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Hernando events for the week of April 1

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Aripeka Elks breakfast: Various menu items available and cooked to order. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Prices vary, $2 to $4.50, coffee included. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-2520.

Sixth annual "Best of the Best" concert for Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Education Foundation: Featuring former students of the late Charlotte Murrin, and students of the Suzuki method of learning music, who will perform on the violin and cello. Refreshments will be served after the concert. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the door; all contributions are tax deductible. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 238-2726.

Nature Coast Festival Singers spring concert: The chorus, under the direction of James Urbanski, will sing a variety of classical and contemporary songs, including With a Voice of Singing, Let Everything That Has Breath and Psalm 100. Scholarship winner Nina Morales, a violinist, will perform. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-2235.

Concordia Chorus 'Spring Sing': Refreshments will be served after the program. 7 p.m. Donations accepted. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 592-2147.

Tuesday

Humane Society golf tourney: A benefit for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Register at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 9 a.m. $75 per golfer; includes prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. Southern Hills Plantation Club, 19850 Southern Hills Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-0962.

Library to show 'Courageous': The independent Christian drama, rated PG-13, stars and is directed by Alex Kendrick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, Stephen Kendrick. It is about four Georgia police officers who struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers. The film also stars Ken Bevel and Kevin Downes. 2 p.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4443.

Wednesday

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary gift sale and gold buying event: The sale includes fine jewelry, costume jewelry, purses, books and other gift items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the auxiliary's scholarship fund. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 442-0169.

Firearms safety class: Provides lessons about 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.

VFW Post 9236 spaghetti and meatball dinner: All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner; includes a salad bar, garlic bread and Italian ice cream. 5 to 7 p.m. $6.50. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Thursday

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary gift sale and gold buying event: The sale includes fine jewelry, costume jewelry, purses, books and other gift items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the auxiliary's scholarship fund. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 442-0169.

'Telling Your Life Stories: Personal History' workshop: The workshop provides tips and techniques regarding how to get started writing about life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, but seating is limited and preregistration is required. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4042.

Chill Smart art exhibit and reception: The exhibit features the top 25 pieces of student artwork from a recent competition. Chill Smart is the youth group of the Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition's Youth Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative. 6 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 797-7008, ext. 225.

Friday

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary gold buying event: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 442-0169.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: This year's fair includes midway rides, camel rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and a full lineup of entertainment. Today's highlights include the youth dairy show, poultry showmanship, Phoebe Stone, Honky Tonk Hitman, escape artist Michael Griffin and Pete Hunt's Southern Branded Band. $7 for adults; free for ages 18 and younger. Midway armbands are $20. 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Reception for artist Marilyn Clifford: The reception features the artist's jewelry and paintings. Refreshments will be served. Clifford's works will remain on display through the end of April. Presented by the Spring Hill Art League. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Art, Craft Bridal & Frame at Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 556-3984.

'College Connection' presents Mental Health Support: This is the final segment of the College Connection series. The speaker will be Judy Thompson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando. College Connection is a series of seminars that introduces local health and human service programs in Hernando County. 2 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5004.

April 7

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

Easter egg hunt at state wildlife park: Families should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to prepare for the hunts, which will start at 9 a.m. Children will be divided into three groups: ages 1 to 4, ages 5 to 8 and ages 9 to 12. Participants should bring baskets. Thousands of plastic eggs can be found and redeemed for a variety of candy, plus special prizes for finding the gold and silver eggs in each age group. Costumed characters, including the Easter Bunny, will visit and take photos with children. Free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: This year's fair includes midway rides, camel rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and a full lineup of entertainment. Today's highlights include the Hernando County Fair Beauty Pageant, Tom Davis, the Country Cloggers, escape artist Michael Griffin, Shazadi and Desert Jewels, a tractor pull, the Jimmy Sparks Band and the Matt Winter Band. Armbands are $22. 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. General admission, $7; $4 for ages 4 to 12, and free for ages 3 and younger. Free admission to college students who show ID. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Kiwanis Club's 2012 Easter egg hunt: Plastic eggs filled with candy and change will be hidden for children to find. After the hunt, there will be a bounce house, games, egg coloring and free hot dogs and soda. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org.

Easter Eggstravaganza: For children 11 and younger. Includes an egg hunt, puppet show, hayride, face painting, games and crafts. 10 a.m. Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, south of Brooksville. (352) 799-5462. cbclive.org.

Hernando Marketplace: Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department. Includes business and food vendors and arts and crafts. There will also be a family activity area with games, an egg hunt and face painting. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

Eggs in the Park: The egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. Free park admission. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling open house: Featuring the expanded, national award-winning Sundance Central Railroad. There will also be various models and rotating displays from throughout the world. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling, 2645 Success Drive, Odessa. (352) 799-2874. sundancecentral.org.

Shiloh Problem Solvers Easter Egg hunt: Includes an egg hunt and other activities, including dunk-a-pastor, pie-a-pastor and a cakewalk. There will be raffles to win bicycles and Easter baskets. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kennedy Park, 1000 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 345-9596.

Easter EGGstravaganza: Open to children ages 10 and younger. Includes more than 5,000 eggs, gospel crafts, face painting, giant slides and puppets. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5685.

Hernando County Youth Shelter benefit run: Registration at 10 a.m.; kickstands up at 11 a.m.; last bike in at 4 p.m. Starting at Maw's Vittles, 511 S Broad St, Brooksville. Stops include: Two Deuces Bar in Homosassa, Big Fish Camp in Bushnell, the Lake Lindsey Mall north of Brooksville, and ending at Beef O'Brady's at 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. Sponsored by the Freedom Chapter of ABATE of Florida. Proceeds benefit the Youth and Family Alternatives New Beginnings Youth Shelter. $10 per card or $15 for two. (727) 835-4166, (352) 540-6015.

Hernando Youth Orchestra Concert: The orchestra is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. Noon. Free. Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 544-8105. hernandoyouthorchestra.org.

Old-time gospel sing: Proceeds will benefit the Meals on Wheels program. Doors open at 1 p.m.; show starts at 2 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 200-8843.

Brookridge Social Group Spring Fling Dance: Diana and Mitch of Retro Express will entertain. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. Dunkin' Donuts will be served after the 50/50 raffle, at about 9:30 p.m. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.

Hernando events for the week of April 1 03/30/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 6:48pm]
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