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Easter sunrise service: The 43rd annual event will be hosted by the Ridge Manor Community Center Board of Directors. Area churches will participate. A continental breakfast will follow. 7 a.m. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 583-2556.

Citrus County Fair — Midway Bonus: There is no gate admission today, and no individual ride tickets will be sold. Midway armbands are $22. 2 to 7 p.m. Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2993.

Tuesday

College Connection seminar: Part of a series that introduces local health and human service programs in Hernando County. The topic is "Social Services," presented by Veda Ramirez of the Hernando County Health and Human Services Department. 3 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5004.

About Boating Safely course: The introductory program teaches safe boating practices, navigation, use of safety equipment and Florida law. The three-day course continues through Thursday. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $35. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417.

Wednesday

Firearms safety course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

'Growing and Caring for Citrus' seminar: Urban horticulture agent Jim Moll will discuss how to grow and care for citrus trees. Participants will learn solutions to common citrus problems. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us/.

Green Screens showing of 'HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?': A follow-up to Inside Job, this 2011 documentary traces how American corporations dismantled middle-class prosperity. Presented 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) 666-7576.

Thursday

Opportunity 2013 career fair: Presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Career Central, the Hernando County Office of Business Development and Pasco-Hernando Community College. 2 to 5:30 p.m.. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 544-5206.

'Once Upon a Mattress': High school production of the musical comedy based on the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. 7:30 p.m. $12 adults; $6 students. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 476-9086. Continuing, see shstickets.com for more dates.

Friday

Mariner United Methodist Church yard sale: Food, drinks and baked goods will be available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.

Spring Hill Garden Club plant sale: Find plants suited for Florida landscapes at budget-friendly prices and stroll the botanical gardens. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Poultry showmanship at 6:30 p.m. Gates and midway open at 5 p.m. General admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

NRA Basic Rifle-student class: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude needed for safe use of a rifle in target shooting. Includes classroom and range time. All participants receive the NRA's Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook. 5 to 9 p.m. The two-day course continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. $125. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Chasco Fiesta carnival: Along with regular midway rides, there will be a special ride area for young children. 5 to 11 p.m. Wristbands are $20. Bank Street (adjacent to Sims Park), New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. Continuing. See chascofiesta.com for more dates..

Evening of Storytelling: Local author and storyteller Jerry Cowling will give an hourlong presentation on the topic of spring, with stories about how the Easter Bunny almost slept through Easter, how Mother Nature chose the prettiest flower on earth and what happens on a farm when the sun goes down. Refreshments will be served. Guests will be allowed to tour the historic house and view the progress on its restoration. 7 p.m. Free admission. Saxon Manor, 200 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-0984.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra concert — 'The Cinema': Featuring a variety of music from films and shows such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Chicago, Les Miserables, Star Wars, Mission: Impossible and Lord of the Rings. With vocalists Julia Rifino, Janel Zapendenko and Mariah Dixon. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12; $5 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com.

Saturday

Croom Fools Run: April Fool's-themed 16-mile (7 a.m.), 50-mile (6 a.m.) and 50K (7 a.m.) runs through the oak hammocks and past creek bottoms and cypress ponds on the 16-mile main running trail. Jester hats recommended but not required. Sold out for runners; waiting list is being taken. Spectators free. Croom Trails, 26416 Croom Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 232-5200. fools50.com.

March of Dimes yard sale: The sale will be on the front hospital lawn. Donations for the sale are welcome. 8 a.m. to noon. Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 688-8200, ext. 6378.

Wellington All-Community Garage and Bake Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-6888.

Mariner United Methodist Church yard sale: Food, drinks and baked goods will be available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.

Women of Fellowship Wesleyan Church yard sale: Proceeds benefit outreach ministries at the church and in the community. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-4612.

Ladies of the British Commonweath's annual yard sale fundraiser: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 835-3139. naturecoastgardens.com.

Spring Hill Garden Club plant sale: Find plants suited for Florida landscapes at budget-friendly prices and stroll the botanical gardens. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

'Butterflies of the Sandhill': Presentation on butterflies and their native food plants in the natural sandhill community. 9 to 10 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

Hernando County Vista Grand Spring Fling Health Fair: Includes health care and wellness exhibits, information from health care professionals, giveaways and other goodies, blood pressure checks, vision screenings, research study possibilities, Medicare insurance information and spinal adjustments. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Vista Grand at Spring Hill, 10380 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (727) 825-0018.

Storybook Forest: In celebration of Children's Week and Early Childhood Literacy, there will be children's entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. Voluntary prekindergarten registration will be available. Early childhood educators from Pasco and Hernando counties will create interactive displays based on children's books. Children will learn about the story and create a related make-and-take project at each display. Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Berenstain Bears, and Olivia the Pig will meet and greet, sign autographs and be available for photos. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 233-8291. phelc.org.

'Put the Magic in Your Closet' fashion extravaganza: Hosted by the Hernando County Guardian Ad Litem Program and Fine Lines Boutique. Models will stroll the runway wearing designer clothing, from casual to elegant. Lunch will be served, and musical entertainment will be provided by Carla Becker, Bobby Lewis Entertainment and DJ Willie Matos. More than 60 gifts will be raffled. Proceeds will benefit the Hernando County Guardian Ad Litem Program, an organization of volunteers who advocate in court proceedings for children alleged to have been abused, abandoned or neglected. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at Fine Lines Boutique, 5168 Mariner Blvd.; no tickets will be sold at the door. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4226. guardianadlitem.org.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Youth dairy show at 1 p.m., mutton bustin' contest at 6 p.m. (registration begins at 5 p.m.) and poultry showmanship at 6:30 p.m. Gates and midway open at 1 p.m. General admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Relay for Life Zumbathon: Dance with Zumba instructors Ty Cancel, Heather Olejniczak and Lori Rosario. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life. 1 to 3 p.m. $10. Gold's Gym, 20126 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612.

High Point Ladies Fire Auxiliary lasagna dinner benefit: The meal includes salad, garlic knots and dessert. A DJ will provide music for dancing. Proceeds benefit the Hernando High Point Volunteer Fire Department. 6 p.m. $7 per person. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-1601, 596-4436.

Wine-tasting event for the Hernando Historical Museum Association: The event will include music, appetizers, wine tasting, raffles and an auction. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Proceeds will to the Hernando Historical Museum Association's one-room schoolhouse project in Brooksville. 7 to 9 p.m. $15 per person; $25 per couple. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. (352) 385-8463, (352) 799-0129.

Hernando County events, March 31 and upcoming 03/30/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 3:35pm]
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