Fall Powwow: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. Native American festival featuring drumming, singing, dancing, story telling, demonstrations and vendors selling Native American crafts and food. $3 for adults, $1 for seniors and children 6-12, free for children under 6. (352) 583-5024.
Academia Hernando presents 'Optical Deceivers — A History of Artists and Visual Illusions': 10 a.m. to noon, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Presented by Peter Tush. $7. (352) 597-0158.
Fall Concert at Weeki Wachee High School: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., 121250 Vespa Way, off U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee. Guests should enter at the north entrance of the school. The concert will feature the Weeki Wachee Marching Band, the Weeki Wachee Choir and three other choral groups (Voce Novum, Vocal Ensemble and Vespa Harmonia). $5 for adults and $3 for students. (352) 797-7029.
Knights of Columbus hosts "Medicaid for Long Term Care" and "Liquidating a Loved One's Home" seminars: 7:30-9 p.m., St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Hosted by St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209. "Medicaid for Long Term Care" will be presented by elder law attorney Amanda Wolf. "Liquidating a Loved One's Home" will be presented by Dale Smrekar, a certified personal property appraiser and professional estate liquidator. Free admission. Jack Hauser, (352) 686-9767.
Library hosts Pumpkin Patch Program: 10:15 a.m. for toddlers 18 to 35 months, 11:15 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Children can enjoy stories, songs and trick-or-treating inside the library. Children can come dressed in costume and should bring a trick-or-treat bag. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Brooksville Music Club presents concert with pianist Alex Doss: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. Finger foods available. Free. (352) 666-4867.
Library hosts Pumpkin Patch Program: 10 a.m. for toddlers 18 to 35 months, 11 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Children can enjoy stories, songs and trick-or-treating inside the library. Children can come dressed in costume and should bring a trick-or-treat bag. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Loomis Brothers Circus: Show times at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Acrobats, aerialists, clowns, lions, tigers and elephants are among the performers. Food and refreshments will be available. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Florida International Teaching Zoo, a nonprofit organization that specializes in captive preservation of endangered species. $15 for adults. Each paid adult ticket includes free admission for two children; additional children are $5 each. (727) 385-2426.
"Ridding Your Lawn and Landscape of Weeds" horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Presented by urban horticulture agent Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. No registration required; first come, first seated. (352) 754-4433.
Texas author Dave Oliphant to speak at St. Leo: 7:30 p.m., St. Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Oliphant is a poet, translator and jazz historian. Oliphant has written eight collections of poetry, three books on jazz history and an autobiography. A reception and signing will follow the reading. Free admission and parking. Carol Ann Moon, (352) 588-8261 or [email protected]
Library hosts Pumpkin Patch Program: 10 a.m. for toddlers 18 to 35 months, 11 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Children can enjoy stories, songs and trick-or-treating inside the library. Children can come dressed in costume and should bring a trick-or-treat bag. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Shark Theatre presents The Good Doctor: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Black Box Theater, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. The Neil Simon comedy, set in 19th century Russia, is an adaptation of a series of comic short stories by Anton Chekhov. $8 for adults, $5 for students; children younger than 5 will not be admitted. (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.
Chinsegut Night Walk: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Free. (352) 754-6722.
Halloween at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. The Pepper Creek Trail is transformed into a trail of haunting scenarios for a haunted tram ride. There's also a haunted house, Halloween costume contest, clowns, face painting, games, bouncy house and a 15-foot slide. Prizes for scariest and cutest costumes. $5 for adults, $3 for ages 11 and younger for the haunted tram ride; $2 for the haunted house; $1 for games. (352) 628-5343.
Haunted House for a Cause: 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Go Green Building, 11075 Hearth Road, Spring Hill. Enter the spooky, yet child-friendly, haunted maze. Follow black lights and smoke and exit through a coffin for trunk-or-treating from decorated car trunks and truck beds, games and food vendors. Benefits the Love Your Neighbor program to feed the hungry. Admission is a donation of canned food item or old electronics/cell phones. (352) 678-4330.
Haunted Trail on Golddust: 7:30-10 p.m., 5277 Golddust Road, Spring Hill. Take a guided tour through a wooded trail and help hunt down the witch. Appropriate footwear required. The cost is $5, which will benefit the Humane Society of Hernando County. (352) 263-8044.
Hernando Heritage Museum's Haunted House: 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Outdoors, there will be fireside stories, fortune telling, games and face painting. Refreshments available. Inside, the three-story mansion will be transformed into a haunted house. Also, author Dave Lapham will sign copies of his new book, Ghosthunting Florida. Tours of the house are $5 and are not recommended for children younger than 8. (352) 799-0129.
