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Saturday

American Cancer Society fundraiser garage sale: Proceeds benefit the ACS Spring Hill Relay for Life. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-3600, 503-6413.

Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale: The Hernando County Master Gardeners will have a variety of plants for sale, including trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and Florida native plants. All plants have been propagated and grown by the Master Gardeners. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardeners Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Spring Hill Neighborhood Project community bazaar: This outdoor event to benefit the Boys and Girls Club will include food, games, music, raffles and vendors. Direct-sales businesses, crafters, local businesses and yard sale vendors are welcome to participate. Business vendors are asked to donate a raffle prize. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $15 for one or $25 for two. Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 263-9358.

Food

TODAY

Hernando County Shrine Club brunch buffet: Includes eggs cooked to order, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables, orange juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds benefit children at the Shriners Hospital. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8; $6 for ages 5 to 11 and free for ages 4 and younger. Tickets at the door are an additional $1. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 610-4124, (352) 238-3806.

Arts and crafts

WEDNESDAY

Spring Hill Art League artist reception: Featuring artists Shirley Dillon, Marian Kuehntopp and Mae Pollizze. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will remain on display through the end of April. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 593-4633.

FRIDAY

Reception for 'Blue: Poetic Subtlety' art exhibit: The reception, hosted by the Spring Hill Art League and the Hernando County Arts Council, is for artists whose works are part of the current exhibit at the City Hall Art Gallery. In keeping with the theme of the upcoming Florida Blueberry Festival in downtown Brooksville, the exhibit features works that represent the color, feel or mood of blue. 5 to 7 p.m. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3811.

For your health

WEDNESDAY

'Mindfulness Meditation': Learn how just five minutes a day of meditation can benefit emotional, mental and physical well-being. The Hernando County Public Library System will host the seminar, which will introduce meditation techniques. Presented by Diana Reed of Gaya Jyoti Yoga. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Recreation

WEDNESDAY

Hernando County Bar Association 5K and 1-mile run/walk: This is a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. Send email to hernandobar5k@aol.com or search for Hernando Bar 5K on raceit.com. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; the race begins at 8 a.m. Fees: individuals, $25; families, $45; students 17 and younger, $15. Weekiwachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill.

Classes/self help

Monday

Academia Hernando Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Diana Pritchard presents "Music for Everyone: From Verdi to Lloyd Webber." 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-0158.

Free CPR/automated external defibrillator class: This free class, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is provided by Julie Stack of CPR RESQ Training Services. The course includes: CPR awareness training for adults, children and infants; how to handle a choking emergency; and knowing how and when to use an AED. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance; no certification cards will be issued. No registration is required, but seating will be limited; early arrival is suggested. All ages welcome. 7 to 9 p.m. LifeCycle Fitness Studio, 4664 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 684-5664. cprresq.com.

'About Boating Safety' course: This introductory program teaches safe boating practices, navigation, use of safety equipment and Florida law. It is a three-day course that continues through Wednesday. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $35, includes text. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417. wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=070-15-08.

WEDNESDAY

Belly dance class: Learn the basics, a bit of history, along with the different styles of the art of belly dancing. Open to all ages (7 and older), 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.

THURSDAY

CPR/automated external defibrillator class: Designed for the professional health care provider, this course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Nonhealth-care professionals welcome. 6 p.m. $20. Bayfront Health Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 597-8875.

Library fun

tuesday

Art Attack!: Geared for youth ages 6 to 12, who will learn about a famous artist, then make their own work of art, inspired by that artist. All materials and supplies will be provided, courtesy of the Hernando County Arts Council. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

Junior Book Club: The books to be read are Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party, both by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. Copies will be provided; registration is recommended. The Hernando County Public Library offers this club for readers in the first through fourth grades. Children will read a book together then get a chance to go beyond the book with related activities and crafts. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Parties

TUESDAY

Cajun Extravaganza: 6 to 10 p.m.; dinner served until 7 p.m. Music provided by Cajun Dave from Neon Leon's. Prize awarded for the best Cajun dish. Wear Mardi Gras costumes. $15; $10 for those who bring a dish. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 597-7979.

Lions Club Derby Night: Food will be available. Races start at 7 p.m. Guests may bring their own beverages. 6 p.m. $5 at the door. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 597-2885.

