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By Times Staff Writer
Published October 19, 2007
Brooksville Founders Week: Heritage Museum tours, noon to 3 p.m., 601 Museum Court. $5 for adults, $2 for children. 799-0129. Victorian Tea, noon to 4 p.m., Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St. $5. 848-7988 or 584-0479. Historic Train Depot tours, noon to 3 p.m., Russell Street Park. $3 for adults, $1 for children. 799-0129. Walking tour of Brooksville Cemetery, 6 p.m. sharp. $3. 754-9107.
Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church: 5 to 10 p.m., 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free parking and admission. There will be carnival rides and a food court. Continuous entertainment features Chocachatti Hip Hop Shop, Chocachatti Zumba, Chocachatti Steel Drums, Challenger K-8 and R. Gomez and Bill Dimmitt. Tony, 666-8149.
Holy Cross Lutheran youth pumpkin patch and concert: 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The pumpkin patch is from noon to dark. The free concert will start at 6 p.m. The pumpkin patch will continue through Halloween from noon to dark on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to dark on weekends. 592-4604.
Library to show "She's the Man": 3 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The movie is rated PG-13 and is being shown as part of Teen Read Week. The film is a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It is a comedy that follows Viola, who, when her soccer team gets disbanded, poses as her twin brother at his school, which has an active soccer team. Things get complicated when she falls for her roommate, Duke, and also finds herself the object of affection of the girl with whom Duke is smitten. There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 540-6391.
Mixer Dance: 8 to 11 p.m., Lake Panasoffkee Community Building, County Road 470, one block east of Interstate 75. Features live music. Hosted by the Sumter Singles. Open to singles and couples. Finger foods appreciated. 352 424-1688.
Octoberfest dinner at Spring Hill United Church of Christ: 4 to 7 p.m., fellowship hall, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The menu includes brats, hot dogs, coleslaw, German potato salad, baked beans, sauerkraut, pasta salad, pickled eggs, German chocolate cake and beverages (coffee, soda or punch). The cost is $7. Carry-outs will be available. 597-2314.
Westside Elementary School PTO's annual Fall Festival: 5 to 8 p.m., 5400 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. Visitors can come and dunk teachers in the dunk tank, play games, enter the costume contest and visit the haunted house. There will also be a food court available.
Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The fall exhibit, which runs through Nov. 12, includes works from the Hernando Quilters, Suncoast Ship Model Society, Spring Hill Camera Club and Just Poets; paintings by artists Moe Hahn, Wanda McVeigh, Nick Paff Sr. and Dolores Witt, as well as photographer Yasmin Cooper-Bey. There is a special exhibit of Native American baskets, courtesy of Mary Berryman of Homosassa, along with sculptures and jewelry designed and crafted by Evie Harper. The city also has a private collection of donated works on display, including Brooksville historic prints by Lewis Watkins. 544-5407.
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: Dinner and dancing, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Doors open at 4 p.m.; dinner served until 6:30 p.m. There are five menu options. Music for dancing provided by Darrell. Dinner is $9 for members and one guest each, and $10 for nonmembers; dancing only is $5. 596-2582.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 67: Bingo. Warm-ups at 4:45 p.m., early bird at 6 p.m. and regular games at 6:30 p.m., 16314 Cortez Blvd. west of Brooksville. 796-1679.
Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 6883: Dinner dance, at hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner served from 4:30 to 6 p.m., dancing to a live band from 6 to 9 p.m. Entree choice is baked chicken, fried or baked cod, fried shrimp or the Friday night special. Salad, rolls, potatoes, vegetables, dessert, coffee and ice tea is included with the meal. The cost is $9 for dinner and dancing. Admission after 6 p.m. for dancing only is $3. Reservations are suggested. 686-2650.
Spring Hill Duplicate Bridge Club: 12:30 p.m., Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. Lois, 686-7283.
VFW Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary: Fish and shrimp, and Chef's special dinners, 5 to 8 p.m., 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. 596-9236.
VFW Post 8681 and Ladies Auxiliary: Bingo. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., early bird at 6:15 p.m. and regular games at 6:45 p.m., 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Food available. (727) 856-1860.
VFW Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary: Live entertainment, 8 to 11 p.m., 15166 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 796-0398.
Aripeka Elks' annual Oktoberfest: 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Authentic German food will be served at 6 p.m., followed by music by the Alpen Diamanten from Germany starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 each (reserved seating only). Call Judy, (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.
Brooksville Founders Week: Market on Main Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., open market along Main Street, between Broad and Liberty streets. There will be crafts, plants, antiques, produce and more. Brooksville Blazin' Butts-n-Brisket Barbecue Contest, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane; 544-5435. Roger Landers Historical Recital, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Rising Sun Cafe, Main Street. There will be a cane weaving demonstration, clowns and birthday cake. 797-9330.
