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FRIDAY

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 yard sale: Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. The sales will continue on the third Friday of each month. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-1545 or (352) 686-1820.

Nature and the outdoors

Saturday

Moonlight Night Hike: Explore the park trails and see nighttime creatures on this guided hike. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Call for reservations. 6 to 8 p.m. $3 parking fee. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Dog shows

TODAY

Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Winter Dog Shows: Today is the final day of shows, featuring American Kennel Club all-breed dog shows, conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials and free tours to learn about AKC dog shows. Visitors may also bring their dogs to participate in the Doggie Fun Zone, an obstacle course for dogs; the entry fee is $12. Presented by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Florida Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Pasco Florida Kennel Club and Tampa Bay Kennel Club. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 215-3580. floridaclassicpark.com.

Classes/lectures

Monday

Academia Hernando kicks off Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Joe Menasce will present "The Viking Age: Page II Eastern Europe and Russia." 10 a.m. The series continues through March 24. $60 for the series; walk-ins $8 per lecture. Series subscription includes a bus trip to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

SATURDAY

Creativity workshop: The workshop is for adults and will incorporate exercises recommended by books on creativity. No previous artistic experience required. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.

Art events

MONDAY

Spring Hill Art League 'Pastel Magic' demonstration: Presented by artist Kathy Detrano. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; demonstration starts at 7. Free. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. (727) 271-2787.

Library fun

TUESDAY

Recycle Tuesday: All ages are welcome. Make a work of art from plastic water bottles. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.

Teen Anime Club: The program is geared toward youth ages 12 to 18 who can draw or discuss manga and are interested in participating in anime-themed activities. Sponsored by Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Please register in advance. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Music

SATURDAY

Gaelic Storm: An annual favorite, the Celtic rock band returns for its eighth performance on the PHCC stage. 8 p.m. $25 to $30. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707. phcc.edu/tix.

Festivals

TODAY

Brooksville Raid Re-enactment: With more than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers, this group claims to be Florida's largest Civil War re-enactment. Includes concessions, Confederate and Union camp tours. Presented by the Hernando Historical Museum Association and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger or Scouts in uniform. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-0129. brooksvilleraid.com.

Florida Manatee Festival: Includes a craft show, manatee education, manatee boat tours, entertainment, vendors, food, children's activities and tours of Three Sisters Springs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $4; free for ages 12 and younger. Downtown Crystal River, U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue. (352) 795-3149. floridamanateefestival.com.

Saturday

Kumquat Festival: Discover the spirit of Old Florida at this annual festival devoted to all things kumquat. Sample pies, cookies, ice cream, salsas, smoothies and other items made with the tiny sweet, tart fruit. There also will be arts and crafts, a children's area and local entertainment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Downtown Dade City, Meridian Avenue and Seventh Street. (352) 567-3769. kumquatfestival.org.

Hobbies

MONDAY

Hernando Computer Club Expo: See demonstrations of the classes offered by the club and speak with instructors. There also will be computer-related vendors on hand. Refreshments served. 5 p.m. Free admission. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171. hcc.org.

Saturday

Gun and Knife Show: The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and accessories. Hosted by the Hernando Sportsman's Club. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6; children 15 and younger admitted free with adult supervision. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 799-3605.

Spring Hill Writing Group: Open to anyone who writes or would like to write. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.

For seniors

FRIDAY

PHCC Winter Senior Expo: Learn about services available from area agencies and businesses and attend mini seminars on topics such as art and painting, computers and digital photography. Hosted by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC that provides educational opportunities and special interest workshops for adults over 50. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

On stage

Today

'Judah Ben-Hur' final show: Youth With a Mission/YWAM of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre present the musical based on the great Roman character Ben-Hur. Proceeds will help send the group to the Philippines to build homes and perform the show. Doors open a half-hour before showtime for coffee, tea and dessert. 3 p.m. $15; $5 for ages 13 and younger. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.

THROUGH JAN. 26

'Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1': A musical spoof in two acts, with parodies and put-downs of Broadway's best. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Jan. 26. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Miscellaneous

WEDNESDAY

'New Year, Better You' open house: Area women are invited to come learn how to bellydance and hula-hoop, update their look with new makeup or hairstyle ideas or have a massage. Light refreshments will be served, and raffles will be offered. Hosted by professional belly dancer Shazadi (Julie Hathorn) and including various vendors. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Glen Lakes Country Club, 9000 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee. RSVP to (352) 346-5918.

FRIDAY

Happy Birthday, Lu: Lucifer the hippopotamus turns 54, and the state park invites everyone to celebrate. The party includes music, a special birthday cake and the signing of a hippo-sized birthday card. 12:30 p.m. Included with park admission — $13, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/.

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Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or emailed to [email protected] The deadline for news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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