Family fun

THURSDAY

Children's Bird Walk: Children and their parents can scope out local birds with the Citrus County Audubon Society. Discover egrets, herons and other wading birds that frequent the salt marshes. Some binoculars will be available for loan. Spotting scopes will be set up to help children spot birds. The walk will begin at the Redfish Hole Trailhead (near Mile Marker 4 along Fort Island Trail). 8 to 10 a.m. Free. Crystal River Preserve State Park , 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. RSVP to (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriverpreserve/default.cfm.

Festivals

THROUGH SATURDAY

Chasco Fiesta: Featuring a midway with a special area for younger children. There will be musical entertainment each day. 1 to 8 p.m. today, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Wristbands for carnival rides are $20 today, Friday and Saturday, and $15 Monday through Thursday. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651. chascofiesta.com.

SATURDAY

Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade: Up to 50 wildly decorated boats will parade down the Pithlachascotee River. This year's theme is "Proud to be an American." Boats will be decorated to reflect the boat captain's patriotism. All decorations must be environmentally friendly. Prizes range from $75 to $2,500. To protect wildlife, no water balloons, beads or other thrown objects will be permitted. The parade begins at the U.S. 19 bridge, travels to downtown New Port Richey, turns at the Main Street bridge and returns to Hooters. 1 p.m. Spectators free. $25 to enter a boat. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 277-8126. the chascoboatparade.com.

Hobbies

MONDAY

Harmonizers host Guest Night: The Hernando Harmonizers, a men's a capella chorus, invites men of all ages to see what the chorus is about. New members welcome. No experience is required; music and voice training provided. In addition to traditional barbershop, the repertoire spans many styles and difficulty levels. Reservations are required to ensure enough materials and refreshments. 7 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 556-4623. hernandoharmonizers.org.

Saturday

Nature Coast Model Show: The Nature Coast Modelers invite area modelers to bring their ships, airplanes, cars, trucks and military models made from plastic or wood, completed or under construction. Dioramas welcome. Tables available. Refreshments available. 9 a.m. to noon. Free participation; free admission. Dana's Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-2484.

Saturday and march 30

Festival of Orchids: Visitors may take in an array of orchids for sale and start a collection, or find out how to care for those you already have, at the Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill's annual sale. The event will include vendors selling plants, supplies, books and other items; a potting booth; advice on orchid care; and hourly orchid raffles. (727) 856-0222. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30. $2 admission. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (352) 503-7858.

Music

Today

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience: This high-energy rock 'n' roll extravaganza is a tribute to the legendary Buddy Holly. The concert concludes Pasco-Hernando State College's 2014 Performing Arts Series. 7 p.m. $25 to $30. Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707. phcc.edu/tix.

saturday

Team Maddison Rae — Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert: Bring lawn chairs or blankets for an afternoon of entertainment. Includes Shazadi and Jewels of the Desert dance troupe at noon, Lawless Intent at 2 p.m., the Dan Story Band at 3:30 p.m. and Dangerous Ground at 5:30 p.m. There will be food and craft vendors, as well as nonprofit exhibits. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and raffles. No outside coolers, food or drinks allowed. Sponsored by Lego Matic Construction, AME International and Pro Line Tile Crystal River. Noon to 7 p.m. $5 at the gate. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-6356, (352) 442-9460.

Nature Coast Festival Singers Spring Concert: The chorus, under the direction of James Urbanski, will sing classical and contemporary seasonal selections, including music by John Leavitt, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter and others. An offering will be collected to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which is used to provide scholarships for music education, from the elementary through college levels. 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Brooksville, 420 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 556-6549.

On stage

Today

'Forever Plaid' wraps up at Stage West: An affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony "guy groups" that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. 2:30 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Friday and Saturday

'Broadway Memories': The show features music and specialty acts from various Broadway hits. Doors open at 6 p.m.; showtime, 7 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 300-8843.

Miscellaneous

Saturday

Free computer checks for seniors: Free computer virus checks and low-cost repairs will be provided to local residents 60 and older, provided by Prodigy Information Technologies. Seniors whose computers are running slowly, losing files and experiencing other issues can bring in their computers. If the "fix" can be accomplished with the removal of a virus, the service is free. Repairs requiring parts will be offered at discounted prices. The Hernando Youth Orchestra will entertain throughout the event. In lieu of payment to Prodigy, the company asks that tax-deductible donations be given to the orchestra, which includes aspiring wind and string musicians ages 6 to 18. Spaces are limited; time slots will be assigned. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Toll-free 1-866-629-8755, option 7.

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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 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 03/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:45pm]
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