Hernando County events week of Dec. 31

Today

Fairgrounds Thrift Store: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Monday

'Images in Clay and Ink': The exhibit features the work of sculptor Rosalie LoCurcio and painter Rosa Lea Addington. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; gallery closed from noon to 1 p.m. Hernando County Fine Arts Council, 7468 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 799-2627.

High Point New Year's Celebration: Includes a buffet dinner and music by the Starburst Duo. Noisemakers, coffee and ice will be provided. Guests may bring their own beverages. Semiformal attire is suggested. 7 p.m. $40 per person; reservations only. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-6006.

VFW Post 10209 New Year's Eve Party: Includes a pulled-pork dinner, music by the Backwoods Boot Scooters, champagne and favors. Guests may bring a dessert to share. 7 p.m. $15 per person. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

New Years Eve Camping and Chubby Carrier Concert: Ring in the new year with Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. Dinner (shrimp, etoufee, mussels and andoule sausage) and party favors. 8 p.m. $55, includes primitive camping. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (863) 984-8445. lindentertainment.com.

Courts of Praise New Year's Eve Celebration: This is a no-alcohol, community event. It will include the Bob Suter Band, local church bands, praise and worship teams, trick motorcycle riders, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a laser light show. There will be free food and drinks from 8 to 9 p.m. Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages, and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 8 p.m. Free. Courts of Praise property, 27360 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville.

Polish Club New Year's Eve Country-Western Dance: Includes music by the Country Back Roads Band, party favors, snacks, prizes and a non-alcoholic champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10. Polish-American Social Club, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. (727) 862-1520.

Tuesday

Polka dance with Bob Turcola: The accordionist and band leader, known as "Turk," has been on the polka scene for nearly 60 years. He has six Cleveland-style albums to his credit and one Slovak album. A cash bar and food will be available. 2 to 6 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. $10. Hosted by the Slovenian-American Club. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (727) 753-9631.

Wednesday

Firearms safety course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Completion of this class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Green Screens showing of American Partisanship: The film, an independent production written by Diane Lazic, features representatives from the better-known political parties in Florida. After the movie, there will be an open discussion and refreshments. 3 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-3151.

Saturday

Croom Zoom: Choose from 25K, 50K and 100K races through the Withlacoochee State Forest. 6 a.m. $45 to $95. Croom Trails, 26416 Croom Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 232-5200. croomzoom.com.

NRA First Steps shotgun course: This class is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling of one specific shotgun model. The course includes classroom and range time. Lessons include the NRA's rules for safe gun handling, particular shotgun model parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals and cleaning the gun. 9 a.m. to noon. $50, includes "NRA Guide to the Basics of Shotgun Shooting" handbook. Shooting seminar available after class at 1 p.m. for an additional $7 range fee. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Dade's Battle Re-enactment: Includes period soldiers, Seminole and civilian camps, the Sutler Trade Fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing and primitive archery. Gates open 9 a.m. The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m. Parking $2. Admission $5; free for ages 5 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Club 40 Pylon Race: Featuring radio-controlled racing planes. Food and cold drinks available. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission and parking. Hernando Aero Modelers Field, Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 346-9948.

Hernando County events week of Dec. 31 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 2:48pm]

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