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Markets and sales


St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Rummage to Treasures Sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2792.

Spring Hill Garden Club's fall plant sale: The Spring Hill Garden Club will sell plants that grow well in the area. The sale is in conjunction with the Scarecrow in the Gardens event on Saturday at the adjacent Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations appreciated. Spring Hill Garden Club Plant Nursery, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.


Springstead High School flea market: Setup begins at 6 a.m. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Touch of the arts


Summer Art Exhibit reception: Held in conjunction with the Brooksville Founders Week celebration. Refreshments will be served by the Junior Service League of Brooksville and Hernando County Arts Council. The show features works by Kim Paff, Alberto Juliano (represented by Abrams Art), Andy Fotopoulos and Lee Broede. Other works include ship models by the Suncoast Ship Model Society, photographs by the Spring Hill Camera Club, handmade quilts by the Hernando Quilters Guild and a new selection of poetry from members of Just Poets. 5 to 7 p.m. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 263-4923, 540-3810.


Building a Foundation Fine and Decorative Arts Auction Gala: The evening will include a wine tasting, appetizer buffet and jazz music. The auction of traditional art will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include works from national and international listed artists, as well as pieces by local artists. Roger Sherman, chairman of the Hernando County Arts Council, will be the auctioneer. All works have been donated, and proceeds will benefit Building a Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Dress is semiformal. 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are tax-deductible. They may be purchased in advance or at the door. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 403-7003, 293-3075.

Green thumb


'Favorite Plants for Hernando County': The class will showcase three dozen plants, trees and palms that have good survival records. Presented by Sylvia Durell, coordinator of the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program. 1 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.


'10 Important Landscaping Design Rules': Participants will be introduced to the components of landscaping in a Florida-friendly way. Includes soil type, topography, existing vegetation and other topics. Presented by Sylvia Durell, coordinator of the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.



VFW Post 10209 Old-Fashion BBQ: Music provided by Rusty. There will be raffles. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary, this is a fundraiser for various programs, such as Cancer Aid, VFW Home for Children, military services, scholarships and the VFW Veterans Village. 1 to 4 p.m. $6 for a choice of sausage and peppers, hamburgers or hot dog platters. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 232-6409, (352) 796-0398.


Shrine Club hosts spaghetti dinner: Includes antipasto salad, spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, Italian sausage and bread, dessert, and coffee or tea. 4 to 6:30 p.m. $7 adults; $5 children. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 238-3806, (352) 610-4124.


Bill Tschuschke 'I'm Free' Memorial/Benefit Ride: Registration for this escorted ride begins at 8 a.m.; the last kickstand up will be at 10 a.m. Live music will follow the ride. Proceeds will benefit the Gold Shield Foundation, donated in memory of Tschuschke, who was killed in a motorcycle wreck in October 2011 in Brooksville, leaving behind a 12-year-old daughter. $20 for a single rider; $10 for an additional rider. Includes a meal and event T-shirt. Hilltop Saloon, 504 N Broad St., Brooksville. (813) 267-6374.

Walk to End Alzheimer's: Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk will start at 10 a.m. This will be a walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Participants can learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment and support programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association. Walkers collect pledges. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 688-4537.

Scarecrows in the Gardens: Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrows, which will be on display throughout the gardens ($1 per vote). Country music singer George Marshall will entertain. Children's activities include pumpkin painting ($1 per pumpkin), games, face painting and a scavenger hunt, and kids also may have their picture taken with a live scarecrow. The display and voting continue through Nov. 15. This is a fundraiser for the landmark Spring Hill waterfall. Held in conjunction with the Spring Hill Garden Club's fall plant sale at the adjacent plant nursery. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Enter a scarecrow for $10. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Knights of Columbus Council 13209 raffle/auction: The auction will begin immediately after dinner, which will be served at 6 p.m. More than 175 gifts will be available, donated by local businesses. Dinner will include rotisserie chicken, pasta, vegetable and salad. Doors open at 5 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available. $15, includes dinner and 25 raffle tickets. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-9767, (352) 683-9666.

Classes/self help


Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Hernando County Property Appraiser John C. Emerson will speak. 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.


'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 on writing for yourself, family and friends. 10:15 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.


Yoga at the Library: Classic hatha yoga, with a series of poses, appropriate for all levels and ages. Participants should bring their own yoga mats and wear comfortable clothing. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.



Big band dance: Featuring the Frankie Dee NY Orchestra. Guests may bring their own beverages, food and snacks. Ice will be provided. Door prizes awarded. Doors open at 1 p.m.; 2 to 5 p.m. $12. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 596-9486.


Brookridge Entertainment presents Keith Coleman as Johnny Cash: Coleman presents a tribute to the "Man in Black," and Leanne Williams pays homage to the women of country music. 7 p.m. Individual show tickets are $20; season tickets vary from $69.50 to $95. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.


Hernando Hills Hi-Lites presents 'Doo-Wop and More' 20th annual show: The women's barbershop chorus is a member of Harmony Inc. The concert will include songs sung in a cappella and four-part harmony, such as Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream), Route 66, Somewhere My Love and The Lion Sleeps Tonight. A new quartet, Southern Sass, will also perform doo-wop selections and other favorites. The afternoon will include door prizes and an opportunity to win a basket of goodies. Included with the ticket price will be a self-serve dessert and beverage table during intermission. 2 p.m. $15; $7 for students 5 to 18, and free for ages 4 and younger. First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-9192.

