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Hernando events, July 1-7

Today

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

Fairgrounds Flea Market: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 397-3351, 796-4552.

Monday

Summer Storytime program: Toddler Time, for children age 18 to 35 months, starts at 10:15 a.m., followed by Storytime, for children age 3 to 5 years, at 11 a.m. The programs are filled with age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast. No registration required. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Tuesday

Green Screens showing of 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams': This 2010 3-D documentary is about the Chauvet Cave in France, home to ancient visual art that dates back more than 30,000 years. 2 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-7576.

Freedom Festival: Wesley Chapel Fourth of July: The festival includes a bicycle parade, band competition, contests, prizes and fireworks. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242. theshopsatwiregrass.com.

'Patriotic Evening' Fourth of July celebration: Old-fashioned hometown festival at Liberty and Wallace Brooks parks that includes live music, children's activities, food vendors and a fireworks extravaganza. No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets allowed. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2611. inverness-fl.gov.

Wednesday

High Point community's Fourth of July Parade: Lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. at the High Point bus stop near Cortez Boulevard. The parade starts at 9 a.m. along High Point Boulevard to Clubhouse Road, ending at the community center. At the adjacent High Point Golf Club, food and beverages will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music will be provided by John Conroy. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-6006.

Fourth of July Machine Gun Shoot: Cars, trucks and and an assortment of other targets will be destroyed. Machine gun owners are welcome to participate. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectators $2; 14 and younger free. Shooters $20. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Independence Day barbecue: Hosted by the Regency Oaks Civic Association. Food will be served buffet style and will include hot dogs, burgers, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans and toppings. Dessert, coffee and ice will be provided. Guests may bring their own beverages. Music will be provided by DJ Rich. 2 p.m. Tickets are $12. Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-1405.

Aripeka Elks Independence Day barbecue: Music provided by Rebound. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. and will include hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans. The event begins at 3 p.m. $10 per person. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-2520.

Sparklebration Star-Spangled Spectacular: Featuring carnival games, live music, a food court, watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, a skydive drop-in, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides, face painting and a fireworks finale. No coolers, alcohol, pets or personal fireworks. 9 p.m. $5; 12 and younger free. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 567-6678. sparklebration.com.

Thursday

'Reading is Fun' summer youth program: Provided by Behind the Stone Ministries and Communities in Schools of Hernando County. Volunteers will read to children and provide them with books to take home or exchange each week. Continues Thursdays through Aug. 9. 5 to 5:30 p.m. Free. New Song Worship Center, 6001 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (727) 808-4096.

Friday

Patriotic Family Fun Day: There will be a bike and pet parade, relay races and games, barbecue food, hand-cranked ice cream and activities for all ages. 4 to 8 p.m. Free park admission. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Hernando Democrats campaign headquarters grand opening: There will be an open house. An outdoor barbecue will start at 5:30 p.m. at nearby Delta Woods Park. 4 to 8 p.m. Hernando County Democrats campaign headquarters, 3430 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 442-1271.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story 12-room house built more than 155 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May's 3-year-old daughter, Jessie. Handheld cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistorical museumassoc.com.

Saturday

Fairgrounds Flea Market: Includes indoor and outdoor vendors. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 397-3351, 796-4552.

Collectors Day: The exhibit will include collectors of all ages who will display family-friendly collections inside the Visitor Center at the park. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; park admission additional. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002. homosassasprings.org/ homosassa.cfm.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house built more than 155 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May's 3-year-old daughter, Jessie. Handheld cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistorical museumassoc.com.

Hernando events, July 1-7 06/30/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:09am]

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