Markets and sales
Methodist Men flea market: Proceeds will benefit various charities. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $15. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-8800, (352) 683-2600.
Brookridge fall garage sale: Featuring more than 70 tables. Lunch available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 584-5544.
Arts and crafts
Art N Market Walk: This is a Celebration of the Arts event, hosted by the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery. The gallery will be open for viewing. Outdoors, there will be a plein air demonstration, live music and other entertainment. Held in conjunction with the Brooksville Cycling Classic in downtown Brooksville. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3810.
Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering and Arts and Crafts Show: Dock Green Silverhawk hosts this event, honoring American Indian traditions with flute players, crafts, singers and open mic sessions. Vendors will sell handmade flutes, American Indian leather clothing, jewelry, blankets and food. There will be a walking tour in the woods featuring an authentic 1800s town, complete with a school and church. Overnight camping available. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continues Oct. 20. Park admission is $5 per carload. Primitive camping available for $10. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. (813) 763-2118. silverhawkflutegathering.com.
Cedar Key Seafood Festival: Featuring fresh seafood, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment for the entire family. The festival kicks off with a parade 11 a.m. Seafood and other food items available. There will also be more than 250 art and craft vendors, and live music featuring the Lucky Dogs Band in the beachside city park. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Cedar Key, State Route 24, Cedar Key. cedarkey.org.
Rattlesnake Festival: The festival will include wildlife shows and exhibits, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a four-by-four show, gopher races, a barbecued chicken dinner, a beer garden, a petting zoo, business booths and an early morning Rattlesnake Run. No coolers allowed. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission. San Antonio City Park, 32810 Pennsylvania Ave., San Antonio. (352) 588-4444. rattlesnakefestival.com.
Communities in Schools of Hernando County Harvest Festival: There will be activities for children. The purpose of the event is to support Hernando High School and its feeder schools. Sponsorships and vendor spaces available. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Nonselling vendor tables with giveaways or children's activities are free; other vendors pay $25. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 797-7015, ext. 418.
Barktober Fest in the Park: There will be various contests, including a dog talent contest, a cutest/ugliest dog contest, a doggie costume contest and dog trivia games. Vendors will be on hand. Hot dogs, snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation of Spring Hill Central, which supports the dog park and other local charities. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission; parking $1. The contest entry fee is $2 per contest. Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor St., Spring Hill. For information, send email to [email protected]
Family fall festival: An antique car show, along with food, children's games and raffles, will be from noon to 4 p.m. A dance featuring live music by Bigfoot will follow from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets for the dance are $7 and may be purchased in advance at the post canteen or at the door. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills. (727) 856-1860.
Marine Corps League Detachment 708 benefit breakfast: A full menu will be available. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Support Group of Hernando County, which assists the uninsured and under-insured to get mammograms. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979. mcl708.org.
Rescues in the Park: The event, sponsored by the ARF'N Animal Rescue Friends Network and Pasco County Parks and Recreation, will include a kids fun zone, entertainment, food, goody bags, a petting zoo, raffles, face painting, pony rides and a silent auction. Several rescue organizations will offer dogs and cats for adoption. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 861-3038. arfn.org.
YMCA Pink for a Purpose Expo: This is a fundraiser and health expo for the American Cancer Society. Visitors are encouraged to wear their most outrageous pink attire. A Pink Ribbon Dance for all ages will be at 10:30 a.m. Health-related and fun vendors will be on hand. 9 a.m. to noon. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622.
Home and gift show fundraiser: This is an indoor event that will include a variety of home vendors, fine art and crafts. There will be demonstrations, giveaways and tips. Lunch will be available. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 279-0528.
Get Rolling for Hospice: Bowling party to benefit HPH Hospice. Individuals and teams welcome. Includes door prizes, silent auction, music and three games of competitive bowling for trophies. 2 to 5 p.m. Participants collect pledges. Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 544-1181. getrolling4hospice.org.
