Things to do in Hernando County

Art exhibits

TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Spring Hill Art League exhibit: Featuring more than 80 works of art by 20 members of the Spring Hill Art League. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday. Free. There is a $10-$12 parking fee today only for the Blueberry Festival. Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3810.

WEEKDAYS

With A Little Help From My Friends Exhibit Opens: Featuring the Works of Andy Fotopoulos, a Florida native, arts educator and avant-garde artist. The exhibit, which continues through the end of June, features portraits and snake shed pieces. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hernando County Arts Council, 7468 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. hernandoarts.org.

SATURDAY

Artists in the Garden: Featuring at least 20 artists who will set up stations along the garden trails to display their talent, perform demonstrations and answer questions. There will also be a fancy hat contest, in which participants compete in three categories: most elegant, funniest and most creative. Those attending may vote for their favorites for $1 per vote. Prizes will be awarded. Hosted by the Spring Hill Garden Club. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No admission fee, but donations appreciated. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-2898 or (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Authors/books

Saturday

Bobbie J. Cromartie Book Signing: Cromartie will be signing copies of her textbook, Be Angry; Yet In Control, which is the foundation for the curriculum "What's Behind the Mask?" 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Christian Gifts at Lakewood Plaza, 4375 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 597-9140.

Benefits

TODAY

Farm to Fork: Dine outside amid the orange blossoms, where fresh, local, and aquaponically-raised Tilapia will be served. All proceeds benefit Hungry in Hernando. Dinners are offered at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. $50 per person, $90 for two. Pearl in the Grove, 31936 St. Joe Road, Dade City. (352) 588-0008. greenacreaquaponics.com/farm-to-fork.

TUESDAY

Charity Cruise-in: Hosted by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission and Performance, the event includes door prizes, entertainment, games and raffles. Proceeds from raffles and a portion of revenue generated at the restaurant during the event will benefit the Life Center of Hernando, a nonprofit organization that assists young, single mothers who are at risk of becoming homeless. 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission and registration. Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491.

Classes/self help

WEDNESDAY

Writing Your Life Story: This workshop provides 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 more toward 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.

Dancing

Saturday

Brookridge Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks and beverages (and ice, if needed). No lessons provided, but instructors are on hand to give assistance, if needed. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 397-6088.

Festivals/fairs

TODAY

Florida Blueberry Festival: Featuring numerous blueberry and other vendors, continuous entertainment with performances by numerous bands, arts and crafts, food, a zip line and rock-climbing wall, a kids zone, car and motorcycle shows, contests and other activities. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5, $2 for ages 5 to 16 and free for ages 4 and younger. Parking: $10 to $12. Downtown Brooksville. (352) 754-4173. floridablueberryfestival.org.

SATURDAY

Antioch Fellowship Baptist Church Health Fair: Includes health vendors, health screenings, health risk assessments, the LifeSouth bloodmobile and presentations by local physicians and the Hernando County Health Department. Dr. M.P. Ravindra Nathan, a retired cardiologist and author, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on "Living Healthy, Living Longer." There will be free raffles, healthy snacks and giveaways. A free lunch will be provided by Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant; first come, first served. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 3031 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-6019.

Home and Gardening

WEDNESDAY

'Improving Your Irrigation System': Hernando County Master Gardener Dave Furrow will discuss ways to improve irrigation systems, convert from overhead to drip irrigation and how to calibrate one's system. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4433. extension.hernandocounty.us

Markets and sales

Today

Bake Sale/Raffle: Noon to 5 p.m. Parking costs $10 for the Florida Blueberry Festival. Hosted by the Presbyterian Women. Brooksville First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (513) 435-1254.

SATURDAY

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary 6383 Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor outdoor spaces are $15 (bring your own table). Knights of Columbus Council 6383, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-7290.

Music

TODAY

Songs of Faith and Freedom: Presented by the Nature Coast Festival Singers. 3 p.m. Freewill offering accepted to benefit the scholarship fund. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 848-4484, (352) 556-8549. naturecoastfestivalmusic@rocketmail.com

Nature/outdoors

TUESDAY

Native Medicinal Plant Walk: Led by Sid Taylor. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Parking is $3 per carload up to eight passengers. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Saturday

Wildlife Jeopardy Program: All ages are welcome to participate in the program, which will use a Jeopardy-style format to present information on different Florida species. The topic is whooping cranes. Noon. Park admission: $13, $5 ages 6-12. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

On stage

Thursday-Saturday

The Producers: The Mel Brooks knee-slapping musical opens Thursday and continues weekends through May 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Miscellaneous

THURSDAY

Healthcare Job Fair: Hernando and Pasco county residents are invited to dress for success, bring their resumes and be prepare for on-the-spot interviews. There will be employers on hand with multiple healthcare job openings, ranging from entry-level to highly-skilled roles in all phases of healthcare, including, but not limited to, nursing, administration, medical assisting and therapy. Call to register. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Career Central, 4440 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 484-3400, ext. 0245.

SATURDAY

Travel Around the World with Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee Volksmarch: Walk times will be from 8 a.m. to noon; entertainment and food will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 442-2259.

Mother's Day

SATURDAY

Mother's Day Tea and Brunch: All mothers are invited. Sharon Byrd Washington from Orlando will speak. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 600 Wood Drive, Brooksville. (352) 584-6870, 584-1094.

Mother's Day Victorian Tea: Featuring tea and light refreshments at decorated tables under the oaks. Tours of the Victorian house and gardens is included. 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance; $15, $6 for ages 5 and younger. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Mother's Day Dinner and Dancing: Featuring salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia dancing. The dinner menu includes arroz con Gandules (rice and pigeon peas), pernil (roast pork), and Yuca, ensalada de papa (potato salad). 7 p.m. Free admission; dinner is $4 members, $8 nonmembers. Latinos Unidos Social Club, 12528 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 515-5710, 345-8017.

Latin American Civic and Cultural Association Mother's Day Dance: With music by DJ Willie Matos. Guests may bring their own beverages (no large coolers). 8 p.m. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 340-5066, 666-6848.

Submit your events

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 emailed 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 05/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:28pm]

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