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This week: Hernando

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 28, 2003

OY VAY: The Best of the Best of Oy Vay Cabaret will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth David, 13883 E. Linden Drive, Spring Hill. The eight-member cast will sing everything from country to opera. Admission is $12. Call 688-3835.

BLACK HISTORY: Hernando High School's Black History program will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the school's auditorium, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. For tickets and information, call 797-7015, ext. 326.

MUCH ADO: Springstead High School's Boulevard Players will present William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing through Sunday. The production has been set in 1920s Missisippi and features Roaring '20s and Bluegrass music. Show times are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6. Call 797-7010, ext 310.

STEP OUT IN STYLE: The Brooksville Woman's Club will have a fashion show and luncheon at noon Saturday at the club, 131 S Main St. Clothes from the Fashion Bug will be featured. Admission is $15 and will benefit the group's building fund. Call 797-7774 or 799-3801.

SPLENDOR OF SPRING: The Latin American Civic & Cultural Association will have a Splendor of Spring fashion show and luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Heritage Pines Performing Arts Center, 11524 Scenic Hill Blvd., off County Line Road, Spring Hill. The event will showcase fashions by Patricia's Boutique and Belk. Admission is $18 and benefits the group's scholarship committee. Call 683-6235 or 796-0570.

FOR THE BIRDS: Chinsegut Nature Center will host a speaker's night at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the center north of Brooksville. Turkey biologist Roger Shields will speak about the natural history and management of turkeys in Florida. To reach the nature center, take U.S. 41 north of Brooksville 7 miles, then turn left on County Road 476 and go 1 mile. The center is on the left side of the road. For information, call 754-6722.

LIFE ON THE WATER: The work of Spring Hill Art League artist of the month Shirley Houghton will be on display through February during business hours at the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, 10005 Cortez Blvd. in Spring Hill. Houghton is an oil painter who primarily paints seascapes, river scenes, fishing boats and still lifes. The exhibit is free. For information, call 596-4000.

QUICK TRIPS

TIME WITH THE LADIES: Ladies in Retirement, a mystery-drama, continues weekends through March 16 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $13, reserved seating. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and an hour before each show. Call (727) 842-6777.

VAUDEVILLE RELIVED: The musical Gypsy continues through March 30 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and March 6 and 20; 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash bar. Dinner and show, $37.50; show only, $26.45. Ages 12 and younger, $19.95 and $14.95. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

DRIVING DAISY: Driving Miss Daisy, a humorous drama, opens today at the Angel Cabaret Theatre, 5201 U.S. 19 (Southgate Shopping Center), New Port Richey, and continues through April 6. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays and at 1:30 p.m. selected weekdays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash wine and beer bar. Dinner and show, $34.50; show only, $21.95, plus tax and tip. Call (727) 847-0019.

LOOK AHEAD

SISTER ACT: The Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will sponsor the Cruz-In with 13 Sisters Car Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 at the Community Center of Ridge Manor, 34240 Cortez Blvd. Registration for the show is $20 day of show. The event is free for spectators and includes music, food and door prizes. Call 796-1538.

HI-DEE-HO!: The Cab Calloway Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. The group performs swing music from the 1930s and '40s. Reserved seats are $18. Call 799-5577.

CHILI CHALLENGE: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida will host the Smoke on the Water Chili Challenge March 15 at Weeki Wachee Springs, Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, Weeki Wachee. Entry into the contest is $50 per team, and regular winter admission charges apply. Call (727) 816-1314 or 596-2062.

ALL THAT JAZZ: The Hernando Jazz Society will have a mixer featuring the Hudson Middle School Jazz Band from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 16 at the SNPJ Hall on County Line Road in Spring Hill. Admission for jazz society members is $2; nonmembers, $5. For information, call 683-7254.

CURTAIN CALLS

The first Hernando County Karaoke Contest will begin April 17 during the Hernando County Fair in the auditorium at the fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Preliminary competition will begin at 2 p.m. April 17; if needed, preliminaries may also run April 19 and 22. The finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 23. The host and master of ceremonies will be Kevin Longhorn of Longhorn Karaoke. There will be four categories of competition: female soloist, male soloist, children soloists (age 17 and younger) and group vocalists. Groups may include duets, trios, quartets and choirs. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place winner in each category. Contestants are required to pay a nonrefundable $5 entry fee per soloist; $20 for a group. Entry forms are available in the Hernando County Fairgrounds office. Forms and fees must be received by April 12. Call the fair office at 796-4552, or call 596-2027 or 688-2228.

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is accepting applications from artists and craft makers 19th annual Hernando County Art, Craft and Music Festival on May 24 and 25 at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. Only artists displaying their own original work may participate in the juried show. More than $5,000 in cash awards will be given out. The deadline for entries is May 5.

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