Mermaid encounter: Children are invited to enjoy a 20-minute experience with a Weeki Wachee mermaid in the Mermaid Lagoon at Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The encounters are on Saturdays and Sundays, with two sessions each day. The first session is at 3:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 6; the second is at 4:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 14. Space is limited to six children per session. The cost is $75. To book an encounter, call the park at (352) 592-5656. Visit the website at weekiwachee.com.
Hit me with your best shot: 1980s rock icon Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband Neil Giraldo will revive hits such as Heartbreaker, Love Is a Battlefield and We Belong in the Walkerfest benefit concert at 5 p.m. Friday at the Citrus County Fairgrounds, 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. Tickets are $20 to $35; $45 on event day; and $75 for VIP seating. The concert will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, the Wounded Warrior Project, the United Way of Citrus County, Operation Welcome Home, Altrusa and Honor Flight West Central Florida. For information, call (352) 726-2993.
Summertime Jazz: The Cool Corporate Cats, with Boe Anderson and Friends, will entertain with jazz and blues from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. A cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., with light refreshments available. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the museum, the Citrus County Historical Society's exhibitions and programs, and the Susan Mitchell Medical Fund. To get information or to reserve a seat, call (352) 341-6427.
Shining stars: The John Timpanelli Show with a Cavalcade of Upcoming Stars features Timpanelli performing alongside up-and-coming singers, dancers and performers of all ages at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. $12. Price includes refreshments. (727) 849-4330.
Stitch in time: The Hernando Heritage Museum's annual Quilt Exhibit Opening Day Celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 on the museum grounds, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Includes vendors, demonstrations, museum tours and classes. Call (352) 688-6504.
'Fiddler on the Roof': Live Oak Theatre Company will have auditions for the hit musical from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and June 27 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Those who audition should be prepared to sing and act; bring sheet music or a CD accompaniment. Songs from the show are not necessary, but be prepared to sing 16 bars that show vocal range and strengths. Also be prepared to recite a monologue. Those who receive call-backs will be required to sing songs from the show. Performances will be Oct. 18 and 19 and Oct. 25 to 27 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Call (352) 593-0027, send email to [email protected] or visit liveoaktheatre.org.