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Things to do this week in Hernando

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Almost heaven: Brookridge Entertainment will present a John Denver tribute with Tom Becker at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Becker, a former member of the legendary folk group the New Christy Minstrels, will bring back some of Denver's greatest hits, such as Rocky Mountain High, Country Roads, Thank God I'm a Country Boy and Annie's Song. Tickets are $20. Call (352) 610-4901.

A dog's life: The annual Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Winter Dog Shows begin Thursday and continue through Jan. 19 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Featuring 10 American Kennel Club all-breed dog shows, conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials and free tours to learn all about AKC dog shows. The shows are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (no shows are scheduled for Tuesday). Visitors who do not have dogs entered in the shows may bring their dogs to participate in the Doggie Fun Zone, an obstacle course for dogs; the entry fee is $12. There will be vendors and a food court. Presented by the Pasco, Inverness, Clearwater, Manatee and Tampa Bay kennel clubs. Free admission; $5 parking. Call (813) 215-3580.

Afternoon of jazz: The Hernando Jazz Society will present the Hernando Jazz All Stars from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Listen and dance to tunes like Satin Doll, When I Fall in Love Again and Moon River. Admission is free for jazz society members; nonmembers pay $10 each or two for $15. There is a separate cost for the optional buffet. RSVP to (352) 835-7183.

Get free concert tickets: Distribution of complimentary tickets for the next two concerts of the Community Performing Arts Series will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday — or until tickets are gone — at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The two concerts are "The '60s Experience," a tribute to the 1960s, Jan. 25, and "Back Home Again," a John Denver tribute, on Feb. 8. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is by ticket only. For information, call (352) 544-1068 or (352) 597-1703.

Curtain Call

'Dixie Swim Club': Auditions will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The cast calls for five women who are able to portray characters from about age 40 through 75. A mild Southern accent is required. Rehearsals begin Feb. 17; production dates are April 8-20. The director is Andrea Gleason. For information, call (352) 683-5113.

Quick trip

Blast from the past: Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead singer with the '60s band the Shirelles, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Show Palace, 16128 U.S. 19 in Hudson. $35. (727) 863-7949;

Look ahead

The pillaging of Brooksville: The Hernando Historical Museum Association and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club will present the 34th annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. This year's re-enactment will mark the 150th anniversary of the raid. More than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers are expected to participate. There will be food concessions, Confederate and Union camp tours, anvil shoots, artillery demonstration, a ladies tea and battle re-creations. Admission is $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger and Scouts in uniform. Parking is free. Chair rentals will be available. Call (352) 799-0129 or visit

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