Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Events

Hernando events calendar, Sept. 15-21

Events

Bluesapalooza is Saturday

This year's outdoor music festival has moved to downtown Brooksville. Two stages will allow for continuous music throughout the day. The Under the Oaks stage will feature the Black Swans performing between sets. On the Main Stage: Brandon Ruck at noon, Wendy Rich & the Soul Shakers at 2 p.m., Sarasota Slim featuring Nitro at 4 p.m. and RJ Howson & Friends at 6 p.m. The headline band is Damon Fowler with special guest Barry Oakley at 8 p.m. There will be a variety of food and other vendors. Bring chairs and blankets. No outside food or drinks. No pets. Noon to 10 p.m. $5 for adults and teens, $1 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4031. hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.

Benefits

TODAY

Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast: An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be available for $2.99; side of meat available for $1.25. Proceeds benefit the Hernando County Fire Corps. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979.

Howler Poker Run for Special Olympics: Registration, breakfast and the start of the run will be at the Horse and Crown, 5230 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The run will end at the Sail Inn, on U.S. 41 south of Brooksville, where there will be live music, an auction and raffles. Funds raised benefit Special Olympics Florida Hernando County. 10 a.m. $10 per rider; $5 for extra rider.

Fashion

TODAY

Bridal and Prom Expo: Featuring a variety of wedding and party vendors. There will be a pre-owned prom dress collection to benefit Hernando County high school seniors in need for the coming prom season. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 799-4653. expo19.com.

Classes/self help

Tuesday

Boating Skills and Seamanship course: This is a nine-week comprehensive program designed for both the experienced and novice boater. Topics include boating safety, navigation, weather, radio use and Florida laws. The course continues each Tuesday through Nov. 19. Participants receive a Florida Safety Education ID card. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $50. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417. a0701508.uscgaux.info.

Dinner and dancing

FRIDAY

'Celebrate Fall' gala event: Includes light appetizers, buffet dinner and beverage. Music provided by the Shadow Ridge Band. Funds raised will benefit Communities in Schools of Hernando County and the Chamber Education Training Association. 6 p.m. $50 per person. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 277-3322.

For the kids

Wednesday

Story Time: While the East Hernando Library is temporarily closed due to fire damage, Mr. Justin will continue his story times for children at a temporary location. 10:30 a.m. Free. First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

Saturday

Children in the Wild: Children ages 3 to 7 can explore "fishing fun" and learn about fishing through classroom and outdoor, hands-on activities. They will also learn about gyotaku, the art of Japanese fish painting. The program is limited to 20 participants. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

Green thumb

Saturday

Master Gardeners fall plant sale: The Hernando County Master Gardeners will sell hundreds of plants, from ground cover to trees, shrubs and perennials, specifically grown to tolerate local climate conditions. Arrive early for best selection. Proceeds benefit the Master Gardeners programs. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardeners nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Hobbies

Friday

Pioneer demonstrator workshop: Get hands-on experience in several pioneer/Indian crafts and become a demonstrator. 6 to 8 p.m. $5; free for ages 17 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Saturday

Coin, Stamp, Bullion and Collectibles Show: Up to 35 dealers will buy, sell and show gold, silver, coins, stamps and currency. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge, 6319 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 247-6390.

Train Show and Swap Meet: Presented by Regal Railways. Vendors will show, sell and swap trains, tracks and accessories. Also will feature a model train layout. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $4; free for ages 12 and younger. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (727) 244-1341.

Music

TUESDAY

Accordion Adventure 'September Swing': This is an informal group of enthusiasts and accordionists of all levels. All types of musicians welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. $2 admission. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 686-0975, 442-5574.

Saturday

FLOYDSUM Concert: The Pink Floyd tribute band will perform with lasers, lights and a video show outdoors at the Palmwood Pavilion. Food and drink vendors available. No coolers. Bring lawn chairs. Dogs are welcome. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; free for children 11 and younger. Parking is $1. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.com.

Orchestra benefit for Stage West: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert, with proceeds benefiting Stage West Community Playhouse. Tickets are $10. 7:30 p.m. (The concert also will be performed at 2 p.m. Sept. 22). Stage West, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.

Miscellaneous

SATURDAY

Cardboard Boat Race: There will be food, vendors and entertainment. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded in the following categories: individuals, businesses and mechanical. An award will be given for unique design, and the Titanic Award will go to the most dramatic sinking while making the best effort not to sink. Sponsored by the Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group. 10 a.m. Free for spectators. Hernando Beach Marina, 4139 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 666-7239. hernandobeachmarinas.com.

Time Forgotten tours: Tour the newly renovated Hernando Heritage Museum and the Brooksville Historical Train Depot in Brooksville. The event can begin or end with a high tea at the Tilted Teacup. The tea room will serve at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours are offered at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; each tour is about one hour. Transportation is not provided, but a map to each location will be provided. Tickets may be purchased at the Tilted Teacup. $28.95. Tilted Teacup Tea Room, 200 W Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-4111.

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