Events for the week of Jan. 23-29

Today

Cirque du Monde: The show includes European Cirque characters from around the world and incorporates singing, dancing and contortionists. A discounted price of $48 is available for those who purchase tickets for the remaining three shows of the season, which include Cirque, the Lowe Family on Feb. 19 and Johnny Cool and the Mobster Swing Band on March 19. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Individual show tickets are $25. Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577.

Florida Classic Clusters dog show: Named one of the top 20 dog show events in the Southeast, this all-breed show features nearly 20,000 dogs from around the world competing in conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials and rally trials. Dogs welcome. Guided tours available. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 480-3975. floridaclassicpark.com.

Florida Manatee Festival: The 24th annual event includes fine arts and crafts by more then 50 exhibitors, live entertainment, boat and kayak tours, car and boat shows, a beer and wine garden, manatee education, live music, a Jimmy Buffet sound-alike contest and children's activities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $3; 12 and younger free. U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue, Crystal River. (352) 726-2801.

Hernando County Fairgrounds Weekend Flea Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. (352) 397-3351.

Hernando Sportsman's Club Gun and Knife Show: The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $6; children 15 and younger will be admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 799-3605.

Humane Society of the Nature Coast yard sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Western Way Plaza, Cortez Boulevard at Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill. (352) 596-2355.

Suncoast Arts Fest: This sixth annual event includes more than 100 fine artists and crafters. Activities include visual art demonstrations with Tim Decker, a children's entertainment hour, live music, an interactive arts area for kids and the Taste of Wiregrass. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel. (727) 247-6182. suncoastartsfest.com.

Toney Brothers Quartet: 6 p.m. Faith Baptist Church, 175 Springtime St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-5060.

Monday

Academia Hernando winter lecture series: Topic: "All That Jazz," by Joel Fyvolent. 10 a.m. $8 per lecture; $55 for the series. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Caring for Cold-Damaged Plants: Learn if freeze- and frost-damaged plants can be saved. 5:30 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Tuesday

High Point Community Chorus presents Hudson Middle School Jazz Band: Proceeds benefit the school's music department. 7 p.m. $3 at the door. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 592-2147.

Library to show 'Despicable Me': The animated film features Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, who is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world — he is going to steal the moon. The 2010 film is rated PG. Popcorn will be served. 6 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Movement and Music: Children ages 3 to 5 will learn rhythm and movement through song and music. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. 10:15 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Play to Learn: This is an indoor toddler program for babies and their mothers. 10-11:30 a.m. $3 per class. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 540-3835.

Starting a Small Farm series presents 'Greenbelting and Farming Resources': Presented by regional specialized extension agent Stacy Strickland. 6 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Wednesday

Economic Survival Series kicks off with 'Debt Management': Learn how to save money in this six-week program. Take any or all of the six classes. Call to register. 6 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Master Gardeners weekly plant sale: Plants for shade and sun are available, including flowering plants, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Funds raised benefit the Hernando County Master Gardener Program. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Master Gardener nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Reception for artists Esther Pohl, Brenda Glenny and Carole Knudson: Sponsored by the Spring Hill Art League. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will remain on display through February. 5-7 p.m. No cost. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 799-9690.

'Spring Into Action Before Weeds Spring Up' horticulture class: Get a jump on weeds before they spring up. Provided by John Korycki of the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program. 10 a.m. First come, first seated. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

Thursday

Credit Management: Learn skills in handling credit and avoid severe financial problems. Provided by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. 10 a.m. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville (352) 754-4433 or (352) 540-6391.

Library to show 'Eat Pray Love': The 2010 film stars Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert, a newly divorced woman who travels around the world to find herself. Rated PG-13. Refreshments will be served. 2 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Toddler Time/Storytime preschool programs: Toddler Time for children ages 18 to 35 months starts at 10 a.m., followed by Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 years at 11 a.m. Age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Friday

Ghost Tours: 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. Hand-held cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8-10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Toddler Time/Storytime preschool programs: Toddler Time for children ages 18 to 35 months starts at 10:15 a.m., followed by Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 years at 11:15 a.m. Age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Saturday

Environmentally Sensitive Lands volunteer workday: Help with general cleanup of trash and debris and clearing of small trees. Hernando County Planning Department staffers will oversee the work and provide a guided nature walk at the completion of work. Wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Bring your own gloves, eye and hearing protection, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water. Small tools, such as pruning saws, bow saws, chain saws, rakes and hoes, as well as a 5-gallon bucket, would also be useful. Free oak firewood will be available to all volunteers. 8 a.m.-noon. Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd., Ridge Manor. Jim King, (352) 754-4057, ext. 28020.

Ghost Tours: Reservations required. 8-10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV: 7 p.m. An optional spaghetti dinner will precede the concert from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; dinner tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Free concert; an offering will be taken. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 796-7918.

Hernando County Fairgrounds Weekend Flea Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. (352) 397-3351.

REV it Up to Stomp Out Cancer Car and Bike Show: The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill's Relay for Life team. Awards in three categories will be presented. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. The Kiwanis will serve hot dogs and chili. Donations will be accepted. All funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 596-5623. springhilllakehouse.org.

Trail Ride for the Preservation of the Croom Forest: Gates open at 8 a.m.; ride starts at 10 a.m. Horse owners are invited to participate. The entry fee includes parking and lunch. Funds raised will benefit the Citizens Preservation Fund, a nonprofit group of local residents that started a campaign against a proposed 26-acre landfill site on the southern edge of the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. $25 in advance; $30 at the gate. Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road, north of Dade City. (352) 754-1759. citizenspreservationfund.com.

Events for the week of Jan. 23-29 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:22am]

    

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