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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Submit your events

Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or emailed to pday@tampabay.com. The deadline for news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hernando County events calendar 01/24/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 3:47pm]

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