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Hernando things to do, Oct. 28 and upcoming

Today

VFW Post 9236 Breakfast: Includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, blueberry pancakes, toast, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. Adult beverages may be purchased separately. Hosted by the Men's Auxiliary. 9 to 11:30 a.m. $7. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Great American Cooterfest: Includes turtle races, a "Cooterween" costume contest, a paw party, live music, games, crafts and trick-or-treating. Noon to 5 p.m. Free parking and admission. Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2611. cooterfestival.com.

Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church: Includes ethnic foods, midway rides and games for children of all ages. Entertainment includes Risen Son Martial Arts at 12:15 p.m., Homeland Gospel Quartet at 12:30, Stir Up the Gift at 1:15, Klassic Kountry Kloggers at 1:45, Brooksville Academy of the Arts at 2:15, PJ Digaetano at 2:45 and 5 p.m., Just Us Duo at 3 p.m., Moon's Tae Kwon Do College Demo Team at 5:15 and DiAna's Dance Express at 5:45 p.m. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission and parking; ride armbands $20. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 688-0663.

Monday

Academia Hernando Fall 2012 Lecture Series presents Aesthetics in Ancient Art: Presented by Seth Pevnick. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Tuesday

Rain Barrel Workshop: Reduce dependence on irrigation by using collected rainwater in the garden. Registration required. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $55 per completed rain barrel (Hernando County Utilities customers receive a $25 credit on their water bill). Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Wednesday

VFW Post 9236 Halloween Party: Includes a costume contest with $50 awarded to the winner. Bring a dish for the potluck. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Trick or Treat at Forest Oaks AFL: Children are invited to trick-or-treat at the facility, meet residents and show off their costumes. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3323.

Trunk or Treat: Parents can sign up for a chance to win a prepaid day rental for a bounce house. 6 to 8 p.m. Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-6020.

Trunk-or-Treat: Includes hayrides, candy, games, hot dogs, soda, popcorn, snow cones and bounce castles. 6 to 8 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 796-8331.

Trail of Treats: Inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and candy. Register at door for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-1388.

Haunted House: Trick-or-treaters are invited to stroll through the haunted house. 7 to 10 p.m. 2151 Meredith Drive, Spring Hill.

Haunted House: Trick-or-treaters are invited to stroll through the haunted house. 7 to 10:30 p.m. 2232 Meadow Lark Road, Spring Hill.

Thursday

Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit: There will be hors d'oeuvres and wines from Time for Wine. Featuring celebrity pourers, including comedian-actor Keith Wann and Pasco County Clerk of the Court Paula O'Neil. Numerous baskets will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit the programs and services for the deaf and hearing-impaired in Pasco and Hernando counties. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 each or two for $50. Homewood Suites, 11115 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (727) 853-1010. deafhhsfla.org.

Friday

Hernando County Water Awareness Series: The topic is "Landscaping for the Homeowner Part 2: Learn How to Be Your Own Landscaping Expert." This is the second of a two-part series. Presented by urban horticulture agent Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Register at water conservation@co.hernando.fl.us or call (352) 754-4705.

Teen Game Night: Teens are invited to celebrate International Games Day at the library's new area that includes comfortable furniture and new video gaming equipment. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

Hernando Heritage Museum's Haunted House: All ages are invited for the annual Halloween bash and haunted house. Includes fireside stories, marshmallow roast, a palm reader, storytelling, children's games and face painting. Food and drinks available. The haunted house tours are not recommended for children 7 and younger. 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission; $5 to tour the haunted house. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseum assoc.com.

Saturday

Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter: A Kids Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. This is a chip-timed event. Awards will be given to the first through third place finishers in various age groups. Medals are provided to all finishers. A post-race party will follow. The event benefits the New Beginnings youth shelter in Brooksville. 6:30 a.m. 5K entry fee is $30, the kids fun run fee is $20. Suntrust Bank, 1 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (727) 835-4166. active.com.

Bark Island: Dogs and their owners are welcome at the beach. Must have the dog's current vaccination records/tags to enter. Bring a leash. Owners are asked to pick up after their pets. Sponsored by Hernando County Parks and Recreation. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Park fee is $7 per car or walk up patron. Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Weeki Wachee. (352) 754-4031.

Early Learning Conference: The keynote speaker is Mary Harper, associate professor of early childhood and elementary education at St. Petersburg College. Her topic is "Emotional Literacy: Beginning the Dialogue." There will be three training sessions; participants will pick one training for each session. Some training topics include "Creating Competent, Confident Children/Ready for School," "Ready for Life, Reading Doesn't Have to be a Fight! Strategies to Address Challenging Behavior During Reading With Preschoolers" and "Tour of the Store: Learning How to Shop Healthy." 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $25, includes conference, breakfast, lunch, entry into door prize giveaway and access to exhibit hall. Bishop McLaughlin High School, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. (727) 233-8291. phelc.org.

