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Things to do in Hernando County this week

This week

Under the big top: The Loomis Brothers Circus returns to Brooksville, with performances on Thursday and Friday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. Showtimes are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days. The show features acrobats, aerialists, horses, clowns, lions, tigers and elephants. There will be food and refreshments available. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Florida International Teaching Zoo in Bushnell. Tickets are $15 for teens and adults; free children's tickets (up to two per paying adult) are available at business locations throughout Hernando County, or call (352) 603-2374. Visit

A king's battle: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host the "Elvis Match of the Decade" from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Doors open at 5 p.m. The evening will feature Elvis impersonators Bill Lindsey and Kenn E Grube. Tickets are $10 each. Food and drinks will be available. For information or tickets, stop by or call the post at (352) 796-0398.

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Of love and relationships: The off-Broadway hit musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change continues through Sept. 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 1:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Dinner and show, $32.95; show only, $24.95. Call (727) 863-7949 or online at (online seat selection available).

Wine for a cause: Grandma's Girls, a team with Strides Against Breast Cancer, will host a wine tasting fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. There will be vendors, a raffle table, live entertainment and concessions. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple; price includes a gift. Proceeds go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. (727) 255-9370.

Trio of exhibits: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery will host an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 6231 Grand Blvd. The event includes music by John Hughs, refreshments and wine. Featuring Fortunato "Fred" Mannarino's cubist-style paintings, an all-American exhibit of patriotic art and the Red Apple School exhibit of art by developmentally disabled students. The exhibits run through Sept. 28. Call (727) 848-6500.

Look ahead

Kayak, canoe outing: A "Paddle for Ireland" fundraiser will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Upper Deck restaurant, 5836 Darlene St., Weeki Wachee. The event features kayak and canoe races, a pig roast, a corn hole tournament, a raffle and auctions. Bands and a DJ will entertain. The entry fee is $20 for a single kayak and $40 for double kayak or canoe. Participants receive an event T-shirt. Registration required by Monday. Proceeds benefit the family of Ireland Nugent, a Palm Harbor toddler who lost both of her lower legs and feet in a lawn mower accident. Call (352) 597-7666 or visit facebook. com/upperdeck7666.

Downtown blues: The annual Bluesapalooza has moved this year, and the outdoor music festival will be from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., in downtown Brooksville. Two stages will feature music throughout the day. The headline band is Damon Fowler with special guest Barry Oakley. Food and other vendors will be available. Admission $5 for adults and teens, $1 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Bring chairs and blankets. No outside food or drinks. No pets. Call (352) 754-4031.

Things to do in Hernando County this week 09/03/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 11:27am]
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