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Events, week of Oct. 2-8

Today-Oct. 9

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion's 'Escort the Wall' for Vietnam Traveling Memorial: Coffee and refreshments served in the auditorium from 7:30 to 10 a.m., then the procession will start to escort the Vietnam Traveling Wall from the fairgrounds parking lot to the Holcim property on U.S. 19, north of Crystal River (one mile north of County Road 488). Also, a breakfast will be available (with pancakes, sausage and coffee) for $5 to benefit the Ocala and St. Pete Honor Flights. The wall will be on display at the Holcim property through Oct. 9, along with the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Moving Tribute. There will be military vendors and displays. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 238-5692, 860-1629.

Aripeka Elks Hosts Breakfast: Breakfast cooked to order. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Prices vary $2-$4.50; bottomless coffee is $1. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-2520.

Hernando County Latina Beauty Pageant: Divisions for girls from 12 months through misses up to 25 years old, and "Mrs. Latina" for married women of any age. Boy divisions available from 12 months through 20 years old. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Foundation. Noon. Spectator admission is $15; includes lunch. R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 597-5979, 256-9959. rbeachrestaurant.com.

Monday

Mental Illness Awareness Week with NAMI Hernando: Includes an introduction to psychology student projects at 9 a.m.; overview of BayCare Behavioral Health Services at noon; child psychology student presentations at 1 p.m. and Youth and Family Alternatives/New Beginnings Youth Shelter program at 3 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 684-0004.

Academia Hernando Fall 2011 Lecture Series: 'The Middle East: How Do They Keep Cool,' presented by Christine Keefe. 10 a.m. to noon. $55 for the series; $8 per lecture. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

PHCC Encore Academy offers drawing class: This is a beginning workshop to introduce basic drawing skills. 1 to 4 p.m. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Tuesday

Toddler Play Date: This is an indoor program designed to bring toddlers and parents together in a fun, social environment. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $3 per class. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 540-3835.

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. The programs are filled with age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-6391.

Papa Joe's 30th annual Spaghetti Fest: Activities for kids start at 3 p.m. There will be live entertainment, pony rides, a bounce house, games, cart rides, contests, door prizes and 99-cent all-you-can-eat spaghetti. Proceeds benefit the Arc Nature Coast. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. (352) 799-3904.

Mental Illness Awareness Week with NAMI Hernando: Showing of the movie Chattahoochee at noon; Lifespan Development student presentations at 2 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 684-0004.

PHCC Encore Academy offers 'Computer Maintenance': Learn simple maintenance done every two to four weeks to help keep computers running smoothly. 5 to 8 p.m. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422.

Livestock series: Conducted by regional specialized extension agent Stacy Strickland. The topic is "Beef Production." 5:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Spring Hill Relay for Life Block Party Kick-Off: This party is for teams to register and individuals wishing to become part of the annual event for the American Cancer Society. The Spring Hill Relay for Life will be March 30 and 31 at Nature Coast Technical High School. 6 p.m. Free; a complimentary dinner will be served at 6:30. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton Street, Shady Hills. (352) 585-7406.

Green Screens to show 'Hearts and Minds': The 1974 Academy Award-winning documentary recounts the attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam war. There will be information and merchandise available. Free. Refreshments served. Presented by the Hernando Green Party. 6 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-3151.

Wednesday

Mommy & Me: The program is for children 2 to 4 years old and their parents. It is designed to give children, as well as their mothers, fathers or caregivers, an opportunity to socialize, play games and participate in group activities. The program follows the Hernando County school calendar for holidays and time off. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. $40 per year. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-2096.

Mental Illness Awareness Week with NAMI Hernando: Stanley Giannet will present "Is It Sadness or Depression?" at 10 a.m.; the movie Minds on the Edge will be shown at 11 a.m.; PHCC Veterans Club presentation at 1 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 684-0004.

VFW Post 9236 spaghetti and meatball dinner: All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner, also includes a salad bar, garlic bread and Italian ice cream. 4:30 to 7 p.m. $6.50 per person. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Mental Illness Awareness Week with NAMI Hernando: Showing of the movie My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz. 6 p.m. No cost. The Beautiful Mind, 10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-0004. namihernando.org.

Thursday

Fall Wildflower/Butterfly Walk: Reservations required. 9-11 a.m. Park entrance fee is $3 per vehicle; no cost for the program. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

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. The programs are filled with age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

PHCC Encore Academy offers 'Windows Applications': The workshop will cover Windows programs such as WordPad, Calculator and Windows Explorer. 10 a.m. to noon. $12. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422.

Nature Coast Bridge Club Communitywide Free Bridge Luncheon: Open to all bridge players in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties who did not play in a club game prior to Oct. 1. Call to reserve a seat. 11 a.m. No cost. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 556-3892.

Mental Illness Awareness Week with NAMI Hernando: Includes "When Medicine Got It Wrong — Founding of NAMI" at noon; "Introduction to Wellness Recovery Action Planning" at 1 p.m., and "NAMI Family to Family" and "NAMI Basics Overview" at 2:30 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 684-0004.

