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Hernando County events, May 13-17

Today

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.

Mother's Day brunch: A variety of breakfast and lunch items will be served, along with tea and coffee. The lounge will be open for beverage purchases. Moms receive a gift. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $8 per person. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979.

Barefoot in the Park: Neil Simon's romantic comedy about Paul and Corie Bratter's early days as newlyweds. 2 p.m. $15; $8 students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net/mainstage.htm.

Nature Coast Festival Singers present Songs of Faith and Freedom concert: Proceeds benefit the Ayer Scholarship Fund. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7076.

Tuesday

Spring Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary Health and Candle Fair: The sale will feature soy candles, crystals, fountains and other items. There will also be a gold and silver buying event. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and local charities. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive. (352) 666-8755.

Color in the Landscape: Florida-friendly landscaping class shows how to choose plants that require minimal care. 10:30 a.m. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 540-6230.

Library to show Joyful Noise: Starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer, the 2012 movie is about a church choir preparing for a national competition. Rated PG-13. 2 p.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

Accordion Adventure May Day Madness: This is an informal group of enthusiasts and accordionists of all levels. All types of musicians welcome. 6-9 p.m. $2 admission. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 686-0975, (352) 442-5574.

Wednesday

Spring Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary Health and Candle Fair: The sale will feature soy candles, crystals, fountains and other items. There will also be a gold and silver buying event. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and local charities. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive. (352) 666-8755.

Rain barrel workshop: Reduce dependence on irrigation by using collected rainwater in the garden. Preregistration required. 10 a.m. $55 per completed rain barrel. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

PHCC Summer 2012 Senior Expo: Free mini-workshops, community and health information, activities and games. Area agencies and businesses will offer information about their services. The event is provided by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC that provides educational opportunities and workshops to the senior (50 and older) community. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Senior Singles dance: Free dance lessons from 7-8 p.m., with dancing until 11 p.m. $5 admission. Spring Hill Domino Club, 15120 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 293-4009.

Thursday

PHCC Summer 2012 Senior Expo: Free mini-workshops, community and health information, activities and games. Area agencies and businesses will offer information about their services. The event is provided by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC thato provides educational opportunities and special interest workshops to the senior (50 and older) community. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Orange Blossom Jamboree: This annual festival is comprised of Florida-based artists, companies and vendors. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the festival continues through 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Thursday's schedule includes Bride of Chaotica at 7:30 p.m. and an open jam from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission is $15 for Thursday, $60 for Friday through Sunday, and $20 for Sunday only (no day passes for Friday or Saturday); optional camping available. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (954) 769-1692. Visit OrangeBlossom Jamboree.com.

Charity cruise-in: Hosted by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission and Performance, the event includes door prizes, entertainment, games and raffles. Proceeds from raffles and a portion of revenue at the restaurant during the event benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission and registration. Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Toll-free 1-800-708-0087.

Senior Extra-Senior Prom: In celebration of Older Americans Month, Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals and the Enrichment Centers will host this event, which includes dinner, music, entertainment and a gift for everyone. The Senior Extra-Senior Prom king and queen will be crowned. Guests must first become members of Senior Extra, a free program. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Glen Lakes Country Club, 9000 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 754-3230.

Benefit concert with Deux Oh: Featuring musicians Scott Sweet and Jim Carpenter. Sweet plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Carpenter plays guitar, mandolin and bass. Concert benefits the Citrus County Historical Society. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for those with reservations; all others may purchase tickets after 6:40 p.m. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 at the door, include refreshments. Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness. (352) 341-6427. cccourthouse.org.

Central High presents Grease: 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, with 50 percent donated to Relay for Life. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. (352) 797-7020.

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