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Art reception/exhibit

WEDNESDAY

Spring Hill Art League artist reception: Featuring artists Karen Heidler, Judy Newton and Sonny Vergara. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will remain on display through the end of October. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 593-4633.

Benefits

TODAY

Antique and Classic Car Museum Tour: Family-friendly event featuring a museum tour and refreshments. Learn about the progress of American culture and the history behind automobiles from 1915 to 1986. There also will be a collection of antique radios, cameras and other items. Complimentary refreshments include popcorn, ice cream, water, soda, cookies and cake. Donations will support the Foundation for Early Learning in Pasco and Hernando Counties. 11 a.m. Free. Component General, 2445 Success Drive, Odessa. (727) 233-8291.

Cinema for a Cause: The United Way of Hernando County and Building a Foundation Group have been selected as charities to benefit from the Georgia Theatre Company's 10th annual event. The theater will donate 100 percent of ticket and concession sales today to the nonprofit organizations. There will also be a donation bowl for money that will be split between the charities. Advance tickets (regular pricing for all movies) available. GTC Beacon Theatres, 12961 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill. (352) 592-1001. georgiatheatrecompany.com/beacon10-FL.aspx.

Benefit poker run: The poker run will benefit Matt Willover, who is battling acute myeloid leukemia. The event includes live music, raffles, 50/50 and an auction. Breakfast is at 10:30 a.m. The event will include stops at B.B. Magee's in Hudson, Horse and Crown in Spring Hill, Seaside Inn in Port Richey and Eagle's Nest in Tarpon Springs. Registration is $10 for a single rider and $15 for couples. Starting at 3 p.m. $5 per plate for the cookout lunch. Captain Jack's Waterfront Grille, 21 Oscar Hill Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 580-1914.

Saturday

'Holes for Hounds' animal rescue golf tournament: A benefit for the Community Animal Rescue and Education Shelter. Includes 9 holes of golf, cart and lunch. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m.; tourney begins at 9 a.m. $30. Toscana Crossing Golf Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-7869, 596-2019.

Bingo to Save the Ta-Tas: The Florida Cancer Affiliates-sponsored fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Price includes lunch, 10 bingo games with three cards per game and a raffle ticket. Extra cards are available for an additional cost. The lunch menu includes hot dogs, chips, cookies and a beverage. Those who purchase a ticket have a chance to win a 60-inch Vizio TV. Must be present to win. 10 a.m. $20. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 514-5646.

'Loving Our Community' Spring Hill Neighborhood Project Resource Awareness and Outreach: The event, to promote resources for those in need, will include free haircuts, food and information about organizations and programs such as Head Start, Kid Care, StayWell, Devereux Kids, Jesus Cares Ministries, the Hernando County Health Department, Mid-Florida Community Services and First United Methodist Church Ministries. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.

Benefit poker run: Six-stop poker run with prizes, raffles and free food. Proceeds benefit Paws on Parole 2.0. Noon to 5 p.m. $20 per rider; $5 per passenger. Upper Deck, 5386 Darlene St., Weeki Wachee. (352) 585-3686.

Dinner and a show

FRIDAY

An Evening With Mark Twain: Featuring Jim Clark as Mark Twain. Proceeds benefit the refurbishing of the American Legion post. 7:30 p.m. $20, includes a barbecue chicken dinner. American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 279-3281.

Classes/self help

WEDNESDAY

Belly dance class: Learn the basics and a bit of history, along with different styles of the art. Open to all ages, body types and skill levels. Sponsored by the Hernando County Recreation Department. Reservations required. 7 p.m. Free. Hernando County Recreation Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-1568. facebook.com/dancecraft3.

saturday

'A Lizard's Tail': A presentation about Florida's native lizards, commonly seen in various natural habitats. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

For the kids

Saturday

Mermaid Tea Party: Little mermaids ages 3 to 12 may join the famous Weeki Wachee mermaids for a party of seawater tea, seaweed roll-ups and mercakes. The party will be in Neptune Perry Underwater Theater, where participants will hear stories of the sea and get a mystical makeover, a mermaid costume and a photo with their "mer-sisters." Includes admission to the park for two adults and the participating child. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. $175. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.

Nature/Outdoors

FRIDAY

Butterfly census: Help gather butterfly sightings for the University of Florida's Butterfly Monitoring Network. Participants will walk designated trails in the Big Pine Tract and Chinsegut Center Tract. Training and equipment provided. Appropriate hiking wear and sun and insect protection are recommended. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.

SATURDAY

National Public Lands Day: The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs needs volunteers to help in various capacities, including invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and general cleanup around the park. Appropriate attire is suggested, such as closed-toe shoes and gloves. Participants should also bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent, plus any equipment they have to help clear the trail. 8 a.m. to noon. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. facebook.com/friendsofWeekiWachee.org/events.

Green thumb

WEDNESDAY

'What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?': The primary Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle is "right plant, right place," which means choosing plants that use less water, pesticides and fertilizer. Learn how a landscape can be beautiful and healthy using the nine principles of the program. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

Festivals

FRIDAY THROUGH SEPT. 29

Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Powwow: The celebration of American Indian heritage and traditions includes a grand entry, native crafts, demonstrations, dancing, storytelling and native food. Grand entry at 6 p.m. Friday, 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Blankets, chairs and pets welcome. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. $3; free for ages 11 and younger. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-5154, (352) 793-4781.

SATURDAY

YMCA Arts and Crafts Festival: Proceeds will be donated to the Y's 2013 Community Support Fund. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces available; $55 for outdoor and $45 for indoor. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622. suncoastymca.org.

Music

Today

Hernando Symphony Orchestra: Proceeds from the concert will benefit Stage West. 2 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

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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 09/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 3:04pm]

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