Markets, sales and auctions
St. Frances Cabrini Fall Bazaar: 2 to 8 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9666.
Karen's Kit'n Kaboodle Christmas yard sale: Held outdoors in front of the shop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd. (352) 686-1114.
Junktique and bake sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1456, (352) 596-6472.
Christ the Savior rummage sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 13460 Olympic Village Lane, west of Brooksville. (352) 796-8482.
Compassion for All His Creatures yard sale: Proceeds benefit the dogs and cats being cared for through this nonprofit organization. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Compassion Rescue and Sanctuary, 19580 Phillips Road, Masaryktown. (352) 556-6222.
High Point Craft Bazaar, Plant and Book Sale: A light lunch will be available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces free for High Point residents and $10 for nonresidents; setup begins at 4 p.m. Friday. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 597-1409.
Hernando Hills Hi-Lites garage sale: The sale will be in the parking lot, under a tent. Members of the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites ladies barbershop chorus will serenade shoppers. This is a fundraiser for the chorus. A portion of the proceeds will go toward a grant to a local student wishing to learn how to sing a cappella, four-part harmony. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Liberty Tax, 5476 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-9192.
St. Mary Ladies Guild craft and bake sale: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2792.
Presbyterian Women auctions, raffles and white elephant sale: There will be basket raffles, silent and raffle auctions, a 50/50 drawing and a white elephant sale. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit several local charities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-4228.
Books and authors
Book signing: The Hernando County Historical Museum Association will host a book signing with six local authors: Jerry Cowling, author of three books and two CDs (jerrycowling.com); Don Kafrissen, author of Brothers Beyond Blood, a survival story; John Boyle, author of Daughter of a Fallen Angel; Linda Welker, author of Fragile Clowns; Karen Knight Wilson, author of Wrinkles in Time (true stories from law enforcement K-9 handlers); and Johanna Bolton, author and illustrator of Heirs to the Empire and other science fiction, mystery and fantasy novels. The event will include readings, door prizes, raffles and refreshments. Noon to 3 p.m. Free to attend; tours of the train depot will be available for $3 (free for children ages 5 and younger). Train Depot Museum, 70 Russell St., Brooksville. For information, contact Linda at [email protected]
For the dogs
Hernando County Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show: This is an American Kennel Club event for purebred dogs and includes obedience and rally trials. There will be dog-related vendors and food vendors. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission, $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (352) 263-3775. akc.org.
ARF'N Adoption/Rescue Event: Hosted by the Animal Rescue Friends Network. Several rescue groups — both breed specific and general (all breeds and mixes) — will have dogs available for adoption. The event will include food, vendors, a DJ and raffles. Goody bags will be given to the first 100 people. For information, send email to [email protected] or visit the ARF'N page on Facebook. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flammer Ford, 3335 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Pets in the Park and Holiday Sale: Pets and their owners are invited to participate in games and contests. There will be food for pets and people, entertainment, holiday shopping and pets available for adoption from local rescue groups. Hosted by the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 796-2711.
Veterans Day at Homosassa Springs: Gifts from Home, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops overseas, will collect items for soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Items will be boxed and sent in time for Christmas. For information, send email to Jo LeCount at [email protected] tampabay.rr.com. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission to all state parks on Veterans Day. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 503-7795. floridastate parks.org/homosassasprings/ default.cfm.
High Point 'Tribute to Our Veterans': Includes a flag ceremony, followed by a short presentation. 9 a.m. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 200-8843.
Veterans Day program with We Remember Group: Students at Chocachatti Elementary School will put up flags on the north side of the school, each containing a name tag of a veteran being honored. Funds from the sale of the flags will go toward Walmart gift cards for veterans in need. Hosted by the We Remember Group of the Telephone Pioneers of Spring Hill. 11 a.m. The school is at 4135 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 686-6962.
Veterans Day ceremony: Hosted by the Florida National Cemetery Joint Veterans Committee. The keynote speaker will be retired Col. Robert D. Crawford of the Marine Corps reserve. The master of ceremonies will be Steve Jerve of WFLA-Ch. 8. Patriotic music will be provided by the South Sumter High School Band. Songs will be performed by Linda Burnette, Kevin Sulfrige will perform on the bagpipes and Gayle Williams will play taps. The Florida National Guard will post colors, and Ye Mystic Air Krewe will provide a flyover. Organizations with colors are invited to participate in the massing of colors; veterans organizations should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited; visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 11 a.m. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. (352) 793-7740.
