Hernando County things to do

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TUESDAY

Spring bird walk: Take a hike to see the park's migrants and residents. Bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them. 9 to 11 a.m. $3 park entry per car. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Eco-archaeo kayak tour: Join a Florida Coastal Office biologist and Florida Public Archaeology Network archaeologists on a guided paddle trip to Shell Island. Explore a portion of the St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve. Space is limited. 10:30 a.m. $20, includes equipment, kayak, paddle, personal flotation device and whistle. $15 for those with their own equipment and kayak. Fort Island Gulf Beach Park, 16000 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River. (352) 795-0208, (352) 563-0450.

THURSDAY

Fire walk: In observance of Earth Day, join park biologist Keith Morin for a two-hour walk through an area recently burned and learn about the importance that natural fire plays in the ecosystem. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; donations welcome. Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriverpreserve/default.cfm.

SATURDAY

Earth Day celebration: Includes a critter touch tank, children's games and activities, food, music, boat tours and exhibitors. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. (352) 563-0450. crystalriverstateparks.org.

Music

SATURDAY

Spring Into Music: Featuring several local bands, including Drive (the Tampa Bay Music Network's 2013 Band of the Year), Bad Boy Elroy and Fred George. There will also be food, arts and crafts, raffles and an auction. The event is a fundraiser for Hernando County Special Olympics athletes. 1 to 10 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 442-1570. specialolympicsflorida.org/music.

Benefits

FRIDAY

Relay for Life of Brooksville: All-night walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Activities and entertainment throughout the night. 6 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday. Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. relayforlife.org/brooksvillefl.

Saturday

Futbol 5K: This event features a 5K race and 1-mile fun run. All entrants receive race T-shirt and prizes. Proceeds benefit the First Hernando Youth Soccer Club. 9 a.m. $20 for the 5K; $15 for the 1-mile run. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. firsthernandosoccer.com.

'The Places She May Go' fashion show and luncheon: Hosted by Fine Line Boutique, the event includes entertainment, food, raffles and music. Proceeds benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 666-8843. silverthornclub.net.

Easter

TODAY

Hernando County Philippine-American Association Easter picnic: Includes food, an Easter egg hunt, games and prizes, dancing and the election of officers. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 848-1031.

Pets

SATURDAY

Low-cost pet vaccination clinic: Sponsored by the Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff. Vaccinations are administered by a veterinarian. Documentation is provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions to the teaching zoo in Bushnell. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $7. Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $15. Kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs will be $16. Tractor Supply Co., 18471 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 867-7788.

For your health

FRIDAY

'Partnering With Your Doctor: A Guide for Persons With Memory Problems and Their Care Partners': Participants in this workshop will learn the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease, how a diagnosis is made and tips on working with a doctor to maximize care. Hosted by HPH Hospice, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-1882.

Library fun

THURSDAY

Junior Book Club: The book to be read is the Caldecott Medal winner and New York Times bestseller Locomotive by Brian Floca. Copies will be provided to the children; registration is recommended. The Hernando County Public Library System offers this club for readers in the first through fourth grades. Children read a book together, then go beyond it with related activities and crafts. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Classes/self-help

SATURDAY

'Refuse to be a Victim' crime prevention and personal safety seminar: The seminar is provided by the National Rifle Association. It is not a firearms instruction course and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense. Instead, it teaches methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Family fun

FRIDAY

Family Fun Bingo: Winners receive prizes of home-baked goods or novelty items (no cash prizes). Beverages and snacks available for purchase. 6 p.m. Admission is $3 or a nonperishable food donation. The first bingo card is $5, with additional cards $2. There will be 10 games. St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2792.

SATURDAY

YMCA Healthy Kids Day: Intended as a fun, educational event, the day will include activities that encourage families to get moving and select healthy food options. There will be a DJ, vendors, bounce house, the Spring Hill Power Rangers, a fitness challenge and other activities. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

Hobbies

Saturday

Hernando Aero Modelers Florida Club 40 Pylon Race and Gremlin Combat Event: Watch wing-to-wing pylon racing action, followed by a combat event. 9 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for pylon race, $5 for combat or $13 for both. Spectators pay $3 per carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 346-9948.

Crystal River Boat Bash: Join the Crystal River Boat Builders for a celebration of small craft, nautical heritage, environmental exhibits and fun on the water. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $1. Crystal River Preserve State Park , 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. (352) 563-0450. crystalriverstateparks.org.

Spring Hill Writing Group: Open to anyone who writes or would like to write. 2 to 3 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

On stage

Today

The Dixie Swim Club wraps up at Stage West: The comedy spans 33 years of friendship among a group of five women, starting when they become friends on their college swim team and continuing through the years as they meet each August at the same beach house on North Carolina's Outer Banks. 2 p.m. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

THROUGH APRIL 27

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Live Oak Theatre Company presents a musical adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis story, bringing to life siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who enter a wardrobe into the land of Narnia, where talking animals and mythical creatures are ruled by an evil witch. Includes coffee, tea and dessert. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. April 27. $15; $5 for ages 13 and younger. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Songs for a New World: The audience is taken from the deck of a 1492 sailing ship to a modern-day Bronx basketball court in this abstract musical. 7 p.m. each day, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. $10; $6 for students. Black Box Theatre, Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.

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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 price (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 things to do 04/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 3:41pm]

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