Saturday, June 23, 2018
Events

Hernando County events calendar

Markets and sales

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park yard sale: Proceeds will go toward park improvements and needs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Vendors pay $40 for two days, $25 for one. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1220. floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.

Saturday

Christian Life Academy garage and bake sale: The sale is part of CLA's participation in National School Choice Week to promote all types of educational options, including public, charter, private, magnet, online and homeschooling. CLA is a small private school serving students in grades K-12. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christian Life Academy, 1244 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 428-4397.

First Lutheran rummage/bake sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor West. (352) 583-4102, (352) 279-0993.

Appreciating the arts

WEDNESDAY

Spring Hill Art League artist reception: Featuring artists Jude Carborn, Felicia Himmel, Mae Pollizze and Muriel Prieto. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will remain on display through the end of February. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 593-4633.

Classes/self-help

Monday

Academia Hernando Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Doug Fairbanks presents "The Virtue of Envy and Other Sins." 10 a.m. $60 for the series; walk-ins $8 per lecture. Series subscription includes a bus trip to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Rain barrel workshop: Reduce dependence on irrigation by using collected rainwater in the garden. Registration required. 5:30 p.m. $65 per completed rain barrel; Hernando County Utilities customers receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Dancing

today

Polka dance: Canada's polka king, Walter Ostanek, pictured, and Bob Kravos perform American and polka music. A cash bar and food will be available. 2-6 p.m. $10 for members; $12 for nonmembers. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (989) 768-0031.

WEDNESDAY

Belly dance class: Learn the basics, a bit of history and the different styles of the art. Open to ages 7 and older, all body types and all skill levels. Sponsored by the Hernando County Recreation Department. Reservations required. 7 p.m. Free. Hernando County Recreation Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. (352) 540-1568. facebook.com/dancecraft3.

For seniors

FRIDAY

PHCC Winter Senior Expo: Learn about services available from area agencies and businesses and attend mini seminars on topics such as art and painting, computers and digital photography. Hosted by the Encore Academy, a service of PHCC that provides educational opportunities and special interest workshops for adults over 50. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cost. Pasco-Hernando Community College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.

Festivals

Saturday

Brooksville Native American Festival: The festival features music, dance, primitive skills demonstrations, native American food vendors and more than 20 other vendors selling American Indian and American Indian-inspired arts and crafts. Featured performers will include the Big Mountain Family, the Chicahua Yolotli Aztec Dance Troupe and Chippa Wolfe. The family-friendly event is sponsored by Visit Florida, the Hernando County Tourism Bureau, the Beef 'O' Brady's Horse Lake location, DeLuna Arts and Peace Tree Trading. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5, $3 for ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Rd, Brooksville. (352) 797-7886. brooksvillenativeamericanfest.com.

Hobbies

TODAY

Gun and knife show: The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and accessories. Hosted by the Hernando Sportsman's Club. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6; children 15 and younger admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 799-3605.

FRIDAY

Traditional rug hooking open house: Visitors will have an opportunity to try their hands at this craft. Refreshments will be served. Beginner kits are available for $20 for those who would like to enroll in the class. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6080.

On stage

Today

'Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1' wraps up at Stage West: A musical spoof in two acts, with parodies and put-downs of Broadway's best. 2 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

FRIDAY

'Judah Ben-Hur,' the musical: Youth With a Mission/YWAM of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre present the musical based on the great Roman 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. $15; $5 for ages 13 and younger. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.

Miscellaneous

Saturday

Notre Dame Catholic School open house: Learn what the school offers for students ages 3 through the eighth grade. Call and schedule a personal tour. 1 to 3 p.m. Notre Dame Catholic School, 1095 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 683-0755. ndischool.org.

Alzheimer's Family Organization's annual Gong Show: The annual benefit will include a dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill, the gong show, door prizes, silent auctions, raffles, snacks and soft drinks. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages. 6 p.m. $40 for preferred seating; $30 and $25 for regular seating. Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. (727) 848-8888.

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