LOOK AHEAD TO MERMAIDS AND MORE
The 65th Anniversary Mermaid Reunion celebration is July 14 and 15 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Shows feature present and former mermaids. Park admission is $13 for adults, $8 for kids age 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656 or visit weekiwachee.com.
King's benefit: A "Night of Music" benefit for Kenn "E" Grube and his family is 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by the restaurant and radio stations WWJB-AM 1450 and WXJB-FM 99.9. It will feature music by the Tyler Creek Road Band, Titewad and If We Were From Texas. Grube will also perform as Elvis. Donations collected will benefit the Grube family, whose home in Brooksville sustained more than $25,000 in damages from flooding in May due to Tropical Storm Beryl. For information, call (352) 442-8060.
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. Reservations required. The cost is $20, cash only. Reservations required. Call (352) 799-0129.
Patriotic fest: A Patriotic Family Fun Day is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. There will be a bike and pet parade, relay races and games, barbecue food, hand-cranked ice cream and activities for all ages. Free entry into the park. Call (352) 793-4781 or visit floridastateparks.org/ dadebattlefield.
Motown and more: New York City is the backdrop for New York Nights, an all-new musical revue featuring singing and dancing to the sounds of Motown, rock 'n' roll, disco and Broadway, playing matinees and evenings through July 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show for adults: $49.50, plus tax and tip. Show only: $38.45. Dinner and show for ages 12 and younger: $24.95. Show only: $19.95. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.
Singing orphan girl: Little Orphan Annie returns to the stage in a youth production of Annie Jr. July 13 to 15 and 20 to 22 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $10. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewest.net.
Hypnotically entertaining: Renowned "Magnet Man" hypnotist Julius Kovacs will take the stage for two performances at 2 and 6 p.m. July 20 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Doors open two hours prior to each show. Tickets are $20, plus tax. A cash bar and light menu will be available. For reservations, call (727) 863-7949.
'Sweeney Todd': Auditions for the musical are 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. There are seven male roles and three female roles, as well as an ensemble of about 15 people. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing songs from the show. There will be choreographed movement throughout and minimal readings. Show dates are Oct. 11 to 14 and 19 to 21. For information, contact director Barbara Everest at [email protected]