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Neil Simon's Broadway comedy Barefoot in the Park, about newlyweds with different views of life, is showing through May 20 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15, reserved seating. Call (352) 683-5113.

This week

A-mazing sunflowers: The spring sunflower maze is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of May at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, just east of Masaryktown. There are hayrides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, a tree fort, food vendors, fresh lemonade, a storyteller and more. Admission is $8.50 for ages 12 and older, $4.50 for ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger. Cash only. Visit sweetfieldsfarm.com or call (352) 279-0977.

Musical crusade: The Nature Coast Children's Crusade will present the Shark Aid 2012 Charity Festival from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Nature Coast Technical High School's football stadium, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Groups performing include Jacob Rice and Christian Rice, Something of the Starting, Act of Class and August Name. There will also be a waterslide, beading activities and games. Concessions will be available. Bring a blanket or beach towel. Admission is $5. Proceeds will go toward stocking food pantries throughout the county. Call (352) 797-7088, ext. 333.

Battle of the school jazz bands: A competitive festival for middle and high school jazz bands will be Saturday at Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Ensembles will perform in half-hour intervals, starting at 2 p.m. Bands include Weeki Wachee, Springstead, Durant, Zephyrhills, Santa Fe, Land O'Lakes and North Marion high schools, and Bayonet Point and Thurgood Marshall Fundamental middle schools. Afterward, the three judges will perform. An awards ceremony will follow. Concessions available. Admission is $5 adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call (352) 797-7029.

Patriotic and inspirational: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present "Songs of Faith and Freedom" at 3 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The concert will include music by Irving Berlin, Ralph Vaughn Williams, J.S. Bach and others, and will include patriotic songs such as Armed Forces Pride of America. Admission is free. An offering will be collected. For information, call Liesl King at (352) 835-7076 or (352) 848-4484.

Quick trip

Song and dance: The high-energy musical Swing!, about the 1930s Harlem dance craze, continues matinees and evenings through June 3 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50; show only, $38.45, plus tax and tip, for adults; $24.95 and $19.95 for ages 12 and younger. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

Look ahead

From swing to Beatles to blues: The Spring Hill Community Association has rescheduled the Rockaways outdoor concert for May 19 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., with music starting at 4 p.m. Opening the show will be Eddie Lawrence's Company Swing Band, featuring Kim Evans. Food and drink vendors will be on hand; beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Parking is $1. Tickets purchased for the rained-out concert in April will be honored. Call (352) 666-4746 or visit springhilllakehouse.org.

Things to do in Hernando County 05/10/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:05pm]
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