Thursday, May 24, 2018
Events

Community events, March 24-30

Today

Gulf Ridge Quartet: 11 a.m. Free. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.

Garden Club hosts Easter egg hunt: Children ages 10 and younger will be divided into three age groups, with each group having a designated garden to search. Participants should bring a basket or container for their eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, and a balloon artist will entertain. Money raised will go toward maintenance of the Spring Hill waterfall entrance. 1 p.m. $1 per child. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Virgil Baker and the Just 4 Fun Band: The polka dance is hosted by the Slovenian-American Club. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to join in the jam sessions that will be held during breaks. A cash bar and food will be available. 2 to 6 p.m. $10. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (727) 753-9631.

'A Little Night Music' concludes at Stage West: Featuring music by Stephen Sondheim, including Send in the Clowns, the musical was the winner of six Tony Awards. 2 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Sally's Broadway Revue Celebrity Impression Show: The one-woman show, presented by professional singer and impressionist Sally Langwah, will include tributes to Reba McEntire, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Cher, Marilyn Monroe and others. There will be soft drinks, ice cream shakes and sundaes available for purchase. This is a benefit for the Hernando County Shrine Club's kitchen fund. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children 11 and younger. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 684-6979.

Basket of Joy spring concert: Presented by the Citrus Community Concert Choir, featuring songs such as Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and Beethoven's Hallelujah. 3 p.m. $10, to benefit the choir's annual scholarship program. Children 12 and younger admitted free. First Lutheran Church, 1900 W State Road 44, Inverness. (352) 628-6452. citruschoir.com.

Nature Coast Festival Singers spring concert: Featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and others. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 515-5335.

Choral favorites of Joseph Martin: Featuring noted composer and pianist Joseph Martin, along with the 90-voice chancel choir at the church. 5 p.m. An offering will be collected. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2605.

Evening of classical violin/piano music: 6 p.m. Free. Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-6020.

Monday

Pasco-Hernando Community College open houses: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. Also, 1 to 4 p.m., West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (877) 879-7422. phcc.edu/openhouse.

Citrus County Fair: Featuring a giant midway, pony rides, alligator shows, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and a variety of food. 5 to 10 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

'Amazing Azaleas': Learn how to care for these colorful landscape shrubs, to ensure beautiful blooms on healthy plants for years to come; with urban horticulture agent Jim Moll. 5:30 p.m. Free; first come, first seated. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Tuesday

Hernando County Adopt-A-Road Program: Learn about the Adopt-a-Road program, which allows individuals or groups to demonstrate community pride by keeping neighborhood roadways clear of litter. The presentation will describe program requirements and benefits. 3 p.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

Citrus County Fair: Featuring a giant midway, pony rides, alligator shows, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and a variety of food. 5 to 10 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

'Suddenly in Command': This course is for spouses and other passengers on the vessel, who will learn what to do in an emergency to get the boat back to port safely. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $10. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417.

Wednesday

Citrus County Fair: Featuring a giant midway, pony rides, alligator shows, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and a variety of food. 1 to 10 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

Pasco-Hernando Community College open house: 3 to 6 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (877) 879-7422. phcc.edu/openhouse.

Spring Hill Art League reception: Featuring artist Emilio "Sonny" Vergara. Refreshments will be served. Vergara's works will remain on display through the end of April. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 556-3984.

Thursday

Citrus County Fair: Featuring a giant midway, pony rides, alligator shows, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and a variety of food. 5 to 10 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

Block Party: The outdoor event includes music by Eric Tremante, Joe Solomon, Terry Cole, Robert Swann, "Guitar Mike" and Jonathan Midge. Food will be available, as well as beer and wine. Co-hosted by the Brooksville Recreation Department and Friends of the Children Inc. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3835. cityofbrooksville.us.

Friday

YMCA Good Friday service: The outdoor service, co-hosted by the West Hernando Christian Ministerial Association, will include ministers from area churches. A continental breakfast will follow. 9 a.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

Pasco-Hernando Community College open house: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (877) 879-7422. phcc.edu/openhouse.

Citrus County Fair: Featuring a giant midway, pony rides, alligator shows, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and a variety of food. 1 to 10 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

Saturday

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary 6383 flea market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor outdoor spaces are $15 (bring your own table). Knights of Columbus Council 6383, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-7290.

Communities in School communitywide yard sale: Food and beverages will be available. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors may participate for $10. Paul and Jerry's Self Storage, 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 684-4414.

Easter Funday Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza: All ages welcome. There will also be a yard sale and carwash. 9 a.m. Free. Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-3685.

Kiwanis Easter egg hunt: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee. Fifteen percent of sales at the restaurant will benefit Kiwanis projects in the community. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. IHOP, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 683-5525.

NRA Home Firearms Safety Class: Students will learn the basic knowledge and skills necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home. This is a classroom course with no live firing on the range. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $35. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Eggs in the Park: The Easter Bunny will hide more than 2,000 eggs for children up to age 13 to find. Bring coolers and chairs and stick around after the hunt for a picnic. 10 a.m. Free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Hernando Marketplace: Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Hernando County Parks and Recreation. Includes numerous business and food vendors, as well as arts and crafts. There will also be a Kids Zone with 18 vendors with games, activities and giveaways, including face painting and balloon art. Smokey the Bear, Princess Belle, Froyo the Cat and the Chick-fil-A cow will be in attendance. An Easter egg hunt for children ages 3 to 12 will begin at 11 a.m. Marketplace hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

Citrus County Fair: Featuring a giant midway, pony rides, alligator shows, model railroad displays, livestock judging and auctions, dance performances and a variety of food. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

Relay for Life spaghetti dinner benefit: Hosted by the Leopards for Life team. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life. 5 p.m. $5 per person. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612.

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