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Breakfast at Aripeka Elks: Breakfast cooked to order from a varied menu. 8:30 a.m. to noon Prices vary $2.50-$4.50; cost for children younger than 10 is $2.50. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-2520.

Chasco Fiesta: The annual American Indian festival and carnival with music every day. 10 a.m. Free, fee for food and rides. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (877) 424-2726. chascofiesta.com.

Nature Coast Festival Singers Spring Concert: The chorus includes about 80 voices and will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections. Under the direction of James Urbanski. 3 p.m. Freewill offering will be received. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 597-2235.

Monday

Butterfly Gardening: Learn how to plant a garden designed to attract an array of fluttering butterflies. With master gardener Sue Walsh. 5:30 p.m. Free on first come, first seated basis. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Mother's Club of Hernando County Monthly Meetup Bingo: There will be food and prizes. Bring a friend. Members are asked to bring an appetizer, snack or dessert to share. The club will provide beverages. 7:30 p.m. Babysitting available for $2 per child. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 613-0963. stfrances.org.

Tuesday

Library to show 'The Last Song': The 2010 film, rated PG, stars Miley Cyrus as a reluctant teenager who spends the summer with her estranged father, played by Greg Kinnear, in a small Southern beach town. While she would rather be home in New York, her father tries to reconnect through the only thing they have in common: music. Light refreshments will be served. 2 p.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 540-6391.

Hernando County Green Party to show 'South of the Border': The 2009 film is Oliver Stone's road trip across five South American countries, interviewing seven elected presidents, including Hugo Chavez. The documentary explores the social and political movements in these countries. Arrive earlier for complimentary snacks and information before the screening. 6 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-3151.

Wednesday

Firearms Safety Class: This is a orientation program for new gun shooters. Completion of this class also provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. This class is about five hours, including range time. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. $50. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. (352) 597-9931. hernando sportsmansclub.com.

Spaghetti Night at Veterans of Foreign Wars: Includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, salad bar, garlic bread and spumoni. Adult beverages can be purchased. 4:30 to 7 p.m. $6.50. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Thursday

Writing Your Personal History: Get ideas and tips on how to get started on writing about life experiences. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free, but advance registration is required. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6392.

Lost in Yonkers: The Pulitzer Prize-winning Neil Simon comedy/drama about two boys who are left in the care of their strong-willed grandmother, while their father works as a traveling salesman, desperate to repay money he borrowed from loan sharks. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.

Friday

Mariner United Methodist Church Yard Sale: Boutique items, jewelry, books, clothing, household items, toys, glassware, furniture, tools, lumber, food, drinks and baked goods. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.

HEART Literacy Yard Sale: Proceeds go toward the free GED/SOL program. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. HEART Adult Literacy, 801 N Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 797-7018.

Children's Stories and Crafts Program: The themed programs include stories, songs, games and crafts. Starts at 11 a.m. for ages 18-35 months, and 11:45 a.m. for ages 3-5 years. No registration required. This six-week program (through May 13) is provided by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Red Eagle Lodge presents 11th annual Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow: The host drum group is The Descendants and the guest drum group is Unity Drum. Includes lectures on American India topics, history and a drumming circle, crafter booths, dancing and storytelling. Grand entry time at 6 p.m. 3 to 8 p.m. $3 adults, $1 for ages 6-16, free for ages 5 and younger. Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. (352) 400-5644, 563-2817.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: 5 p.m. Prices vary. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

"More Sex & Chocolate" Event for Women: A candid look at the "spicy recipe God has for sex in marriage." It also will provide an array of chocolate desserts. There will be seven panelists, all Christian women with a collective 150 years of experience in marriage, who will discuss various aspects of what the Bible says about sex in marriage. There will also be giveaways of a gift certificate for dinner at Salute Italian Restaurant, a day spa and 30-minute massage at Addome Bella Salon, and a goody basket filled with "playful surprises." 7 p.m. Free. Victorious Life Church North Campus, 18924 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 799-2821.

Lost in Yonkers: The Pulitzer Prize-winning Neil Simon comedy/drama about two boys who are left in the care of their strong-willed grandmother, while their father works as a traveling salesman, desperate to repay money he borrowed from loan sharks. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.

