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Hernando events for week of Jan. 22

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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.

Florida Classic Clusters dog shows: This all-breed show features nearly 20,000 dogs from around the world competing in conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials and rally trials. Take a guided tour to learn more about American Kennel Club dog shows. Water/electric RV camping available. Nonshow dogs are allowed only in an area not connected to the show. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 480-3975. floridaclassicpark.com.

Brooksville Raid Re-enactment: With more than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers, this group claims to be Florida's largest Civil War re-enactment. Includes food concessions, Confederate and Union camp tours, chair rentals and music by the 97th Regimental String Band. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the Raid re-enactment at 2 p.m. $8 for adults and $4 for ages 6 to 12; ages 5 and younger and Scouts in uniform are free. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-0129. brooksvilleraid.com.

Florida Manatee Festival: Includes a fine arts show, craft show, manatee education, car and boat shows, manatee boat and kayak tours, entertainment, food and children's activities. Parking and shuttle service available from the Crystal River Mall for $1 (free for children 11 and younger). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3. Citrus Avenue at U.S. 19, downtown Crystal River. citrus countychamber.com.

Suncoast Arts Fest: The seventh annual event is expected to draw more than 130 fine artists and crafters. Activities include visual art demonstrations by Tim Decker, live music, a kids interactive arts area and live chalk art creations. Proceeds benefit Arts for Kids in Pasco County. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel. (727) 247-6182. suncoastartsfest.com.

'A Streetcar Named Desire' final show: Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for this 1940s drama about a culture clash between two notable characters from the South and the urban working class. 2 p.m. $15; $8 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net/mainstage.htm.

Miss Nature Coast and Miss Teen Nature Coast Pageant: Presented by International Pageant Productions Inc. Open to teens ages 14 to 19 for the teen pageant, and women 18 to 25 for the miss pageant. There will also be divisions for girls and boys ages 12 months to 13 years. No talent required. 2 p.m. Spectator admission is free; $80 for contestants. VFW Post 8189, 8856 W Veterans Drive, Homosassa. (352) 256-9959.

Monday

Academia Hernando Winter 2012 Lecture Series: The topic is "Contemporary Architecture in Tampa Bay," by Ed Hoffman, architect of the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Tuesday

Piccadilly Circus: The two-hour show includes racing camels, a giant catapult launching acrobats, showgirls on stilts, German wheels, Russian swings, African and Asian elephants, Ukraine Olympians, U.S. motorcycle extreme air daredevils and Cossack riders. Showtimes at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. $30 per person; 12 and younger free (advance buy-one-get-one tickets available online). Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Toll-free 1-877-373-0477. thefuncircus.com.

Hudson Middle School Jazz Band performs: Refreshments will follow the concert. Proceeds will benefit the school music program. 7 p.m. $4. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, Brooksville. (352) 592-2147.

Wednesday

Artist to speak: Melanie Feldman, an artist whose work is on display at PHCC in an exhibit called The Painter of Women, will speak about her creative influences and the development of her style. 11 a.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3231. phcc.edu.

Piccadilly Circus: The two-hour show includes racing camels, a giant catapult launching acrobats, showgirls on stilts, German wheels, Russian swings, African and Asian elephants, Ukraine Olympians, U.S. motorcycle extreme air daredevils and Cossack riders. Showtimes at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. $30 per person; 12 and younger free (advanced buy-one-get-one tickets available online). Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Toll-free 1-877-373-0477. thefuncircus.com.

Art reception: Featuring the works of artists Shirley Dillon, Robert MacDonald and Jacqueline Walker. Refreshments will be served. Co-hosted by the Spring Hill Art League. The artists' works will remain on display through the end of February. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 556-3984.

Rain barrel workshop: Reduce dependence on irrigation and cope with watering restrictions by using collected rainwater in rain barrels. Preregistration required. 5:30 p.m. $55 per completed barrel; earn a $25 credit on Hernando County Utilities bills. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230. extension.hernandocounty.us.

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

Thursday

Pine needle basket class: Bring lunch. Class size is limited; call to reserve a seat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cost for class or materials. Park admission is $3 per vehicle. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Lu the Hippo's 52nd birthday party: Celebrate Lu the hippopotamus' birthday. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. $13 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12; group rates available. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002. homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm.

VFW meatloaf dinner: Eat in or take out. Proceeds benefit post projects. 5 to 7 p.m. $6. VFW Post 8713, 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4449.

Hernando events for week of Jan. 22 01/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 21, 2012 11:58am]
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