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Hernando County schedule of events

Today

Fairgrounds Flea Market and Thrift Store: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Cotee River Bike Fest: The annual three-day motorcycle extravaganza includes live music, a ride-in bike show, the Daisy Duke contest, a pizza-eating contest, a Harley-Davidson drill team show, a poker run, a stunt rider show and a swap meet. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. coteeriverbikefest.com.

Nature Coast Fine and True Craft Show: The show will be in the Visitor Center parking area. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; park admission additional. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 637-4203. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

Fall Feast for the Dawn Center: Arts and crafts vendors open at 9 a.m. Registration for contests starts at noon, and include a hot dog-eating contest, a crazy hat contest, a corn hole tournament and a pie-eating contest. Entry fees for contests vary. Prizes awarded. Other activities include a bounce house, music, face painting, silent auction and dessert station. The event is a fundraiser for the Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic violence shelter. Lizzie T's Coffee House, 7635 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 593-4184.

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Escort the Vietnam Traveling Wall. All vehicles (motorcycles, cars and trucks) are invited to travel from the fairgrounds to the Holcim Corp. property on U.S. 19 north of Crystal River, where the wall and other memorials will be set up. Breakfast will be available at the fairgrounds from 6 to 10 a.m. for $5; coffee and refreshments will be served in the auditorium starting at 7:30 a.m. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. There will be food, refreshments and beer will be available during the wall set-up. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 238-5692, 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

Suncoast Harmony Witches Tea: Refreshments will be served, including sandwiches, cupcakes and other treats. Costumes are encouraged. Women of all ages welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. $12. Tall Pines Club House, 10930 Tall Pines Blvd., New Port Richey. (352) 796-0200.

'Sweeney Todd': The musical is about Sweeney Todd, a barber who slits the throats of his enemies, and his partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett, who helps dispose of the bodies by baking them in pies and selling them to unsuspecting customers at her pie shop. 2 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Breast cancer fundraiser: Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9236. There will be a raffle. 4 to 6 p.m. $6, includes dinner. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Monday

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Includes the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute, military vendors and military displays. There will be live music, as well as food and drinks available. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Open 24 hours. Holcim Property, 6201 N Suncoast Blvd. (1 mile north of County Road 488), Crystal River. (352) 238-5692, (352) 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

Academia Hernando Fall 2012 Lecture Series presents 'Citizens of the World': Presented by Douglas Fairbanks. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

High Point Community line dance classes: Learn the basics and latest dances. 1 to 3 p.m. $3. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 683-8007.

'Images in Clay and Paint' art exhibit: The exhibit, on display through December, features the work of sculptor Rosalie LoCurcio and painter Rosa Lea Addington. The works will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the arts council. 5 to 7 p.m. Hernando Fine Arts Gallery, 7468 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 799-2627. hernandoarts.org.

Tuesday

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Includes the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute, military vendors and military displays. There will be live music, as well as food and drinks available. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Open 24 hours. Holcim Property, 6201 N Suncoast Blvd. (1 mile north of County Road 488), Crystal River. (352) 238-5692, (352) 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

Uncle John's Fishin' School: Participants will learn where to fish locally, and information about local fishing piers and boat ramps will be shared. 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Wednesday

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Includes the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute, military vendors and military displays. There will be live music, as well as food and drinks available. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Open 24 hours. Holcim Property, 6201 N Suncoast Blvd. (1 mile north of County Road 488), Crystal River. (352) 238-5692, (352) 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

PHCC Encore Academy offers 'Belly Dancing 101': Belly dance artist Shazadi will teach the ancient art of belly dancing. Enroll in one workshop or the entire series. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $12; registration deadline is two days prior to class. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Teen Read Week word-a-thon and movie: Teens are asked to bring their favorite book or poem to share with the group and read a two- to three-minute passage out loud. Participants may also bring their own poetry or writing to read. Afterward, the film Hunger Games will be shown. The word-a-thon starts at 3:30 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Hooters Classic Car Show: Sponsored by Hooters of Spring Hill and West Coast Classic and Restorations. Hooter girls will judge, and the top three cars will receive awards. All guests will be entered for free giveaways. A 50/50 raffle will benefit Jericho Road Ministries. 5-8 p.m. No registration fee or early sign-up needed. Hooters, 3437 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 597-5061.