B-17 Project 'Stand Tall Together' USO-style show : The event, to honor the military service of Hernando County residents, will feature comedy, dance and music and a variety of entertainers. There will be tribute performances to artists including Elvis, Minnie Pearl, Louis Armstrong, Sonny and Cher, Bette Midler, the Andrew Sisters and the Mamas and the Papas. Dancers from John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts will present a traditional can-can. All entertainers are volunteers. Proceeds will help purchase display cases for military memorabilia at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with showtime at 7. $5. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 597-1113.
Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Charles Lee, director of advocacy for the Audubon Society of Florida, will speak. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.
'How to Use Your Marine Radio' Coast Guard Auxiliary course: Learn about the latest lifesaving technology, including how to use DSC radios, Coast Guard 21 procedures and the emergency positioning indicating beacon. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $10. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417.
'Writing Your Life Story': This workshop will provide tips and techniques on how to get started writing your life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. The focus is not on publication, but on writing for yourself, family and friends. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
'Digital Photography for Beginners': Learn the best techniques to get started with digital photography. Local photographers Karl and Kathleen Nichter will explain the basics of lighting and composition and the technology of a digital camera. 2 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.
Firearms safety course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety. Completion of this 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. hernando sportsmansclub.com.
High Point dance fundraiser: Country music will be provided by Danny and the Train. Proceeds will go toward meals for shut-ins in the High Point community. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7. $5 at the door. Table reservations are available for $50, payable in advance. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 200-8843.
High Point dance: Music provided by Steve Daniels. 7 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827.
Shrine Club spaghetti dinner: Includes antipasto salad, spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, Italian sausage and bread, dessert and coffee or tea. Proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. 4 to 6:30 p.m. $7 for adults, $5 for children. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 238-3806, (352) 610-4124.
Toys for Tots bike show: Trophies will be awarded in various categories. All entrants are eligible to win door prizes. The first 50 to enter will receive commemorative dash plaques. The event is to benefit the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708. Hosted by Fox's Karaoke, DJ Krazy Dave and Hardee's of Weeki Wachee. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy (with a minimum value of $10) or a $10 donation. Hardee's, 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 688-8550, (352) 232-2185. toysfortots.org.
Toys for Tots car show: Trophies will be awarded in various categories. All entrants are eligible to win door prizes. The first 50 to enter will receive commemorative dash plaques. The event is to benefit the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708. Hosted by Fox's Karaoke, DJ Krazy Dave and Hardee's of Weeki Wachee. 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy (with a minimum value of $10) or a $10 donation. Hardee's, 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 688-8550, (352) 282-2185. toysfortots.org.
Wine Tasting and Silent Auction: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties hosts the annual event. Tickets include a selection of wines along with a sampling of light appetizers. A silent auction will include a variety of items. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 per person. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 233-8291. phelc.org/wtEvent.php.
Benefit dinner for Project Pleasant Dreams: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will host this dinner to benefit its Project Pleasant Dreams project. Through the project, the club creates for a child the environment of his or her dreams when the child is confined to a bedroom because of illness. This year, the club selected a 13-year-old girl named Faith, who has osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. The dinner will include door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and a cash bar. 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 684-5788, (727) 804-8808 or (352) 848-4400.
Toys for Tots golf tournament: Includes closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests. Sponsored by Texas Roadhouse to benefit Toys for Tots of Hernando County. 8:30 a.m. $75 per player, includes golf, gift bags, lunch and a dinner-for-two coupon at Texas Roadhouse. Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive, south of Brooksville. (727) 465-4815, (727) 863-8104.
'10 Important Landscape Design Rules': Provided by the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.
Orchid plant auction: A variety of orchids and orchid-related materials will be auctioned. Refreshments available. Hosted by the Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill. Preview begins at 11:30 a.m., auction starts at noon. Cash and checks only. Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-3736. springhillorchidclub.com.
For your health
National Diabetes Awareness Health Fair: With free diabetic foot screenings with Dr. John E. Baker, foot massages, vascular screenings, gait analysis, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, neurological sensory testing and diabetes education. Entertainment provided by John Timpanelli. Includes prizes, raffles, food and drinks. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Dr. John E. Baker/Foot and Ankle Care Center, 6317 Sealawn Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 597-2223.
Movie in the Park: The film to be shown is Turbo. The 2013 movie, rated PG, is about a garden snail that, after a freak accident, gets a chance to compete in a race. It features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg and others. Kettle corn, snow cones, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Friends of the Children and Bright House Networks. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 540-3835.
Spring Hill Art League 40-year celebration: Featuring fine art, food, music and gift baskets raffle. Dinner catered by Sioux City. 5 p.m. $30. Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 593-4633, (352) 796-6801.
