Things to do in Hernando County

Markets and sales

Saturday

Kathi's K9s yard sale: Hosted by Kathi's K9s Dog Rescue and Adoptions. Along with the sale, dogs and puppies will be available for adoption. Proceeds will benefit dogs at the facility. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Animal Care Center of Weeki Wachee, 7068 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-1214.

Classes/self help

Tuesday

Hat decorating workshop: Hosted by the Hernando Computer Club's craft group. Bring a hat and decorating supplies. A hat maker will assist. Those who create a hat may enter the fancy hat competition at the Artists in the Gardens event on May 11 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens in Spring Hill. Participants compete in three categories: most elegant, funniest and most creative. Prizes will be awarded. 10 a.m. $2. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171.

Benefits

Friday and Saturday

Brooksville Relay for Life: An overnight event where teams and individuals camp out with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times. Various activities, games and entertainment will be ongoing to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. 6 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday. Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Toll-free 1-800-940-1969.

Saturday

Lunch for the needy: The homeless and needy will be treated to a hot lunch. Noon. Free. Second Chance Restoration Ministries, 19235 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 585-6881, (352) 585-6083.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 annual auction: 1 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

Dinner and dancing

Saturday

Country-Western dance: Food includes pulled pork, baked beans and coleslaw, served from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by music provided by Art Lent. Western wear encouraged. Prizes awarded for best outfits. 5 to 9 p.m. $10. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979. mcl708.org.

Family fun

Saturday

Family game day: Activities for all ages, including electronic games such as Xbox 360 and Wii; board games such as Scrabble, Pictureka, Life and Candyland; corn toss; popcorn, and lemonade. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

Festivals

Friday and Saturday

Pasco County blueberry festival: Enjoy homemade baked goods, entertainment, bands, cloggers, puppet shows, vendors and all things blueberry at the third annual Blueberry Jerry Jamboree. 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. $5 parking. Rotary Club Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 856-2380. pascoblueberryfestival.com.

Saturday

Florida Elvis Festival: Food and drink vendors, drawings, karaoke, Elvis look-alike contests (human and pet) and other activities. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. David English will be signing copies of his new book, Elvis Presley Summer of '61. Performances of When Elvis Came to Town will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. An Elvis bus tour will be at 11 a.m. for $15. Also, a question-and-answer session with actors and extras who worked in Elvis' 10th film will be at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $5 donation. Downtown Inverness Courthouse Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. (352) 341-6428. elvisinflorida.com.

Hobbies

Saturday

Coin, stamp, bullion and collectibles show: Up to 35 dealers will buy, sell and show gold, silver, coins, stamps and currency. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 869-1121. thenewlakes.com.

Music

Today

Hernando Jazz Society presents Hudson Middle School Jazz Band: The young musicians will entertain for an hour, followed by big band tunes. A cash bar and buffet will be available. 1:30 p.m. Free for society members and $10 for nonmembers; food and drink additional. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. RSVP to (352) 835-7183.

Big band dance: The Shrine Club will host the Frankie Dee N.Y. Orchestra for a big band dance with three singers and 18 musicians. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; dance 2 to 5 p.m. $12. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 596-9486.

Friday

Florida Elvis Festival Elvis in Concert: Featuring Ted Torres, an award-winning Elvis tribute artist from Orlando. Bring lawn chairs. The concert is free; special VIP seating tickets are available for $25. 7:30 p.m. Downtown Inverness Courthouse Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. (352) 341-6428. elvisinflorida.com.

Saturday

Disco Night — Donna Summer tribute: The indoor event will feature music by DJ Marty the One-Man Party. There will be a contest for best disco attire, raffles and prizes. Snacks will be served, and beer and wine will be sold. Hosted by the Spring Hill Community Association. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. Seating is limited; reservations recommended. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.org.

On stage

Today

Love, Sex and the IRS: A farce about same-sex roommates getting caught trying to file their taxes as a married couple. 2 p.m. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

Velveteen Rabbit auditions: Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to audition. Be prepared to sing a song that is age-appropriate and in the Broadway style. CDs will be allowed. Bring sheet music for piano accompaniment. Wear clothing that allows for movement; no baggie shorts or flip-flops. Performance dates are July 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. The director is Leanne Germann; the choreographer is Terri Marwood. Auditions begin at 1 p.m. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Outdoors

Friday

Brooksville Arbor Day celebration: The celebration will include Brooksville City Council members, city Beautification Board members, city staffers, and Hernando High School students and faculty. The students will have posters on what Arbor Day means to them. Justin Draft from the Florida Forestry Service will provide insight on choosing the proper trees for the area and how to care for and maintain them. The celebration will conclude with students and city staffers planting a tree that has been donated by Stewart's Tree Service. 10 a.m. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 540-3810.

Saturday

Elvis Blue Suede Shoes 5K: A family-friendly and dog-friendly 5K run and 1-mile Elvis fun walk. Best Elvis costume receives a $500 prize for 5K runners. Includes live music, food and prizes. Benefiting Hospice of Citrus County Herry's Kids Pediatric Services. 8 a.m. $25; $30 day of race. Stumpknockers on the Square, 110 W Main St., Inverness. (352) 637-2475. elvis5krun.com.

ABATE of Florida Freedom Chapter's Motorcycle Awareness Dice Run: Sign-ups from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at BB Magee's; kickstands up at 11 a.m. The event begins with an escorted ride by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to the county courthouse, where Commissioner David Russell will read a proclamation. The dice run will follow, with stops at five locations, ending at the Chassahowitzka River Lodge in Homosassa. Last bike in at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m.; must be present to win. $10 per person; extra cards $5. BB Magee's Bar and Grill, 12400 County Line Road, Hudson. (352) 584-2124.

Miscellaneous

Wednesday

Victims' Voice 2013: Victims and survivors of crime will be recognized during this remembrance program, which is part of National Victims' Rights Week. Those who have a loved one they would like remembered should contact Mary Johnson at the State Attorney's Office, (352) 754-4255. 3 p.m. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Saturday

Clown Training with 'Bubba' JT Sikes: Hosted by God's Clods of Homosassa First United Methodist Church and the clowns of Spring Hill First United Methodist Church. Participants will learn a variety of clowning techniques. Registration is open to clowns and people wanting to become clowns. Class size is limited. The cost is $25; checks should be made payable to Clown Ministry, First UMC, Homosassa. To register, send your name, address, phone number, email and a check to First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, Attn: Theresa, 8831 W Bradshaw St., Homosassa, FL 34448. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 628-5281.

Zeus memorial and celebration: In memory of Zeus, the dog that was euthanized a year ago within minutes of his arrival at Hernando County Animal Services. Various animal rescue groups and the public are welcome as Zeus' ashes are spread at the park. This will also be a celebration of the changes and improvements made at Animal Services. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For details, email sixpaws@tampabay.rr.com.

Wednesday

Lessons in gyrations

Belly dance class: This class will introduce participants to the basics and provide a brief history, along with the different styles of the art. Open to all ages, body types and skill levels. 7:15 p.m. Free. Hernando County Recreation Department, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Must RSVP: (352) 540-1568 or Jaynellen333@sbcglobal.net.

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Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or e-mailed to pday@tampabay.com. The deadline for news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Things to do in Hernando County 04/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 8:18pm]

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