Dancing it forward: A Step It Forward Dance Party, a benefit for the Dawn Center of Hernando County, is 7 to 10:30 p.m. today at the Pristine Place Clubhouse, 4350 St. Ives Blvd., Spring Hill. Hosted by 12-year-old Haley Greene, a seventh-grader at Gulf Coast Academy, as part of a pay-it-forward school project, the event will include music, food, drinks and dancing. Admission is $3 and a minimum of two donations for the Dawn Center, or $5 per person. For a list of items needed by the Dawn Center, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, visit stepitforward.com or facebook.com/stepitforward; or thedawncenter.com. For information, call (352) 610-1205.
For the dogs: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department hosts Bark Island for dogs and their owners 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. Owners must have a dog's current vaccination records/tags to enter. Bring a leash. The park fee is $7 per car or walkup patron. (352) 754-4031.
Family fun at the Elks: Brooksville Elks Lodge hosts an outdoor expo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the lodge grounds, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. This is a family event with activities for all ages. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office remote command center will be on site, as well as the county's Disaster Relief Team. There will be motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, woodcarvers, vendors, pony rides and a bounce house. The LifeSouth bloodmobile will also be on hand. There will be music and lunch available. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 596-2582.
A show of talent: The 15 finalists in the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent contest will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Performers will be competing for a $500 grand prize. The event is presented by the Tampa Bay Times, with proceeds benefiting the PHCC Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges. Tickets are $10, $5 for ages 12 and younger, and available at all PHCC campus stores or at the door (open one hour prior to showtime).
Celebrate American-Indian heritage: An Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Pow Wow kicks off today and continues through Sunday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. The event is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The grand entries: 5 p.m. today, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Includes Indian crafts, demonstrations, singing and dancing, storytelling and Indian foods. Admission is $3, with children 11 and younger admitted free. Pets on leashes welcome. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Primitive camping available. For information, call (352) 793-4781, (352) 793-5154 or (352) 408-4239.
Beware the barber's blade: Sweeney Todd opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows will continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 21. The musical is the story of a barber who slits the throats of his enemies, and his partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett, who helps dispose of the bodies by baking them in pies and selling them to unsuspecting customers at her pie shop. Tickets are $15. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.