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Floral City Strawberry Festival: Featuring shortcake and other strawberry delights, more than 200 fine art and craft booths, continuous live entertainment, contests, pageant and children's activities. Shuttle service is available for $1 round trip from the Citrus County Fairgrounds. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. (352) 795-3149.

Festival of Orchids: Hosted by the Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill, the event includes orchid displays, vendors, supplies, potting booth and an hourly orchid raffle. (727) 856-0222 or (352) 503-7858. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2 admission. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. For additional information, call (352) 503-7858.

World War II Commemorative Weekend: Uniformed re-enactors representing both Allied and Axis forces demonstrate weaponry and other items common to the times. The day will include military vehicles, a wartime encampment, working communication stations, weapons demonstrations, period vendors, food and music. A re-enactment battle will be at 2 p.m. World War II veterans attending will receive special gifts of recognition. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 per person; free for veterans with ID and children ages 6 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Sweet Sixteen, Prom and Bridal Expo: More than 20 vendors will be set up indoors. Outside, there will be a bridal horse, stretch limo, party bus, outdoor DJ and food vendor. The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast will collect donations of prom and bridesmaid dresses, which are given to local girls who cannot afford a dress for prom. There will be prize drawings every half hour, starting at 2 p.m. Expo is 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Quality Inn, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 340-3950. expo19.com.

Stayin' Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees: The concert will pay tribute to the Gibb brothers. 7 p.m. $25 to $30. Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707. phcc.edu/tix.

Monday

Academia Hernando Winter 2013 Lecture Series presents 'Women Under the Third Reich': Presented by Adele McCollum. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Tuesday

Boondoggles class: Participants will use saw palmetto/palm fronds to make boondoggles. Bring a pair of scissors. 10 a.m. to noon. Free, $3 park entry fee. 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 is "Mental Health Services," presented by Sandra Marrero with BayCare Behavioral Health. 3 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5004.

Hernando County Adopt-A-Road program: Learn about the Adopt-a-Road program, which allows individuals or groups to demonstrate community pride by keeping neighborhood roadways clear of litter. The presentation will describe program requirements and benefits. 3 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Wednesday

Firearms safety course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Ridding Your Lawn and Landscape of Weeds: Learn what steps to take, what products to use and practices that will keep weeds away. Presented by urban horticulture agent Jim Moll with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 540-6230.

Green Screens showing of 'Gasland': A documentary on gas drilling by filmmaker Josh Fox, who discovers how fracking taints water sources near drilling sites and how many households now have water that is not only undrinkable, but flammable. Hosted by the Hernando County Green Party. 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-7576.

Friday

Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest: Entertainment, contests and activities are included in the 20th anniversary celebration. Also featured will be more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. No pets or alcohol allowed. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment includes opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., Annie and Friends at 10:45 a.m., Skyn and Bones (Southern rock) at 12:15 p.m., Klassic Kountry Kloggers at 1:15 p.m., Chrome (easy rock) at 2:15 p.m. and Slyder (Southern/classic rock) at 3:30 p.m. $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-3987, (352) 597-4424. swampfestweeki wachee.com.

Brooksville in the Civil War: Interactive discussion given by Bob Martinez, publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories. He will provide facts and stories about the town and its importance during that period of time. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. (352) 754-4043.

Will McLean Music Festival: More than 70 Florida acoustic musicians will be featured. Guests can meet and camp with the musicians. After the stage closes down, there will be evening campfire circles with jam sessions. There will also be workshops on basic and advanced finger-style guitar, harmonica, fiddle, wooden flute, dulcimer and voice; crafts; food booths, and overnight camping. There will also be a children's area with games and crafts. Noon to 10 p.m. Weekend admission: $32 in advance, $37 at the gate. Daily: $17 Friday, $20 Saturday and $17 Sunday; ages 11 and younger free. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (352) 465-2167. willmclean.com.

Jam session: First day of the Slovenian-American Club's Spring Festival. All musicians and instruments welcome. Featuring a guest appearance by Bob Kravos. 5 to 9 p.m. $7. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (727) 753-9631.

Concert and Thespian Theatre Showcase: 6:30 p.m. $5 adults, $3 for students/children. Weeki Wachee High School, 121250 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 797-7029.

Wine tasting benefit: Hosted by the Brooksville Garden Club to benefit the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Wekiva Youth Camp and scholarships to Pasco-Hernando Community College. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $12 each or $20 per couple. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. (352) 799-3160, (352) 277-3183. brooksvillegarden club.us.

