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This week

Young musicians: The Hernando Youth Orchestra will present its sixth annual spring concert at noon Saturday at Saxon Manor, 200 Saxon Ave., Brooksville. Donations accepted, to be used for scholarships for music, instruments and lessons. For information, call (352) 346-1516.

Art in the city: An exhibit featuring more than 80 works of art by 20 members of the Spring Hill Art League will continue daily through May 10 at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; there will be special hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday during this weekend's Florida Blueberry Festival. For information, call (352) 540-3810.

Not just for Parrot Heads: Pandemonium 2013 "Phinz to the Left, Mermaids to the Right," hosted by the Nature Coast Parrot Head Club, begins on Friday with a kickoff party from 7 to 11 p.m. at Monty Magills, 2396 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Music will be provided by Jeff and the Camaros. Registration and lanyards for the main event on Saturday will be available. Saturday's event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The first 100 guests will receive tropical goodie bags. Featured performers include John Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Brian Neale from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $45, includes the kickoff party, Saturday admission and a cheeseburger with beverage. After the beach bash, there will be a separate Great Lawn Concert from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, featuring a Jimmy Buffett tribute show with the Caribbean Chillers; Brian Neale will open. Tickets for the evening concert are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's ROCK (Reach Out to Cancer Kids) program. Send email to or visit

Is it a bird? The Hernando Aero Modelers Club will host its Spring Big Bird Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the club field at the Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. Cash prizes awarded include $50 for best of show, $25 for best scale and $25 for best nonscale. Food and drinks available. Free parking. There is a $10 landing fee for pilots. Spectator admission is $3 per person or $5 per carload. For information, call (352) 346-9948.

Seeking haunts: Legend has it that the Hernando Heritage Museum, a four-story 12-room house built more than 155 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May's 3-year-old daughter, Jessie. For those interested in finding out, ghost tours are offered from 8 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the museum, 601 Museum Court, downtown Brooksville. Handheld cameras and recording devices welcome. For ages 16 and older. The cost is $20, cash only. Reservations are required. Call (352) 799-0129.

Quick trip

Evening at the vineyard: Strong Tower Vineyard will extend its hours until 10 p.m. Friday for an "Evening at the Vineyard." Guests can relax on the veranda while tasting wine and eating Italian sausage and green pepper heroes from Holy Smokes! The vineyard is at 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. Call ahead for parties of eight or more. or (352) 799-7612.

Look ahead

Mel Brooks knee-slapper: The hit musical The Producers premiers at 8 p.m. May 9 and continues weekends through May 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit

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