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This week: Hernando

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 11, 2003

FAIR WARNING: The 2003 Hernando County Fair opens Thursday and continues through April 27 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 on the south side of Brooksville. This year's fair features an expanded midway, professional rodeo events, talent shows, a beauty contest, a car show and tool and equipment extravaganzas. Call 796-4552 or visit the Web site at www.hernandocountyfair.com for hours and admission prices.

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EGG HUNT: The Hernando County Recreation Department will sponsor Easter egg hunts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the YMCA on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill and at 11 a.m. at Kennedy Park, 1000 Kennedy Blvd. in Brooksville. The events are free. Call 754-4031.

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ALL NIGHT STRUT: Playhouse 19 from Crystal River will present The All Night Strut on Saturday and Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse's Forum Theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The Saturday show is at 8 p.m.; the Sunday show is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14. The theater's box office is open one hour before each show. Call 683-5113.

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'BYE, BYE BIRDIE:' The Hernando High School Choral Department will present the musical Bye, Bye Birdie at 7 p.m. today at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Reserved seats are $7; general seating is $5. Children 10 and younger, $2. Call 797-7015, ext. 221.

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HORSE SHOW: The Sunshine State Racking, Walking Spotted Saddle Horse Fun Show will take place Sunday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, on U.S. 41 on the south side of Brooksville. The event is free. Call 796-0298.

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GREAT SAXES: The Hernando Jazz Society will have a concert featuring saxophone players from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the SNPJ Hall on County Line Road in Spring Hill. Admission for jazz society members is free; nonmembers, $5. For information, call 666-4842.

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TALENTED TEENS: The Hernando High School Senior Class Booster Club will sponsor a talent show to raise money for its Senior Sober Celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $3 for adults and nonstudents; $2 for Hernando High students. Call 796-2418.

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NATURAL BEAUTY: The work of Spring Hill Art League artist of the month Lucille Blessin will be on display through April during business hours at the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, 10005 Cortez Blvd. in Spring Hill. Blessin uses watercolor to capture her floral and landscape subjects. The exhibit is free. For information, call 596-4000.

QUICK TRIPS

ARTBEAT: Artbeat 2003 continues through April 30 at the Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The UpStairs Gallery features "Visual Poetry Exhibition" by Bob Zappacosta. Admission is free.

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DEAL WITH THE DEVIL: The musical Damn Yankees continues through May 18 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and April 19, 26 and May 10. Doors open two hours before each show for cash bar and buffet. 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.

LOOK AHEAD

EASTER IN THE SPRINGS: Weeki Wachee Springs will have its annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at the attraction at U.S. 19 and State Road 50. Hunts for ages 1-3 will be at noon and for ages 4-6 at 1 p.m. at the kiddie pool. At the beachfront, children ages 7-9 will hunt at 2 p.m. and ages 10-12 at 3 p.m. Children should bring a basket. Admission to the water park is $18.95 for adults, $14.95 for children. Call 596-2062.

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LATIN SPRING: The Latin American Civic & Cultural Association of Spring Hill will celebrate spring with Sabado de Gloria, a gala dance, at 8 p.m. April 19 at the SNPJ Lodge, 13338 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Music by Grupo Baho Control. Call 683-6742.

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BBQ AND BLUEGRASS: There will be a Barbecue and Bluegrass music festival at 4 p.m. April 19 at Nobleton Boat Rental. Call 796-7176.

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SOMETHING JAZZY: Klezmer and All That Jazz will perform April 26 at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The free concert is sponsored by the church's Community Performing Arts Guild. Donations will be accepted. For information, call 597-0409.

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CRUISE ON IN: The Spring Hill Cruisers will host its 15th annual '50s Night Classic Car Show from 3 to 9 p.m. April 26 at Hardee's Restaurant at U.S 19 and State Road 50 in Weeki Wachee. All makes of cars, trucks, custom vehicles made in 1983 or before are welcome. Registration is from 3 to 6 p.m. and is $15. Spectators are free. There will be cash door prizes, '50s and '60s music and other entertainment. Call 596-0729.

CURTAIN CALLS

Stage West Community Playhouse will offer a six-week series of monologue and scene study workshops beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tuition for all six Wednesday sessions is $5. Call 544-2921.

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A well-behaved dog is being sought by Richey Suncoast Theatre to play Sandy in the theater's production of the musical Annie. The dog should be medium size, brown, sweet-tempered, calm and able to follow directions. Director is Charlie Skelton. Production dates are May 15 and weekends from May 16 to June 1. Call (727) 842-6777.

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Stage West Community Playhouse will hold auditions for the musical Little Shop of Horrors at 7 p.m. May 2 and at 1 p.m. May 3 at the Stage West Forum Theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Men and women ages 16 to 45 are encouraged to come dressed comfortably to demonstrate dance ability. Singers should bring sheet music to sing with an accompanist. Show dates are July 18-20 and 25-27. Director is Leanne Germann. Call 683-5113 or 263-4576.

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