olives (noon and 3 p.m.). The Jazz Phools band will entertain from 2 to 5 p.m. Evening festivities include a sing-along and ghost stories around the fire, and showing of Night of the Living Dead film. Lawn chairs, coolers and well-behaved pets are welcome. Vendors and food will be available. Admission is free until 7 p.m., then $5. For information, call (352) 345-5940 or visit floridaconcerts.org.

Quick trip

Cooter-filled weekend: The Great American Cooterfest kicks off from 6 to 11 p.m. today with a block party at the courthouse square in downtown Inverness. Festivities continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. There will be turtle races, live music, games and numerous activities for all ages. Admission and parking are free. For information call (352) 726-2611 or visit cooterfestival.com.

Look ahead

Neil Diamond tribute: Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild will kick off the 2012-13 season with Jay White presenting a Tribute to Neil Diamond on Nov. 3 at the Hernando High Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is 7. Tickets are $25 each, $20 for active and retired military members. Season tickets for five shows are $80. For reservations, call (352) 799-5577. Visit the website at hpag.org.

'Beyond Therapy': The comedy premiers at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows continue 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18. Tickets are $12. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Curtain call

'The Miracle Worker': Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Needed are three men 45 to 60, one man 18 to 25, one boy 10 to 14, five women 25 to 60, one girl 10 to 17 and four girls 8 to 12. Performance dates are weekends Feb. 7 to 17. The director is George Dwyer. These are all nonpaid positions. Call (352) 683-5113.

Things to do in Hernando and the area 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:47pm]

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