Saturday

Croom Fools Run: April Fools-themed 15-mile (7 a.m.), 50-mile (6 a.m.) and 50K (7 a.m.) runs through the oak hammocks, past creek bottoms and cypress ponds on the 15-mile main running trail. Jester hats recommended but not required. 6 a.m. Sold Out for runners: Spectators Free. Withlacoochee State Forest, 15003 Broad St., Brooksville. (813) 232-5200. fools50.com.

Bark Island: Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to the beach. Must have the dog's current vaccination record to enter. Bring a leash. 7 to 9 a.m. $7 per car or walk up patron. Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Weeki Wachee. (352) 754-4031.

Mariner United Methodist Church Yard Sale: Boutique items, jewelry, books, clothing, household items, toys, glassware, furniture, tools, lumber, food, drinks and baked goods. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.

Brooksville Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale: Breakfast is 8 to 11 a.m., yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Breakfast is $5 adults, $3 children. Beef O'Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 410-2140 or (352) 796-1011.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Youth Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-5310.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Yard Sale: Refreshments, baked goods and pierogies will be available. Vendor tables available. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 11200 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-6050. htoc-fl.org.

Backyard Bonanza Audubon Fundraiser: Everything you need to create a backyard habitat, including ideas, suggestions, native plants, shrubs and trees, nesting boxes, feeders and supplies, butterfly blooms and rearing boxes. Funds raised benefit the sanctuary. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ahhochee Hill Sanctuary, 24268 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 797-3545.

Red Eagle Lodge presents 11th Annual Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow: The host drum group is The Descendants and the guest drum group is Unity Drum. Includes lectures on American Indian topics, history and a drumming circle, crafter booths, dancing and storytelling. Grand entry times at 1 and 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No pets, alcohol, weapons or firearms. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $3 adults, $1 for ages 6-16, free for ages 5 and younger. Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. (352) 400-5644, 563-2817.

Breakfast With the Easter Bunny: Breakfast, games, parent/child relay races, arts and crafts, photo opportunities and an Easter egg hunt. Reservations required by Thursday. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10 per family. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

SNPJ Lodge 778/Suncoast Dance and Party Center Craft Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor cost is $10 for indoor tables and $8 for outdoor tables, payable by cash or check. SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (727) 753-9631.

Weeki of the Young Child — Take a Trip Into the Storybook Forest: There will be themed booths, each representing a children's storybook. Families can participate in activities and crafts that correlate with each book. There will also be arts and crafts activities, storytellers, costume characters, child-friendly music, play area and a complimentary lunch. Children can also tour a vintage fire truck, UPS truck and the coalition's Mobile Outreach Van. Parents will also be able to register their children for the voluntary prekindergarten program. The first 400 children to arrive will receive a Clifford book and have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog. The event is hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission, $2 parking. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 233-8291. phelc.org.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: Noon. Prices vary. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Pots for Tots: Nature Coast Potters will display its wares and offer them for sale and auction, to raise money for foster children. Pottery demonstrations begin at 4 p.m. 3 to 9 p.m. Free. Dirty Dog Pottery, 14162 Hurricane Drive, Weeki Wachee.

A Taste of Relay for Life: Sponsored by Preceptor Delta Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. 4 to 6 p.m. $5 for 10 tastings. First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 279-1198, 796-5490.

Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County Beach Ball and Cruise In: Car cruise-in will be 4 to 6 p.m., and the ball from 6 to 10 p.m., which includes dinner, a silent auction, contests, games, music and dancing. Guests can win $25,000 cash (must be present to win). Ball tickets are $30 general, $50 VIP. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 754-1159. habitatbeachball.org.

Standing Tall For Veterans presents Stan Prinston and Robin Unger: Buffet dinner and show. 5 to 9 p.m. $20. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 596-2582. standingtallforveterans.org.

Lost in Yonkers: The Pulitzer Prize-winning Neil Simon comedy/drama about two boys who are left in the care of their strong-willed grandmother, while their father works as a traveling salesman, desperate to repay money he borrowed from loan sharks. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.

Events for the week of April 3 04/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 1:19pm]

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