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Jazzy time set in Dunnellon

Jazz Up Dunnellon features a band on nearly every street corner in the downtown area. Food vendors and horse and carriage rides provide the rest of the atmosphere for the pedestrian party.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. today.

This year's scheduled entertainers include Good Company, Joe Michel Quintet, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Moon Dancer, Spectacular Gimmicks, Saxaltation Ministries, Dunnellon Male Chorus, Keith Caton & The Accelerators, Calaco, Donald J., Paul Luciano, Nino Castenada Latin Jazz Band, Dunnellon Middle School Jazz Band, Virginia Hess-Burrows and Myrtice Powell.

Festival activities will be held at sites along Pennsylvania Avenue and on a few side streets. This means that great jazz or blues bands will grace any given corner or business parking lot, while just a few doors away the mouth-watering aroma of Cajun cuisine will entice. Free parking is available at several downtown sites and at Dunnellon Middle School off Cedar Street (State Road 40). There will be a shuttle service from the school to the library.

Now that the fall entertainment season is in full swing, there are plenty of options to choose from:

+ The German American Club of Beverly Hills is sponsoring an Oktoberfest from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Beverly Hills Recreation Association Clubhouse, 77 Civic Circle. There will be live music, imported beer and traditional foods. Admission is $5. Call (352) 489-1653.

+ The ninth annual Christmas in September arts and crafts show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the old Publix at Kings Bay Plaza on U.S. 19, Crystal River. The show has been changed from its original location at the national guard armory. Eighty-five exhibitors will offer hand-crafted items. Admission is free. Presented by the Pilot Club of Crystal River.

+ A fundraising concert for CASA, a charity that provides shelter and counseling to domestic violence victims, will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight today at Gypsy's Den, 155 U.S. 19, Crystal River. Entertainment by Emerald Gypsy, a classic rock band. Admission is $5, with all door proceeds and raffle receipts to be donated to CASA. Call 564-9595.

+ Folk artist Amy Carol Webb will be the featured performer at the Sunday Sampler in Dunnellon, which returns as a concert venue after a one-season hiatus. Webb has released five independent CDs and is a favorite at folk music festivals. The Sunday Sampler will be held at the Dunnellon Lions Club at Walnut Street and State Road 40, across from the library. The show is from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 at the door. Call (352) 489-2181.

+ The comedy Foiled by an Innocent Maid continues today and Sunday at Sugarmill Woods Country Club, 1 Douglas St. The dinner theater performances start with a cocktail hour at 5, dinner from 5:30 to 7, and the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.95 by reservation only. Call Angela at Sugarmill Woods Country Club at 382-3838, ext. 10. The show is presented by Stagecrafters theater group of Sugarmill Woods.

+ The mystery comedy Count Dracula has its final performances today and Sunday at Playhouse 19, 865 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call the box office at 563-1333.

+ Country rocker Lefty Dave will entertain from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Dance For Peace, held the first Tuesday of the month at the Inverness Highlands South and West Civic Association, 4375 Little Al Court, Inverness. Admission is $5. BYOB. Refreshments provided.

Jorge Sanchez covers arts and entertainment in Citrus County. Call (352) 860-7313 or e-mail sanchezsptimes.com.

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