Books and authors
Florida-themed book discussion: The book to be discussed is Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen. In this semi-fictional book, Edgar Watson, a notorious sugar planter and alleged murderer and outlaw, tells his life story. The book won the National Book Award in 2008. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Book discussions: Discussion of West With the Night by Beryl Markham. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hernando County Library, 238 Howell Avenue, Brooksville. Discussion of The Paris Wife by Paul McClain. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Copies of books are limited. (352) 754-4043.
Local authors showcase: Local authors of books (both print and e-books) will be on hand to talk about their publishing experiences, read from their books and have copies available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4824.
THROUGH JAN. 19
Florida Gulf Coast Clusters: Featuring 10 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. There will be vendors and a food court. 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. each day (no shows on Tuesday). Free admission; $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 215-3580. floridaclassicpark.com.
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series: Featuring a one-woman performance of Rosa Parks: Such a Time, presented by award and Emmy winner Gwendolyn Briley-Strand. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Pasco-Hernando Community College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville; 9:45 a.m. Thursday, PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, and 7 p.m. Thursday, PHCC Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Free. 1-877-879-7422.
'Music Is My Life' reception: See works by artist Marty Balin, a singer-songwriter and founding member of Jefferson Airplane. Balin will showcase his experiences through his paintings. Exhibit runs through Feb. 20. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3231. phcc.edu/gallery.
'When Art Greets the Past' art reception: The reception includes a short lecture and a Smithsonian film feature with Virginia Bensen hosting. Refreshments provided by the Junior Service League of Brooksville and Hernando County Arts Council. The exhibit, which is on display through March 22, features works by artists Bob Webb, Emilio "Sonny" Vergara, Maury Daly, Fred Mannarino, Douglas Becker, Lisa Barrus and Dave Shelton. 5 to 7 p.m. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3810.
Nature and the outdoors
'Wild Edibles' workshop: Prepare and eat wild edibles. Reservations required. 7 to 9 p.m. $5 per person; 17 and younger free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.
Children in the Wild: Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to learn about turtles and tortoises, with outdoor games and activities, a story, conservation lesson and a craft. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited; reservations required. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.
Markets and sales
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Church yard sale: Household items, crafts, computers, games and toys, jewelry, tools and a variety of other sale items, as well as food, drinks and baked goods available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.
PHCC Winter Senior Expo: Learn about services available from area agencies and businesses and attend free mini-seminars on topics such as art and painting, computers and digital photography. Hosted by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC to provide educational opportunities and special interest workshops to adults older than 50. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.
Saturday AND JAN. 19
Florida Manatee Festival: Includes a fine arts show, craft show, manatee education, manatee boat tours, entertainment, vendors, food, children's activities and tours of Three Sisters Springs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. $4; free for ages 12 and younger. Downtown Crystal River, U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue. (352) 795-3149. floridamanateefestival.com.
Hernando Jazz Society presents 'Hernando Jazz All Stars': Listen and dance to tunes such as Satin Doll, When I Fall in Love Again and Moon River. 2 to 5 p.m. Members free; nonmembers pay $10 each or two for $15. Separate cost for optional buffet. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7183.
Gospel jam: Those wishing to perform with an instrument should arrive at 3:30 p.m. to set up. Light refreshments will be served. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Faith Fellowship Church in Christ Jesus, 19255 Campground Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-9330.
Tribute to Johnny Cash: With Bill Forness and One More Round, and also Brittany Sheffer singing as June Carter. Presented by the Hernando Performing Arts Guild. 7 p.m. $25. Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577. hpag.org.
High Point Dance: Music provided by DJ Bill Lindsay. 7 p.m. $6. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827.
Thursday THROUGH JAN. 26
'Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1': 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Jan. 24 and 25; 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
FRIDAY THROUGH JAN. 19
'Judah Ben-Hur': Youth With a Mission/YWAM of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre present the musical based on Rome's great 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. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Jan. 19. $12 if purchased in advance by Friday, $15 at the door; $5 for ages 13 and younger. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.
Socrates Cafe: This is for those who enjoy thought-providing discussions and lively debate and discussion. The group, with the help of a facilitator, applies the Socratic method to a question that troubles them. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Arc Nature Coast Family Night: Includes a free dinner and a presentation about Hernando County's Down Payment Assistance Program, offered through the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program. 5 p.m. Free. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. RSVP to (352) 544-2322.
'It's Jazz': This is an ongoing series about the golden age of jazz in the 1950s and '60s. Presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Moon Over the Mounds and open house: Join archaeologist Gary Ellis from Gulf Archaeology Research Institute and learn more about this pre-Columbian site along the north shore of Crystal River. Refreshments will be served prior to the walk. Participants may tour the museum and gift shop. Also, an open house will be held prior to the event from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with some hands-on activities. The walk starts at 8 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. Crystal River Archaeological State Park, 3400 North Museum Point, Crystal River. (352) 795-3817. floridastateparks.org/crystalriver/default.cfm.
Temple Beth David 40th anniversary celebration: Includes hors d'ouvres, dinner, dessert and coffee. Music and entertainment by Perry 'N Joy. Call for reservations. 6 p.m. $50. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034, (352) 650-4521. palacegrand.com.
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 food concessions, Confederate and Union camp tours and anvil shoots. Presented by the Hernando Historical Museum Association and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19. $8; $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger and Scouts in uniform. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-0129. brooksvilleraid.com.