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Event happenings in Hernando County

Today/New

Great Spring Lake United Methodist Church Spaghetti Dinner: 4 to 7 p.m., 4191 Spring Lake Highway, Spring Lake, east of Brooksville. Dine in or carry out. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger; maximum cost per family is $25. Hosted by the Methodist Men. (352) 799-7028.

'On Broadway' benefit for Hernando-Pasco Hospice: 7 p.m., Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. About 40 performers from John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts, ages 8 to 18, will sing and dance to tunes from Hairspray, Wicked, The Lion King, The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Mama Mia, Cats, Rent, A Chorus Line, Thoroughly Modern Millie and more. Tickets are $15; call (352) 683-8395 or at the door. All proceeds go the Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

Relay for Life garage sale with Team Yogi Bears: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 198729 Winding Oaks Blvd., in the Autumn Oaks subdivision off County Line Road, Spring Hill/Hudson border. This is a multi-family sale with books, clothing, small appliances, kitchen and bath items and more. Gerriann Fernandez, (352) 666-1837.

Friday/Continuing

Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The Winter Art Exhibit, which runs through March 6, features hand-painted china by the Hernando Porcelain Artists; handmade quilts by the Hernando Quilters; model ships by the Suncoast Ship Model Society; photographs by the Spring Hill Camera Club; and a new selection of poetry by members of Just Poets. On the second-floor walls are paintings by artists Karen Heidler, Irene Kerr, Christine Morano and Patricia Ann Ritter, as well as stencil prints by Masao Yamada. Also, special to the gallery is an exhibit of works by Jasmine Munford. (352) 544-5407.

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: Dinner and dancing, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Doors open at 4 p.m.; dinner served from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Music for dancing provided. Dinner is $10 for members, $11 for nonmembers; dancing only is $6. (352) 596-2582.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 67: Bingo. Warm-ups at 4:45 p.m., early bird at 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m., 16314 Cortez Blvd. west of Brooksville. (352) 796-1679.

Ghost tours at Hernando Heritage Museum: 8 to 10 p.m., 601 Museum Court, downtown Brooksville. Reservations are a must. The cost is $20 per person. Hand-held devices welcome (cameras, digital recorders, etc.). (352) 799-0129 or www.hernando historicalmuseum.com.

Hernando Council Senior Citizens No. 1: Pinochle, noon to 3:30 p.m., 8187 Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The cost is $3, which includes lunch and prizes. Linda, (352) 573-7696.

Knights of Columbus/St. Anne's Church: Bingo, 11 a.m., 4142 Treiman Blvd. (U.S. 301), Ridge Manor. (352) 583-2550.

Spring Hill Duplicate Bridge Club: Games start at 12:30 p.m., Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. For partners, call Kit, (352) 666-7339. For information, call Mary Ellen, (352) 596-1524.

VFW Post 8681 and Ladies Auxiliary: Bingo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., early bird at 6:15 p.m. and regular games at 6:45 p.m., 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Food available. (727) 856-1860.

VFW Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary: Fish and chips served 5 to 7 p.m. for $5, followed by Paul K Music and Karaoke at 7 p.m., 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4446.

VFW Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary: Entertainment by Tammy Sue, 8 to 11 p.m., in the canteen, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398 or vfwpost 10209.webs.com.

Saturday/New

Augustana Symphonic Band in concert: 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The 70-member band from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., is one of the oldest college musical organizations, founded in 1874. Admission is free, but a goodwill offering will be accepted. (352) 683-9016.

Bird walk at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the entrance to the park's visitor center, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. An experienced birder will lead the walk on the Pepper Creek Trail, which is part of the west section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Pepper Creek Trail is about three-quarters of a mile long and follows along the park's tram road, connecting the visitor center on U.S. 19 and the west entrance on Fishbowl Drive. Participants can either walk back or wait and take the first returning boat after the park opens. There is no charge to use the trail or for the return boat trip. (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.

Black History Village Extravaganza: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kennedy Park, 1000 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. The event will include music, speakers and a display of artifacts, art, photos and more. (352) 688-2861.

Brooksville Elks host sea food bake: 3 to 5 p.m., 11494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. There will be an all-you-can-eat buffet that will include New England clam chowder, Manhattan seafood chowder, Italian sausage with onions and peppers, meatloaf, corn on the cob, baked beans, roasted potatoes, macaroni salad and coleslaw. The cost is $12 per person. However, those who purchase tickets for $20 will receive the buffet as well as two dozen clams or mussels. Mary Ellen Volzer, (352) 573-7749.

Calusa Wood Carvers Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Featuring hundreds of wood carvings for sale, carving-related demonstrations, sit-in seminars and vendors of tools and wood. A $3 donation is suggested. Lou Gusmini, (813) 995-9255.

