meet the artist
There's a reception for artist Jana Withers from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave. Wine and refreshments will be served. Withers' oil paintings will remain on display at Easy Street through Nov. 30. The free event is co-sponsored by the Spring Hill Art League. Call (352) 848-0177.
More Chicago: Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, has added a performance of the musical Chicago at 2 p.m. Saturday. Other performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Limited seating remains. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and an hour before each performance. Call (352) 683-5113.
Party in the park: The Hernando County Sheriff's Office sponsors the Hill 'n Dale Community Safety/Bike Rally from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hill 'n Dale Community Park, 6460 Boxwood St. The event includes a bounce house, bicycle course, complimentary food and drinks, giveaways and drawings. Those attending will be able to meet Sheriff Al Nienhuis and professional BMX rider Paul Smith. Call (352) 754-6830.
Ride 'em cowboy: The Citrus County Stampede Pro Rodeo is today and Saturday at the Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with mechanical bull riding, kids pony rides and games, vendors and food. The rodeo starts at 7:30. Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and younger. Call (352) 564-4525.
Start your engines: The inaugural Inverness Grand Prix is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along the streets near the historic courthouse in downtown Inverness. The high-speed go-kart event will have practice runs in the morning; races starting at noon. There will be live music and a car show. Free admission for spectators (a $10 pit pass is available). Go-kart registration is $25 for participants. Call (352) 628-9305.
Native powwow: A Native American Inter-Tribal Gathering is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. The event includes Indian crafts, food, demonstrations, drumming, singing and dancing, storytelling and other activities. Bring blankets or chairs. Park admission is $3 per car. Call (352) 793-4781 or (352) 793-5153.
Sounds of Christmas: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with a holiday concert, Sounds of the Season, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students (kindergarten through Grade 12); season tickets (three shows) are $30. Tickets are available at the Stage West Community Playhouse box office, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, or call (352) 683-5113.
Mathematical drama: Auditions for the David Auburn drama Proof are at 7 p.m. Nov. 27-28 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. There are roles for two women, both in their mid to late 20s, and two men, one in his late 20s and another about 50. Readings will be from the script. Performance dates are Feb. 9-19 in the Forum at Stage West. The director is Patty Villegas, (352) 340-4627 or [email protected]