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Hernando County events scheduled March 6-12

Today

Floral City Strawberry Festival: The festival includes two days of shortcake and other strawberry delights, more than 200 fine art and craft booths, continuous live entertainment, contests, pageants and children's activities. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. (352) 795-3149.

Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival: Featuring more than 150 arts and craft vendors, a food court, a "Critter Corner" with games for children, continuous entertainment, and the crowning of the Swamp Monster. The event is organized by the Hernando Environmental Land Protectors, Weeki Wachee Crime Watch and the Weeki Wachee Area Club. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Free parking. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., north of Hernando Beach. (352) 596-3757, 597-4424. wwswampfest.com.

"Land Locked Cruise" Caribbean Adventure Brooksville Music Club scholarship benefit: The event features Kokomo Chris on steel drums, the Pine Chords quartet and other performances. Guests can sample a variety of Caribbean food. 2:30 p.m. $15. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 799-4029, 793-5697.

Concert pianist Monica Daniels: Bach's Piano Concerto in F Minor and Mozart's Piano Concerto in A Major will be the featured selections. Daniels will be accompanied by director of special music Keith Schenck on the organ. Refreshments will be served. 3 p.m. Free. First Lutheran Church, 1900 W State Road 44, Inverness. (352) 726-1637.

Miss Weeki Wachee Pageant: In the underwater mermaid theater, the event features contests for boys ages up to age 6 and divisions for girls and women of all ages. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Weeki Wachee State Park. 4 p.m. Spectator admission is $13 for adults and $5 for children. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (813) 892-5502. weekiwacheepageant.com.

Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 30th Anniversary Gala: This semiformal gala features a cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner, a tribute to Order of the Sons of Italy in America founder Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and dancing to the music of the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra. 5 to 10 p.m. $35 per person. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 650-1512, 263-7829.

The Hyssongs in concert: Gospel concert featuring family vocal harmony, humor and brass instruments. 6 p.m. Spring Hill Bible Church, 15449 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville. (352) 544-5644.

Frontier Park's 39th Anniversary Celebration: Concert with David Onan and the Gulf Ridge Quartet: Seating is limited. 7 p.m. Frontier Park, 15549 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 442-3210.

Monday

Academia Hernando Winter 2011 Lecture Series: "Touring the Classics That Shaped Literature and Art," presented by Betsy Hatton Wood. 10 a.m. $8 per lecture. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Tuesday

PHCC Encore Academy calligraphy class: Learn basic techniques, various lettering styles and how to create an original monogram with illuminated letter. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

PHCC Encore Academy 'Photo Fun Online' class: Learn how to edit photos and create photo memory books using Picasa and My Publisher online programs. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Public Speaking Series kicks off: Basic public speaking, preparation and delivery. Participants will be required to speak in front of the group. The class meets Tuesdays through March 29. Presented by Career Central. 4 to 5:45 p.m., West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Registration required, (352) 540-6394.

Wednesday

Spring Hill Regional Hospital Auxiliary gift sale: Proceeds benefit local charities and the auxiliary's scholarship fund. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-8755.

Florida-Friendly Gardening class: Find help for your yard and garden during this class, offered by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. This class covers how to properly prune winter's damage from landscape plants. 10 a.m. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433.

Retirement planning: This financial management class is provided by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service and provides steps to take now to ensure your bank account matches your retirement plans. 2 p.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 540-6391, 754-4433.

Thursday

PHCC Encore Academy 'File Management II' class: Learn why computer files can go missing when not saved properly, and the measures to take to prevent files from going astray. 9 a.m. to noon. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

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 'Scanning and Storing Photographs': 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Library to show 'You Again': The film stars Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Ramona Odette Yustman and Betty White in a comedy about a young woman who finds out her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school. The 2010 film is rated PG. 2 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Brookridge Entertainment presents Fernando Varela: Known as the "Puerto Rican Pavarotti," Varela's tenor voice has often been compared to Luciano Pavarotti and Mario Lanza. Varela's style of music has been described as "classic meets classic rock." 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and, if available, can be purchased at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' opens at Stage West: An award-winning drama set in a 1950s mental hospital, where a con man seeks to be institutionalized to escape the rigors of a prison work farm. 8 p.m. $15 adults; $8 students 17 and younger. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues through March 20. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Friday

Marine Corps League Auxiliary Spring Hill Unit 137 yard sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Corps Auxiliary 137, 3326 Seaview Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 597-8362.

Order Sons of Italy, Friendship Lodge 2728 Garage Sale fundraiser: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9363 Brady St., Spring Hill. Donations for the sale are appreciated. (352) 686-7479 or (352) 683-4347.

