Sunday, February 25, 2018
Events

Hernando County events

This week

It's a blast: Machine gun owners and spectators are invited to celebrate Labor Day weekend with a Machine Gun Shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. 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 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.Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Battle of the brains: Assemble a team of one to five players and compete for prizes at Beach Bum Trivia at two locations: 7 p.m. Thursdays at Icons Sports Lounge in Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Sam's Beach Bar, 6325 Clark St., Hudson. Arrive early to register. The cost is $5 per contestant. A portion of the proceeds benefit people afflicted with ulcerative colitis. Provided by American Media Entertainment and hosted by David Conrad, with fellow emcee Greg Launier. For information, call (352) 683-1692.

Quick trip

Of love and relationships: The off-Broadway hit musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change continues through Sept. 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 1:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Doors open two hours before the show for a "summer special" buffet. Dinner and show, $32.95; show only, $24.95. Call (727) 863-7949 or online at showpalace.net (online seat selection available).

Curtain call

Want fins?: Auditions for Weeki Wachee mermaids will be conducted at 4 p.m. today at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Those auditioning must be at least 18 or approaching 18 in the next several months. Bring a bathing suit and towel. Must be able to work full time (at least four days a week, including weekends and holidays). Bring a copy of your driver's license and Social Security card. Those who are scuba certified, bring a copy of the certification. Also bring a resume, head shot and a completed state application (available at the park or at peoplefirst.myflorida.com). To reserve a spot, call (352) 592-5656, ext. 30.

Look ahead

Under the big top: The Loomis Brothers Circus returns to Brooksville Sept. 5 and 6 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. Showtimes are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are $15 for teens and adults; free children's tickets are available at business locations throughout Hernando County, or call (352) 603-2374. Visit loomiscircus.com.

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