High Point Community Property Owners Craft and Plant Bazaar: 8 a.m. to noon. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2397.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 Garage Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-0099.

Ridge Manor Property Owners' Association's Fall Arts and Crafts Show: More than 40 vendors will participate, selling a variety of items, such as jewelry, paintings, woodwork, jams and jellies. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indoor vendor tables are $15; outdoor spaces are $10. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 608-4339.

Wellington All-Community Garage and Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to noon. Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-6568.

United Methodist Women's Seasonal Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 683-9505.

Sonshine Arts and Crafts Festival: The 18th annual event will include numerous vendors selling holiday and other crafts. There will be soup, sandwiches and bakery items available. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors can participate for $15 for an indoor table or outdoor space. Vendors receive bottomless coffee and tea. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 799-3082, 382-7332.

Baddest Mudrun: This 5K mud race includes 20 obstacles suitable for all ages and skill levels, music, a beer tent, games including mud tug of war and mud volleyball, food and cleanup stations. 9:30 a.m. $64.95. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 584-7369. baddestmudrun.com.

41st annual Festival of Arts: The two-day event showcases an eclectic mix, from painting to pottery and everything in between. The artists will be vying for cash awards and ribbons in the juried art show. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Inverness City Hall, 212 W Main St. (352) 726-3913.

Benefit Motorcycle Run: Hosted by the Breast Cancer Support Group. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. and the ride ends at Sleepy Hollow Fishing Lodge in Floral City, where there will be dinner, raffles and a live band. Registration begins at 9 a.m., ride starts at 10 a.m. $15 per person, which includes a steak dinner. Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 592-8137.

Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony: The premier men's a cappella chorus have been entertaining Florida audiences since 1945 and is currently ranked among the nation's best male ensembles. The concert kicks off the 2012-13 season of the Community Performing Arts Guild. 2 p.m. Tickets are free and available at the church on a first come, first served basis. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-1068.

Saints and Sinners Mystery Dice Run: Registration will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Coney Island. Kickstands up at 2:15 p.m. Ends at the Hernando Heritage Museum, with last bike in at 7 p.m. (all vehicles welcome). There will be clues at each stop. Five points and a prize are awarded to the first bike at each stop; three points to second bike and one point to third bike. Cash prizes awarded for the top three overall points. A "goblin" prize will be awarded for the lowest point total. There will be a 50/50 drawing at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, with door prize drawings starting at 8 p.m. $20, includes admission to the Haunted House at the Hernando Heritage Museum. Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 277-2799.

Stone Crab Jam: The annual street fest includes three stages of live music, stone crabs, craft vendors, a chowder cookoff and a wide variety of food and drinks. Tour boat rides will be available from the pier at Kings Bay Park for $15 for a 25-minute tour. 4 to 11 p.m. Admission $5, $50 VIP. Citrus Avenue, W Citrus Avenue, Crystal River. stonecrabjam.com.

Building Hope in Hernando Heroes Gala: This is a gala to spotlight local heroes and their efforts helping organizations such as the Dawn Center, Pay It Forward Farm and Mount Pilgrim Free Will Baptist Church. U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent will be the featured speaker. There will be gourmet buffet, music, dancing and a roving magician. Tickets are $90 each or $600 for a table of eight, with proceeds helping Habitat to build more houses in Hernando County. 5 to 11 p.m. Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-1159.

Taste of the Fields: Begin with a farm tour through the corn maze while enjoying appetizers, wine and music. Then, a five-course dinner prepared by local chefs will be served. Benefits the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville Ridge. 6 to 9 p.m. $50. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 544-7927.

High Point Lions Club Halloween Dinner Dance: Includes a costume contest with prizes in various categories. A DJ will provide music for dancing. 6 p.m. $10, includes a lasagna dinner. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2411, 596-8485.

Hernando Heritage Museum's Haunted House: All ages are invited for the annual Halloween bash and haunted house. Includes fireside stories, marshmallow roast, a palm reader, storytelling, children's games and face painting. Food and drinks available. The haunted house tours are not recommended for children 7 and younger. 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission; $5 to tour the haunted house. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseum assoc.com.

Night of Country Music: Featuring music by the Individuals (Danny Young and guests). Food will be sold, including hot dogs, hamburgers, "wally" dogs and nachos with cheese. Guests may bring their own snacks and beverages. Funds raised will go toward meals for High Point shut-ins. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 200-8843.

Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony: The premier men's a cappella chorus have been entertaining Florida audiences since 1945 and is currently ranked among the nation's best male ensembles. The concert kicks off the 2012-13 season of the Community Performing Arts Guild. 7 p.m. Tickets are free and available at the church on a first come, first served basis. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For more information, call (352) 544-1068.

Brookridge Social Dance Group hosts Veterans Dance: Music by the Two of Us (Ralph and Joyce). Guests can bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. Donuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. For more information, call (352) 597-0723.

Hernando things to do, Oct. 28 and upcoming 10/27/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 27, 2012 1:51pm]
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