THURSDAY THROUGH OCT. 27
Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church: There will be a variety of ethnic foods, continuous entertainment, midway rides and games for children of all ages. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Free admission and parking; unlimited ride armbands are $25 per day or $55 for four days. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 293-6164. stjoan.com.
Native American Appreciation Day: Authentic native American gathering with storytelling, crafts, music, dancing and drumming. Demonstrations include beading, stone napping and bone knife art; and various presentations, including Cree descendant Jay Wood on identification of wild local plants and edibles. There will be children's activities. Dogs on leashes welcome. No alcohol. Food available. Bring lawn chairs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 per car. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville.
Syrian Cultural Festival: Includes food and drinks, flu shots, free blood pressure readings and a bounce house for children. Sponsored by Drs. Samir Shakfeh and Mouaffak Atfeh, along with Crescent Community Clinic. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 610-9916.
Mariner United Methodist Church Fall Festival: Family event to include a haunted house, hay rides, bounce house, games, crafts and prizes. 4 to 7 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.
Culinary Experience Cooking Demonstration: Help Crescent Community Clinic while enjoying sampling of healthy comfort foods for the holidays, created by Chef Michael. Proceeds benefit the free clinic that provides health care to indigent residents. In the Crystal Room. 2 to 4 p.m. $25. Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. (352) 683-8552. crescentclinic.org.
Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter: A Kid's Fun Run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. This is a chip-timed event. Awards will be given to the first- through third-place finishers in various age groups. Medals are provided to all finishers. A post-race party will follow. The event benefits the New Beginnings youth shelter in Brooksville. 5K entry fee is $30, the kids fun run fee is $20. Suntrust Bank, 1 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 540-6015. runfornewbeginnings.com.
Friends of the Poor Walk: Hosted by the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Participants collect pledges and participate in a 5K walk. All participants receive a free T-shirt. Groups and individuals are invited. The event will also include a silent auction, a bake sale and a corporate village for sponsors. Proceeds will assist local families in need with rent, utilities, food, clothing and other necessities. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m. St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 556-2124, 596-4730.
Fall Feast to Benefit Dawn Center: Hosted by Lizzie T's Coffee House, the outdoor family event will include arts and crafts, children's activities, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a dunk tank, live music, a DJ, hot dog-eating and crazy hat contests, prize drawings and food. Funds raised benefit the Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic violence and sexual assault shelter. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (continues on Oct. 27). Free admission. Contests are $10. Horse Lake Plaza, 7635 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 593-4184, 684-7191. lizzietscoffee.com/fundraisers.php.
'Loving Our Community' Spring Hill Neighborhood Project Resource Awareness and Outreach Event: The event, which is to promote resources for those in need, will include free haircuts, food, and information about organizations and programs such as Head Start, Kid Care, StayWell, Devereux Kids, Jesus Cares Ministries, the Hernando County Health Department, Mid-Florida Community Services and First United Methodist Church Ministries. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.
Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group indoor yard sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach.
Women of Grace Presbyterian Church Fall Rummage Sale: The church youth will sell lunch items. 8 a.m. to noon. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2082.
Dinner and dancing
Red Solo Cup Party: Pull on your cowboy boots and hat for some line dancing to live music by the Clemons Road Band with drawings, raffles and a "red Solo cup" and "solar" themed costume contest for prizes. Money raised will help pay for solar panels for the post. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.
Harvest Celebration and Dance: Sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary. Includes a brat or hot dog dinner plate, with complimentary beer. Music provided by John Conroy. 6 p.m. $8. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-6006.
For your health
Senior Health Expo: View the crowning of the Senior Health Expo Senior of 2013 at this event with demonstrations, health services, hands on activities, entertainment, food, music, prizes, goody bags and fitness sessions. First come, first served as long as time and supplies allow. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 345-9958.
Nature Coast Modelers Show: Area modelers are invited to bring their ships, airplanes, cars, trucks and military models made from plastic or wood, completed or under construction. Dioramas welcome. Tables available. Refreshments available. 9 a.m. to noon. Free participation, free admission. Dana's Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-2484.
Crafty Stitchers of Brookridge Fall Craft Festival: Includes a variety of knitted items, jewelry and gifts, as well as a raffle auction and a raffle to win a queen-size quilt. Complimentary coffee. Lunch available. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 556-2200.
Weekistock: The fourth annual family festival includes craft beers, food, drink specials, continuous live music, games and raffles. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. BeckyJacks Food Shack, 8070 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee. (352) 556-5757.
'Sex Please, We're Sixty' wraps up at Stage West: Women return every year to Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Next-door neighbor "Bud the Stud" Davis thinks they want to spend time with him. The other neighbor, Henry Mitchell, a retired chemist, has developed a pill to increase the libido of menopausal women. 2 p.m. $12; Forum season tickets are $40 (four shows), Main Stage season tickets are $60 (four shows) and season tickets for all shows are $90. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
Friday THROUGH OCT. 27
Fiddler on the Roof: One of the most beloved musicals comes to Brooksville featuring classic numbers like, If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, and Sunrise, Sunset. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Oct. 27. $18, $35 two. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.
