Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: This year's fair includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids' zone and entertainment. Highlights include: Mutton Bustin' contest at 6 p.m. today; swine show at 6:30 p.m. Monday; swine showmanship at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; greased pig contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; steer show and showmanship contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday; livestock auction at 10 a.m. Saturday; demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 1 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except on Wednesday, when gates open at 3 p.m.). Military with ID get in free on Monday. Seniors 55 and older receive reduced admission of $4 on Wednesday. General admission: $8, $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandocountyfair.com.
thursday THROUGH april 13
Stringbreak Music Festival: Four days of eclectic music featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carolyn Wonderland, the Hillbenders and others. There also will be children's activities such as face painting, hayrides and arts and crafts. Overnight camping available. $25 to $130. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (863) 984-8445. lindentertainment.com.
SATURDAY AND APRIL 13
Florida Blueberry Festival: Street entertainers and musicians will entertain throughout the event. There will be 20 food concessions and a market featuring Florida-grown blueberries and produce. There also will be a juried art show with 60 artists, 100 retail exhibitors, a kids zone with games and entertainment, zip-line rides, a putting challenge, the Blueberry Derby, the Blueberry Theatre, monster trucks, a car show and other activities. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $5, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for ages 5 and younger. Prices for designated parking areas are either $4 or $5. Downtown Brooksville. (352) 754-4173. floridablueberryfestival.org.
Swallow-Tailed Kite and Wildlife Festival: Includes kite and wildlife guided walks at 8 and 9 a.m., followed by animal talks by Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park personnel, and a bat program by Bat Belfrys/Florida Bat Conservancy. There will be a puppet show and a kite-flying contest (bring your own kite). Food and other vendors will be on hand. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $3 per carload. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.
Markets and sales
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Mariner United Methodist Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.
Brooksville Relay for Life Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast: The sale will benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life. Breakfast will be available at Lizzy T's Coffee House. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces are free for relay teams; $10 for those not on a team. Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Horse Lake Plaza, Horse Lake Road and Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville. (352) 796-1011.
March for Babies Yard Sale: The sale will be on the front lawn of the Medical Arts Building at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. 8 a.m. to noon. (352) 797-4645.
Spring Hill Craft and Vendor Fair: Sponsored by the St. Joan of Arc Columbiettes. Refreshments available. Door prizes awarded. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-9461. stjoan.com.
TUESDAY through FRIDAY
Preschool Storytime: Held in celebration of Children's Week. Participating children will receive a free book. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 11:15 a.m. Friday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Family Game Night: The event is to celebrate Children's Week. 6 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-0583.
Family Movie Night: Includes a free dinner. 6 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-0583.
Open Your Heart event: Learn about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. This is an informational event presented by Kids Central Inc. A free pancake breakfast will be offered at 9:30 a.m., prior to the event. Refreshments served. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 387-3424.
Church offers breakfast: Includes choice of waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or eggs and sausage. 8 to 11 a.m. $5. Brooksville First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (727) 514-6253.
Afternoon tea: Featuring a high tea menu set to cello music. Benefits the Crescent Community Clinic, the free health care clinic for uninsured adults in Hernando County who meet federal poverty guidelines. 1 to 3 p.m. $25. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 263-5683.
Taste of Inverness: Showcasing some of the best restaurants in Inverness. Includes an art show, silent auction and entertainment by the Blue Stem Prairie Band. This is a benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County. 6 to 9 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2611, ext. 1304. inverness.webconnex.com/toi.
'Drought-Tolerant Plant Choices': Presentation by the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program. Participants will learn how choosing drought-tolerant plants. Tips on working with a color wheel to create a garden will also be provided. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.
Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. Singles and couples are welcome and are encouraged to wear "slidey" shoes (foot tubes will be available to put over shoes if needed). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.
Luna Fusion Hurricane Hoopla: This signature fundraiser event for the Arc Nature Coast includes food, a band entertaining indoors, and acoustical musical entertainment outdoors. Also includes interactive entertainment. 7:30 to 11 p.m. $35. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109. thearc-naturecoast.org.
Senior Center hosts open house for clubs: There will be 14 clubs representing various art genres, including woodworking, oil painting, crafts, wood carving, ship building, decorative art and rock polishing. Prizes and light refreshments served. 9 a.m. to noon. Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-6943.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra 'Broadway and Beyond' concert: The concert will feature music from shows such as Porgy and Bess, A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and Miss Saigon, and a variety of other music. Featuring guest trombone soloist Vone Gonzalez, as well as a trumpet trio. 2 p.m. Individual tickets $15; $6 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com.
Nature Coast Festival Singers spring concert: The chorus, under the direction of James Urbanski, will perform classical and contemporary seasonal selections, including music by John Leavitt, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter and others. An offering will be collected to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which is used to provide scholarships for music education, from elementary through college level. 3 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 556-6549.
Brookridge Entertainment presents Robin Roth: Roth is a singer extraordinaire with a comedic flair. Her repertoire includes classics, standards, swing, pop, jazz, Broadway and today's hits. 7 p.m. $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.
Bellamy Brothers: Brothers David Milton Bellamy and Homer Howard Bellamy found success in country music in the late 1970s and had 20 No. 1 singles. This performance will be a fundraiser for the Pasco High School athletics programs. 7 p.m. $15; $25 for VIP tickets. Pasco High School, 36850 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 524-5508.
'Music Tribute to the Greatest Generation': Featuring songs from the early 1900s to 1960s, presented by singer/songwriter Cynthia Haring and members of her Tampa Bay World Nation children's group. 2:30 p.m. Free. Heartland of Brooksville, 575 Lamar Ave., Brooksville. (352) 686-7038. worldnationgroup.com.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents Tunes at Twilight: This outdoor beach concert is the orchestra's season finale, and will include tunes from the past season as well as "water" pieces such as Pirates of the Caribbean. 7 p.m. $10. Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com/.
The Drowsy Chaperone: Mayhem ensues on the wedding day of tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van de Graaf. 2:30 p.m. $15 for adults; $6 for students. Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 610-1232. edline.net/pages/HCSB_WWHS
American Heartbeat: A friendship forms between Jarvis, a Marine veteran, and Marco, an immigrant worker. 2:30 p.m. $17. Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6777. americanheartbeatpro.com.
Thursday THROUGH APRIL 20
'The Dixie Swim Club': The comedy spans 33 years of friendship among a group of five women, starting when they become friends on their college swim team and continuing through the years as they meet each August for a long weekend at the same beach house on North Carolina's Outer Banks. 8 p.m. Thursday, as well as Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. , Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
Church hosts Water Program Series: The topic will be "Where Does Our Water Come From and What is Happening to It?", presented by Jon Dowler of the Brooksville Public Works Department. He will discuss the infrastructure supporting healthy drinking water supplies, including sources, processing and removal. The program is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brooksville. 1:30 p.m. Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 293-4697.
Victims' Voice 2014: Victims and survivors of crime will be recognized during this remembrance program as part of National Victims' Rights Week. Those who have a loved one they would like remembered during the program should contact Mary Johnson at the State Attorney's Office, (352) 754-4255. 3 p.m. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
Socrates Cafe: With the help of a facilitator, participants apply the Socratic method to delve into meaningful questions. The topic will be "When is killing justified?" 5 to 6:45 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.