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By Times Staff Writer
Published March 19, 2004

JEKYLL & HYDE: Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical continues weekends through March 28 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16. The theater's box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and one hour before each show. Call 683-5113.

EXOTIC BIRD SWAP: The Hernando Exotic Bird Club will host its annual Bird Mart from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Admission is $2, with children younger than age 12 admitted free. Visitors may buy, sell, trade or swap; there will be hourly drawings, vendors, and surgical or DNA sexing and microchipping. Call Carla Pagniello at 796-2612 or Keith Feierabend at (727) 861-2329.

RELAY FOR LIFE: The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. today to noon Saturday at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. This is an overnight event with teams walking or running laps throughout the night. There are activities and entertainment throughout the night and Saturday morning. Another relay is planned for April 23-24 at Springstead High School. To participate or for information, call Carla Hayes toll-free at 1-800-940-1969, ext. 118; send e-mail to or visit the Web site at click on "Florida".

WHITE ELEPHANT FUNDRAISER: The Brooksville Woman's Club's annual White Elephant Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. The sale will be on the lawn; other vendors will be inside the club. Money raised will benefit local charities and the club's building fund. Call Audrie at 754-8627.

FESTIVE SPRING CONCERT: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will perform their spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church on U.S. 19 in Hudson, at 7 p.m. Monday at United Church of Christ on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, and at 3 p.m. March 28 at Christ Lutheran Church on North Avenue in Brooksville. The chorus will present a variety of pieces from composers including Bach, Copland, Handel, Brahms, Rachmaninoff (sung in Russian) and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The director is Carol Ayer; the accompanist Keith Schenck. Offerings will be taken. Call Shirley at 683-4833 or Carol at 754-8739.

ST. PATTY'S DINNER SHOW: The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 6383, will present a St. Patrick's Day dinner and show at 5 p.m. Saturday at 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The dinner selection is corned beef and cabbage or chicken. The floor show will feature Irish comedian Danny Justice. Tickets are $17. Call Dan McKenna at 666-2823 or Ed Higgens at 688-5846.

LATINO DANCING: The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association will host a spring dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. There will be a DJ and a hat contest. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Call Maria Rivera at 683-5098, Carmen Fontan at 683-5204 or Maria Molina at 684-1328.

WHITTLED WOOD DISPLAY: The Weeki Wachee Woodcarvers annual show and sale will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Weeki Wachee Acres Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive, Brooksville. There will be hundreds of wood carvings for sale and show, including duck decoys, birds, caricatures and wildlife creatures. Tool and wood vendors will be on hand. Call George Lytle at 666-5092.

MARKET ON MAIN: Brooksville Again will sponsor its Market on Main Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The market will be in the city-owned parking lot next to the Antique Sampler at 31 S Main St., Brooksville. Items include produce, antiques, collectables and handmade crafts. Admission is free. Call 797-9330 .

HORSING AROUND: The Arc Nature Coast will have its third annual poker run at 10 a.m. Sunday at Lake Townsen Park in Nobleton. Registration is 9 a.m. Participants will ride their horses to various locations to retrieve playing cards. The rider with the best poker hand is the winner. Cost is $20 per rider and includes lunch provided by Golden Corral. Lunch for nonriders is $5. Call 544-2322, ext. 116 or 592-5652.

KIDS DAY: Children can meet the Easter Bunny and Belkie Bear at Kids Day at Belk Department Store from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Coastal Way Shopping Plaza on Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill. The event will include an Easter egg hunt for ages 8 and younger, face painting, a bake sale and balloons. For information, call Belk at 592-1515, ext. 201.

ART LEAGUE DISPLAY: The work of Spring Hill Art League artist of the month Irene Racicot will be on display during business hours through March at the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, 10005 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Racicot specializes in pencil and oil paintings. The exhibit is free. For information, call 596-4000.