Citrus County Craft Council's 19th annual Spring Fling Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Crystal River National Guard Armory, Venable Street, off U.S. 19., Crystal River. Featuring numerous crafters selling products such as stained glass art, painted glass, ceramics, floral arrangements, handcrafted cards and jewelry, wood work, porcelain dolls and more. Each crafter has donated an item to be raffled, with raffles being drawn every half-hour during the show. Refreshments will be available throughout the day from the National Guard Armory Family Support Group. The show is to benefit the Humanitarians of Florida. Ruth Rausch, (352) 726-1991.

Flea Market fundraiser at VFW: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Vendor spaces are $20. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. (352) 597-7907.

'Gardening with Natives' horticulture class: 10 a.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4433.

Hernando County Reading Festival: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Brooksville. Visitors will be able to meet a number of children's authors, including Bruce Hale, author of the Chet Gecko series and Snoring Beauty, as featured on Oprah's Kids Reading Lists. Hale will give presentations at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. There will also be food, games and face painting. Admission and all activities are free. Call (352) 797-7018.

Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts Gun and Knife Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Featuring new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories. Admission is $6; youths 16 and younger admitted free with adult. (352) 799-3605.

Junktique and baked good sale at Nativity Lutheran Church: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The church youth will sell refreshments. (352) 597-1456 or 592-3454.

Music Festival for Autism Awareness: 2 p.m., Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave, Spring Hill. The event includes a classic car and truck show, karaoke on the Palmwood stage with the original Shenannigans Gang, games for children and vendors selling crafts, food and beverages. The Category 5ive band will perform. Admission is free; donation for parking. VIP seating is available for $5. The event will benefit Unlocking Autism for 1 Small Voice. Vendor spaces available. Jim, (352) 584-2517, or Cara at the Lake House, (352) 666-4746.

'On Broadway' benefit for Hernando-Pasco Hospice: 7 p.m., Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. About 40 performers from John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts, ages 8 to 18, will sing and dance to tunes from Hairspray, Wicked, The Lion King, The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Mama Mia, Cats, Rent, A Chorus Line, Thoroughly Modern Millie and more. Tickets are $15; call (352) 683-8395 or at the door. All proceeds go the Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

PEO card party: 11 a.m., Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. Bridge or canasta will be played. Tea sandwiches will be served as well as salads, fruit, desserts and beverages. There will be door prizes, table prizes and raffles. Tickets are $15 each. Hosted by the Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter HR of Weeki Wachee. Funds will go toward scholarships for women. Rose Conti, (352) 596-2272 or Barbara Kroger, 596-6314.

Relay for Life garage sale with Team Yogi Bears: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 198729 Winding Oaks Blvd., in the Autumn Oaks subdivision off County Line Road, Spring Hill/Hudson border. This is a multi-family sale with books, clothing, small appliances, kitchen and bath items and more. Gerriann Fernandez, (352) 666-1837.

Sock Hop with DJ John Conroy: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., sock hop starts at 7, High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. Tickets $5 each. Those attending are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks. The event is sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary. (352) 596-4867 or (352) 597-3852.

Saturday/Continuing

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 67: Bingo. Warm-ups at 4:45 p.m., early bird at 6 p.m. and regular games at 6:30 p.m. 16314 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville. (352) 796-1679.

Ghost tours at Hernando Heritage Museum: 8 to 10 p.m., 601 Museum Court, downtown Brooksville. By reservation only. The cost is $20 per person. Hand-held devices welcome (cameras, digital recorders, etc.). (352) 799-0129 or www.hernandohistorical museum.com.

Love Your Neighbor's 'Saturday at the Market': 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. This weekly farmers' market includes vendors selling fresh produce and cooking demonstrations. Funds raised benefit Love Your Neighbor, a nonprofit group that feeds the homeless and needy. Lisa Callea, (352) 428-9275.

Spring Hill Garden Club Plant Nursery: 9 a.m. to noon, Parker Avenue, off Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Kathy Lockwood, (352) 683-9933.

VFW Post 8713 And Ladies Auxiliary: Live entertainment with Country Pride Band, 2 to 5 p.m.; karaoke at 6 p.m., 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4449.

VFW Post 8681 And Ladies Auxiliary: Live entertainment, 6 p.m., 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills. (727) 856-1860.

Weeki Wachee Area Club: Bingo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 7442 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. These are quarter games. 596-3316.

Sunday

Calusa Wood Carvers Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Featuring hundreds of wood carvings for sale, carving-related demonstrations, sit-in seminars and vendors of tools and wood. A $3 donation is suggested. Lou Gusmini, (813) 995-9255.

Polish American Social Club: Dinner-dance, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The dinner choice is stuffed pepper or baked chicken, which will be served from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Dancing to Music By Jeanne from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $11 for members, $12 for nonmembers and guests. Proper dance attire requested. A full-service bar is available. Call for reservations. Dolores, (352) 596-4802, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.

Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to 754-6133 or e-mailed to pday@sptimes.com (please include club's name in e-mail subject line). The deadline for news is 10 days before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact petact person and phone number are missing. Call 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Event happenings in Hernando County 02/26/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:21pm]

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