Community Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville There will be 100 health care facilities that will offer information and health screenings. Flu shots will be available for $25 and pneumonia shots for $40, provided by Maxim Healthcare (Medicare and most insurances will be accepted). Complimentary samples from various food establishments will be available, including Starbucks, Honey Baked Ham, Chick-fil-A, Nature Coast Cafe, Max's Grill, Domino's Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. There will be live music and entertainment, including Ken E "Elvis on Tour", Daniela Serricchio, Randi and Her Friends and the Hernando Jazz Society. Parking and admission are free. 544-5206.
Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free parking and admission. There will be carnival rides and a food court. Continuous entertainment features Bill Dimmitt, Step Sisters Dancers and Company, John Leggio's Center of the Performing Arts, Diana's Dance Express, Just Dance and Gypsy Star. Tony, 666-8149.
Fall rummage sale and cook-out at Grace Presbyterian Church: 8 a.m. to noon, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The sale is provided by the Grace Presbyterian Women. The youth will have the cook-out. 683-2082.
Golden Country performs at train depot: 4 to 7 p.m., Russell Street Station, Russell Street, Brooksville. The free event will include a karaoke contest and food. Vicki, 397-5618, or Pat, 799-2645.
Heather Property Owners Association's annual Arts and Crafts Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee. 596-5028.
Junior Butterfly Watching Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. The free program is for children 16 and younger; those 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call for reservations, 754-6722.
"Lawn Care for the Cheap and Lazy" free class: 10 a.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Participants will learn simple, inexpensive lawn care practices. Call to register, 754-4433.
St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women host annual Octoberfest dinner: 5:15 p.m., Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Fletcher Organs will provide German music for singing and dancing. Beer will be available. The cost is $7.50 per person. This is an adult event. 796-2096 or 592-6975.
St. Theresa Knights of Columbus to host dinner: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. Theresa Catholic Church parish hall, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The menu includes roast pork, potatoes, vegetables, soup or salad, dessert and coffee, ice tea or hot tea. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12. Sodas will be available for 50 cents. Take-out orders will be available. 683-2849 or (727) 868-2289.
Suncoast Harmony fundraising garage sale: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6301 Swan Lane, one block south of Cortez Boulevard and three blocks east of Deltona Boulevard, Spring Hill. The 38 members of the chorus have all donated merchandise for the sale, which includes items such as furniture, housewares, linens, carpets, jewelry, sports equipment and electronics. Members will also provide information about the chorus, which is the west-central Florida chapter of Sweet Adelines, International. All proceeds will go toward defraying expenses incurred by the chorus. Cindy, 597-4376.
United Methodist Men host "Gigantic Flea Market": 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Lunch will be available in the fellowship hall. Vendor spaces may still be available; call Hal, 683-2467. Call John for general information, 666-7902.
VFW Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary host pig roast: 2 p.m., 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. The cost is $5. Country Pride Band will entertain from 2 to 5 p.m. 796-4449.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 67: Bingo. Warm-ups at 4:45 p.m., early bird at 6 p.m. and regular games at 6:30 p.m. 16314 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville. 796-1679.
Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Fundraiser with Home Business Women's Network: 12:30 to 5 p.m., Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Crafters and business vendors are invited. The cost is $15; tables and advertising are included. Melissa, 585-2870. Funds raised will benefit the Dawn Center and the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Cash donations and nonperishable donations for the Dawn Center shelter will be accepted. Visit www.homebusinesswomensnetwork.com.
Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church: Noon to 8 p.m., 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free parking and admission. There will be carnival rides and a food court. Continuous entertainment features Center Stage, Daniela Serricchio, John Leggio's Center of the Performing Arts, Just Us Duo and Bill Dimmitt. The jackpot raffle drawing will be at 8 p.m. Tony, 666-8149.
Polish American Social Club: Dinner-dance, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The dinner selection is Swiss steak or chicken, which will be served from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dancing to the Music Blenders from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Proper dance attire requested. A full service bar is available. Tickets are $11 for members and $12 for nonmembers and guests. To guarantee menu choice, reservations should be made. Genia, 683-5360, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.
Slovene-American Club to host spaghetti dinner-dance: SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Featuring the music of the Jeanne Zube Duo. Dinner will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with dancing from 3 to 6 p.m. Waltzes and a variety of music will be played. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $8 for dinner and dancing or $5 for dancing only. Doris, 686-9874.
St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church's annual Fall Picnic: Noon, 8064 Weeping Willow St., Spring Hill, off Cortez Boulevard. Music will be provided by Kathy. Food will include grilled keilbasa, hot dogs, stuffed cabbage, perogi, kapusta, salads and desserts. Coffee and soda are included. The cost is $12.50 per person. For tickets, call Alyce at 688-1839.
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