Celebrating Valentine's Day
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY
Valentine's Day sunset cruise: Depart at 5:30 p.m. from the visitor center dock and travel to the gulf to watch the sunset. There will be games and prizes, refreshments and snacks. After the cruise, drive 2 miles to Crystal River Archaeological State Park for a stroll at the Moon Over the Mounds site at 8 p.m. $20; $15 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 6 and younger. Crystal River Preserve State Park , 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriverpreserve.
Arc Nature Coast Sweetheart Dance: Music by PJ the DJ Lobato. There will be door prizes. The party is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers welcome. 7 to 10 p.m. $5, includes pizza, beverages and snacks. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Valentine's Day Sweetheart Jazzercise class: All classes are free on Valentine's Day. Adults and youth 12 and older welcome (ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult). Class times are at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Free. Jazzercise Spring Hill, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 442-8595.
Sweetheart Sock Hop: Entertainment provided by songwriter and recording artist Artie Lent, formerly of the 1960s group the DuCaines. Those attending are encouraged to dress in 1950s or '60s costumes. There will be contests and prizes. Bring a dish to share. 7 to 10 p.m. $2.50 per person. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979.
'My Sweet Valentine' celebration: The Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association hosts this party, which features music by DJ Willy Matos, including salsa, merengue and bachata. There will also be a "Lady in Red" contest. Proper attire required. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 for members; $12 for nonmembers. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (352) 666-6848, (352) 340-5066.
Fundraiser sales, food events
Helping Hands of Brookridge fundraiser breakfast: Includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds help defray the cost of materials for items the sewing club creates for veterans, the Linus Project, hospice, nursing homes and a youth shelter. 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast is $4.50. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
Nobleton Men's Club hosts breakfast: Includes all-you-can-eat pancakes or waffles, a breakfast meat and coffee. 8 to 10 a.m. Donations accepted, with proceeds to go toward purchasing Christmas toys for local children in need, food baskets and other programs for the needy. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 793-8087.
St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women bake sale: Proceeds benefit Hugs for Homeless. 8 a.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9666.
Shriners host Italian dinner: Includes antipasto salad, spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, lasagna and bread, dessert, coffee or tea. 4 to 6:30 p.m. $8; children $6. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 238-3806, (352) 610-4124.
Ridge Manor Area Crime Watch omelet breakfast: There will be several chefs preparing omelets, including U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Hernando County Commissioner Jim Adkins. Guests may order a custom-made omelet, with a variety of ingredient choices. Also included are sausage, grits, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea and orange juice. The LifeSouth bloodmobile will be on site. Those who donate blood will receive a free breakfast. 7 to 11 a.m. $5 for adults; $3 for children. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 608-4282.
Arts and crafts
Homosassa Springs Arts and Crafts Show: Featuring original artwork and craft items, including paintings, prints, cards, photography, decorative items, books and crafts. Door prizes awarded. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002. floridastateparks.org/ homosassasprings/default.cfm.
Hernando County Amateur Radio Association Hamfest: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $6 at the gate. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 848-4381.
West Hernando Coin Club hosts Coin Show: Featuring more than 25 dealers with more than 40 tables that will sell, buy and appraise coins, including gold, silver, U.S. and foreign coins, as well as stamps and collectibles. Food and drinks will be available. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 584-3163, 232-1200.
Pet adoption event: This event is being organized by veterinarian Dr. Ronald Cooper and several area rescue groups. There also will be vendors, music, food and pets available for adoption. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Animal Care Center of Weeki Wachee, 7068 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (813) 340-1887.
Adopt-a-pet event: Various pet organizations will be on hand, as well as groomers and vendors. Reduced adoption fees will be offered, subsidized by a grant from the Elks National Foundation. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 596-2582.
Academia Hernando Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Daniel Warner presents "Excavating Israel." 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.
Introduction to Navigation: This is a two-day session with hands-on exercises on how to plot a course anywhere and pinpoint one's location on any chart. The second session will be Feb. 18. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $20, includes a navigation chart. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (813) 260-0655. wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=070-15-08.
