Hernando Things to Do for week of Nov. 17

Markets and sales

Today

St. Mary Ladies Guild craft and bake sale: 9 a.m. to noon. St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2792.

FRIDAY, Saturday

Tri-County Community Association yard/garage sale: Donations appreciated. Rental space available for $10 per day. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 232-0859, 587-4014.

Benefits

TODAY

Sheriff's Christmas toy drive: This deputy-escorted ride to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in Brooksville will finish with a party at Beef 'O' Brady's in the Horse Lake Plaza in Brooksville. Co-sponsored by the Freedom Chapter of ABATE of Florida. All vehicles welcome. Those who cannot join are encouraged to donate. The Sheriff's Office will continue to accept donations of toys, games, books and gift cards throughout November. Gather at noon; kickstands up at 1 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child 17 and younger, or a Walmart gift card. Walmart, 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 584-2124.

SATURDAY

High Point pancake breakfast: Includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, as well as sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea. Sponsored by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary to benefit the High Point Volunteer Fire Department. 7 to 11 a.m. $4; tickets may be purchased at the office or at the door. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827, 293-4407.

Classes/self help

Monday

Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Nance Kittner will discuss "Pearl Buck: Her Place in History." 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.

SATURDAY

Spring Hill Writing Group: The group is for anyone who writes, or would like to write, and wants the support of fellow writers. Give and receive constructive feedback. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6374.

Creativity Workshop: The workshop is for adults, and will incorporate exercises recommended by books on creativity. No previous artistic experience required. This will be an ongoing program on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Bats program: Learn about bats common to Florida, with a night emergence viewing of Brazilian free-tail bats, weather permitting. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

Arts and crafts

Saturday

Winter Wonderland Craft Show: Includes numerous crafters, raffles and refreshments. Presented by the Citrus County Craft Council. The show will benefit the Shop With a Cop program of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking and admission. National Guard Armory, 8551 W Venable St., Crystal River. (352) 249-7012.

Wellington of Seven Hills residents craft fair: A variety of hand-crafted items available, such as baskets, painted gourds, greeting cards, jewelry and fine arts. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-1749.

Library fun

TUESDAY

Recycle Tuesday: Learn how to turn trash into treasures. The program is for all ages. Participants will create holiday wreaths using recycled materials. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Hobbies

SATURDAY

Coin show: Presented by the West Hernando Coin Club, the show will include more than 25 dealers with more than 40 tables. Coins may be purchased, sold and appraised. The show will include gold, silver and foreign coins, as well as stamps and collectibles. Food and drinks available. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 584-3163, (352) 232-1200.

Festivals

TODAY

Feast of Mother Cabrini: The festival wraps up today with Italian food, more than 20 midway rides, live entertainment, raffles and games of skill for all ages. Noon to 9 p.m. Free admission. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9767.

FRIDAY, Saturday

Inverness Grand Prix Motorsports Festival: Both days include a display of classic and collector cars, with street vendors and beer and wine for sale. A kick-start party with rock music by BIG Engine will be 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. The festival begins at noon Saturday with more than 60 go-karts racing at speeds up to 60 mph. There will be motor sport vendors and a post race "meet the drivers" party. Free admission for spectators; a $10 pit pass is available. Kart registration is $45 ($35 for additional karts). Historic Courthouse Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. (352) 726-2611.

Saturday

Lake House Bluesfest: Outdoor concert featuring Julie Black, Franc Robert and the Boxcar Tourists, Lazy Boy and the Rockers, Cruzin' for a Bluzin', the Company Swing Band and Blue Rooster Down. This is a family friendly event that will include a variety of vendors, food, beer and wine, a car show, kids zone and other activities. Proceeds will benefit People Helping People and the First United Methodist Church food pantry. 2 to 10 p.m. $10 admission; VIP tickets $25. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 650-6413. bluesforfood.com.

For the kids

Saturday

'Children in the Wild': Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to learn about wildlife through hands-on activities, storytime and crafts. Some activities may be outdoors. Space is limited; reservations required. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

Music

Today

'Born in the USA': Richey Community Orchestra kicks off its season with a tribute to American composers such as George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa and Leonard Bernstein, with guest performers Randi Olsen and Jason Yungmann. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online or at the box office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson. 3 p.m. $15. Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 919-3866. richeycommunityorchestra.com.

WEDNESDAY

Brooksville Music Club piano recital: Kaitlin Wilkes will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Kuhlau and other noted composers. Wilkes is a sophomore at Hernando High School and a member of the varsity girls soccer team and cheerleading squad. 1 p.m. Free. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-6448.

THURSDAY

Accordion Adventure 'Thanksgiving Harvest' Jam: Coffee and cake served. This is an informal group of enthusiasts and accordionists of all levels. All types of musicians welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. $2 admission. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-0975, (352) 442-5574.

On stage

THROUGH NOV. 24

'Les Misérables': Set in 19th century France, the musical revolves around the story of Jean Valjean, who vows to take care of a dying woman's daughter. Featuring songs such as I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and Who Am I? 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $20; Main Stage season tickets (four shows) are $60. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Miscellaneous

wednesday-friday

Tech Petting Zoo: Representatives from Best Buy will be on hand with some of the latest technology available for visitors to test. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

Socrates Cafe: The cafe is for those who enjoy thought-provoking discussions and lively debate. With the help of a facilitator, the group applies the Socratic method to questions that trouble them. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

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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 (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Hernando Things to Do for week of Nov. 17 11/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:27pm]

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