North Suncoast things to do

Festivals

TODAY

Pasco County Fair: The 67th annual fair wraps up with a monster truck show today. Noon to 7 p.m. $8; $5 for ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and younger. Unlimited midway ride wristbands are $22. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 567-6678. pascocountyfair.com.

SATURDAY

Hernando County Reading Festival: The event will include food, games and door prizes. Visitors can meet children's authors, Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure and Tony the Balloon Guy. There will also be a Friends of the Library children's book sale. Scheduled authors include Cheryl Campbell, author of Darling the Curly Tailed Reindoe; Lynn S. Combes, who wrote A Garden Full of Butterflies, and Michelle Kohlas and Danielle Viverito, who co-wrote My Bully and Me. Scheduled events include Jiggleman at 11:15 a.m., a "Read Across America" parade and Dr. Seuss birthday party at 12:30 p.m., and Black Light Theater's Puppetry Pride at 1:15 p.m. Goody bags will be given to the first 300 children. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 797-7018.

SATURDAY AND MARCH 2

Floral City Strawberry Festival: The 27th annual event includes strawberry delights such as shortcake, jams and jellies; fine art and craft booths; continuous live entertainment; contests; a pageant, and children's activities. There also will be a variety of food vendors, and Ferris Groves will be selling strawberries. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2. $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. (352) 795-3149. floralcitystrawberryfestival.com.

World War II Weekend: Uniformed re-enactors representing both Allied and Axis forces will demonstrate weaponry and other items common to the times. The day will include military vehicles, wartime encampments, weapons demonstrations, period vendors, food and music. A re-enactment battle will be at 2 p.m. each day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 per person; free for WWII veterans with ID and children ages 6 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Hobbies

TODAY

Machine Gun Shoot: Cars, trucks and an assortment of other targets will be destroyed. Machine gun owners 18 and older are welcome to participate. No tracers or incendiary ammunition allowed. Spectators and shooters should bring their own eye and ear protection, especially for small children. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectators $2; free for ages 14 younger free. The fee for shooters is $20. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

SATURDAY

Fantasy African Violet Club Show and Sale: Includes a juried show, bake sale and raffle. There will be blooming African violets and other gesneriads available, as well as potting mix, supplies and information. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 398-1679.

Markets and sales

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Church rummage sale and outdoor flea market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces available; $10 for one day or $15 for two. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-4239, (352) 596-4576.

Saturday

Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee Community Yard and Craft Sale: Funds raised will benefit the Eliminate Project, a worldwide effort to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $25. Cadence Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 212-5023.

Pets

THURSDAY

Low-cost pet vaccination clinic: Sponsored by the Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff. Vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian; documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo facility in Bushnell. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $7. Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $15, and kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs will be $16. Tractor Supply Co., 18471 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 867-7788. thezooschool.com.

Food events

TODAY

Shriners brunch: Includes eggs cooked to order, pancakes, sausage, bacon, chicken, meatloaf, sides, orange juice, coffee and tea. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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) 238-3806, (352) 610-4124.

WEDNESDAY

YMCA Annual Chili Challenge: Entries should be brought to the event in a slow cooker, hot and ready to serve. Judging will be based on aroma, taste and appearance. Cash and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit the Y's financial assistance program. 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets for chili tasters are $7 in advance, $10 on event day, and include crackers, corn bread, cheese, sour cream, beverage and ice cream. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

WEDNESDAY

Benefit ice cream social: Along with ice cream sundaes, there will be a bake sale, face painting for children and musical entertainment provided by Sunset, a quartet with the Hernando Harmonizers barbershop chorus. Proceeds will benefit a mission trip to Panama that a small group from Christ Lutheran Church will make in June. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5 per sundae with toppings, or $10 all-you-can-eat. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 796-8331.

Classes/self help

Monday

Academia Hernando Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Susan Fronzjack presents "Irene Castle — Fred Astaire's Dance Teacher." 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

WEDNESDAY

Belly dance class: Learn the basics and a bit of history, along with the different styles of the art. Open to all ages (7 and older), body types and skill levels. Sponsored by the Hernando County Recreation Department. Reservations required. 7 p.m. Free. Hernando County Recreation Center Department, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. (352) 540-1568. facebook.com/dancecraft3.

Dancing

Saturday

Brookridge Social Dance Group hosts St. Paddy's Day Dance: Music provided by Johnny Lobo. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Doughnuts will be served at about 9:30 p.m. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.

Music

Today

Suncoast Harmony Chorus presents A Passion to Sing: The Suncoast Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, presents its annual show. Directed by Amy Riddle and featuring songs from folk to jazz to gospel. Also featuring guest Rusty Vitagliano, a singer and songwriter from Spring Hill. The emcee will be Gloria Kozkosky, an old-time radio performer. 2:30 p.m. $12. Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6777. richeysuncoasttheatre.com.

On stage

Today

Harvey concludes at Stage West: The play, by Mary Chase, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. It is about the affable Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey, who happens to be a pooka (a 6-foot invisible rabbit). 2 p.m. $12; students $8. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

FRIDAY

'Keep on Moving Beyond the Dream' multicultural history program: Held in the auditorium, students will celebrate history through poetry, singing, dancing and musical performances. 6:30 p.m. $2 admission; free for Hernando County school employees with ID badge. Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-7015.

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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.

North Suncoast things to do 02/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:21pm]

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