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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. $8, $6 for ages 5 to 11 and free for ages 4 and younger. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 610-4124.

ARF'N adoption/rescue event: Numerous rescue groups will be present with cats and dogs available for adoption. There will be indoor and outdoor displays, vendors, a bake sale, raffles, food and drinks, and a kissing booth for dog kisses. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor spaces available for $25. Petluv, 7348 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 684-9050, (352) 428-5221.

Dan Schall in concert: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.

'Judah Ben-Hur': Co-produced by Youth With a Mission of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre, the musical is a tale of romance, comedy, and adventure. 6 p.m. An offering will be collected. First Baptist Church of Dade City, 37511 Church Ave., Dade City. (352) 583-5516.


Astronomy Night with St. Petersburg Astronomy Club: The club will help participants zoom in on constellations, galaxies and other celestial bodies. Bring a flashlight and camp chair. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $3 per carload up to eight passengers. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.


College Connection seminar: Part of a series that introduces local health and human service programs in Hernando County. The topic will be "Medicaid and Food Stamps," presented by Robert Bradburn with Access Florida and the Florida Department of Children and Families. 3 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5004.

An Evening with Louie Fortunato: Sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary. Proceeds will benefit the High Point Volunteer Fire Department. 7 p.m. Donations accepted. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827.


'Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Winter-Weary Landscape': The program will be led by Sylvia Durell, coordinator for the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program, which is sponsored by the Hernando County Utilities Department and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Durell will provide suggestions on how to make landscapes more attractive with little effort. Topics will include plant selection, planting techniques, mulching, weed control and fertilization, as well as ways to add personal touches. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

'Tales from the Land of Gullah': Pasco-Hernando Community College's 2013 Black History Month program will feature Anita Singleton, a master storyteller, educator, singer, actress and historian, and founder and member of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. The presentation uses fables, songs and stories to pay tribute to the first African slaves who landed on the sea islands of South Carolina. Two presentations: 1 p.m., PHCC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey; 7 p.m., PHCC East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. Free. (727) 816-3192.


Palm frond weaving art: Bring a pair of scissors and make various crafts using saw palmetto/palm fronds. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 per carload up to eight passengers. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

'Tales from the Land of Gullah': Pasco-Hernando Community College's 2013 Black History Month program will feature Anita Singleton, a master storyteller, educator, singer, actress and historian, and founder and member of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. The presentation uses fables, songs and stories to pay tribute to the first African slaves who landed on the sea islands of South Carolina. Two presentations: 10 a.m., PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville; 1 p.m., PHCC Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Free. (727) 816-3192.

'Perceptual Experience, Memory, and Landscape' opening reception: Featuring works from artist Peter Abrami. The exhibit continues through March 28. 4 to 6 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3231.


Beta Sigma Phi Epsilon Epsilon garage sale: Fourteen families will participate. Proceeds will benefit local charities. 8 a.m. Suntrust Bank parking lot at the corner of Fort Dade and Orange avenues, Brooksville. (352) 592-6889.

Nobleton Men host pancake/waffle breakfast: Proceeds will go toward Christmas toys for local children in need, food baskets for those in need and other causes. 8 to 10 a.m. Donations accepted. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 796-7037.

Festival of Art: Includes a juried art show, crafts, children's activities, music and a food court. All park amenities included. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $8; $4 for ages 7-12, 6 and younger free. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 346-7428.

Walk a Mile, Protect a Child 5K Race/Walk: Hosted by the University of Florida Child Protection Team, the walk/race takes place in downtown Brooksville. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; race starts at 9 a.m. $25; must register by Friday. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Environmentally Sensitive Lands work day: Volunteers are needed to help clean up trash and debris and clear small trees, and improve gopher tortoise habitat. The Hernando County Planning Department staff will oversee the work and provide a guided nature walk at the completion of work for those who wish to go. Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Bring your own gloves, eye and hearing protection, insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water. Small tools, such as pruning saws, bow saws, chain saws, rakes and hoes, as well as a 5-gallon bucket, would also be useful. 9 a.m. to noon. Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33241 Ridge Manor Blvd., Ridge Manor. (352) 754-4057, ext. 28020.

Fantasy African Violet Club show and sale: Includes a juried show, silent auction, bake sale and raffle. There will be blooming African violets and other gesneriads available, as well as potting mix, supplies and information. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 398-1679.

Carwash fundraiser: Funds raised will go toward the medical expenses for local child Savannah Young, who suffers from hypoxia of the brain after nearly drowning in a swimming pool in June 2011, when she was 2 years old. The once-energetic toddler is now vision impaired, speechless and unable to sit, stand, walk or eat orally. Donations of all amounts are welcome. Donations may also be brought to any Wells Fargo Bank for the "Hope for Savannah" account. (352) 398-2347. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. B&B Hobbies, 15926 U.S. 19, Hudson. (504) 616-8797.

Chili cookoff: Featuring more than 14 chili entries. Judges from area restaurants will determine the winner, who will take home a trophy. A bluegrass band will entertain. Hosted by the Spring Lake Community Association, with proceeds going toward the upkeep of the historic stone community center. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $4 to sample all entries. Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Spring Lake. (352) 688-2237.

Tin Can Tourists Winter Convention open house: The public is invited to visit the Tin Can Tourists' 93rd Winter Convention. Includes more than 50 trailers and campers from the 1940s, '50s and '60s, including a 1962 Airstream Globe Trotter, a '63 Shasta and a '55 Trotwood. Also featuring a 1912 camp wagon and a 1916 telescoping apartment on a 1924 Ford chassis. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per vehicle. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Spring Lake. (941) 302-2415.

Junior Achievement bowl-a-thon: Teams of friends, co-workers or family members may participate. Proceeds will benefit JA, which introduces students to real-life business concepts and careers. Noon. Participants collect pledges. Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (813) 490-4498.

Rockin' Thru the Ages charity event: Includes a buffet dinner and dancing. A cash bar will be available. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite decade's attire. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee. 6 to 11 p.m. $45. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 293-4317.

Black History Month recognition banquet: The purpose of this event is to recognize and honor a black Hernando County native for outstanding accomplishments in his or her profession or for outstanding service to the community. This year's honoree is Dr. Howard Blount, Hernando County's first black doctor. Presented by Hernando County's Black History Month Productions. 7 p.m. $15. Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 688-2861.

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