Hernando County things to do

Benefits

TODAY

Hernando County Shrine Club breakfast buffet: Includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds benefit children at the Shriners Hospital. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance tickets $7, $5 for ages 5 to 11 and free for ages 4 and younger; tickets at the door are an additional $1. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 610-4124, (352) 238-3806.

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. Proceeds benefit the Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic violence and sexual assault shelter. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Contests are $10. Horse Lake Plaza, 7635 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 593-4184, (352) 684-7191. lizzietscoffee.com/fundraisers.php.

Monday

Brooksville Relay for Life kickoff party: There will be food, door prizes and team information. 6 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., Brooksville. (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612. relayforlife.org/brooksvillefl.

SATURDAY

Benefit motorcycle run: Hosted by the Hernando County Breast Cancer Support Group. Complimentary doughnuts and coffee during registration. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.; the ride ends at Sleepy Hollow Fishing Lodge in Floral City, where there will be dinner, live music, raffles and door prizes. 9 a.m. $20 per person, which includes a custom bike towel and the after-party with a steak dinner. Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 592-8137.

Walk for Life: Hosted by the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, a ministry of Catholic Charities. The walk begins at 10 a.m.; registration, which is free, at 9 a.m. Walkers with pledges of more than $10 will receive a free T-shirt. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-9897, ext. 22. stjoan.com.

Kidz and Rigz Family Fun Day: It will include big rigs, race cars, military vehicles, tractors and bulldozers, monster trucks and cars, vendors and food. There will also be a free Shriners kids ID booth. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Sponsored by the Hernando Builders Association and Oak Hill Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Care Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5, $3 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger; maximum $25 per immediate family. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 596-1114.

Classes/self help

Monday

Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Bufus Gammons will discuss the Guardian Ad Litem program. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.

Arts and crafts

Saturday

Ridge Manor Property Owners Association's Fall Arts and Crafts Show: Includes vendors, hayrides, barbecue, pony rides and entertainment. There will also be a pumpkin-carving and decorating contest, with prizes awarded in several categories and age groups; bring completed pumpkins prior to judging, which will be at 1 p.m. (can be carved, painted, with accessories, etc.). 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indoor vendor tables are $15; outdoor spaces are $10. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 608-4339.

Halloween and alternatives

Wednesday

Trunk-or-Treat: The church's youth group is sponsoring this safe alternative to Halloween one day in advance. There will be parked cars with goodies in the trunk, and games in the parish hall. 6 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

THURSDAY

Rutland Haunted Forest: Featuring a trail to an undead cemetery, an insane asylum and the 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 charitable organizations. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $13; $6.50 for ages 8 and younger. Thousand Palms RV Resort, 6545 W State Road 44, Lake Panasoffkee. (352) 748-2237. rutlandhauntedforest.com.

Christian Life Assembly of God Harvest Fest: Includes games, inflatable activities, a dunk tank, hayrides, food, candy, prizes and a dramatic presentation in the sanctuary. Door prizes will be awarded. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Christian Life Assembly of God Church, 13065 Jacqueline Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-1139.

Harvest Festival: There will be free games, rides and candy. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-3685.

Trunk-or-Treat: There will be candy, games, hot dogs, soda, popcorn, snow cones and bounce castles. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 796-8331.

FRIDAY

High Point Lions' After Halloween Dinner-Dance: Coffee and ice available. 6 p.m. $10. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 556-2411.

Festivals

TODAY

Great American Cooter Fest: One of the largest annual festivals in Citrus County, Cooter Festival is Inverness' premiere event and features a variety of fun family activities, including turtle races, live music, games and food. Noon to 5 p.m. Free parking and admission. Liberty Park, 286 N Apopka Ave., Inverness. (352) 726-2611. cooterfestival.com.

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. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission and parking; unlimited ride armbands are $25. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 293-6164. stjoan.com.

Saturday

Hernando History Festival: The Hernando County Public Library System invites history buffs to this inaugural event that will be inside the Sand Hill Scout Reservation meeting hall. The festival coincides with Viva Florida 500, a statewide celebration of Florida's 500-year history. It will include historical presentations, informational poster sessions, table displays and a historical story-time. Featured speakers include Bob Martinez, local historian and publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories; and Lisa Hylton and Steffen Rudolph of the Florida Public Archaeological Network. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Stone Crab Jam: The sixth annual street fest includes seven live bands across three stages, artists, vendors, local cuisine, stone crab claws, wine, beer, a chowder cook-off and $10 guided boat tours through Kings Bay. 4 to 11 p.m. $5 admission; VIP tickets $50. Along W Citrus Avenue, Crystal River. stonecrabjam.com.

Hobbies

friday, Saturday

'Threads for Freedom' quilt show: The Hernando Quilters' Guild will have more than 150 quilts on display and a silent quilt auction. There will be several vendors on hand, offering everything needed to craft a quilt. There will also be a boutique table, opportunity baskets and a chance to win a queen-sized quilt titled "Safe Haven." 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5; veterans admitted free. Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 556-4720. hernandoquiltersguild.com.

Music

Today

Gulf Ridge Quartet: 11 a.m. Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Campground Road, Brooksville. An offering will be collected. (352) 754-9330.

Markets and sales

Saturday

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 yard sale: 8 a.m. to noon. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-0099, 596-4436.

United Methodist Women's Seasonal Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9505.

Brooksville Relay for Life Multifamily Yard Sale: Held by Champions for a Cause, to benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4227 Sweetbay Court, Spring Hill. (352) 796-6133. relayforlife.org/brooksvillefl.

Clover Leaf Farms Women's Social Club fall bazaar: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Clover Leaf Farms, 900 N Broad St., Brooksville.

Spring Hill Art League rummage sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

On stage

Today

'Fiddler on the Roof' final performance: The musical, performed by the Live Oak Theatre Company, features classic numbers such as If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker and Sunrise, Sunset. 3 p.m. $18; $35 for two. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.

Friday

Auditions for 'Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits': Cast includes two men and two women at least 18 years old who are strong singers and can move well. Also two men and two women, at least 16 years old, who are strong dancers and can sing. Those auditioning must perform 16 measures of music from a musical (must bring your own sheet music) and must be prepared to dance. An additional 16 bars may be sung in the style of one of the following: Barbra Streisand (any show), Bebe Nuewirth (Chicago), Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!), Chita Rivera (West Side Story), Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Liza Minnelli (any show). For men: Mandy Patinkin (Sunday in the Park with George), Tim Curry (Spamalot), Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray), Anthony Rapp or Adam Pascal (Rent). Production dates are Jan. 16 to 26. The director is Myndee Washington (the_washingtons1@yahoo.com). For a list of songs, visit theatricalrights.com/node/2902. Sign in for auditions between 6 and 7 p.m. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

'A Sentimental Journey': World War II drama dinner theater. 6 p.m. $15 for dinner and show. Homosassa Lions Club, 8408 W Homosassa Trail, Homosassa. (352) 212-1014.

Miscellaneous

Saturday

Volksfest 5K/10K Fun Walk: This is a fun walk along the Suncoast Trail. Walkers may register and participate up to noon. After the walk, there will be entertainment. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. No pets. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 442-2259.

Hernando County things to do 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:59pm]

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