1. Things to Do

Hernando events calendar, starting April 13

Celebrating Easter


Easter Eggstravaganza: The hunt starts at 2 p.m. for ages 2 to 5 and at 3 p.m. for ages 6 to 9. There will be games, food, drinks and raffles. All donations will be given to HPH Hospice. 1 to 4 p.m. Free, but a $5-per-child donation is suggested. Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-7331.


Maundy Thursday 'It is I, Lord' tableau: Portrayal of the Last Supper through the eyes of the 12 disciples. 7 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.


Easter EGGstravaganza: There will be 10,000 filled eggs to be hunted, as well as inflated slides, bounce houses, games and food. Designed for children ages 3 through 12; there will be separate egg hunts for various age groups. 10 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5685.

Eggs in the Park: There will be games and relays after the egg hunt. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Hop n' Glow Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration: The Easter bunny will make an appearance. There will be a daylight egg hunt for children ages 2 to 4, a glow-in-the-dark dance floor and glow-in-the-dark face painting. There will be food vendors and other booths. Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals, with proceeds benefiting the Chamber Education Training Association. 5:30 to 9 p.m. $2 per person. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

Markets and sales


American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 Yard Sale: Proceeds will benefit veterans and their families. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-1545, (352) 686-1820.


Springstead High School Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Library fun


Teen Anime Club: The program is geared for youth ages 12 to 18 who can draw and discuss manga and participate in anime-themed activities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Advance registration requested. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.

Recycle Tuesday: All ages are welcome. Make a work of art from discarded items. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.


Lego Club: Geared for youth ages 8 to 12, participants build new Lego creations and meet other fans. Materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Advance registration is recommended, but not required. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.


'Eat Your Words' edible book contest: Contestants may make and bring an edible creation based on their favorite book. Edible books do not necessarily have to look like a book. Creations can be inspired by a book or an author, be a pun of a book title, refer to a book character, reproduce a book cover, or just have something to do with books in general. Entries can be made from anything that is edible, but need to be able to sit out for an hour or two without melting or turning bad. All entries must be family friendly. For inspiration, visit the Edible Book Boards on Pinterest: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, but registration to compete is required by Monday. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Green thumb


Ask the Experts open house: Participants may bring specimens and questions about plants and insect identification, problems with landscaping, growing and propagation techniques, and plant selection. The panel will include Hernando County master gardeners, horticulture agent Bill Lester and Florida-Friendly Landscaping coordinator Sylvia Durell. Hosted by Hernando County's Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program. 5:30 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Nature, outdoors


'Wild Orchids of Florida': Participants will learn about the exotic, wild orchids at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Presented by Jeff Rundell in the Children's Education Center. Call to register. 10 a.m. Free with park admission: $13 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.


Earth Day at Homosassa Springs: Exhibits in the Garden of the Springs, displays throughout the Wildlife Walk area, and a free Easter egg hunt in the picnic area. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Park admission: $13 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.

For your health


Stress management seminar: Presented by Diana Reed of Gaya Jyoti Yoga. The group will evaluate current levels of stress, understand why stress affects health and discover effective management strategies. 5 to 6 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.



Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association Easter Dance: Music by DJ Cayuco. There will be a women's Easter hat contest. Proper attire required. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 for members; $12 for nonmembers. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. (352) 340-5066, (352) 666-6848.



Florida Blueberry Festival: Street entertainers and musicians will entertain throughout the event. There will be 20 various food concessions and a market featuring Florida-grown blueberries and produce. There will also be a juried art show with 60 artists, 100 retail exhibitors, a kids zone with games and entertainment, zip-line rides, a putting challenge, the Blueberry Derby, the Blueberry Theatre, monster trucks a car show and other activities. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for ages 5 and younger. Parking in designated areas is $4 or $5. Downtown Brooksville. (352) 754-4173.



Stringbreak Music Festival: Four days of eclectic music featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carolyn Wonderland, the Hillbenders and others. There will be plenty of children's activities as well such as face painting, hayrides and arts and crafts. Overnight camping available. 11 a.m. $25 to $130. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Brooksville. (863) 984-8445.

Hernando Jazz Society presents 'A Tribute to Duke Ellington': John Lamb, a bassist who performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for more than 10 years, will join the group as a guest performer. There will also be a cash bar and buffet. 2 to 5 p.m. Free for members; $10 for singles and $15 for couples. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-9690.

Gospel Jam: Those wishing to perform with an instrument should arrive at 4:30 p.m. to set up. Light refreshments will be served. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Faith Fellowship Church in Christ Jesus, 19255 Campground Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-9330.


Gospel Jubilee Celebration: Featuring Clay Kirk and Friends, with special guest the Georgia Quacker from Nashville, who appeared on the TV show Hee Haw. Proceeds will benefit Meals for Shut-Ins. 7 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 200-8843.


Clay Kirk Tribute Show and Dinner: With guest performer Gerald Smith the "Georgia Quacker" of Nashville, who appeared on the TV show Hee Haw. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

On stage


'The Dixie Swim Club': The comedy spans 33 years of friendship among a group of five women — starting when they become friends on their college swim team and continuing through the years as they meet each August for a long weekend at the same beach house on North Carolina's Outer Banks. 2 p.m. today and April 20; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.


'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe': The Live Oak Theatre Company presents a musical adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis story, bringing to life siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who enter a wardrobe into the land of Narnia, where talking animals and mythical creatures are ruled by an evil witch. Includes coffee, tea and dessert. Friday's performance is sold out. Other show times: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26, and 2:30 p.m. April 27. $15; $5 for ages 13 and younger. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027.



Weather observer training: This is a two-hour training class for adults who wish to become local weather observers. A reference manual will be provided at no cost. Students should bring a pen or pencil, as well as a notebook. Presented by Dan Noah, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather service office in Ruskin. Hosted by the Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. Free. Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-3925.


'Great Decisions' foreign policy discussion group: The topic for discussion will be "'Israel and the U.S." Great Decisions is a program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association. Launched in 1954, it is America's longest-standing civic global affairs educational program. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.