Anti-Bullying concert with Phil Chalmers and rap artist LG Wise: The event is part of Chalmers' True Lies Tour. 7 p.m. Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Free. Open to all Hernando County students and their parents. (352) 797-7088. trueliesassembly.com.

Thursday

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Includes the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute, military vendors and military displays. There will be live music, as well as food and drinks available. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Open 24 hours. Holcim Property, 6201 N Suncoast Blvd. (1 mile north of County Road 488), Crystal River. (352) 238-5692, (352) 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

Memory Screenings: HPH Hospice and the Alzheimer's Association have teamed up to offer free screenings for adults 50 and older who are concerned about memory loss. The screenings are not recommended for those who have already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; call to schedule an appointment. HPH Hospice Spring Hill, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 597-1882.

Veterans history workshop: Participants will have the chance to share their experiences with other veterans. The workshop will also include writing exercises and tips for putting memories down on paper. 11 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4042.

Friday

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Includes the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute, military vendors and military displays. There will be live music, as well as food and drinks available. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Open 24 hours. Holcim Property, 6201 N Suncoast Blvd. (1 mile north of County Road 488), Crystal River. (352) 238-5692, (352) 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

Nobleton Ladies Association Tri-County garage sale: Proceeds will go toward the completion and operation of a new community center. Donations of items for the sale are welcome. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor spaces available for $10.65 (includes tax). Old Nobleton Firehouse, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 232-0859, (352) 601-3901.

VFW Post 9236 fish and shrimp dinners: 5 to 7 p.m. Fish $6, shrimp $6.50, combo $7.50. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Halloween Harvest Festival: Sponsored by Hernando County Parks and Recreation and the Hernando County Fair Association, the 22nd annual event will include a haunted house, hayrides, games, food and contests for adults, kids and dogs. 6 to 10 p.m. A pet masquerade will begin at 7 p.m., with registration at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Game tickets are four for $1. Cost for the haunted house is $3, and the hayride is $2. There will be a $2 entry fee for the pet contest. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4031.

Wild n' Wicked Nights: The spirit of Halloween will possess the mermaids as they present their spooky "Happily Never After" show. Other activities will include the Lost River boat ride and hike, a haunted house, hayrides, a kids maze, a crazy carnival, a costume contest and a scream contest. 7 to 11 p.m. $8; $4 ages 6 to 12, and free ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Entertainment at VFW Post 10209: Featuring Entertainment Time Machine with Eddie and Dana. 7 to 10 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

'Sweeney Todd': The musical is about Sweeney Todd, a barber who slits the throats of his enemies, and his partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett, who helps dispose of the bodies by baking them in pies and selling them to unsuspecting customers at her pie shop. 8 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion memorials and displays: Includes the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, the Purple Heart Mural Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute, military vendors and military displays. There will be live music, as well as food and drinks available. Presented by American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 of Floral City. Open 24 hours. Holcim Property, 6201 N Suncoast Blvd. (1 mile north of County Road 488), Crystal River. (352) 238-5692, (352) 726-8877. naturecoastveteransreunion.org.

Disability Awareness Walk and Roll: This is a 5K event. Medals will be awarded to those who raise $25 or more, with those who collect more than $100 awarded the Walk and Roll Excellence Award. Proceeds will be used for inclusive settings for students with disabilities, parent and teacher workshops, sibling programs and summer camp scholarships. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m.; race time, 8 a.m. Registration is $25; participants may collect pledges. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 797-7022, ext. 407. walkandroll.eventbright.com.

Faith Evangelical Huge Indoor Yard Sale: The sale will be in the air-conditioned gym at the church. The snack bar will be open. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-4969.

NRA Basic Pistol Course: This course includes basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. Classroom and range time are included, and students will learn to shoot revolvers and semiautomatic pistols. Lessons include the NRA's rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position and two-handed standing positions, and cleaning the pistol. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $100, includes the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group Huge Indoor Yard Sale: The nonprofit organization, made up of volunteers, helps support groups such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Donations of salable items will be accepted at the auxiliary building between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday, or a pickup can be arranged. All donations are tax-deductible. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 597-0003, 596-9396.

