Mud Endeavor 5K
This 5K course features 15 challenging obstacles, more than 100 feet in elevation changes, sand, clay and pools of mud. Includes music, beer and other activities. 9 a.m. $69.95. Withlacoochee State Forest, 29251 Wildlife Lane, east of Brooksville. mudendeavor.com.
Home and garden
Rain barrel workshop: Reduce dependence on irrigation by using collected rainwater in the garden. Registration required. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. $55 per completed rain barrel (Hernando County Utilities customers receive a $25 credit on their water bill). Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230. extension. hernandocounty.us.
Academia Hernando kicks off Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Harriet Deer will discuss Fred Astaire "Footsteps in Time." The lecture series continues through Dec. 2. $60 for the series; walk-ins $8 per lecture. Series subscription includes a bus trip to MOSI. 10 a.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.
Firearms safety course: Provides lessons on safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. All materials and equipment are provided, including use of a firearm, ammunition, earplugs and eye protection. Completion of the 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.
'Incredible Edibles': Collect, prepare and eat wild edibles, and learn how to identify them. Bring a hat, sunscreen and gloves. Reservations required. 7 to 9 p.m. $5 per person; 17 and younger free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.
Hernando County Water Awareness Series: The topic will be "Centuries of Gardening that Led to Florida-Friendly Landscaping," presented by Sylvia Durell, Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping coordinator. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. RSVP to (352) 754-4705. 2014water awarenessseries.eventbrite.com.
Library offers free keyboard lessons: The Hernando County Public Library System has partnered with Fletcher Music Centers to offer a series of six free weekly keyboard lessons. Space is limited to the first 14 who sign up. 1 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Authors and books
Book signing with author Tom Brooks: Brooks will discuss his new book, Ronny's Songs. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. 10:30 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Viva Florida 500 book discussion of A Land Remembered: Discussion of Patrick Smith's book. 2 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.
History and biography book discussion: Discussion of Jon Krakauer's book Where Men Win Glory, about Pat Tillman's journey from NFL star to Army combatant. 11 a.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.
Alter Eagles: The six-piece band will take the stage with a live musical re-creation of the Eagles' legendary songs. Cash bar available. 6 p.m. $15 general admission; $25 VIP. Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs. (352) 465-7007.
Markets and sales
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Mariner United Methodist Church Craft Group annual bazaar: Also includes a silent auction for a handmade queen-sized quilt. Light lunch available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.
Spring Hill United Church of Christ Rummage Sale and Outdoor Market: The rummage sale will be in the fellowship hall. Breakfast and lunch will be available, as well as other treats. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10 for one day, $15 for two. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-4239.
Regency Oaks Civic Association Flea and Craft Extravaganza: Tables will be set up indoors and outdoors. Refreshments available. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor tables available: Indoor tables are $10 for association members and $15 for nonmembers; outdoor spaces are $10 for members and nonmembers. Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-1405.
Hernando Historical Museum Association yard sale: Proceeds will benefit the construction of the one-room schoolhouse on the grounds. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Russell Street Park, 70 Russell St., Brooksville. (352) 796-5398.
Hernando County Shrine Club breakfast buffet: Includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee and tea. Funds raised benefit children at the Shriners Hospital. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance tickets $7; $5 for ages 5 to 11, and free for ages 4 and younger. Tickets at the door are an additional $1. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 610-4124, (352) 238-3806.
Softball for Success: Softball players of all ages can test their skills while competing for cash prizes. Contests include throwing accuracy, a base race and a home run derby. Each winner receives $25. All ages welcome. This is a fundraiser for Community in Schools of Hernando County, spearheaded by Ruby Silver, a seventh-grader at Gulf Coast Academy. 6 p.m. The entry fee is $3 per contestant. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 277-3322 or [email protected]
Miles of Memories Nature Coast Tour and Poker Run: Alzheimer Family Organization's charity event includes T-shirt, goody bag, entertainment, prizes, freebies and food and beverages. Last bike out is at 11 a.m. Last bike in is at 6 p.m. with an after-party at High Octane, 1590 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. For sponsorship opportunities, call toll-free 1-888-496-8004. 10 a.m. $20; $15 per additional rider. Starting at Venom II, 16418 U.S. 19, Hudson. (727) 848-8888.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church annual auction: There will be stuffed cabbage, hot dogs, Chicago beef sandwiches and extra cake and beverages available for purchase. Doors open at noon; auction starts at 1 p.m. Admission $7, which includes beverage, dessert and 25 tickets. Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (727) 862-4084. htoc-fl.org.
Boys and Girls Club Grand Reopening and Family Fun Day: There will be a DJ, free food and drinks, a silent auction and hip-hop dancing. Families can learn about the various programs at the club. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-0068.
For the kids
'Meet Our Dade Butterflies' children's program: 10 a.m. to noon. $3-per-vehicle parking fee. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.
Teen Anime Club: This is for youth ages 12 to 18 who will draw and discuss manga and participate in other events. Preregistration is requested. 11 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Green Screens showing of Iron Jawed Angels: Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston star in this television drama about Alice Paul and the women of the 1917 women's suffrage movement. Hosted by the Green Party of Hernando County. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-7576, (352) 683-3151.
Festivals and fairs
Intertribal Native American Holiday Powwow: The celebration of American Indian heritage and traditions includes a grand entry, native crafts, demonstrations, storytelling and native food. Blankets, chairs and pets welcome. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3; free for ages 11 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-5154.
Fall Health Fair and Senior Information Day: Hosted by the High Point Ladies Fire Auxiliary. Free lunch and door prizes. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. High Point Community Center, 12499 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-8485.
Hernando County Veterans Benefit Resource Fair: U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent hosts this annual event, which will include information and assistance on veterans claims services, education benefits, employment services, medical services, housing and social services. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-4446. nugent.house.gov.
Pasco Pet Fest: Wine tasting, entertainment, vendors and food, and pets will be available for adoption. Proceeds benefit the Pit Bull Happenings local dog rescue group. This is a pet-friendly event. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. (727) 845-1200. floridaestateswines.com.
Civil War-era sailing scow launch: This will be a grand christening ceremony for the scow, which the Crystal River Boat Builders have worked to build for the past two years. The scow will then test the waters of the Crystal River. Handcrafted boats will be on display. Food will be available for purchase. 3:30 p.m. Free. Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. floridastateparks.org/crystal riverpreserve/default.cfm.
FRIDAY AND Saturday
Hernando High School Class of 1973 reunion: Meet and greet, 6 p.m. Friday at Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. All HHS grads are welcome. Dinner-dance for Class of '73 alums only, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville. Tickets are $40. (352) 799-2750, (352) 848-0991.
Hernando County Animal Services open house: Visitors will be introduced to the new cat adoption rooms and veterinary medical/surgical room. There will be educational and informational tables staffed by the Hillsborough Community College veterinary technician program, the Hernando County Health Department and several volunteers and students. Pets will be available for adoption. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 796-5062.
NAMI awards brunch: The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will recognize community members and organizations that have worked toward improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. 9 a.m. to noon. $20. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 684-0004, (352) 683-1350. namihernandofl.org.
Cemetery tour kicks off Brooksville Founders Week celebration: Free historic cemetery guided walking tour. 10 a.m. Meet at the gazebo at Brooksville Cemetery, 1275 Olmes Road. (352) 540-3806.