Library hosts Pumpkin Patch Program: Children ages 18 months to 5 years old can enjoy stories, songs and trick-or-treating inside the library. Children can come dressed in costume and should bring a trick-or-treat bag. Program starts at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers 18 to 35 months and 11:15 a.m. for children 3 to 5 years. 10:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Free admission. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.
Mariner Craft Group annual bazaar: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.
PHCC's Encor Academy presents "Maintain Your Brain": 10:30 a.m., PHCC Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. This is an interactive program designed for people age 50 and older who are interested in brain health and keeping their memories sharp. There is no fee, but registration through the Encore Academy is required. (727) 816-3439.
Spook West: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Come tour the haunted theater. $5 for first tour, $3 for the second time. (352) 683-5113.
Wild n' Wicked Nights: 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Includes a haunted boat ride, mermaid show, maze for kids, "Maze of No Return," scream and costume contests, and other activities. $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger (pass holders receive 50 percent off admission). (352) 592-5656.
2010 Hernando County Jr. Cattlemen's Fall Classic: 11 a.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. Open to all junior cattlemen, 4-H and FFA members. Steers, heifers and bulls are eligible for showing. There will also be a costume contest. Entry fee is $35 per animal. Showmanship is $10 per person. Daina Simons, (352) 584-0812 or (352) 796-7531.
Aripeka Elks "Night of the Living Dead" Costume Party: 6 p.m., 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dress up like a "dead celebrity," such as Elvis, Freddy Krueger or Cleopatra. Prizes will be awarded. Food available for purchase. Music provided by the Bendys. This is a benefit to help troops in Afghanistan through the Shoe Box program. Admission is items for the troops, such as toothpaste, wipes, eye drops, magazines, games, hard candy and gum. (727) 863-2520.
Christian Life Assembly of God Harvest Fest: 6-8:30 p.m., 13065 Jacqueline Road, Spring Hill. Includes games, inflatable activities, a maze, dunk tank, hayride, food, clowns, candy and prizes. There will also be a drawing for door prizes (must be registered and present to win). Free admission. (352) 597-1139.
Eden Baptist Church Fall Festival: 4-7 p.m., 22308 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Free games, hot dogs, chili and candy. Nonscary costumes are welcome. There will also be an optional barbecue pork dinner for $5, which will benefit missionaries Robbie and Joy Pritz to support their service in Southeast Asia. (352) 796-3855.
EEA Fall Fly and Drive In Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hernando County Airport, at the hangar of the Brooksville Chapter 1298, off Broad Street, south of Brooksville. Lunch will include hamburgers, sausages, hot dogs, and German and American potato salads, as well as drinks and desserts. Pilots attending are asked to call Unicom on 123.00 before landing for tie-down information. Nonfliers can get an escorted tour of the airplanes that will be flown in from throughout Florida and Georgia. Those driving should park on the grass on the south side of the American Aviation complex; the hangar is a short walk. Lunch is $7.50. Bernie Berger, (352) 428-1253.
Environmentally Sensitive Lands Volunteer Workday: 8 a.m. to noon, Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd., Ridge Manor. Volunteers will clean up trash and debris, and clear out 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. Jim King, (352) 754-4057, ex. 28020.
Hernando County Fire Rescue Open House: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6388 Barclay Ave., Spring Hill. Includes the LifeSouth bloodmobile, Florida Highway Patrol and the Community Emergency Response Team. Candy for the children; refreshments available. (352) 540-6317.
Horror High — Maze of Terror: 8 p.m. to midnight, Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The high school will be transformed into 13 different scare zones with more than 200 students participating in this massive haunted house walk-through event. Not recommended for children younger than 13. $7 for adults, $5 for students. Call (352) 797-7010, ext. 251.
Latin American Civic and Cultural Association's Halloween Masquerade Gala: 8 p.m. to midnight, SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Music provided by Mambo Mandy. Tickets in advance are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers; at the door, tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Admission for children younger than 12 is $5. RSVP to (727) 869-9398 or (352) 540-5066.
Mariner Craft Group annual bazaar: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.
Miss Hernando County Pageant: 10 a.m., Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Includes the Little Miss and Mister Glitz Pageant and Baby Boo Pageant/Model Search. This is a charity event, with all proceeds from spectator admission benefiting the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. Visitors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. Spectator admission is $10. (352) 678-9588.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul "Friends of the Poor Walk": 9 a.m., Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. This event provides an opportunity to show support for the increasing number of families slipping below the poverty level in Hernando County. Funds raised will help with food, clothing, furniture, transportation, utilities, rent and mortgage assistance. Anyone interested may participate, including individuals and teams. No registration fee. (352) 596-4730.
Springstead Football Huge Flea Market: 8 a.m. to noon, Springstead Theater parking lot, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10. Greg, (352) 683-3528.
VFW Post 8681 Halloween Costume Party: 6 p.m., 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills (at County Line Road). Free admission. (727) 856-1860.