Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Hernando County entertainment calendar

COMICAL MAGIC

Magician James Chartier will entertain at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. The family-friendly event also includes comedy. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Call (352) 688-3390. Visit eyefxentertainment.com.

This week

Everything for that special event: Expo 19 will present a Sweet Sixteen, Prom and Bridal Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Quality Inn, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The event will include more than 20 vendors indoors. Outside will be a stretch limo, party bus, DJ and food vendors. The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast will collect donations of prom and bridesmaid dresses, which will be given to local girls who cannot afford a dress for prom. There will be prize drawings every half hour starting at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call (352) 340-3950 or visit expo19.com.

Quick trip

Strawberries galore: The 26th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Floral Park, 530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. The event will include shortcake and other strawberry delights, more than 200 fine art and craft booths, continuous entertainment, contests, a pageant and children's activities. Admission is $3; free for children 12 and younger. There will be shuttle service from the Citrus County Fairgrounds for $1 round trip. Visit floralcitystrawberryfestival.com or call (352) 795-3149.

A rockin' tribute: Stayin' Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees, a tribute to the Gibb brothers, will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pasco-Hernando Community College's Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call (727) 816-3707 or visit phcc.edu/tix.

Conflict revisited: A World War II Commemorative Weekend will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. There will be military vehicles, a wartime encampment, working communication stations, weapons demonstrations, period vendors, food and music. The re-enactment battle will be at 2 p.m. Admission is $3; free for veterans with ID and children ages 6 and younger. For information, call (352) 793-4781.

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

Look ahead

Irish treat: Cahal Dunne and George Casey will entertain at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. Dunne, known as Ireland's "Happy Man," not only sings, but also is a composer, pianist, comedian, storyteller and television personality. Casey, also from Ireland, has been entertaining audiences with his comedy for more than 30 years. Tickets are $25. Call (352) 799-5577 or visit hpag.org.

An artful weekend: The Hernando County Fine Arts Council's 29th annual Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Admission is free; parking is $2. Call (352) 279-5182.

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