Downloading Digital Audio and e-Books: The class will include how to browse, check out, download and place a hold on digital media at the library. Participants are encouraged to bring their audio and e-Book reader equipment with cords. 10 a.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-6391.

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. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

22nd annual Will McLean Music Festival: More than 70 Florida acoustic musicians will be featured. Guests can meet and camp with the musicians. After the stage closes down, there will be evening campfire circles. Starts at noon; continues through Sunday. Weekend admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Daily tickets are $15 for Friday, $18 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Free admission for children younger than 12. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (352) 465-2167. willmclean.com.

Artist reception for Valdora Ward: Refreshments served. Ward's work will remain on display through the end of April. 6 to 8 p.m. Pak Mail, 19514 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 799-9690.

Spaghetti dinner benefit: The dinner will include salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. Funds raised will benefit the House family in the adoption of two Eastern European boys who have Down Syndrome. Guy House is the new assistant pastor and youth director at the church. $7.50 adults; $3 for children. Take-out dinners available for $6, starting at 4:30 p.m. Sit-down dinner starts at 6 p.m. Ridge Manor United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 583-3770.

Girl Scouts birthday party: The Spring Mermaids Service Unit will host this birthday extravaganza to celebrate 99 years of Girl Scouting. Open to girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Representatives from troops will be on hand for registration and troop placement. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Girl Scouts annual membership is $12; financial aid available to those who qualify. Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-5485, 597-1563.

Notre Dame Catholic School presents Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.': 7 p.m. $7 adults; $5 students. Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. (352) 683-0755. ed-pac.org.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest': An award-winning drama set in a 1950s mental hospital. 8 p.m. $15 adults; $8 students 17 and younger. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues through March 20. (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 record to enter. Bring a leash. 7 to 9 a.m. $7 per car or walk-up patron. Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. (352) 754-4031.

3 Seasons Mobile Home Park Yard Sale and Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 21253 Yontz Road, Brooksville. (352) 848-1178.

Hernando County Fairgrounds Weekend Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 397-3351.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 yard sale: 8 a.m. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-0099.

Spring Lake Community Center Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Spring Lake, east of Brooksville. Vendors are welcome. Table rentals are $10 or supply your own and pay $5 for a space. For reservations, call Chris by 4 p.m. Friday, (352) 754-1803.

Brookridge Spring Garage Sale: Featuring more than 50 tables of household items, crafts, books, tools and other items. Coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase. 8 a.m. to noon. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-2854.

St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women's Spring Craft and Bazaar: Breakfast and lunch will be available. 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-1698.

Order Sons of Italy, Friendship Lodge 2728 Garage Sale fundraiser: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9363 Brady St., Spring Hill. Donations for the sale are appreciated. (352) 686-7479 or (352) 683-4347.

Relay for Life Community Market and Yard Sale: There will be a carnival starting at 10 a.m. Also, a concert with the Break Time Band will be at 1 p.m. (donations accepted). Funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society's Spring Hill Relay for Life. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendors may participate for $15 per space, $10 for a second space. Relay for Life teams pay $10. Spring Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12170 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-5100.

Marine Corps League Auxiliary, Spring Hill Unit 137 yard sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Corps Auxiliary 137, 3326 Seaview Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 597-8362.

22nd annual Will McLean Music Fesival: More than 70 Florida acoustic musicians will be featured. Guests can meet and camp with the musicians. After the stage closes down, there will be evening campfire circles. 10 a.m. Weekend admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Daily tickets are $18 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Free admission for children younger than 12. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (352) 465-2167. willmclean.com.

High Point Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary annual auction: This is a raffle auction, with a variety of prizes. The grand prize is a 32-inch flat-screen television, donated by Best Buy. Drawings for prizes begin at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. Funds raised benefit the community's volunteer fire department. 11 a.m. Free admission; $2 for 20 chances. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 684-2008.

Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando Counties 'Kickin' Cook Out!': Local child care providers will be available, and there will be activity areas and information tables. The Trinity Rotary Club will serve lunch. Event is free, but advance registration is encouraged. 12 to 2 p.m., Rotary Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 233-8291. phelc.org.

Notre Dame Catholic School presents Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.': 7 p.m. $7 adults; $5 students. Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. (352) 683-0755. ed-pac.org.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest': An award-winning drama set in a 1950s mental hospital. 8 p.m. $15 adults; $8 students 17 and younger. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues through March 20. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Strawberry Fields: Beatles tribute band. 8 p.m. $25 to $30. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707. phcc.edu.

Hernando County events scheduled March 6-12 03/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 2:04pm]

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