First Chinsegut Hill Celebration: Members-only reception. Nonmembers can join at the door for $20. Includes a silent auction, music and refreshments, and author and retired professor Gary Mormino. There will also be an update on current and future plans for the manor. Restoration of the historic manor is under way by the Friends of Chinsegut Hill, a nonprofit organization. The celebration will offer visitors a chance to peek at the progress and have an opportunity to get involved. 6 to 9 p.m. Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 799-5400. chinseguthillcelebration.org.
Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival: The annual street festival will include fresh seafood, Southern delicacies, a juried art show, and arts and crafts booths. No pets allowed. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $2, free for kids. Yulee Drive and Mason Creek Road, Homosassa. (352) 628-9333. homosassaseafoodfestival.org.
Pasco EcoFest: The third annual festival takes place in New Port Richey at both Sims Park and Starkey Park. The event features kayaking, yoga, geocaching, stargazing, nature walks, live music, vendors and kids' activities. 8:30 a.m. Free. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 809-2306. pascoecofest.com.
Pasco Bug Jam: The 25th annual Pasco Bug Jam transforms Dade City into BugVegas. Includes hundreds of VW cars and dealers, an Elvis tribute show and Elvis look-alike contest, and a "Little White Chapel" for folks to renew their wedding vows. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a nonperishable food donation; admission for children 10 and younger is a nonperishable food donation. Parking is $2. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 567-6678. pascobugjam.com.
First Chinsegut Hill Celebration: Open to the public, there will be arts and crafts, educational activities, student art, music by the Hernando Youth Orchestra quartets, and food and beverages provided by Hernando High School's Culinary Institute. Restoration of the historic manor is under way by the Friends of Chinsegut Hill, a nonprofit organization. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 799-5400. chinsegut hillcelebration.org.
International Gaming Day: Families are invited to play a variety of video and board games. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 754-4043.
Riverhawk Music Festival: Bring lawn chairs. No coolers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. (863) 984-8445. riverhawkmusic.com.
'Latin Meets Swing': Hosted by the Hernando Jazz Society, this musical afternoon will include tunes such as Satin Doll, Blue Moon and Take the A Train. Sioux City Grill will offer a cash bar and buffet, which is not included in the admission price. 2 p.m. Free for members; nonmembers pay $10 each or two for $15. Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7183.
Gospel jam: Those wishing to perform with an instrument should arrive at 4:30 p.m. to set up. Light refreshments will be served. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Faith Fellowship Church in Christ Jesus, 19255 Campground Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 796-6589, (352) 754-9330.
Brookridge Entertainment presents Tommy Mara and the Crests: 7 p.m. Individual show tickets, $20; season tickets vary from $69.50 to $95. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.
'It's Jazz': The program is about the golden age of jazz in the 1950s and '60s. Presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina. The program theme is "A Moveable Feast — An Overall Taste of Jazz." 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.
Hernando Harmonizers present 'Celebrate Harmony' Barbershop Extravaganza: The concert will feature the men's barbershop chorus, quartets and special guests, the Springstead High School Ensemble. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities. 2 p.m. $12 in advance, $8 for students; $15 at the door, $12 for students. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (727) 857-7224.
Elvis Show with Kenn 'E' Grube: There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. 7 to 10 p.m. $5. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.
Springstead High School presents 'The Little Mermaid': 2 p.m. $12, $8 for students. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 476-9086. shstickets.com.
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.
THURSDAY THROUGH Saturday
Shark Theatre presents 'The Tempest': William Shakespeare's classic begins with a storm at sea that takes the audience on an enchanted tale set on an isolated and mysterious island. Recommended for ages 8 and older. 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. $8, $5 for students. Black Box Theatre at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 797-7088, ext. 286.
'George Burns and Friends': Starring Lynn Roberts and Peter Salzer. The show will be emceed by George Burns (Salzer) and will feature portrayals of comedians such as Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. The show kicks off the Hernando Performing Arts Guild's 2013-14 season. Additional shows include the Marlins on Dec. 7, A Tribute to Johnny Cash with Bill Forness and One More Round on Jan. 18, comedian Ted Holum and singer Brian Roman on Feb. 22, and the Central Florida Rat Pack on March 22. 7 p.m. Individual show tickets are $25 each; season tickets are $80. Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577. hpag.org.
Auditions for 'Harvey': 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). The cast includes six men and six women. Directed by Dalton Benson. All roles are volunteer. Production dates are weekends Feb. 13 to 23. 1 p.m. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
Hospice hosts 'Time for Remembrance': Services are scheduled for 2 and 6 p.m. Led by HPH chaplains, each hourlong service will include readings and music, providing an opportunity for individuals to remember and honor loved ones who have died. 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.
Socrates Cafe: This is for those who enjoy thought-provoking discussions and lively debate. This is a group, with the help of a facilitator, that applies the Socratic method to questions that trouble them. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.