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This week: Citrus

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 13, 2006

THE FLORIDA MANATEE FESTIVAL sponsored by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Crystal River and the Rotary Club of Crystal River, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the area between Citrus Avenue and NW Second Avenue, with some crafters on the west side of U.S. 19 along Citrus Avenue. Entrance fee is $2 for guests 12 and older. Activities include a fine arts show sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times, boat tours of Kings Bay, crafters and live music.

CITRUS SPRINGS CHORUS: Rehearsal is at 2:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Citrus Springs Community Center. Schedule includes an April 3 concert and visits to area nursing facilities and campgrounds. New members are welcome on all parts throughout January. The group is open to anyone and there is no audition. Director Nancy Gordon has more than 30 years of experience in music education and church music and is also co-director of the Citrus Concert Band. The accompanist, Kay Kelble, is a church musician at two area churches. If interested call Nancy at 465-9209 or Hilda at 489-6465.

WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT: Students of Pat Sistrand's watercolor class will display work at the Citrus Springs Memorial Library. Exhibiting artists include Ina Murdock, Sherry Astleford, Joan Mahaffey and Ruth Todd. Citrus Springs Memorial Library is at 1826 W Country Club Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

LAUGHS: Comedian Hoop will headline at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Giggles comedy club at the Park Inn Hotel, 4076 S Suncoast Blvd., in Homosassa Springs. The featured performer will be Gregory Schmidt. Tickets are $7. Doors open for dinner at 7:30. Call 628-4311 for information.

SPRING CONCERT REHEARSALS: The Citrus Community Concert Choir begins rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Crystal River for its spring concert. Auditions for new voices will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program for the spring concert will be The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore BuBois and Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi.

TALES ON WHEELS: The Friends of the Central Ridge Library will present a Florida Humanities Road Scholars Tales on Wheels Program featuring author and professor Dan Schafer discussing his most recent book, Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner, at its annual meeting and program at 2 p.m. Thursday. Central Ridge Library is at 425 W Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


BROOKSVILLE RAID: The 26th annual Brooksville Raid Festival will be Jan. 21-22 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation. Events include Civil War re-enactments each day, plus a Victorian-era tea party, a gala ball, a Civil War era baseball game, vendors and demonstrations. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for ages 6-12.


BAND SHELL BASH: The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will present Big Z & The SophistiKatz, plus the Fox Chapel Middle School band under the direction of Susan McCraw, from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando Park band shell in downtown Brooksville. The free event will also include a classic car meet, food vendors and more. Call Pierre at 848-0177 for information.

GOSPEL GATHERING: The Inspirations, a Southern gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, on U.S. 41 on the south side of Brooksville. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For information, call 799-9468.

CIRCUS TIME: The Circus Pages will perform at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds rodeo arena, on U.S. 41 on the south side of Brooksville. Admission is $12 for adults and includes two free children's admission. Call 796-4552 for information.

MORE LAUGHS: Comedian Hoop will headline at 8:30 p.m. today at 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 Gregory Schmidt. Tickets are $7. Doors open for dinner at 7:30. Call 596-2007 for information.

[Last modified January 13, 2006, 11:17:57]

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