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Things to do in Hernando County, week of April 2

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Welcoming the blues: A Blueberry Festival Kickoff is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The event includes food trucks and entertainment by the Rocket Man Band (Elton John tribute) and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience. Admission is $5. The festivities kick off the third annual Florida Blueberry Festival, which will be April 12 and 13 throughout downtown Brooksville. For details, visit

Lassoing in a great time: A Kids Bike Rodeo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. The event will include a variety of activities, prizes and bike safety checks. There also will be hot dogs and snow cones. Participants must have a helmet and a bicycle to enter the rodeo; parental permission is required. The cost is $5 per child, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society's Spring Hill Relay for Life. Call (352) 428-0422.

Celebrating children: A celebration to kick off Children's Week will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The event includes free food and activities. There is no cost for admission. Call (352) 683-0583.

Welcoming spring through song: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The chorus, under the direction of James Urbanski, will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections. An offering will be collected for the group's scholarship program. Call (352) 556-6549.

Quick trips

Fruity fest: The Florida Loquat Festival will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Market Off Main, 6241 Lincoln St., New Port Richey. There will be loquat treats and specialities, jams, compotes and preserves, as well as demonstrations and live music. Hosted by Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 849-1626.

Stories come alive: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host its annual Storybook Forest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. The event celebrates Children's Week and early childhood literacy. Featuring children's entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, Super Why, Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat and other storybook friends. There will be interactive displays based on children's books; children will learn about the story and create a related make-and-take project at each display. Admission is free. Call (727) 233-8291.

Look ahead

Weekend of music: The annual Stringbreak Music Festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. April 9 and continues through April 13 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. The four days of eclectic music will feature Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carolyn Wonderland, the Hillbenders and others. There also will be children's activities, such as face painting, hayrides and arts and crafts. Overnight camping available. Tickets range from $25 to $130. Call (863) 984-8445 or visit

Swimmers' reunion: The Dixie Swim Club premieres at 8 p.m. April 10 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows run weekends through April 20, with showtimes at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. The comedy spans 33 years of five women's friendship. Tickets are $12. Call (352) 683-5113 or visit

Things to do in Hernando County, week of April 2 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:00pm]
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