Sunday: Chasco Fiesta, Hernando County Fair, and more

Today

Chasco Fiesta: Includes the Cotee River Lions Club breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; a car, truck and bike show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a flea market arts and crafts village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Native American Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a carnival from 1 to 8 p.m., and the West Paco Sertoma Beef Barbecue from 1 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for carnival rides are $20. Fees apply to certain events. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. 1 p.m. General admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Classic rock concert: Featuring Doobie Brothers tribute band China Grove, the Shawn Paige Band, Time Bandits and the Sunset Rebels. 1 to 9 p.m. Free. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651.

Hernando Symphony: Featuring music from films and shows, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Chicago, Les Miserables, Star Wars, Mission: Impossible and Lord of the Rings. With vocalists Julia Rifino, Janel Zapendenko and Mariah Dixon. 2 p.m. $12; $5 for students. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com.

'Once Upon a Mattress': High school production of the musical comedy based on the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. 2 p.m. $12 for adults; $6 for students. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 476-9086. shstickets.com.

Basket of Joy spring concert: Presented by Citrus Community Concert Choir, featuring songs such as Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and Beethoven's Hallelujah. 3 p.m. $10, with proceeds benefiting the choir's annual scholarship program. Children ages 12 and younger admitted free. Faith Lutheran Church, 935 S Crystal Glen Drive, Lecanto. (352) 628-6452. citruschoir.com.

Monday

Hernando County Children's Week: Opening ceremonies, 10 a.m., Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (352) 797-7022, ext. 407.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. Rabbit showmanship at 6:30 p.m. For admission and other details, see Sunday's fair listing.

Chasco Fiesta: Includes a youth music showcase featuring performances by local school youth. 5 to 10 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for midway rides are $15. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Tuesday

Hernando County Children's Week — Storytime for Toddlers: Two programs, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-7022, ext. 407.

Hospice 'Time for Remembrance': Two services are planned for 2 and 6 p.m. Led by HPH chaplains, each hour-long service will include readings and music, providing an opportunity for individuals to remember and honor loved ones. The daytime service will include a dove release; the evening service will conclude with candlelight. One does not need to have had a loved one under hospice care to participate. No cost; no reservations needed. HPH Hospice Spring Hill, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. Greased pig contest begins at 6 p.m. For admission and other details, see Sunday's fair listing.

Chasco Fiesta: Bluegrass concert with Backwater and Mean Mary begins at 6 p.m. Carnival and midway from 5 to 10 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for midway rides are $15. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Wednesday

'Writing Your Life Story': This workshop provides tips and techniques on how to get started writing about life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. The focus is not on publication, but on writing for oneself, family members and friends. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

NRA Basic Instructor Training: Instructor candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills, and be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified. Registration required. 4 to 10 p.m. $100, includes a copy of the NRA trainer's guidebook. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and a full lineup of entertainment. Seniors receive early admission at 3 p.m.; otherwise, gates open at 5 p.m. Swine show begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Chasco Fiesta: Carnival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Grateful Nation concert at 6 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for midway rides are $15. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Thursday

Advance Directives seminar: Hosted by the Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College. Learn how developing an advance directive will help define a person's wishes and easily communicate them to family, loved ones and legal representatives. Registration is required. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5167.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. Swine showmanship contest begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Chasco Fiesta: Stage hypnotist and comedian Doug MacCraw performs at 6 p.m.; optional dinner available. $12 show only; $16.95 dinner and show. Concert with Southern Hospitality and Julie Black starts at 6:30 p.m. Midway open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for midway rides are $15. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Stringbreak Music Festival: Four days of eclectic music featuring Americana, bluegrass, jamgrass, Celtic, newgrass and Cajun. Overnight camping available. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Festival continues through Sunday. $25 to $130. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (863) 984-8445. sertoma youthranch.com.

'Music of Motown and Beyond' with the Sounds of Soul: The group performs the hits of Motown. Featuring hits from the Temptations, Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and the Supremes. The concert wraps up the Brookridge Entertainment 2012-13 season. 7 p.m. $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.

'Love, Sex and the IRS' opens at Stage West: A farce about same-sex roommates getting caught trying to file their taxes as a married couple. 8 p.m. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues through April 21. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Friday

Junktique and Bake Sale: A variety of items and refreshments will be available for purchase. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1456.

Stringbreak Music Festival: Overnight camping available. 8 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Through Sunday. $25 to $130. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (863) 984-8445. sertomayouthranch.com.

