This week: Citrus

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 24, 2006

BATTLE OF THE BANDS, with some of the proceeds going to the Jessica Lunsford Foundation, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Harley-Davidson dealership, 1785 U.S. 19 between Crystal River and Homosassa. Eight local bands will perform short sets for judging, with the winner getting a studio recording session and a cash prize. Also, rock guitarist Matt LaPorte of Pain and Circle II Circle will perform with his side band, The Enablers. Free admission

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION murder mystery Engaged in Murder, opens today at Citrus Hills Country Club for a one-weekend run. The play is performed by Gulf Islands Civic Theatre. Menu choices are prime rib and chicken marsala. Cost $30. Tonight and Saturday evening seating at 5:30; dinner at 6:30; show at 7:30. Sunday matinee seating at 1; dinner at 2; show at 3 p.m. Call 746-6855 for reservations.


OLD COURTHOUSE HERITAGE MUSEUM presents Are We There Yet? exhibition, opening March 3. Are We There Yet? uses artifacts and images to present the history of transportation in Florida in a fun and interesting way. Discover the development of transportation in five Florida cities: Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa. Customized audio-visual presentations showcase the challenges each city faces in solving its transportation plans. The exhibit will be open at the museum from March 3 through the end of May and is on loan from the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. For additional information, contact Laurie Diestler at 341-6429.

THE STRAWBERRIES ARE READY and two fun-filled days of art, crafts, games, contests, prizes and delicious food will take place on March 4 and 5 at the 19th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival at Floral Park in Floral City. Festival admission is $2 per person, children under 12 years old are admitted free. Floral Park is on U.S. 41, 21/2 miles south of Floral City. Parking is available at the Citrus County Fair Grounds with a free shuttle service running continuously to and from Floral Park. Limited additional parking is available at Floral Park. Handicapped parking is limited so parking at the Fair Grounds is encouraged.

NATURE COAST CIVIL WAR re-enactment will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 and 12 at a vacant field about 7 miles north of Crystal River on U.S. 19. Battle starts at 2 p.m. each day. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children. Activities include period-authentic camping, exhibits and living history, along with period and modern concessions. For more information, call 352 634-4400 or visit www.crystalriverreenactment.org

"THE MIRACLE WORKER' will have performances March 10 to 26 at the Arts Center Theatre, 2644 N Annapolis Ave., Citrus Hills, on the grounds of the Citrus County Art League. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays and a special matinee on March 18. Tickets are $15. Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 746-7606.

HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY, an annual event at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4. Former employees and their family members come back for a day of reminiscing about the park and the attraction's early days. These former employees and their families are admitted free for the day when they register as Homosassa Heritage Keepers. Registration forms are available in the park's administrative office Monday through Friday. Park staff also will be available in the Florida Room at the Park's Visitor Center on March 4 to register former employees and their family members. Call 628-5343, ext. 102.

WILL MCLEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL, featuring Florida folk musicians and music workshops, will be March 10 to 12 at Sertoma Youth Ranch campground in Hernando County. Festival is 7 miles west of Dade City and 1.5 miles east of I-75, exit 293. Tickets purchased before March 6 are $25 for the weekend. Children under 12 admitted free. Send check payable to Will McLean Foundation with a return envelope to: Tickets, 202332 Palmetto Lane, Dunnellon, FL 34432. At the gate, weekend tickets are $30; Saturday only $18; Sunday is $15. Visit the Web site at www.willmclean.com

THE CITRUS SWING BAND will perform its third annual "Evening of Swing" March 17 at Citrus High School Cafetorium. Dinner served from 5 to 6 p.m., with the music beginning at 6. Tickets are on sale now from any Citrus High School band student, Citrus Swing Band member, or by calling Becky or Gary Saslo at 344-9758. Advance purchase is recommended, as a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for dinner-performance. Children under 5 admitted free.

THE MICKEY FINN BAND will perform March 11 at Curtis Peterson Auditorium. Concert is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Homosassa Springs. Proceeds will be used for the club's community service projects. Advance tickets are $14 and at the door $15. Tickets are available at Citrus County AmSouth, Regions and SunTrust Bank branches; Citrus County Chamber of Commerce offices; and from club members.


PULITZER PRIZE winner and U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser will read at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Florida Community College Fine Arts Auditorium, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. A reception will immediately follow in the Harvey Klein Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public. Kooser, the newest U.S. poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of 11 full-length collections of poetry, including Delights & Shadows, for which he was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The person holding the poet laureate position seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. The poet laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and serves from October to May.

CLASSICAL The Central Florida Symphony Orchestra will present "Almost Amadeus," its third concert of the 2005-06 season, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Central Florida Community College Fine Arts Auditorium, at the Ocala campus. The program will offer several of Mozart's major works including Overture to Ascanio in Alba, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Symphony No. 41 in C Major. Soloist Arnold Irchai will play bassoon for the Weber Bassoon Concerto. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students for all subscription concerts. Advance ticket orders should be made at the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra office at the Veranda Gallery and Tea Room, 416 SE Fort King St., Ocala, or by calling the office at (352) 351-1606.