A calendar of events

Today

Fairgrounds Flea Market: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Notre Dame pancake breakfast fundraiser: Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Proceeds will benefit Notre Dame Catholic School. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $3 per person. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9666.

Dade's Battle Re-enactment: Includes period soldiers, Seminole and civilian camps, the Sutler Trade Fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing and primitive archery. The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m. Parking is $2 per vehicle; admission is $5 per person (children 5 and younger admitted free). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Monday

Academia Hernando Winter 2012 Lecture Series kicks off: Topic is "Stories for the Thinking Person," by Jerry Cowling. 10 a.m. $55 for the series; $8 for this lecture only. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Tuesday

About Boating Safely course: This three-day introductory program teaches safe boating practices, navigation, use of safety equipment and Florida law. 7 p.m. today through Thursday. $35. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417.

Wednesday

'The Straight Dope on Substance Abuse and Mental Health' presentation: Presented by Matt Fox, a licensed therapist and certified addictions professional who has a private practice in Spring Hill. 6 p.m. Free. The Beautiful Mind, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-0004. namihernando.org.

Thursday

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series: Featuring activist, writer, speaker and entrepreneur Kevin Powell, who will discuss "Dr. King, Obama, Hip-hop and the American Dream." 9:45 a.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. A second lecture will be at 7 p.m. at PHCC's East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. No cost to attend. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422.

PHCC presents Winter 2012 Senior Expo: Free miniseminars on beginning computers, digital photography, genealogy, art and painting, memory screening, pet first aid and other topics. Seating is limited. Also, area agencies and businesses will offer information about their services. The event is provided by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC to provide educational opportunities and special-interest workshops to the senior (50 and older) community. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Opening reception for 'The Painter of Women' exhibit: The exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 16, features works by artist Melanie Feldman. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3231. phcc.edu/gallery.

Solemnity of St. Anthony the Abbot celebration dinner-dance: Dinner will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill and will include chicken marsala, penne pomodoro, Caesar salad, focaccia bread and dessert. Music and dancing will follow. 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple; $10 for children 12 and younger. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-2096.

Brookridge Entertainment presents 'A Night at the 500 Club' starring Joey Arminio and Family: This is a musical revue that pays tribute to legendary crooners such as Dean Martin and Jerry Vale; it features music from the 1950s and '60s, and an appearance by "Liza Minelli." Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' opens at Stage West: Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for this 1940s drama about a culture clash between two notable characters from the South and the urban working class. 8 p.m. $15; $8 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Through Jan. 22. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net/mainstage.htm.

Friday

Reception for artist Betty Love: Co-hosted by the Spring Hill Art League. Refreshments will be served. Love's works will remain on display through the end of January. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Art, Craft Bridal & Frame at Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 556-3984.

'A Streetcar Named Desire': Tennessee Williams drama about a culture clash between two notable characters from the South and the urban working class. 8 p.m. $15; $8 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Through Jan. 22. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net/mainstage.htm.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house built more than 150 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 are welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseum assoc.com.

Saturday

Fairgrounds Flea Market: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

VFW Post 10209 pancake breakfast: 9 a.m. to noon. $4 for pancakes with two sausage links; a la carte items priced separately. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

West Hernando Central Model Railroad Club train show: The club has a working 20- by 20-foot layout featuring DC and DCC running HO trains. There will be vendors selling used and new G-gauge, HO-scale and N-scale electric trains. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Dana's Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-2484.

Winter bird walk: 10 a.m. to noon. Park admission is $3 per car. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus host soup-a-thon: All-you-can-eat soup, one cup at a time. There will be 57 local restaurants and 20 individuals providing soups. There will also be a bake sale and raffle. The cost is $5 for 25 chances. The drawing will be Jan. 15; winners do not have to be present. More than 25 prizes will be awarded, including a flat-screen TV, a year's worth of lawn maintenance, a round of golf, lunch for four and designer sunglasses. No outside soup cups allowed; no carryouts allowed. There will be four sittings: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9767.

Aglow International's 'Pray for the Nation': Area churches, government agencies, community leaders, law enforcement agencies and others are welcome to participate. The hourlong event will include patriotic and Christian music, Scripture, prayer and speakers. Noon to 1 p.m. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (352) 848-4182, 666-5600.

VFW Post 9236 steak dinner: 6 to 8 p.m. $10. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

'A Passion for Fashion' Prom Show: The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast, will include dinner and a fashion show of prom dresses, suits and tuxedos. The main purpose is to give Hernando County high school students a chance to win a variety of prom-related services and items. There will also be a selection of designer dresses available for between $40 and $100. 6 to 10 p.m. $10 for adults; $15 for students (or trade of a homecoming/prom gown). All tickets include dinner and a door prize ticket; student tickets also include five raffle tickets and a chance to win a prom ticket. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 345-4427, (352) 686-5183.

Aripeka Elks dinner show starring the 500 Club with Joey Arminio and Family: The show includes dancing, a tribute to Italian crooners and music of the 1950s and '60s. Dinner at 6 p.m.; showtime is 7:30 p.m. $32 for prime seating; $30 for regular seats. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

'An Elegant Evening' fundraiser dinner and opera: Presented by the Cultural Arts and Entertainment Center Organization, the evening kicks off with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the opera at 7 p.m. Opera selections from Carmen, Rigoletto, Aida and La Boheme will be performed. Music will be provided by cellist Scott Crowley and pianist Lorna Lee Stoehr, with performances by mezzo-soprano Lauren Rodriguez, soprano Alexi Doulgeris and tenor Baron Garriott of Tampa Bay's Matinee Opera Players. The evening will also include an auction of fine art. Tickets are $50 each and must be purchased in advance. Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville. (352) 238-5275, (352) 799-5811.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors will be on hand to assist. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.

After Holiday Blast: The event, sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary, will feature a performance by Dave Conrad as the Beach Bum DJ. Guests may bring their own beverages. Tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.; showtime is 7:30 p.m. $7. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 293-3418, 596-8485.

The Bronx Wanderers: The group, which performs 1950s and '60s hits, is currently touring as the opening act for actor-singer Danny Aiello. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, reserved seating. Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577.

'A Streetcar Named Desire': Tennessee Williams drama about a culture clash between two notable characters from the South and the urban working class. 8 p.m. $15; $8 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Through Jan. 22. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net/mainstage.htm.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members. Handheld cameras and recording devices are welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistorical museumassoc.com.

A calendar of events 01/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 7, 2012 10:28am]

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