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Hernando County events, March 20-26

Brisa Salinas performs in the “snake of fire” dance at the 2001 Chasco Fiesta.


Brisa Salinas performs in the “snake of fire” dance at the 2001 Chasco Fiesta.


Brookridge Helping Hands host Pancake and Sausage Breakfast and Craft Sale: Along with breakfast, there will be baked goods, crafts, a silent auction and raffles. Funds raised help the group purchase supplies for its projects, which include making blankets for the Linus Project and local youth shelter, fleece hats for military personnel, and gowns and other items for hospice patients. 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast is $4.50 for adults. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-7682.

Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts Gun and Knife Show: The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories. 9 a.m. to 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.

Israeli Food Fest: Includes homemade Jewish foods, including blintzes, kugels, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, chopped liver and other foods. There will also be kosher hot dogs and homemade baked goods. There will be Israeli folk dancing throughout the day. Items from the temple's Judaic Gift Shop will be available for purchase. Noon to 4 p.m. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034.

8 Ball Pool Tournament Benefiting Queen of Hearts Foundation for Disabled Children: Sign up from noon to 12:30 p.m., Capone's Billiard Lounge, 10463 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Tournament starts at 1 p.m. Cash prizes. Queen of Hearts is a nonprofit organization that helps disabled children with electric chairs, physical therapy, and various other things that insurance does not cover. (352) 688-9965.

Psychic Fair: Readings from psychic mediums for entertainment, gemstones, crystals, intuitive books available. 1 to 4 p.m. Free (readings additional). Inner Peace Bookstore and Wellness Center, 421 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 544-0304.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' concludes at Stage West: An award-winning drama set in a 1950s mental hospital, where a con man seeks institutionalization to escape the rigors of a prison work farm. 2 p.m. $15 adults, $8 students 17 and under. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.

Nature Coast Festival Singers Spring Concert: The chorus, which includes about 80 voices, will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections, under the direction of James Urbanski. A freewill offering will be accepted to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which is used to provide scholarships for music education, from elementary through college level. 3 p.m. United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-2235.


Academia Hernando Winter 2011 Lecture Series: Concert. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.


Palm Weaving Class: Led by Gloria Jasinski. Participants learn the historic art of using native palms and palmettos. All materials provided. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Fruit and Vegetable Production class series: Presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. The topic is Vegetable Production. 6 to 8 p.m. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

What's Involved in Participating in a Clinical Research Study program: Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, the program will feature Dr. Mildred V. Farmer, medical director and co-founder of Meridien Research. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. 7:30 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9767.


Butterfly Gardening: Learn how to plant a garden designed to attract an array of fluttering butterflies. With master gardener Sue Walsh. 10 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433.


Hernando Community Summit: Hosted by Hernando Progress, Inc., the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Career Central. The County Commission will participate. The summit, in cooperation with Hernando County's Office of Business Development, will be devoted to economic development in the county and the surrounding region. Speakers will include Sean Snaith, economist with the University of Central Florida; Gregory Burkhart, managing director of Duff and Phelps; and others. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 279-1020.

Thursday- Saturday

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


Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival: Featuring Tomorrow's News, Roger Bass and the Hillbillies, Tony Holt and Wildwood Valley Boys, Backyard Bluegrass, Alecia Nugent and others. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. $25 Friday, $30 Saturday, $12 Sunday. Camping options extra. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-3082.

Fish Fry and Partner's Club Membership Drive: Oak Hill Hospital will host its second Partner's Club Membership Drive and complimentary fish fry with entertainment by Cliff Ritchie. Individuals who join before March 31 receive free first-year membership. To qualify for free membership, you must be an existing Enrichment Center member, an H2U member, an Oak Hill Hospital volunteer, or a resident of Hernando, Pasco or Citrus county. 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.


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.

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Volunteer Workday: Those interested can help with general cleaning up of trash and debri, and clearing of small trees. Hernando County Planning Department staff will oversee the work and provide a guided nature walk at the completion of work, for those who wish to go. Volunteers should 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. to noon. Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 754-4057, ex. 28020.

DaySpring Presbyterian Church Yard Sale: Fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society's Spring Hill Relay for Life. Donations of canned goods for DaySpring's food pantry would be appreciated. 8 a.m. DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-3600.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary 9236 Spring Flea Market: Vendors welcome. The cost is $15 for two parking spaces. Reservations and payment must be received in advance. 8 a.m. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 688-9936.

Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival: Featuring the West Coast Ramblers, Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys, Florida State Bluegrass Band, Appalachian Express, Gibson Brothers and more. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. $25 Friday, $30 Saturday, $12 Sunday. Camping options extra. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, east of Brooksville. (352) 754-3082.

Beta Sigma Phi-Alpha Gamma Lambra annual Yard Sale: Proceeds from this yard and bake sale will benefit HPH Hospice. 8 a.m. Mason Smith Road and Broad Street, Mason Smith Road at U.S. 41 (across from Hernando County Fairgrounds), Brooksville. (352) 200-8835.

Wesleyan Village Community Yard/Craft Sale: Proceeds benefit improvements to the village, as well as missions. 8 a.m. to noon. Wesley Drive, Wesley Drive (Jasmine Boulevard, right on Victory Drive, left on Wesley), Brooksville.

Firearms Safety Class: This is a firearms 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.

Autism Awareness Walk: Parent Partners in Education along with the Hernando County Exceptional Student Education Department will kick-off Autism Awareness Month with the 2011 Hernando Autism Awareness Walk. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville.

Life By Design: This is an educational seminar that will discuss diabetes, heart disease, cancer and weight issues. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free, but seating is limited and reservations required. Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee. (352) 585-3992.

Train Show and Swap Meet: Regal Railways presents model train layouts with vendors in various scales of trains, tracks and accessories. Also, a model train layout specially for kids. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $4, 12 and younger free. Lions Club Hall, 3705 Indiana Terrace, Homosassa. (727) 244-1341.

Festival of Orchids Sale: Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill presents annual orchid sale, with vendors from the area including Featherstone Orchids, Louis del Favero Orchids, Byrd's Orchids, potting and orchid care booths; hourly orchid raffle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2 admission. SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-3736.

Sylvan Grove Community Yard Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2490 Broad St., south of Brooksville. (352) 796-2542.

Introductory Archery Workshop: Equipment provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Participants should arrive on time for the necessary safety training. Advance registration required as class size is limited to 30 participants. 10 a.m.-noon Free. Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Health Fair Fundraiser/Operation Medicine Cabinet: The Business and Professional Women of Hernando County presents this fundraiser to benefit the group's scholarship program. Includes raffles, entertainment and free health screenings. Also featured is the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's Operation Medicine Cabinet-Pharmaceutical take back program. Residents can bring unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Knights of Columbus Council 6383, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 556-5248.

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent Hosts Veterans Benefit Resource Fair: The fair will provide information and assistance regarding veterans claims services, education benefits, employment services, housing/social services, medical and other topics. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. (352) 799-8354.

Masaryktown Bingo Marathon: An optional breakfast is available. The payout is $5,000, plus two double dabs and two lucky numbers. Doors open at 9 a.m., marathon is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $60 per player; includes dinner and 90-plus games. Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave., Masaryktown. (352) 796-3329.

Hernando County La Sertoma Luncheon and Fashion Show: Lunch will be catered by Guido's Restaurant, and fashions will be provided by Bealls. 11:30 a.m. $15, which must be purchased by March 20. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-4657.

Wider Horizons Community Fair: Includes a bounce house, outdoor games, art activities, prizes and giveaways. Classrooms will be open and students will demonstrate the use of Montessori materials. 1 to 3 p.m. Wider Horizons School, 4060 Castle Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 686-1934.

The Crystals: Original Crystals' member Dee Dee Kennibrew is joined by Patricia Pritchett-Lewis and Melissa Antoinette Grant to perform the Crystals' 1960s hits, including One Fine Day, Da Doo Ron Ron, and And Then He Kissed Me. 2 p.m. $15-$20. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707.

Knights of Columbus 11317 Auction and Dinner: The dinner entree is lemon chicken. Wine and soda will be available for purchase. 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, which must be purchased by March 20. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7419, 688-1685.

Spring Fling Dinner Dance: Dinner and dancing to the music of Stan Prinston. 5:30 p.m. $12. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton Street, Shady Hills. (727) 856-1860.

Hernando Beach Yacht Club Sock Hop: Round up your '50s attire for the sock hop. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed. Menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers and fries, all the car hop foods you remember. Music will be provided by Lil Deuce Coupe. 6 to 11 p.m. $15. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 279-0528.

Hernando County events, March 20-26 03/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:33pm]
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