This week: Hernando

By Times Staff Writer
Published April 22, 2005

YOUNG ARTISTS: The Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery is exhibiting 75 entries from the 5th District Congressional Art Competition. The works will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through April 29. Winners of the competition will be announced at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 29. The exhibit is free. For information, call Mary Alice Queiros at 544-5407.

CAR SHOW: The Spring Hill Muscle Car Club will present its Spring Fling Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Pit Boss Bar-B-Q, 2270 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The juried show will feature classic muscle cars, plus a parts-and-accessories swap meet, raffles and more. The event is free to the public. Call 683-8824 or 596-2306 for information.

BLACK ARTISTS: The African-American Club of Hernando County will present an exhibit, "Six Black Artists: Works on Paper and Canvas," from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Your Arts Desire, 5327 Commercial Way, Suite B107, Spring Hill. Participating artists include Harold Adams, Joseph Colyer, Olan Jones, Annette Martin, Janet Moses and Yvonne Nelson. Call 592-4646 for information.

ON THE WING: Chinsegut Nature Center will have its "Welcome Back Songbirds" Earth Day celebration from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center on Lake Lindsey Road north of Brooksville. Daylong activities include wildlife walks, nature lectures and exhibits, demonstrations, a birdhouse-building clinic, a bird-calling contest and puppet shows. The event is free. For information, call Kristin Wood at 754-6722.

FISH AND PICKIN': The Istachatta General Store, 28198 Magnon Drive, Istachatta, will have an all-you-can-eat fish fry and concert beginning at 4 p.m. today. The dinner menu includes fish, baked beans, grits, hush puppies and a drink and costs $6.89 plus tax per person. Bluegrass and gospel music will be provided by the Istachatta Back Porch Pickers. Call 544-1017 for information.


PORTER SHOWCASE: Red, Hot & Cole continues through May 15 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, $39.50; show only, $28.45; ages 12 and younger, $21.95 and $16.95, all plus tax and tip. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469 for information.


STILL TWISTING: Classic rockers Joey Dee and the Starliters will perform at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill, on April 29. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The performance will be at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.95 plus tax. Call 688-3390 for information.

IMPROV NIGHT: The New Millennia Studio, 316 S Broad St. in Brooksville will present an evening of comedy featuring Six Degrees Improv Troupe, Sara Bartos, "The Mute" and "The Dreamer" April 29 at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7.50 at the door. Reserved table style seating includes both shows and two beverages is available for $10. For information, call (352) 650-3653 or visit the Web site at www.cafeshops.com/newmillenniadg VINTAGE DRESSES: The Brooksville Woman's Club will have a fashion luncheon at noon April 30 at the clubhouse, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. The show will feature 1800s and 1900s-era fashions and antique accessories by Gramma's Attic of San Antonio. Donation admission is $15 with proceeds benefiting the organization's clubhouse restoration fund. For information or tickets Letty 686-1932.

COMEDY CLUB: Comedian Phil Perrier will headline at 8:30 p.m. April 29 at the Giggles Comedy Club at the Best Western Resort Weeki Wachee at U.S. 19 and State Road 50, Weeki Wachee. The featured performer will be Dan Fontaine. Tickets are $7. Doors open for dinner at 7:30 p.m. Call 596-2007 for information.

SOUTHERN HUMOR: The Pulitzer prize-winning play Crimes of the Heart opens May 5 and continues weekends through May 22 at the Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. All performances are at 8 p.m., except Sundays, which are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 and can be ordered through the box office at 683-5113 or through Stage West's Web site: www.stagewest.net


CPAG SEASON: Dates for the 2005-06 Community Performing Arts Guild concert series have been announced. The concerts will include: The Burchfield Brothers (Nov. 12), John and Mary K. Wilson (Dec. 17), JoAnn Castle (Jan. 14, 2006), A Tribute to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (Feb. 4), John Davidson (subscriber-only performance Feb. 25), Masanobu Ikemiya (March 11) and New Odyssey (March 25). Concerts will be at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. The guild will be accepting season subscription requests during the month of April. Single $55; couple $100. For information, call 544-1068.

HPACG SEASON: The Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild has announced its 2005-06 season. Performances will include: A Tribute to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (Nov. 19), Southern Exposure Ensemble (Dec. 17), "Hollywood on Tour" (Jan. 14), Martin Preston as Liberace (Feb. 18) and the Synd'Cats (March 4). All performances will take place at 7 p.m. at the Hernando High Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Season tickets are $60 each. Individual show tickets are $18 each. For information, call 799-5577.