SHOW BOAT: The musical Show Boat continues through April 11 at the 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. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and full cash bar. Dinner and show, $38.50; show only, $27.45; ages 12 and younger, $20.95 and $15.95, all plus tax and tip. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

CITRUS FAIR: The Citrus County Fair will be Monday through Saturday at the fairgrounds, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Activities include a carnival midway with games and rides, local and professional entertainment, exhibits, food, and animal shows. Midway specials include Dollar Night on Monday, with admission and each ride costing $1. Tuesday is Senior Citizens Day, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and WRZN and WRGO radio, when admission is discounted to $3 for people 55 and older. General admission is $5. Midnight Magic is Thursday, with $3 admission after 8 p.m. and unlimited rides for $14 after after 9 p.m. Friday is School Day, with free admission for students until 5 p.m. and unlimited midway rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $14. Saturday is Daytime Magic, with unlimited midway rides from 1 to 6 p.m. for $14.

COUNTRY MUSIC: A concert by Buddy Max and the house band at Cowboy Junction Opry will begin 2 p.m. Saturday. Cowboy Junction is the flea market at State Road 44 and County Road 490 in Lecanto. Performers include Max, Leo Vargason, Chuck and Martha Puckett, and Woody Faltnowski. Bring lawnchairs. Free admission.

COURTROOM CLASSIC: The Southern drama To Kill A Mockingbird continues through April 11 at Playhouse 19 community theater, 865 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 at the box office, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (352) 563-1333.

HOLY CANNOLI: Holy Cannoli continues through March 28 at Angel Cabaret Theatre, 5201 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, and 1:30 p.m. some Wednesdays and Saturdays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash wine and beer bar. Dinner and show, $35.50; show only $21.95, plus tax and tip. Call (727) 847-0019.

SINGIN' THE BLUES: Bluesman Larry Garner, who was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and won B.B. King's "Lucille Award," will headline tonight at the Bourbon Street Concert Club, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Show is from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission is $10.

TICKLING THE IVORIES: Martin Preston as Liberace will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Opening act is William Garon. Tickets are 412, $14 and $16. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the West Campus bookstore and at the center box office an hour before the show. Call (727) 816-3322 for availability.

GETTIN' CRAZY: Crazy Carol, a singer/comedian, will perform at a dinner show Thursday at the Aripeka Elks Lodge, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dinner is at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Dinner and show, $13. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lodge office, or call (727) 868-2994.


SPORTING FIREARMS: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will have a gun and knife show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Admission is $5; children 16 and younger will be admitted free with an adult. The show will feature new, used and antique firearms, knives, and accessories. Call 799-3605.

ROTARY RADIO AUCTION: The Rotary Club of Brooksville's 25th annual Rotary Radio Auction will be from 1 to 6 p.m. March 27, broadcast on WWJB-AM 1450. More than $32,000 worth of new merchandise and services, donated by individuals and businesses throughout Hernando County, will be auctioned. Items will be described at the beginning of every half hour. Bidders will be able to call 754-5549 to place bids. Items with a retail value exceeding more than $500 will be auctioned throughout the afternoon. For information, call 796-1143.

SPRING FLING: Habitat for Humanity will host its "Spring Fling on the Nature Coast" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and 28 at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way. Craft and vendor spaces are available for $30; vendors must provide their own tables and tents. Call Barbara at Habitat at 754-1159.

SORORITY CRUZ-IN: Epsilon Epsilon sorority will present its "Cruz In With 13 Sisters" open show for cars, trucks and motorcycles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27 at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd. There will be food, music, games, contests, raffles and door prizes. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 from 9 a.m. to noon on day of the show. Trophies will be awarded. Spectator admission is free. Nonfood vendor spaces are available for $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tampa Shriners Children's Hospital. Call 796-1538.

AFTERNOON OF OLDIES: The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will have an "Afternoon of Oldies" from 2 to 6 p.m. March 28 at the post, 15166 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Admission is $12 and benefits the group's scholarships for local youth and other projects. Stan Prinston will entertain. Call 686-2242.

FOR THE CHILDREN: The 15th annual Week of the Young Child Fun Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The free event features entertainment and activities and promotes the need for quality child care and education. Call 754-4037.

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