Frontier Park 40th anniversary celebration/street dance with Southern Reign Band: The street dance will be near the gazebo. There will be door prizes and a 50-50 drawing, with proceeds benefiting All Children's Hospital and the Salvation Army. If there is inclement weather, the party and concert will be in the clubhouse. Also, the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be parked by the front office from 4 to 8 p.m. for those wishing to donate blood. 7 p.m. Frontier Park, 15549 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 442-3210.

Saturday

Plant and tag sale fundraiser: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 799-3160, (352) 277-3183.

Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest: Entertainment, contests and activities are included in the 20th anniversary celebration. Also featuring more than 100 arts and crafts vendors. No pets or alcohol allowed. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment includes the Swamp Monster contest at 10 a.m., Razin Jane (ska/country) at 10:45 a.m., Shazadi and the Jewels of the Desert (belly dance troupe) at 12:15 p.m., Dangerous Ground (rock) at 1:15 p.m., Fred George (country) at 2:15 p.m. and the Adrian Ray Band (country) at 3:30 p.m. $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-3987, (352) 597-4424. swampfestweeki wachee.com.

Club 40 Pylon Race: Featuring radio-controlled racing planes. Food and cold drinks will be available. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission and parking. Hernando Aero Modelers Field, at the Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 346-9948.

Will McLean Music Festival: More than 70 Florida acoustic musicians will be featured. Guests can meet and camp with the musicians. After the stage closes down, there will be evening campfire circles with jam sessions. There will also be workshops on basic and advanced finger-style guitar, harmonica, fiddle, wooden flute, dulcimer and voice; crafts; food booths, and overnight camping. There will also be a children's area with games and crafts. Music starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m. Weekend admission: $32 in advance, $37 at the gate. Daily: $17 Friday, $20 Saturday and $17 Sunday; ages 11 and younger free. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. For additional information, call (352) 465-2167. willmclean.com.

Art in the Park: Now in its 29th year, the event includes local, state and national artists and crafts people, continuous entertainment, youth activities and a large local student art exhibit. Hosted by the Hernando County Arts Council. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission; $2 for parking. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. For additional information, call (352) 279-5182.

Homosassa Heritage Day: Includes displays of historic photos of the Homosassa area and the Homosassa Springs attraction; a presentation on research into the people, places and lands of David Yulee's Margarita plantation, presented by a representative of the Florida Public Archaeology Network; costumed re-enactments of conversations between Florida pioneer woman Dessie Smith Prescott, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ernest Hemingway; book signings with local authors, and other programs and activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular park admission applies: $13; $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. For additional information, call (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002. floridastate parks.org.

Wildlife Jeopardy program: All ages are welcome to participate in the program, which will use a Jeopardy-style format to present information about different Florida species. The topic is turtles. Noon. Park admission: $13; $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org.

Wellington ninth annual Fine Arts Show: This show will feature works across all media. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. For additional information, call (352) 666-6888.

Spring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show: Includes fashions by Belk, a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Dawn Center. Noon to 3 p.m. $18. Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. For additional information, call (352) 799-3801.

Get to Know and Grow African Violets and Other Gesneriads: Hosted by the African Violet Club of Spring Hill. There will be a free drawing for an African violet and other plant materials. 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 398-1679.

Dinner and entertainment fundraiser: Hosted by the General Federation of Women's Clubs, Spring Hill Service League. A pasta dinner will be served. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice. 5 to 9 p.m. $10. Knights of Columbus Council 6383, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 686-1140, (352) 683-6842.

Spring Festival with Frank Stanger, Bob Kravos and Joe Zdelar: A cash bar and food will be available. 6 to 10 p.m. $10. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (727) 753-9631.

Dinner show with Jimmy Travis: Reservations required. 6 p.m. $32 for prime seating; $30 for regular seating. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 868-2994.

People Helping People celebration dinner: Includes music and dancing to the Allan Breithaupt Combo. 6 p.m. $40. Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. (352) 650-4521. phpinc.org.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks and beverages (and ice, if needed). No lessons provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. For additional information, call (352) 397-6088.

TP Mulrooney, 'The Golf Comic': The opening act will be Blues Brothers impersonators. Mulrooney, who will be appearing at the Masters golf tournament in April, has been seen on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and the Golf Channel. 7 p.m. $12. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 293-4285, (352) 596-0833.

Cahal Dunne and George Casey: Dunne, known as Ireland's "Happy Man," is not only a singer, but also a composer, pianist, comedian, storyteller and television personality. Casey, also from Ireland, has been entertaining audiences with his comedy for more than 30 years. The show wraps up the Hernando Performing Arts Guild's 2012-13 season. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime at 7 p.m. $25. Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577. hpag.org.

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