Monday, December 18, 2017
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Things to do in Hernando County, week of Feb. 26

Tuesday

Benefit concert with Louis Fortunato: Coffee and cake will be served during intermission. Hosted by the High Point Fire Ladies Auxiliary, this is a benefit for the High Point Volunteer Fire Department. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted. Limited tickets available. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 293-4407.

Today

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.

Humane Society treasure hunt: Two-day treasure hunt, with proceeds going to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carrabba's Italian Grill plaza, 10110 U.S. Highway 19, Port Richey. (352) 796-2711.

Hernando County Shrine Club breakfast buffet: Includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee and tea. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 11; free for ages 4 and younger. Tickets at the door are $1 more. Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 610-4124.

VFW Post 9236 breakfast: 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.

'Sounds of Broadway' with Norm Bernard and his Band: Also features vocalist Kim Evans. The renowned jazz trumpeteer and his musicians have performed with the likes of Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Buddy Morrow and Lionel Hampton. Snacks will be provided. Guests may bring their own beverages. 1:30 p.m. $6. High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. (352) 397-8606.

Suncoast Harmony chorus presents 'Let's Rock': Featuring special guests the Ditchfield Family Singers. The show features barbershop-style music, presented by the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International. 3 p.m. $14. Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (352) 597-4376.

Comedian/musician Tim Lovelace: Award-winning songwriter and Christian comedian. 6 p.m. An offering will be collected. Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-0587.

Monday

Academia Hernando Winter 2012 Lecture Series: Topic is "Politics in Florida This Election Year," presented by professor and political analyst Susan McManus. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Wednesday

Trash to Treasure: Recyclables made into everything from jewelry to flowers. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is $3 per car. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

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

Friday

UCC spring rummage sale and outdoor flea market: Along with a variety of sale items, there will be baked goods, coffee, hot dogs and brats available. Vendor rentals available; call Pat at (352) 686-4239. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-8144, 556-3202.

Yacht Club yard sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 688-0238.

Mud Boggin': Hernando Truck Fest: From street-legal trucks to high-horsepower semi-monster trucks, truck drivers will see who can jump the highest and run the fastest in the mud. Participants will slip, slide and fly through a mixed clay/mud course with high jumps, deep/slippery humps and steep hills. Other activities include live music, a truck show, mechanical bull riding, corn hole toss and truck pulling. Noon. $15 per day; $30 weekend (through Sunday). Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 585-1062.

Reception for art students: Presented by the Spring Hill Art League. The reception features the following students of artist Carol A. Szynwelski: Carole Coutu, Barbara Gosney, Nina Ketcham and Ella Tindall. Refreshments will be served. Works will remain on display through the end of March. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Art, Craft Bridal & Frame at Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 556-3984.

Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival Carnival Night: This event kicks off the weekend festival. 4 to 10 p.m. $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-3757. swampfestweekiwachee.com.

Shabbat Across America: A traditional Shabbat dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the Shabbat service at 8 p.m. Rabbi David Levin will officiate. The event, sponsored by National Jewish Outreach, is open to the community, including singles, couples and families. Reservations required by Monday. $12 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034.

Ghost tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 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. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Saturday

Bark Island: Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to 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 the Hernando County Recreation Department. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Park fee is $7 per car or walk up patron. Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. (352) 754-4031.

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.

UCC spring rummage sale and outdoor flea market: Along with a variety of sale items, there will be baked goods, coffee, hot dogs and brats available. Vendor rentals available; call Pat at (352) 686-4239. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-8144, 556-3202.

Yacht Club yard sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 688-0238.

Hernando Sportsman's Club 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament: The tournament is four rounds for a total of 100 shots. Winners will be selected in three categories: youth, adult and senior. Shooters are to bring their own gun, ammunition and lawn chair. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; shooting starts at 9. $40 per shooter. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Floral City Strawberry Festival: Features two days of shortcake and other strawberry delights, more than 200 fine art and craft booths, continuous live entertainment, contests, pageants and children's activities. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3; free for ages 11 and younger. Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. (352) 795-3149.

Veterans Benefits Resource Fair: Hosted by U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent. Includes information about veterans claims services, education benefits, employment services, housing/social services, medical services and other available services. Entertainment includes the Hernando Harmonizers, the Chocachatti Dancers Theater and American Idol contestant Curtis Gray. Also features the award-winning Navy JROTC Drill Team from Central High School, the Lance Cpl. Brian R. Buesing Young Marines and the Springstead High School Air Force JROTC. Food and refreshments available. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics cafeteria, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-8354, 1-866-492-4835.

Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival: Includes continuous entertainment by local performers, craft booths, a swamp monster costume contest for cash prizes, a Lil' Critter Corner for kids and swamp-themed food. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also features a carnival from noon to 10 p.m. Benefits the Weeki Wachee Area Club, Weeki Wachee Crime Watch and the Hernando Environmental Land Protectors. $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 596-3757. swampfestweekiwachee.com.

Hernando County Reading Festival: Includes food, games and door prizes. Visitors can meet children's authors, Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure and Tony the Balloon Guy. There will also be a Friends of the Library children's book sale. Scheduled authors include 10-year-old Madeline Joan Wilks, author of Yellow Dot, Red Dot; and Nancy Stewart, author of Sea Turtle Summer. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scheduled events include John Storm's "World of Reptiles" at 10:30 a.m., CoREADian (a.k.a. Jiggleman) at 11:30 a.m. and storyteller Windell Campbell at 12:30 p.m. Free. Goody bags given to the first 300 children. Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 797-7018. hernandoschools.org.

Mud Boggin': Hernando Truck Fest: From street-legal trucks to high-horsepower semi-monster trucks, truck drivers see who can jump the highest and run the fastest in the mud. Participants will slip, slide and fly through the mixed clay/mud course with high jumps, deep/slippery humps and steep hills. Other activities include live music, a truck show, mechanical bull riding, corn hole toss and truck pulling. 10 a.m. $15 per day, $30 weekend (through Sunday). Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 585-1062.

Read Across America 'Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss': Hosted by the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, this two-day event is part of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" reading motivation and awareness program. It will include a parade, children's games and activities, vendors and promotions to encourage elementary-age students to read. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular park admission applies: $13 adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Country Clay Kirk Variety Show and Friends benefit fundraiser: A baked ziti dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by the show. Along with Kirk, the show will feature singers Arthur Haywood, Mikey B., Morgin Nicole, Danielle Pacifico and Velvet Leonard. Proceeds will go toward the replacement of the VFW's air conditioning units, which were destroyed by thieves on New Year's Day, as well as for installation of a security system. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

Brookridge Social Dance St. Patty's Dance: Starburst will entertain. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice available. Dunkin' Donuts will be served after the 50/50 raffle. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.

Ghost tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 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. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Black History Month Recognition Banquet: The purpose of the event is to recognize and honor a black Hernando County native for accomplishments in his or her profession or for service to the community. This year's honoree is Brenda Joyce Wright Cason, Hernando County's first black female assistant principal. Presented by Hernando County's Black History Month Productions. 8 p.m. $15. Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 688-2861.

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