Brooksville Writing Group: Participants give and receive constructive feedback on each other's writings. Those attending are encouraged to bring some of their work to share and come ready to discuss the challenges and joys of writing. 10 a.m. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Gates open at 5 p.m. Steer show and showmanship contest begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Chasco Fiesta: Includes the West Pasco Sertoma Chicken Barbecue, a carnival and midway rides. 5 to 11 p.m. Music by the Black Honkeys and '60s Groove starts at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for midway rides are $20. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Weeki Wachee Relay for Life: Overnight event continues about noon Saturday. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. 6 p.m. Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

'The Diary of Anne Frank': High school production of the Broadway blockbuster based on a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. $5; $3 for students and military, police, firefighters with ID. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. (352) 797-7020.

Hernando County Children's Week — Family Movie Night: The animated Disney film Brave will be shown. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-7022, ext. 407.

'Love, Sex and the IRS': A farce about same-sex roommates getting caught trying to file their taxes as a married couple. 8 p.m. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues through April 21. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

Chasco Fiesta: Includes the Cotee River Lions Club Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., a carnival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the West Pasco Sertoma Chicken Barbecue from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a boat parade at 1 p.m. at Millers Bayou on the Pithlachascotee River. Free admission. Wristbands for midway rides are $20. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Junktique and Bake Sale: A variety of items and refreshments will be available for purchase. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1456.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church yard sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces available for $12. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-5310.

Stringbreak Music Festival: Overnight camping available. 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. $25 to $130. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Continues through Sunday. (863) 984-8445. sertomayouthranch.com.

Spring Antique Appraisal Show: Fashioned after the Antiques Roadshow television program, the event includes certified personal property appraiser Dale Smrekar, who specializes in collectibles, fine art, jewelry, coins and paper money, oil paintings, sports memorabilia, antique guns, antique swords and knives, vintage toys and other items. Verbal appraisals only. Refreshments available. Sponsored by St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $5 per appraisal. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9767.

NRA Rifle-Instructor Class: This is a two-day course where participants learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of rifle shooting and how to improve the performance of beginning rifle shoots. Continues through Sunday. Preregistration required. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $300. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosports mansclub.com.

Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group Huge Indoor Yard Sale: The nonprofit organization, made up of volunteers, helps support organizations such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Donations of salable items will be accepted at the auxiliary building between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday; pickups can be arranged. All donations are tax-deductible. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors may participate for $25. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 597-0003, (352) 596-9396.

Reptile and Amphibian Expo: Learn about Florida's venomous snakes, gopher tortoises, frogs, toads and alligators, as well as some of Florida's recent invaders. There will be presentations, archery, a gopher tortoise walk and a reptile handling area. Some animals will include corn snakes, king snakes, leopard geckos, bearded dragons and a ball python. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

Hernando County Market and Food Truck Rally: Featuring more than 50 vendors, food trucks and live music. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando County Farmers Market, 2450 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Hernando County Children's Week Celebration: Includes food and activities for the family. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 797-7022, ext. 407.

'Wildlife Jeopardy' program: All ages welcome. Jeopardy-style format presenting information about different Florida species. The topic will be bobcats. Noon. Park admission: $13; $5 for ages 6 to 12. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: Includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids zone and entertainment. Gates open at 9 a.m. for the livestock sale only; the auction for the steer, swine, pen of meat rabbit and pen of meat poultry will begin at 11 a.m. Gates open to the general public at 1 p.m. Admission, $8; $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandofairgrounds.com.

Have a Heart for Horses: Includes the Miss Hernando Pageant, a talent competition and a best Western wear contest. Prizes will be awarded. The talent competition is open to singers, dancers and other performers of all ages. Proceeds will go to O'Hana Horse Rescue, a nonprofit organization that houses, cares for, feeds and protects unwanted, abused and neglected horses and donkeys. 2 to 7 p.m. Admission, $5. The cost to enter the talent competition is $10 (or $15 to perform two times). Saxon Manor, 200 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville. (352) 256-9959.

Chasco Fiesta Country Concert: Featuring music by Randy Houser, the Henningsens and Desert Rain Band. 5:30 p.m. General admission: $10 in advance; $15 at the event. Preferred admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the event. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

Taste of Inverness: Inverness-area restaurants serve up signature dishes and drinks with an art exhibition and live jazz music by the Susan Smith Band. 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance; $30 at the event. Inverness Government Center, 212 W Main St., Inverness. (352) 621-9225. citrusbgc.com.

Brookridge Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring snacks, beverages and ice. 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 more information, call (352) 397-6088.

'The Diary of Anne Frank': High school production of the Broadway blockbuster based on a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. $5; $3 for students and military, police, firefighters with ID. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. For more information, call (352) 797-7020.

'Love, Sex and the IRS': A farce about same-sex roommates getting caught trying to file their taxes as a married couple. 8 p.m. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Continues through April 21. For more information, call (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Sunday: Chasco Fiesta, Hernando County Fair, and more 04/06/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:00am]

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