'Growing Your Own Organic Vegetables': Horticulture extension agent Bill Lester will teach participants how to grow organic produce. First come, first seated. 10:30 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433.
'How to Read a Nautical Chart': Learn about different types of charts, their capabilities and limitations. 9 a.m. to noon. $35, includes a text. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (813) 260-0655. wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=070-15-08.
Junior Book Club: The book to be read is Henry and the Cannons by Don Brown. Copies will be provided to the children; registration is recommended. The Hernando County Public Library offers this club for readers in the first through fourth grades. Children will read a book together, then get a chance to take part in related activities and crafts. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.
For your health
Heart failure symposium: Hosted by the Heart Institute at Oak Hill Hospital, the symposium is presented by a panel of Oak Hill specialists, including Dr. Mowaffak Atfeh, who is board certified in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and internal medicine; Lisa Cierpka, a registered nurse who is the care assure patient navigator; Betty Davis, a dietitian and nutritionist who is the director of clinical nutrition services at Oak Hill; and Jennifer Siem, a certified personal trainer and operations manager for the YMCA of the Suncoast. The panel will focus on defining the disease and providing information and tools needed to manage heart failure. A complimentary hot meal will be served. 5 to 7 p.m. Free, but seating is limited, and reservations are required. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333. silverthornclub.net.
Black History Month
'History of African Dance and Drums': Presented by the Kuumba Dancers and Drummers. The presentation is part of the 2014 Black History Month program, with various programs and exhibits conducted throughout February at all PHSC campuses. Visit phsc.edu/calendar for a full schedule. 12:40 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando State College, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.
Black History Month book discussion of 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks': Discussion of Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra 'Latin Pop' concert: The concert will feature the 5 Amigos Jazz Band, as well as favorites such as Evita, La Bamba, Man of La Mancha and Gloria Estefan's hits. 2 p.m. Individual tickets are $15; $6 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com.
Hernando Jazz Society presents 'Ladies of Jazz': Celebrate Valentine's Day with singers Lorri Hafer, Kim Evans and Liz Antony, who will sing memorable love songs such as My Funny Valentine, The Way We Were and I Will Always Love You. 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 4:30 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.
Larnelle Harris in concert: The five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer is a veteran of the Gaither Homecoming television series. He will be accompanied by the church's Chancel Choir and others. 6 p.m. $10. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-9114.
Night of Comedy and Song: With comedian Karen Rontowski and vocalist Steve Fowler. 7 p.m. $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.
THURSDAY THROUGH FEB. 23
'Harvey': The play, by Mary Chase, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. It is about the affable Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey, who happens to be a pooka (a 6-foot invisible rabbit). 8 p.m. Thursday, and continuing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 23. $12; students $8. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
Food and fashion
Mardi Gras Luncheon, Fashion Show and Silent Auction: Includes lunch, a "Jazzy" fashion show presented by Bealls of Crystal River, a raffle auction of fashion accessories and a silent auction of a variety of items, including designer handbags, restaurant certificates and fine jewelry. 10 a.m. $20. Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St, Hernando. (352) 270-8909.
Mary Martha Guild's annual fashion show and luncheon: Fashions will be presented by Denise's Clothes Corner. There will be clothing and accessorizing jewelry available for purchase, as well as Red Hat fashions and accessories. Noon. $12; tickets must be purchased by Monday. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 686-8751, 799-3082.
Socrates Cafe: This is for those who enjoy thought-provoking discussions and lively debate and discussion. The group, with the help of a facilitator, applies the Socratic method to questions that troubles them. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Kass Circle Neighborhood Revitalization Project workshop: Residents, business people and property owners are invited to discuss ideas for Hernando County's Kass Circle Neighborhood Revitalization Project. The workshop will be led by the University of South Florida's Center for Community Design and Research. It will start with an orientation and general discussion. Then participants will work directly with the design team to generate ideas for the business district, the immediate neighborhood and enhancements that could help transform the area into a safe, walkable and sustainable mixed-use district. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Plaza, 7421 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.