Habitat for Humanity celebrates World Habitat Day: Volunteers and staffers will share information about the home ownership program, as well as the new Brush with Kindness program. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County, 19450 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 754-1255. habitathernando.org.

HPH Hospice volunteer recruitment ice cream social: Learn about volunteer opportunities. 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Grande, 725 Desoto Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-2611. hph-hospice.org.

PHCC Encore Academy offers 'Open Office': OpenOffice.com is an open-source software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, graphics and other applications. It can be downloaded from the website and used for free. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks' premiers at Stage West: Light comedy set in a waterfront condo in St. Petersburg, where elderly widow Lily Harrison hires gay dance instructor Michael Minetti for private lessons. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Friday

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind Community Yard Sale: All proceeds will help support employment for persons who are visually impaired and blind. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nonprofit service organizations may participate; table rentals are $25. Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 6492 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 754-1132.

Mental Illness Awareness Week with NAMI Hernando: Includes student presentations about abnormal psychology at 9 a.m.; Diane Kratt, author of Connecting the Pieces — The Discovery of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder, will speak at 11 a.m., and student presentations about human sexuality at 12:30 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 684-0004.

Hernando County Water Awareness Series: The topic is "Minimum Flows and Levels 101," including how it affects us, why they are important and what's next for the Springs Coast minimum flows and levels. Presented by Marty Kelly, program director, and Doug Leeper, chief environmental scientist for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Hosted by Hernando County Utilities Department and Citizens for WATER. 10 a.m. to noon No cost. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6780.

'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks': Light comedy set in a waterfront condo in St. Petersburg, where elderly widow Lily Harrison has hired gay dance instructor Michael Minetti for private lessons. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

Bark Island: Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to the beach. Must have the dog's current vaccination records/tags to enter. Bring a leash. The 'Patti Waggin' mobile pet grooming spa will provide free dog nail clippings. Owners are asked to pick up after their pets. Sponsored by the Hernando County Recreation Department. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Park fee is $7 per car or walk-up patron. Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. (352) 754-4031.

Fairgrounds Flea Market: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Grace Presbyterian Women's Fall Rummage Sale: 8 a.m. to noon. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2082.

VFW Post 8681 Ladies Auxiliary flea market: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor spots are $15; must supply own table. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton Street, Shady Hills. (727) 856-1860.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer yard sale: Benefits the American Cancer Society. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 596-1926, ext. 109.

Brookridge Community Fall Garage Sale: More than 70 tables with items such as crafts, knickknacks, household items, books, tools and clothing. Lunch will be available, as well as coffee and doughnuts. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No charge for admission. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 584-5544.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Youth Yard Sale: Vendor spots available for $12. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-5310.

Faith Evangelical Huge Yard Sale: Proceeds go toward an overseas mission trip. Thousands of items will be available for purchase. Lunch available. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-4969.

Hernando Sportsman's Club 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament: The tournament is four rounds for a total of 100 shots. Winners will be selected in three categories: youth, adult and senior. Shooters are to bring their own gun, ammunition and lawn chair. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., shooting starts at 9. $40 per shooter. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Market on Main Street: The Brooksville Business Alliance and Love Your Neighbor have joined forces to host weekly Market on Main Street events in downtown Brooksville. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. (352) 428-9275 or (352) 848-0090.

Nature Coast Fine Art and True Craft Show: Enjoy the work of artists and artisans at this ninth annual show, featuring potters, glass and wood workers, jewelers and painters. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 637-4203.

Plant sale benefit for Ahhochee Hill: Featuring Florida native and Florida-friendly plants from Hernando County nurseries. Information will be available from the Hernando County Master Gardeners, Hernando Audubon Society and the Native Plant Society. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ahhochee Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 24268 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 797-3545.

Spring Hill Garden Club Fall Plant Sale: Plants will be for sale at the plant nursery, along with food and specialty vendors, and tours of the botanical gardens. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.

Hernando Youth Orchestra in Concert: Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. Noon. Free. Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 544-8105, 793-2268.

Aripeka Elks kicks off dinner show season with 'A Tribute to the King' with Dewight Icenhower: Icenhower has performed with Elvis' band, the Jordanaires, and has won many awards for his impersonation of the rock icon. His act includes songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Dinner at 6 p.m.; showtime at 7:30 p.m. $32 for prime seating and $30 regular seats; season tickets (six show) are $186 for prime seats and $174 for regular seats. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Taste of the Fields: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge, the event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a farm tour, fall maze, appetizers, wine and music. A five-course dinner will be served and prepared by several local chefs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 each or two for $100. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 428-7508.

'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks': Light comedy set in a waterfront condo in St. Petersburg, where elderly widow Lily Harrison has hired gay dance instructor Michael Minetti for private lessons. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Events, week of Oct. 2-8 10/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 1, 2011 10:26am]

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