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Events in Hernando County and nearby


'Charlotte's Web' concludes at Stage West: 2 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a children's production based on the award-winning children's novel by E.B. White. It is the classic story of a pig named Wilbur that is saved from slaughter by an intelligent spider named Charlotte. $10. (352) 683-5113.

Elks breakfast: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for $2, as well as a variety of other menu items, and a bottomless pot of coffee for $1. Served by the house committee. (727) 863-2520.

Florida State Parks 75th Anniversary Celebration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. There will be a history presentation about Florida state parks and special mermaid performances by current and former mermaids. Photo opportunities with the mermaids in retro tails and swimsuits will be available. Regular park admission is $13 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. (352) 592-5656 or

Larry Ford in Concert: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. Ford is a gospel tenor and veteran of the Gaither TV series. An offering will be taken. (352) 683-2600.

Psychic Fair: 1-4 p.m., Inner Peace Bookstore, 421 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. Readings from psychic mediums for entertainment, gemstones, crystals, intuitive books available. Maria, (352) 544-0305.

Sunny South Trio in Concert: 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Garden Grove, 18131 Stromberg Ave., Brooksville. (352) 650-1923.


Livestock Series presents 'Poultry Production': 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. Registration required. Free. (352) 754-4433.


Butterfly Gardening: 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Learn how to plant a garden designed to attract an array of butterflies. Free. First come, first seated. (352) 754-4433.

"Right Plant — Right Place" horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Presented by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Coordinator John Korycki, who will discuss 50 of Hernando County's best performing plants. Free. No registration required, but seating is limited. (352) 754-4433.


Homebuyer Education Workshop: 6-9:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave., Dade City. The program takes participants through the process of purchasing a new home. Provided by CredAbility U. The second portion of the workshop will be Aug. 26. Attendance at both portions is required to receive a class certificate. Free. Toll-free at 1-877-854-1446.


Beach Ball for Habitat for Humanity: 6:30 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. This evening gala is a semiformal event with an "elegant swashbuckler" theme; appropriate dress is bow tie and flip flops. The evening will include a performance by the Weeki Wachee mermaids, a "Taste of the Town" that includes a selection of local restaurants' signature cuisine, a silent auction, dancing and other activities. Individual tickets are $35 each; if purchasing five to seven tickets, the cost is $30 each; if eight or more tickets are purchased, they are $25 each. VIP tickets are $50 each. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County. Debbie Prescott, (352) 754-1159. Web:

Forest Oaks of Spring Hill Summer Concert Series presents Clay Kirk and the Classics: 6-8 p.m., Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd. This is an outdoor summer concert featuring the country and gospel sounds of Clay Kirk and the Classics. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; coolers are allowed. Complimentary hot dogs and chips will be served. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. Free. Mona, (352) 683-3323.

Sumter Singles host dance: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park, 1582 County Road 459, Lake Panasofkee. Music provided by Gold Rush Band. Open to married couples, singles and groups of all ages. Finger foods welcome; no alcohol allowed. Soda provided. (352) 424-1688.


Day at the Horse Races with Sons of Italy: Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and races start at 3 p.m., Heather Clubhouse, 9100 Nakoma Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Hosted by Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502. Tickets are $6, which includes food and beverage. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. (352) 683-7290.

Disco Night at VFW: 6 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Tickets are $10, which includes a meal. Hosted by the Men's Auxiliary. (352) 796-0398.

Florida Championship Wrestling Live: Doors open at 7 p.m. and ringtime at 8 p.m., National Guard Armory, 16836 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville. A meet-and-greet autograph session with the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes opens the event, which features eight matches between World Wrestling Entertainment's NXT stars and Divas in Action. Free Dusty Rhodes bobbleheads with Gold Circle tickets. Tickets are $15 for adult general, $12 for children general, $25 for Gold Circle. (813) 805-7526 or

'Murder at Mardi Gras' dinner show: 5:30 p.m., Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. This is a show where the actors are in the audience. It is a murder mystery to find out who killed Pierre DuPre. $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers. (352) 683-0392.

Save Our Gulf Coast Beach Party: 6 p.m., Aripeka Elks Lodge, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Guests can come dressed as their favorite bird, turtle or other animal found along gulf coast beaches. Music will be provided by Stan Prinston. Food will be sold. Admission is a bottle of Blue Dawn dish detergent, along with any unwanted towels and sheets. Everything collected will be delivered to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in St. Petersburg or other agencies participating in the oil spill cleanup. (727) 863-2520.

Splash Bash Benefit for Habitat for Humanity: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Includes a celebrity cook-off, cannon ball contest, horseshoe tournament, celebrity volleyball and the Weeki Wachee mermaids. Buccaneer Bay has water slides, a beach area and kiddie pools. Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County. Tickets purchased by Aug. 17 are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. VIP tickets are $25 each. After Tuesday, the cost is regular park admission prices: $26 for ages 13 and older, $12 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Linda Prescott, (352) 754-1159. Web:

Spring Hill Opera Lovers Club Sixth Anniversary Celebration: 11 a.m., Forest Glenn Retirement Village, 1431 Friar Tuck Lane, Spring Hill. There will be a special celebration that includes a potluck lunch and "get to know you social." Cake and cold drinks will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a dish or salad to share. Kathy Hoover, (352) 688-4741; e-mail to Website:

Summer Nights: 5-10 p.m., downtown Brooksville. The free street festival, sponsored by the Brooksville Business Alliance, includes the Love Your Neighbor farmers market, the Market on Main Street, artists' displays, music, comedy, a car and motorcycle display, and family activities. (352) 428-9275.

Events in Hernando County and nearby 08/14/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:02pm]
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