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BACK PORCH MUSIC

The Istachatta General Store, 28198 Lingle Road, Istachatta, hosts an all-you-can-eat fish fry and bluegrass jam session featuring the Back Porch Pickers from 4 to 8 p.m. each Friday. Cost for dinner is $7.50 per person and is available first-come, first-served. For information, call 544-1017.

THIS WEEK

Idol time: The Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee, will present its "Heather Idol" singing contest at 6 p.m. today. Tickets are $7 at the club office. Light food will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Call 596-5344.

Music variety: The Community Performing Arts Guild will present Red Hot Jubilee Jam at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. A limited number of free tickets remain for both shows. Call 544-1068.

Ragtime lives: Noted ragtime pianist Bob Milne will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the church between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 293-3138.

QUICK TRIPS

Heart and humor: The Full Monty, a musical comedy, continues through Sunday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows today and Saturday start at 8 p.m. with Sunday's matinee at 3 p.m. Cost for dinner and show is $44; show only, $32.95; ages 12 and younger, $26.45 and $21.45, all plus tax and tip. For information, call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

Sinatra tribute: Singer Larry Bene will sing a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin at 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday at Colorama Music, 9307 Denton Ave., Hudson. Opening act is singer/comic/impressionist Peter Colombo. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, including hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Call (727) 207-2256.

All's fair: The Pasco County Fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds off State Road 52, on Dade City's west side. Admission is $7 ages 13 and older, $4 ages 12 and younger. Parking is free. Call (352) 567-6678.

LOOK AHEAD

Polka days: The Slovene-American Club of Spring Hill will present its 2008 Florida Days polka festival Feb. 29 through March 2 at the SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Call (352) 382-3721.

A good read: The Hernando County Reading Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. The event will feature appearances by children's authors Mary Ann Cocca-Leffler (Jack's Talent, Mr. Tanen's Ties) and Jay Holt (The Adventures of Tommy the Tomato). Admission is free. Call 797-7018.

Swamp thing: The 2008 Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 at Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. The event will include music, arts and crafts, food, prizes and drawings, and dress-up contests. Admission is $2 for adults. Children under 12 are free with an adult. Parking is free. Call Roger Davidson at 596-3987.

Murrin memorial: The second annual Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Education Foundation concert will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 16 at Silverthorn Country Club, Barclay Avenue and Powell Road, Spring Hill. Tickets are $15. Call 688-5808.

Information about coming performing and visual arts events can be e-mailed to Logan Neill at lneill@sptimes.com or mailed to him at St. Petersburg Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. The items must be in the office no later than five days before publication.

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