Community Dinner: The free meal is sponsored by Christian Life Assembly of God and the Jesus and Me Ministry. There will be entertainment and a drawing for food baskets. 6 to 8 p.m. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 597-1139.
Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Peter Lattina will discuss "What is Jazz?" 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.
Sandhill cranes program: Learn about the sandhill cranes' calls and elaborate dance. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; call to reserve a seat. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.
Celebrity waiter event: All tips generated by the celebrity waiters and a portion of the restaurant's sales will benefit the Be a Santa to a Senior program, which delivers Christmas gifts to Hernando County seniors in need. Participating waiters include: state Sen. Wilton Simpson; Sheriff Al Nienhuis; county commissioners Nick Nicholson, Jim Adkins and Wayne Dukes; Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson; Tax Collector Sally Daniel; School Board members Gus Guadagnino, Matt Foreman and John Sweeney; and Hernando County Republican Party chairman Blaise Ingoglia. 6 to 8 p.m. Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 515-6939.
'Art Attack!' Geared for youth ages 5 to 12 who will learn about a famous artist and then make their own work of art, inspired by that artist. All materials and supplies will be provided, courtesy of the Hernando County Arts Council. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY
Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: The annual weekend festival will feature three days of music performances, overnight camping and a youth tent. There will be hayrides, craft exhibitors, bluegrass music workshops and other activities. The musical lineup includes Marty Raybon and Full Circle, David Peterson and 1946, Nothin Fancy, Remington Ryde, the Stevens Family Band, the Spinney Brothers, the Larry Gillis Band and others. A Thanksgiving dinner will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, with music from 2:30 to 10 p.m. Music continues from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Camping is available. Prices vary from $12 to $75; $3 per day for ages 10 to 16, free for ages 9 and younger. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (352) 754-3082. sertomayouthranch.com.
FRIDAY THROUGH DEC. 1
Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: The event features numerous vendors both outdoors and indoors, with minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry and lapidary equipment. There will be demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers and free for ages 12 and younger. Free parking. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 688-7810, 200-6852. withla coocheerockhounds.com.
Saturday AND DEC. 1
HAM R/C Club Big Bird Fly In: Those who own gas, glow or electric radio-controlled aircraft are welcome to participate (minimum 80-inch wingspan for single-wide planes and 60-inch wingspan for multiwing planes). There will be food and raffles. Saturday's event will include a car show. 9 a.m. The landing fee is $15, which includes a Saturday cookout; spectators pay $3 each or $5 per carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 397-9695. hamrc.com.
Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop and a Florida-style sleigh ride. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. Continues Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. 6 to 10 p.m. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets, which can be used for food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.
Night of 100 Menorahs: Celebrate the Festival of Lights with song and dinner. Reservations and payment required by Tuesday. No walk-ins. 5 p.m. $10; $5 for children 12 and younger. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034.
Les Misérables concludes: Set in 19th century France, the musical revolves around the story of Jean Valjean, who vows to take care of a dying woman's daughter. Featuring songs such as I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and Who Am I? 2 p.m. $20; Main Stage season tickets (four shows) are $60. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
Sally's Nashville Buddies: Celebrity impression show featuring Sally Langwah. Proceeds benefit the Shrine Club. 2 to 3 p.m. $10. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 238-3806.
Farm-City Week Celebration: The theme is "Bringing the Farm to the City." There will be agriculture-based displays, samples and information. Hosted by Hernando-Citrus Farm Bureau. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Fort Dade Avenue, between Magnolia and Brooksville avenues, will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-6151, 796-2526.