Things to do in Hernando County this week

Friday and Saturday

Florida Old Time Music Championship: Workshops, demonstrations and competition, including guitar, fiddle, percussion, banjo and mandolin. Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley, last year's winners, are this year's guests of honor. 7 p.m. Admission is $5 Friday, $10 Saturday, $15 weekend; children younger than 12 get in free. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Spring Lake. (352) 754-3082. fotmc.org.

Today- Saturday

Chasco Fiesta: American Indian festival and carnival, with music daily. Starts at 10 a.m. and runs throughout the today and Saturday; 5 p.m. Monday thorugh Friday. Free admission; costs for food and rides. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (877) 424-2726. chascofiesta.com.

Today

VFW Men's Auxiliary Breakfast: Includes scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, French toast, pancakes, toast, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea for $6. Adult beverages available. 9 to 11:30 a.m. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival: Featuring Mike and Mary's Gospel Sing, the West Coast Ramblers, Backyard Bluegrass, Never Fade, the Florida State Bluegrass Band and others. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $12 for adults, $3 for ages 12-16 and free for ages 11 and younger. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Spring Lake. (352) 754-3082. sertomayouthranch.org.

Festival of Orchids sale: Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill presents annual orchid sale, with vendors including Featherstone Orchids, Louis del Favero Orchids, Byrd's Orchids, potting and orchid care booths; hourly orchid raffle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2 admission. SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-3736.

Nature Coast Festival Singers spring concert: The chorus, which includes about 80 voices, will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections, under the direction of James Urbanski. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-2235.

Monday

Tobacco Health Fair: Includes community resources and strategies to support efforts to quit smoking. Held in conjunction with the Pasco and Hernando county health departments. The program will be offered at two times: 4 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, 15506 County Line Road, Shady Hills. (727) 233-8291.

"Spring, Summer and Fall Bloomers" Florida-friendly gardening class: Learn which species bloom in each season. Presented by Hernando County master gardener Rita Grant. 5:30 p.m. Free on first-come, first-seated basis. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Tuesday

Fruit and Vegetable Production class series: Presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent. Topic: "Fertilization of Fruit and Vegetable Crops." 6 to 8 p.m. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Wednesday

Reception for artists Marilyn Clifford, Jacque Coffee and Muriel Prieto: The reception will include refreshments. The artists' works will remain on exhibit through the end of April. Co-sponsored by the Spring Hill Art League. 5 to 7 p.m. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 848-0090.

Thursday

Free Zumba class and dance party: A class for seniors starts at 9 a.m.; dance party is at 7 p.m. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 428-6368.

Friday

Hernando County Water Awareness Series: The topic is "Florida Friendly Landscaping: How to Convert Your Standard Landscape to a More Efficient Florida-friendly Landscape." Presented by Jim Davis, an extension agent with the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program in Lady Lake. Light refreshments will be served. Hosted by the Hernando County Utilities Department and Citizens for WATER. This is the final session in the series. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6780.

An Evening of Elegance for Education: Presented by the Hernando County Education Foundation. Envy Model and Talent will present fashions, featuring special guest Miss Florida U.S. International. 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $75 for premier seating. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 277-3322.

Saturday

St. Paul the Apostle yard sale/flea market: Food and drinks available. There will be a 50/50 drawing at noon. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors welcome; spaces are $10. United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 238-4822.

Wellington biannual garage and bake sale: 8 a.m. to noon. Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-6888.

YMCA Zumbathon: 9 a.m. to noon. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

YMCA Arts and Crafts Fair: Artists, crafters and food vendors can still participate. Indoor tables are $35; outdoor spaces are $50. Larger spaces for food vendors are available for $100 or for a percentage of sales. All proceeds will be donated to the 2011 community support campaign. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

Family Fun Day at Springs of Life Family Church: Includes bounce houses, games, prizes, food, music and raffles, as well as a yard sale, vendors, farmers market and plant sale. All donations and funds raised benefit the weekly Friday food pantry. 9 a.m. Free admission. Games and food prices vary from 50 cents to $2. Springs of Life Family Church, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 666-0253.

Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade: Up to 50 wildly decorated boats will parade down the Pithlachascotee River. This year's theme is "Legends." No water balloons, beads or other thrown objects permitted. Parade begins in Moonlight Bay, passes by Sims Park for judging and turns to the Gulf of Mexico. 1 p.m. Spectators free. $25 to enter a boat. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 846-1000. thechascoboatparade.com.

Weeki Wachee High School Fun Fest: Table rentals are available for $10. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee. There will also be a community garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon. (352) 797-7029, ext. 406 or 407.

Week of the Young Child Community and Family Fun Festival: In celebration of community responsibility and child development, Hernando County holds this family event with a petting zoo, clowns, face painting, children's games, hands-on activities, entertainment, food, an obstacle course, bounce house, balloon art and music by DJ Willie. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission and activities; food available for a cost. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 540-6363.

Hernando Marketplace: Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department. Includes numerous business and food vendors. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

Book signing with author David Wermuth: The local author will sign copies of his recently published book, Suddenly Blind, From Tragedy to Triumph: The Resilience of the Human Spirit. The book is an autobiography of Wermuth's struggles with physical and psychological abuse, then being hit with sudden blindness. Copies of the paperback are $18.95. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cloverleaf Farms (Harmony House), 900 N Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 593-4063.

Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Day: There will be speakers. Food will be served throughout the day. 2 p.m. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-9236.

Blessing of the Fleet: After a land ceremony, the laying of the wreath will be at Marker 86. 3 p.m. A seafood alfredo dinner will start at 6 p.m. Reservations required; cost for dinner is $11. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 799-6068.

Brookridge Social Dance Group Hawaiian-themed dance: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Music provided by the Just Us duo. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. Doughnuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.

Things to do in Hernando County this week 03/26/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 26, 2011 2:45pm]

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