Un Diner Elegance: The event will kick off with appetizers and piano music in the tasting room, where guests may sample various wine varieties and select a complimentary bottle to accompany dinner. The sit-down, full-course dinner will be served in the vineyard; a complimentary glass of wine will be included with dessert. After dinner, there will be more wine tasting and dancing to music provided by the Allen Breithaupt Combo. There will also be a Most Elegant Lady and Most Elegant Gentleman contest. The event is sponsored by Dr. Michael W. Higgins. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul's Walk for the Poor. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. $65 per person. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. (352) 799-7612, 428-7508. strongtowervineyard.com.
Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Anthony Adams and Lauren Rouhal will discuss "Hernando County Library. How Does it Work? Do We Need Libraries in the Digital Age?" 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193.
'Introduction to Navigation': This is a two-day session with hands-on exercises on how to plot a course anywhere and pinpoint one's location on any chart. The second session will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 22. $20, includes a navigation chart. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417.
Computer classes: The Hernando County Public Library kicks off a series about social media basics. Participants do not have to attend all classes. Seating is limited; registration is required. 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Firearms safety course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety. Successful completion of this 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. hernandosportsmansclub.com.
'Getting Plants Ready for Winter': Learn simple steps to help prevent and lessen damage from the coming cold snaps. Presented by Sylvia Durell, coordinator of the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program. 5:30 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230. extension.hernandocounty.us.
Native plant sale: Hosted by the Florida Native Plant Society. The event will also feature an exhibit of pioneer food plants and information about getting rid of invasive exotics. Hernando County master gardeners will be on hand to discuss gardening tips and Florida-friendly landscaping practices. Walking tours of the Chinsegut Hill grounds will be provided. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 345-2173.
Ballroom dance event: Hosted by Let's Dance Nature Coast. Music provided by David Mussatto and John Northup, featuring cha-cha, fox trot, merengue, polka, swing and others. There will be a finger-food potluck, photo station and 50-50 drawing. Soda and bottled water will be available for $1; guests may bring their own beverages and food. Doors open at 4 p.m., free ballroom dance lessons at 4:45 p.m. and dancing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dress is smart-casual to formal. $8 online or $10 at the door. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. letsdancenaturecoast.com.
High Point dance: Midlife Crisis, featuring Susan and Ruben, will entertain. 7 p.m. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2745.
Coin, stamp, bullion and collectibles show: Up to 35 dealers will buy, sell and show gold, silver, coins, stamps and currency. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 247-6390. thenewlakes.com.
Hernando Jazz Society presents 'Mostly Broadway': Featuring Broadway tunes such as Ain't Misbehavin, Secret Love, Where or When and other favorites. The Sioux City Grill will have a cash bar and buffet available. 2 p.m. Free for members; nonmembers $10 each or two for $15. Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7183.
Gospel jam: Sing, play an instrument, or just sit and listen. Light refreshments served. 5 to 8 p.m. Those wishing to play an instrument should arrive at 4:30 p.m. for setup. Free. Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Campground Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 796-6589, (352) 754-9330.
Accordion Adventure 'Oktoween Festival' jam: This is an informal group of enthusiasts and accordionists of all levels. All types of musicians welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. $2 admission. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 686-0975, (352) 442-5574.
Nature and the outdoors
Fall Wildflower/Butterfly Walk: 10 a.m. to noon. $3 per vehicle parking fee. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.
Pepper Creek Trail Bird Walk: The walk will be led by an experienced birder from Citrus County Audubon. Bring binoculars and a field guide. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the visitor center. The walk starts at 8 a.m. Free. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs. (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.
TODAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY
'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. The other neighbor, Henry Mitchell, a retired chemist, has developed a pill to increase the libido of menopausal women. 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Continues through Oct. 20. Individual show ticket are $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. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
FRIDAY AND Saturday
'Fiddler on the Roof': One of the most beloved musicals, the show features classic numbers such as If I Were a Rich Man; Matchmaker and Sunrise, Sunset. 7:30 p.m. $18; $35 for two. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org.
Hernando/Pasco Has Talent: Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall emcees Pasco-Hernando Community College's Hernando/Pasco Has Talent grand finale, where 15 finalists perform for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $500. Jimmy Ferraro and Dee Etta Rowe will judge the competition. 7:30 p.m. $10 for adults; $5 for ages 12 and under. Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3435. phcc.edu/talent.
