Friday, November 24, 2017
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Things to do in Hernando County

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Events

Library fun

TODAY (FRIDAY)

'Chemical Chaos' summer reading program: Discover everyday chemical reactions with the local Extension Service. Geared for youth ages 5 to 12. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

TUESDAY

'From Seed to Plant' summer reading program: Youth ages 5 to 12 are invited to learn about the lifespan of a plant. 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4043.

'Watch It!' summer reading program: Youth ages 9 to 12 are invited to watch The Lego Movie, then build something to save the universe. 3 to 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

WEDNESDAY

'Slimy Science' summer reading program: Youth ages 5 to 12 are invited to make a variety of gooey slime as part of this program offered through the Hernando County Public Library System. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Divergent Party: Celebrate the popular series with crafts and other activities. Geared for teenagers, this event is part of the Hernando County Public Library's Summer Reading Program. 2 to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

THURSDAY

'Weeki Wachee' summer reading program: Join experts from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and learn about wildlife in the area. The program is geared for children ages 5 to 12. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6374.

Summer Story Time: Geared for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Includes stories, finger plays and songs. 1 to 2 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

Pageants

SATURDAY

Miss Crystal River and Miss Hernando American Beauty and U.S. International pageants: The event is an official preliminary to the Miss Florida American Beauty and Miss Florida U.S. International pageants. Age divisions start at newborn and continue to Elite/Over 50. No talent or previous pageant experience is required. Winners will receive more than $1,000 in prizes, including entry fees paid to the state pageant. 3 p.m. Crystal River Mall, 1801 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River. Entry fees start at $80; no cost for spectators. (352) 256-9959.

Book talk

TODAY (FRIDAY)

Hernando Readers Theatre: Reading Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Advance registration recommended. Ask for a copy of the play at the library's information desk. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

TUESDAY

Classic Book Discussion: Discussing The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy. Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, this short novel is the story of a judge in the Russian provinces who must consider his own mortality for the first time. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

For your health

TUESDAY

'For Your Health' community seminar: The topic is "Diabetes 101," presented by certified diabetes educator Jan Trapane. This is an educational clinic designed for those who are diabetic and never received the education they need to manage the progressive disease. Space is limited; registration is required. 1 to 5:30 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333. oakhillhospital.com/foryourhealth.

WEDNESDAY

'Common Orthopedic Conditions in the Aging Athlete' seminar: Presented by Dr. Chad M. Gorman. A complimentary healthy lunch will be served. Hosted by Oak Hill Hospital in collaboration with the YMCA of the Suncoast. Noon to 1 p.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 597-6333 or oakhillhospital.com/foryourhealth

Festivals

Saturday

Wine festival: Sample different varieties, meet the wine maker to learn how they are blended, browse vendors with unique gifts and items for sale and enjoy live entertainment in a laid-back, pet-friendly setting. 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. Free admission. (813) 996-2113. floridaestateswines.com.

Hobbies

TODAY (FRIDAY)

'Be a Pioneer': Hands-on experience with several pioneer crafts, with participants visiting several stations to learn old-time skills. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $5 per person; 17 and younger free. Parking is $3. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.

Saturday

Spring Hill Writing Group: Open to anyone who writes or would like to write. 2 to 3 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Creativity Workshop: The workshop is for adults and will incorporate exercises recommended by books on creativity. No previous artistic experience required. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

WEDNESDAY

Belly dance class: Strengthen your core and get fit while learning the basics of belly dancing. 7 p.m. Hernando County Recreation Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. Free, but reservations required. (352) 540-1568. facebook.com/dancecraft3.

Miscellaneous

TODAY (FRIDAY)

'Parents Who Host, Lose the Most' workshop: This workshop is to educate parents about the health and safety risks of underage drinking in their homes. Provided through a partnership of the Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition, Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the Hernando County YMCA. Sheriff Al Nienhuis will make a presentation, followed by a discussion of parents. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622, (352) 596-8000. hernandoantidrug.org/.

On stage

THROUGH AUG. 10

'Coupled': This play revolves around three couples, taking a comedic look at love, friendship and long-term relationships. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. $23.36. (727) 409-0293. ferrarostudiotheatre.com.

TUESDAY

'Basic Acting and Introduction to Live Oak Theatre': This is a four-day class that continues on July 31, Aug. 5 and Aug. 7. The course is open to children ages 7 to 14. Topics include basic acting skills and principles of acting, theater terminology, theater etiquette and audition techniques. Those who complete the program will have an opportunity to audition for Live Oak's productions of Anne of Avonlea and The Music Man; auditions for both will be Aug. 12 and 14. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Free, but a $10 registration donation is suggested. (352) 797-9199.

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