Hernando County events for June 30

Film

WEDNESDAY

Green Screens showing of 'War on Whistleblowers': The Robert Greenwald film examines how the U.S. government keeps secrets and the fallout faced by those who exposed corruption between government and big corporations. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the Hernando County Green Party. 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-3151.

SATURDAY

Patriotic Family Fun Day: A hometown festival with family-style activities includes ongoing games of horseshoes, corn toss, croquet, badminton and races; live music by the Barking Dogs; relay races; contests; hand-cranked ice cream, and a pet parade. 4 to 8 p.m. Free park admission. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Library fun

TUESDAY

'Butterfly Gardening': Recommended for ages 5 through 12, children will learn about Florida butterflies and butterfly gardening from a landscaping expert from the Hernando County Utilities Department. 10:15 a.m. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

WEDNESDAY

'Meal Worm Mania' Summer Reading Program: Learn about the life cycle using meal worms through stories and games. 10:15 a.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

FRIDAY

'Dino-Mite': Children ages 5 to 12 can learn about the creatures that once dominated the land, through stories, activities and crafts. 10:15 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

SATURDAY

Super Hero Academy: Recruits between ages 8 and 12 are needed to join the academy for an afternoon filled with games, crafts and other activities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Space is limited; reservations are required (sign up on the website, in person or by phone). 1 to 3 p.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

Fourth of July

WEDNESDAY

Freedom Festival: Wesley Chapel Fourth of July: Wesley Chapel celebrates Independence Day early with this festival, which will include a bicycle-decorating contest, a watermelon-eating contest, the Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant and fireworks. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242. theshopsatwiregrass.com.

'Patriotic Evening' Fourth of July Celebration: Old-fashioned hometown festival at Liberty and Wallace Brooks parks that includes live music, children's activities, food vendors and a fireworks extravaganza. Featuring music by the Velvet Jones Band and opening act This Day's Age. New this year is a beer and wine garden. No personal fireworks, alcohol or pets allowed. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2611. Inverness-FL.gov.

THURSDAY

High Point Community Fourth of July Parade: Lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to High Point, near Cortez Boulevard. The parade starting at 9 a.m. will follow down High Point Boulevard to Club House Road, ending at the community center where there will be a flag raising ceremony with American Legion Post 186, awards and refreshments available. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-6006.

Machine Gun Shoot: Cars, trucks and an assortment of other targets will be destroyed. Machine gun owners 18 and older are welcome to participate. No tracers or incendiary ammunition will be allowed. Spectators and shooters should bring their own eye and ear protection, especially for small children. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 for spectators and free for ages 14 and younger; $20 for shooters. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmans club.com.

Star Spangled Bikes on the Bayou: Bring chairs and blankets to the event featuring the Big Ragoo as emcee and live music on Wayne's World Stage. Southern Silk plays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Lost and Found from 6 to 11 p.m. There will also be a bike show from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a view of Millers Bayou, where the city of Port Richey will set off fireworks at 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available from several vendors and a Budweiser truck. There is no cover charge. No outside food or beverages will be allowed. The event is from noon to midnight. Free. Gill Dawg Marina, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. (813) 597-0360. gilldawg.com.

Sparklebration Star-Spangled Spectacular: The festivities include live music, a food court, watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests, a hot dog-eating contest, a sky dive drop-in, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides, face painting and a fireworks finale. No coolers, alcohol, pets or personal fireworks. Bring blankets and chairs for the fireworks show. Noon. $5; 12 and younger free. $5 per car for parking. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 567-6678. sparklebration.com.

Family Funday: With free food, face painting, games, balloon twisting and live music. Sponsored by Grace World Outreach Church. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 796-3685.

Marine Corps League July 4th Indoor Picnic: Featuring entertainment by the DuCaines, a watermelon-eating contest and games. Wings, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase, as well as beverages. 1 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979. mcl708.org.

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 for June 30 06/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 6:46pm]

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