Quick trip for the dogs
A Dog Dash event will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Bring leashed dogs for a 1-mile walk, or come alone for a 5K or half marathon run. Tickets, $10 to $45. Call (813) 792-1877.
Fair Christmas: This weekend is the last chance to visit Candy Cane Acres, from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The Christmas event includes a walk-through light display, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop and a Florida-style sleigh ride. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda are available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. Admission is $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets, to be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. For information, call (352) 796-4552.
Painting, sculpture exhibit: The Hernando County Arts Council will continue the exhibit "Images in Clay and Paint" through Monday at the Hernando Fine Arts Gallery, 7468 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. The exhibit features the work of sculptor Rosalie LoCurcio and painter Rosa Lea Addington. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. today and Monday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Contact Roger Sherman at (352) 799-2627 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit hernandoarts.org.
Haunted mansion: Ghost tours of the Hernando Heritage Museum are offered 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May's 3-year-old daughter, Jessie. Handheld cameras and recording devices welcome. The cost is $20, cash only. Reservations required. Call (352) 799-0129.
Let me entertain you: Gypsy will open with an 8 p.m. show Jan. 10 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows continue weekends through Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Loosely based on the memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical features hits such as Small World, Everything's Coming Up Roses and Let Me Entertain You. Tickets are $15. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewest.net.
Mamas and Papas tribute: Brookridge Entertainment will present "Monday, Monday — A Tribute to the Mamas and Papas" at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. The Mamas and Papas were a California-based vocal group during the 1960s and '70s, known for hits such as California Dreamin', Dancing in the Street and Dream a Little Dream of Me. Tickets cost $20. Call Vivian or Larry Schmidt at (352) 610-4901.
Civil War revisited: The Hernando Historical Museum Association and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club will present the 33rd annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment on Jan. 19 and 20 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a re-creation of a Civil War battle that happened in Hernando County in July 1864. It has become the largest Civil War re-enactment in Florida, with more than 1,500 re-enactors and their families participating. Admission is $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger, as well as Scouts in uniform. For details, visit brooksvilleraid.com or call (352) 799-0129.