Celebrate Safe Communities with Royal Highlands Crime Watch: Featuring an ice cream social. Visitors can learn about the activities of the crime watch group for the Royal Highlands area. Representatives from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office will be on hand. 6:30 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-4332.
Brooksville Cycling Classic: Includes an open ride from 9 to 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the life of Ed Allison, a local cycling enthusiast who died earlier this year. Starting at Liberty and Main streets. Registration is $5 and includes a goody bag. A Kids' Classic for children younger than 10 and a Youth Challenge for ages 8 to 12 will both begin at 4:15 p.m. Both races are free. All participants must wear helmets and be accompanied by an adult. A Fire Rescue/Police Rally race will be at 4:30 p.m. Held in conjunction with the Art N Market Walk at City Hall. (352) 796-9798. facebook.com/brooksvillecyclingclassic.
Kings Bay Rotary Sportsman's Showcase: Featuring numerous dealers with recreational vehicles, watercraft and sporting goods. Refreshments available. Proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Kings Bay Rotary Foundation. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Save-A-Lot, 204 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. (352) 527-2020. kingsbayrotary.org.
Golden Retriever Rescue reunion: Golden retrievers and their owners are invited to the event, which will include a group walk, lunch, a "Duke lookalike" contest, a raffle and a silent auction. Dogs must remain on a leash, and owners must pick up after their pets. Dogs are not allowed in the water. Hosted by Joshua's House for Golden Retriever Rescue. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park admission is $2; event admission is donation of a canned or bagged pet food, to be donated to Citrus County Pet Meals on Wheels. Rainbow Springs, 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon. (352) 527-0669. floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings.
Turn and Burn Rescue benefit barrel race: Horseback riders compete for the best time in a barrel race. There also will be a bake sale, raffles and a silent auction. Riders may call ahead or register on the day of the event. The event will benefit Ohana Horse Rescue and Healing Horses One Child at a Time. Noon. The entry fee is $30 for juniors and adults and $20 for pee-wees. Free for spectators. Ohana Horse Rescue, 21151 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (863) 430-8718.
Sons of Italy Columbus Day dinner-dance: Includes dinner, entertainment by All Shook Up, a cash bar, a gift basket drawing and a 50-50 raffle. Hosted by the Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502. 5 to 10 p.m. $20. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 688-9234.
Arc Nature Coast Halloween Dance Party: Music by PJ the DJ. There will be door prizes, refreshments and food. Guests are encouraged to wear their costumes; prizes awarded for the scariest, funniest and most original costumes. The party is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers welcome. 7 to 10 p.m. $5, includes pizza, beverages and snacks. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Halloween Harvest Festival: The annual event, hosted by the Hernando County Recreation Department, will include a haunted house, hayrides, games, food and contests for adults, kids and dogs. A dog masquerade will be on Friday and costume contests for adults and children will be on Saturday. 6 to 10 p.m. Free admission. Game tickets are four for $1, the cost of the haunted house is $3, and hayrides are $2. The entry fee for the pet and costume contests is $2. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4031.
Wild n' Wicked Nights: Featuring Area 51 tours, a haunted trail, hayrides, costume and scream contests, a kids' maze, the "Creatures in the Treehouse" show with John Leggio's Xcel Performers and special Halloween shows by the Weeki Wachee mermaids. There is an additional fee for the petting zoo, carnival and pony rides. 7 to 11 p.m. $6; $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.
Haunted Trail on Golddust: Take a guided tour through the mysterious woods and help hunt down the witch to put an end to her terror. This is a wooded trail; appropriate footwear required. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $5, to be donated to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. 5277 Golddust Road, Spring Hill. (352) 263-8044.
Rutland Haunted Forest: Find out what "life after death" really means. Evil lurks behind every tree on this trail to a cemetery, an insane asylum and a haunted jail. Board the hay wagon before taking a terrifying walk through 10 to 14 vignettes along a trail. Proceeds benefit charitable organizations. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $13; $6.50 for ages 8 and younger. Thousand Palms RV Resort, 6545 W State Road 44, Lake Panasoffkee. (352) 748-2237. rutlandhauntedforest.com.