1. Things to Do

Things to do: art to car washes, starting April 28


Art exhibits


Spring Hill Art League exhibit: Featuring more than 80 works of art by 20 members of the Spring Hill Art League. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit continues through May 10. (352) 540-3810.



Benefit motorcycle run: Hosted by the Hernando County Breast Cancer Support Group. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.; the ride ends at Sleepy Hollow Fishing Lodge in Floral City, where there will be dinner, live music, raffles and door prizes. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts during registration. 9 a.m. $20 per person, which includes a custom bike towel and a steak dinner. Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, 7154 Medical Center Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 592-8137.



'How to Use a GPS' boating class: Learn how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. 9 a.m. to noon. $35. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 397-5417.


Hat decorating workshop: Hosted by the Spring Hill Garden Club. Bring a hat and decorating supplies. A hat maker will assist. If you have them, bring extra supplies of ribbons, netting, flowers, small ornaments and other items. 11 a.m. Free. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Completed hats can then be entered in the fancy hat contest that will be part of the Artists in the Gardens event May 11 at the botanical gardens, where participants will compete in three categories: most elegant, funniest and most creative. (352) 683-9933.



Brookridge Social Dance Group Spring Fling Mother's Day dance: Music by the Just Us Duo, with Edi Minelli. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m. Coffee and ice available. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.



Blueberry Jerry Jamboree: Enjoy baked goods, entertainment, bands, cloggers, puppet shows, vendors and all things blueberry at Pasco County's third annual blueberry festival. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. $5 for parking. Rotary Club Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 856-2380.


Florida Blueberry Festival: Featuring numerous blueberry and other vendors, continuous entertainment with performances by 14 bands, arts and crafts, food, a zip line and rock climbing wall, a kids zone, car and motorcycle shows, contests and other activities. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. Admission: $5, $2 for ages 5 to 16 and free for ages 4 and younger. Parking $10 to $12. Downtown Brooksville. (352) 754-4173.

Film series


Green Screens showing of 'James Steele: America's Mystery Man in Iraq': This 2013 documentary exposes retired Army Col. James Steele's role in training Iraqi police commando units, U.S.-funded death squads that ran torture centers during the war in Iraq. Hosted by the Hernando County Green Party. 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-3151.

Food events


Pasta dinner: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast. 4 to 8 p.m. $7; children 4 and younger free. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-1661.



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



Gospel music and brunch: Featuring a catered buffet in the upstairs courtroom, where Ted Torres will sing Elvis's favorite gospel music. The event wraps up the Florida Elvis Festival. Seating is limited to the first 120 people; tickets cost $25. Noon. Downtown Inverness. (352) 341-6428.


Hernando Youth Orchestra's sixth annual spring concert: Noon. Donations accepted, to be used for scholarships for music, instruments and lessons. Saxon Manor, 200 Saxon Ave., Brooksville. (352) 346-1516.

Pandemonium 2013 'Phinz to the Left, Mermaids to the Right': Hosted by the Nature Coast Parrot Head Club. Proceeds will benefit Reach Out to Cancer Kids. The ROCK program is part of the American Cancer Society. Kickoff party, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Monty Magills, 2396 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. With music provided by Jeff and the Camaros. Registration will be available, and lanyards for the Saturday event may be picked up. 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 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. A separate Great Lawn Concert will follow the beach bash from 6 to 11 p.m., featuring a Jimmy Buffett tribute show with the Caribbean Chillers; Brian Neale will open. Tickets to the evening concert cost $10 each. Email: Website:



Dade Butterfly Walk: Take a stroll to see the butterflies along the roads and trails. Bring binoculars if you have them. Call for reservations. 10 a.m. to noon. $3 per vehicle (up to eight people per car), or free with annual park pass. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

On stage


'Velveteen Rabbit' auditions: Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to audition. Be prepared to sing a song that is age-appropriate and in the Broadway style. CDs will be allowed. Bring sheet music for piano accompaniment. Wear clothing that allows for movement; no baggy shorts or flip-flops. Performance dates are July 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. The director is Leanne Germann; the choreographer is Terri Marwood. Auditions begin at 1 p.m. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.



ARF'N Adoption/Rescue Event: Hosted by the Animal Rescue Friends Network. Several rescue groups with dogs and cats will participate, with pets available for adoption. There will also be a dog-training exhibition, a raffle and a bake sale. Food and snacks will be available. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Petluv, 7348 Broad St., Brooksville. For information, send email to



National Day of Prayer: Conservative Christian Teens for America will host the event on the courthouse steps. Local pastors and Christian leaders will lead prayers. The speaker will be Jordan Baker, the founder of Conservative Christian Teens. The theme for this year's event is "Pray for America." There will be worship music starting at 11:30 a.m. Noon to 1 p.m. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (813) 732-1507.


Blueberry breakfast/bake sale/raffle: Hosted by the Presbyterian Women. 8 a.m. to noon. Parking costs $10 for the Florida Blueberry Festival. First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (513) 435-1254.

'Phony Men, Silly Women': The event addresses a man and woman's relationship, presented by the Rev. Freddie Hinson Jr. of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Also featuring comedian Rod Z and gospel recording artist Thomas Ware. 4 p.m. $17; complimentary child care available. First Baptist Church of Brooksville, 420 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (727) 856-8336.

Free community carwash: Provided by the Inside Out Student Ministries of Hope Community Bible Church. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Advance Auto Parts, 4296 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-6020.