Books and authors


Viva Florida 500 book discussion of 'Cross Creek': Discussion of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' 1942 classic about the author's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet of Cross Creek, where she lived for 13 years and managed a 72-acre orange grove. Noon. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Book signing with Dr. M.P. Ravindra Nathan: Nathan, a cardiologist, is retired after more than 50 years of medical service in India, England and Hernando County. He recently had his first book published, Stories From My Heart: A Cardiologist's Reflections on the Gift of Life. He volunteers weekly at the nonprofit Crescent Community Clinic, which provides, at no cost, primary medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required. 5 p.m. Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 610-9916, ext. 105.

Percy Jackson party: Friends of the Library of Hernando County hosts this party in celebration of the release of the newest Percy Jackson book. There will be games, trivia and crafts. Reservations required. 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.



Brooksville Founders Week celebration: Weeklong events include the Remember When exhibit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the City Hall lobby, 201 Howell Ave.; tours of the Hernando Heritage Museum, 602 Museum Court, and 1885 Train Depot, 70 Russell St., both from noon to 3 p.m.; and a Victorian Tea from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St. Museum tours are $5; 1885 Train Depot admission is $3, and the Victorian tea (reservations suggested) is $8. There will be an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Hall Art Gallery. The 2013 Great Brooksvillian award ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall council chambers. (352) 540-3810.

Peace Week at PHCC North Campus: Buddhist monks will construct a sand mandala in Building B104/105 that will remain on display through the end of the day on Thursday. Other highlights include: Festival of Transformation, featuring musical bowls and a flutist, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; Hippie Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, with a drum circle, tie-dyes and other activities; Peace on Earth Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Visit the website at for a full list of activities. Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. 1-877-879-7422.

Peace Week at PHCC West Campus: A panel display from the International Committee of Artists for Peace will be on display throughout the week. Other highlights include: opening ceremony, 7 p.m. Monday, featuring a musical performance by Lorri Hafer; Hippie Festival, 12:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; Festival of Transformation, 12:15 to 5 p.m. Wednesday; Peace on Earth Festival, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday; Reflections on Peace Week Brunch, 11:15 a.m. Friday. Visit the website at for a full list of activities. Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. 1-877-879-7422.

Peace Week at PHCC Spring Hill Campus: Peace on Earth Festival with drum circle, tie-dyes and other activities, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday; Hippie Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; Festival of Transformation, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Visit the website at for a full list of activities. Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. 1-877-879-7422.

Peace Week at PHCC East Campus: Peace on Earth Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; Hippie Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, followed by a drum-making program at 2 p.m. Visit the website at for a full list of activities. Pasco-Hernando Community College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. 1-877-879-7422.


Hernando County Courthouse Centennial Celebration: The weekend-long celebration includes a reception on Friday for past and present elected officials in the historic courtroom and a Farmer's Market on Saturday with various entertainers, a cracker cattle demonstration and birthday cake in front of the courthouse. Throughout the weekend, the second floor and third-floor courtroom will be open to the public to explore historic exhibits. 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.


Hernando Community Health Fair: Featuring health care vendors, free health screenings and demonstrations, complimentary samples of signature items from local food establishments, live music and a children's fun area. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.



Unitarian Universalist Church hosts showing of 'Gasland': In the movie, a permit is in the final stages of approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for drilling a well for gas in a residential area 1,000 feet from homes near Naples. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, it focuses on the "fracking" method of extracting natural gas and its impact on the land and communities around the drilling sight. A discussion will follow. 1:30 p.m. Free. Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 346-1516.



Masquerade Mini Marathon: Hosted by the Junior Service League of Brooksville. The event includes 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun runs, with a post-race pancake breakfast in the park. Runners are encouraged, but not required, to run in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best race times and best costumes. Registration required by Friday. Check-in for the 5K and 10K races will begin at 7 a.m., with the races starting at 8 a.m. Check-in for the fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., with the run starting at 10 a.m. Prices vary $15-$30. A pancake breakfast is available for $6 (nonrunners welcome). Russell Street Park, 70 Russell St., Brooksville.

4-H benefit trap tournament: The tournament is four rounds for a total of 100 shots. Winners will be selected in three categories: youth, adult and senior. Shooters are to bring their own gun, ammunition and lawn chair. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with shooting at 9 a.m. $40 per shooter; includes lunch. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 797-0409.

Hernando Aero Modelers charity air show: Featuring a high-speed delta demonstration, a pattern demonstration, combat flying, a pylon racing demonstration, static aircraft displays, scale aircraft and skilled flying events. Also featuring a 3D helicopter demonstration by Rolando Perez. Proceeds benefit the Hernando Cattlemen's Association's scholarship fund. Food and drinks available. 8 a.m. Spectators pay $3 per person or $5 per carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 346-9948.

On stage


'Sex Please, We're Sixty': Women return every year to Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Next-door neighbor "Bud the Stud" Davis thinks they want to spend time with him. Then there is the other neighbor, Henry Mitchell, a retired chemist who has developed a pill to increase the libido of menopausal women. 8 p.m. $12. Forum season tickets are $40 (four shows), Main Stage season tickets are $60 (four shows) and season tickets for all shows are $90. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The show continues weekends through Oct. 20 (8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays). (352) 683-5113.


High Point presents 'TV Studio 95': The show, which starts at 7 p.m., is a transformation of old beloved TV characters of the past. Doors open at 6 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 200-8843.



Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind 30th anniversary Open House/White Cane Awareness BBQ: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free, but reservations requested. Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 6492 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 754-1132.

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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 emailed to 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.

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