Springstead High School flea market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Set-up begins at 6 a.m. Vendor spaces are $10. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Nobleton Ladies Association Tri-County garage sale: Proceeds will benefit the completion and operation of a new community center. Donations of items for the sale are welcome. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces available for $10.65 (includes tax). Old Nobleton Firehouse, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 232-0859, (352) 601-3901.

Spring Hill Garden Club 'Weed and Feed': Volunteer along with members of the Spring Hill Garden Club to help remove invasive, aggressive-growing plants, then be rewarded with treats served by garden club members. Bring garden gloves, insect repellent and weeding tools. 8:30 a.m. Free admission; donations accepted. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Fairgrounds Flea Market and Thrift Store: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Firearms safety class: Includes lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Completion of the 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.

Cedar Key Seafood Festival: The festival, celebrating the area's fishing heritage, features more than 250 arts and crafts exhibits, a sea creature costume contest, a parade, food, continuous entertainment, seafood and live music. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Downtown, State Route 24, Cedar Key. (352) 543-5600.

Hernando County Master Gardeners fall plant sale: Includes hundreds of plants, from ground covers to trees, shrubs and perennials, specifically grown to tolerate the local climate. Arrive early for best selection. Proceeds benefit Master Gardener programs. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Salvation Army fall festival: Includes games for children, a yard sale, snacks and live Christian music. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Salvation Army of Hernando County, 15464 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 796-1186.

Brooksville Cycling Clasic: The event kicks off with a 5-mile charity fundraising ride for non-racers at 9 a.m. The start/finish line is at Liberty and Main streets. Ride leaders include Hernando Times columnist Dan DeWitt and Brooksville City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha. There is a $5 entry fee for the ride, which benefits the Arc Nature Coast, the Hernando County Family YMCA scholarship fund and Operation HEARTFelt. Throughout downtown, there will be a fitness expo, an Art-N-Market walk and the Market on Main Street. The Liberty Street Kids Classic (ages 10 and younger) and the Liberty Youth Challenge (ages 8 and 12) races begin at 4:15 p.m. The children's races are free. Downtown, Main Street, Brooksville. (352) 593-4176, (352) 796-9798.

Food drive for the hungry: Drop off nonperishable foods and toiletries for the needy. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-4612.

Scandinavian Cultural Fair: Includes a variety of Scandinavian foods and baked goods, rosemaling (Norwegian rose painting), knitted and other cultural items, books and a Viking auction. Presented by Sons of Norway Sun Viking Lodge. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-2220.

Seafood fest: Featuring food vendors from some of Hernando Beach's favorite seafood spots. Includes music and crafts. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 279-0528.

Horror High III: The high school will be transformed into different scare zones. 6 to 11 p.m. $7 adults; $5 students. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. No masks allowed. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010.

Halloween Harvest Festival: Sponsored by Hernando County Parks and Recreation and the Hernando County Fair Association, the 22nd annual event will include a haunted house, hayrides, games, food and contests for adults, kids and dogs. 6 to 10 p.m. Costume contests for all ages will be at 7 p.m. (registration begins at 6 p.m.). Free admission. Game tickets are four for $1. Cost for the haunted house is $3, and the hayride is $2. There will be a $2 entry fee for costume contests. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4031.

Carman in concert: Carman has packed stadiums, arenas and churches for more than 20 years and has sold more than 10 million records. 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 for VIP (includes a meet-and-greet) and $10 for general admission; at the door, $25 for VIP and for $15 general admission. Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-3685. gwocag.org.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Those attending should bring snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.

Wild n' Wicked Nights: The spirit of Halloween will possess the mermaids as they present their spooky "Happily Never After" show. Other activities will include the Lost River boat ride and hike, a haunted house, hayrides, a kids maze, a crazy carnival, a costume contest and a scream contest. 7 to 11 p.m. $8; $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

High Point Dance Night: Music provided by Short Notice. 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2745.

'Sweeney Todd': The musical is about Sweeney Todd, a barber who slits the throats of his enemies, and his partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett, who helps dispose of the bodies by baking them in pies and selling them to unsuspecting customers at her pie shop. 8 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Hernando County schedule of events 10/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:32am]

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