Coastal Clean-Up: Volunteers should report to the park to receive trash bags and complete volunteer clearance forms, then disperse to collect litter along Shoal Line Boulevard or local waterways. Individuals, youth groups and civic organizations are encouraged to participate. Organized by the Hernando County Stormwater Engineering Department. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 754-4062.
Baddest Mudrun: This 5K mud race includes 20 obstacles suitable for all ages and skill levels, music, a beer tent, games including mud tug of war and mud volleyball, food and wash up stations. 9:30 a.m. $69.95. Brooksville Rock Quarry , 23451 Mondon Hill Rd., Brooksville. (352) 584-7369. baddestmudrun2013.com/ event-info.
Fall Fashion Bling: The African American Club of Hernando will host this luncheon and fashion show. Fashions will be presented by Patricia's Boutique. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 597-8098, 666-4421. palacegrand.com.
Fallen Soldiers Tribute: The Nature Coast 9.12 Groups present the tribute. Refreshments provided. 11:30 a.m. Praise Family Worship Center, 17920 Meridian Blvd., Hudson. (727) 863-8989.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Halloween at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: The Pepper Creek Trail is transformed into a trail of haunting scenarios for a Haunted Tram ride. There's also a haunted house for children, Halloween costume contest, clowns and face painting. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Suggested donations: $5, $3 11 and younger tram ride; $2 haunted house. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassa springs/default.cfm.
Hernando Heritage Museum's Haunted House: Includes a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and ghost stories, refreshments, a palm reader and tours of the three-story house. Free outdoor games include candy; children should bring trick-or-treat baskets. A children's maze for ages 2 and older is $1. Tours of the haunted house are $5 per person; recommended for ages 8 and older. Parents with small children can get a "child swap" pass that will allow the second parent to cut in line to enter the house. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 835-1535. hernandohistorical museumassoc.com.
Rutland Haunted Forest: Featuring a trail to an undead cemetery, an insane asylum and a haunted jail of a historic Cypress Lumbering Camp in Rutland. Board the hay wagon before taking a walk through 10 to 14 vignettes along a trail. Proceeds benefit numerous charitable organizations. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $13, 8 and younger $6.50. Thousand Palms RV Resort, 6545 W State Road 44, Lake Panasoffkee. (352) 748-2237. RutlandHauntedForest.com.
Haunted Train Ride and Show: The fourth annual event begins at dusk and includes actors, singers and dancers to entertain visitors during the Central Pasco and Gulf Railroads haunted train ride. The show features Halloween songs, dancing, skits, special guest appearances by a professional storyteller and dance academy. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $3 per person. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 267-7161. cpgrr.org.
Wild n' Wicked Nights: With Area 51 tours, a haunted trail, hayrides, costume and scream contests, a kids' maze, the "Creatures in the Treehouse" show with John Leggio's Xcel Performers and special Halloween shows by the Weeki Wachee mermaids. There is an additional fee for the petting zoo, carnival and pony rides. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $6; $4 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/ weekiwachee.
Haunted Hayride and Trails: Jump on the hay wagon for a ride to meet the spirits of soldiers, Seminoles and pioneers from the past. There's also a kid-friendly trail and a scary haunted trail, kiddy rides, carnival games, bounce house, music and candy. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 per carload. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.
Crystal River Haunted Halloween at the Park: The 2.1-mile long Crystal River Eco-Walk site comes alive with ghosts and goblins with terrifying tram tours, a creepy clown fun house, piratical boat rides, "eerie" edibles and fortune telling. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. On Saturday only, a free children's party will be held prior to the event, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the park visitor center, and includes games, crafts, trick-or-treats and a costume parade. Crystal River Preserve State Park , 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriverpreserve/default.cfm.
Haunted Trail on Golddust: Take a guided tour through the mysterious woods and help hunt down the witch to put an end to her terror. This is a wooded trail. Appropriate footwear required. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5, to benefit Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Haunted Trail (Brooksville), 5277 Golddust Road, Brooksville. (352) 263-8044.
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 Halloween Party: With music, dancing and a costume contest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 admission; bring a dish to share. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville. (352) 597-7979. mcl708.org.
YMCA Spooktacular Fall Festival: Includes games, crafts, spooky face painting, snacks, a mad science lab and trunk-or-treat. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 per family (two adults, two children); additional tickets are $3 each. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.
Latin American Civic and Cultural Association Halloween Dance: With music by DJ Mambo. Prizes for best costumes (adults and children). Guests may bring their own beverages (no large coolers). 8 p.m. to midnight. $8 members, $10 nonmembers; children 11 and younger half price. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 340-5066, 666-6848.
Halloween Night Runs: A monster mile for kids and a 5K creature feature takes runners through the woods along spooky trails marked with reflective tape. Headlights or flashlights required. Runners under 16 must have an adult present to participate. 11 p.m. $10 advance, $15 night of. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/weeki wachee.