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Lucas Altuz, left, as Prince Dauntless and Brittany Burdette as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress.

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Lucas Altuz, left, as Prince Dauntless and Brittany Burdette as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress.

Wining for history

A wine tasting event to benefit the Hernando Historical Museum Association will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. The event will include music, appetizers, wine tasting, raffles and an auction. Wine available for purchase by glass or bottle. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Proceeds will go to the museum association's one-room schoolhouse project in Brooksville. Call (352) 385-8463 or (352) 799-0129.

This week

Evening of storytelling: Local author and storyteller Jerry Cowling will give an hourlong presentation on the topic of spring at 7 p.m. today at Saxon Manor, 200 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville. He will share stories about how the Easter Bunny almost slept through Easter, how Mother Nature chose the prettiest flower on earth and what happens on a farm when the sun goes down. Refreshments will be served. Guests will be allowed to tour the historic house and view the progress on its restoration. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 797-0984.

Testing a princess: The Springstead High School production of Once Upon a Mattress will continue at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The musical comedy is based on the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased at the door or at For information, call (352) 476-9086.

Stories come alive: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will host its annual Storybook Forest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. The event, in celebration of Children's Week and Early Childhood Literacy, will include entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. Voluntary prekindergarten registration will be available. There will be interactive displays based on children's books. Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Berenstain Bears and Olivia the Pig will sign autographs and be available for photos. There is no cost to attend. Call (727) 233-8291 or visit

Soulful sounds: Brookridge Entertainment will present "Music of Motown and Beyond" with the Sounds of Soul at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. The group relives the hits of Motown and more with songs by the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and the Supremes. Tickets are $20. Call (352) 610-4901.

Quick trip

Life in technicolor: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs through April 21 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19 in Hudson. Shows are at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11:30 a.m. select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays. Adults, $49.50 for dinner and show, $38.45 show only; children 12 and under, $24.95 for dinner and show, $19.95 show only; plus tax, tip. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit

Look ahead

Cold-blooded: Reptile Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. The event will feature creatures such as alligators, tortoises and snakes. Activities include archery, a gopher tortoise walk, a reptile handling area and various presentations. Food and refreshments will be available. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 754-6722.

Hernando County activities calendar 04/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:52pm]
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