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Events

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 11, 2008


Today/New

The Fabulous Hubcaps perform in concert: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime at 7 p.m., Hernando Performing Arts Center, Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $20. 799-5577.

Florida Championship Wrestling fundraiser: Bell time at 8 p.m., Hernando High, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. The wrestling roster includes FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion Ted DiBiase Jr., Mike Mondo, Nattie Neidhart, the Bella Twins, Victoria Crawford, Ichiban with Mr. Yamamoto, and others. Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Hernando County Sheriff's Youth Education Services and Lea's Prayers and Postage. 754-6830.

Florida Classic Clusters AKC All-Breed Dog Show: 8 a.m. to 5, p.m., Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, off Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville. Visitors will have a chance to go behind the scenes and learn how a dog is judged and meet dog handlers. Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. Pet rescues will be on hand showcasing adoptable pets and an array of vendors. Dog owners can bring their pets to the Doggie Fun Zone, a multi-dimensional lure course. No previous experience is needed for dogs to participate. Admission to the Doggie Fun Zone is $10. The show is presented by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Florida Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Pasco Florida Kennel Club and Tampa Bay Kennel Club. The event continues through Monday and again Jan. 16-20. 813 361-8402 or (813) 215-3580.

Italian Festival and Market: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Victorious Life Church, 18924 County Line Road, Spring Hill. There will be food vendors, crafters, produce stand and more. Admission and parking is free. All proceeds will go to the New Hope Foundation. Collection boxes for monetary donations and food items for the charity will be on hand. The event is sponsored by Well Care and the Blue Moon Diner. 835-9512.

Library offers Toddler Time and Storytime programs: Toddler Time (for 18-35 months) at 10 a.m., Storytime (for 3-5 years) at 11 a.m., West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Programs include age-appropriate stories, finger plays and songs. Free. No registration required. 540-6391.

Friday/Continuing

Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The winter exhibit, which runs through Feb. 12, features displays by the Hernando Quilters, Suncoast Ship Model Society, Spring Hill Camera Club and a new selection of poetry by Just Poets members; paintings by artists Tony Caparello, Glenna Cofran, Shirley Jacobson, Barbara Kerr, Alberto Juliano, Jessica Miller, David C. Roland and LeAnn Steen. On loan is a painting by Mexican-American muralist Oscar Romaro, courtesy of Telma Ott. Also, wood artisan Ray Pope has a display of his furniture creations. An art reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 544-5407.

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: Dinner and dancing, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Doors open at 4 p.m.; dinner served from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Music for dancing provided. Dinner is $9 for members 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. Anne's Church: Bingo, 11 a.m., 4142 Treiman Blvd. (U.S. 301), Ridge Manor. 583-2550.

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.

Senior Citizens Club of Hernando County: Card games, 5 to 10 p.m., 7925 Rhambuoy Road, Spring Hill. Barb, 683-2440.

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 8713 And Ladies Auxiliary: Live entertainment with Golden Country Band, 6 p.m., 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. 796-4449.

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.

Saturday/New

Aripeka Elks dinner show to feature Red Hot Jubilee Jam: Dinner at 6 p.m., showtime is at 7:30 p.m., Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. The show includes tributes to Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball and New York City. Tickets are $28 for premium seating and $26 for general seating. (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Bandshell Bash and Brooksville Cruise-In Car Show: 4 to 8 p.m., Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Tampa rock quartet Crystal Blue will perform. The free family event will also feature an antique car and hot rod show, sidewalk vendors and other activities. 754-4788.

Bird Walk at Bayport: Meet at 7 a.m. at Hardee's, Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, Weeki Wachee. This is a coastal trip with the Hernando Audubon Society, concentrating on shorebirds and coastal inhabitants. Bernie, 754-9030.

Brooksville Elks host steak shoot and spaghetti dinner: 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Steak shoot, 4 to 6 p.m., in the lounge. The caller will be Bob Grover. Participants can win fresh 1-pound steaks by playing a bingo-like card game with three attached cards for $1 each. Bob Grover, 666-4896. The paghetti dinner, 6 to 7 p.m., includes spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread and salad. The cost is $5. Wine will be available for $1 per glass. 596-2582.

Cooperative Extension Service offers "Easy to Grow Trees": 10 a.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Free. Call to register, 754-4433.

Florida Classic Clusters AKC All-Breed Dog Show: 8 a.m. to 5, p.m., Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, off Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville. Visitors will have a chance to go behind the scenes and learn how a dog is judged and meet dog handlers. Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. Pet rescues will be on hand showcasing adoptable pets and an array of vendors. Dog owners can bring their pets to the Doggie Fun Zone, a multi-dimensional lure course. No previous experience is needed for dogs to participate. Admission to the Doggie Fun Zone is $10. The show is presented by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Florida Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Pasco Florida Kennel Club and Tampa Bay Kennel Club. The event continues through Monday and again Jan. 16-20. (813) 361-8402 or (813) 215-3580.

Florida Manatee Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Citrus Avenue, downtown Crystal River. The festival, sponsored by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, will include a fine art show with more than 65 exhibitors from throughout the United States. There will be live entertainment. Also, the seventh annual Jimmy Buffet sound-alike contest will be today. Children's games and activities will be held at the Creative Playground behind City Hall. A craft show will have more than 200 crafters. Admission is $2 for adults and youth 12 and older. (352) 795-3149, (352) 726-2801 or (352) 628-2666.

Italian Festival and Market: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Victorious Life Church, 18924 County Line Road, Spring Hill. There will be food vendors, crafters, produce stand and more. Admission and parking is free. All proceeds will go to the New Hope Foundation. Collection boxes for monetary donations and food items for the charity will be on hand. The event is sponsored by Well Care and the Blue Moon Diner. 835-9512.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary to host Grand Opening Celebration: Opening ceremony at 11 a.m., at the new post home, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Following the ceremony, Frankie Dee's New York Orchestra will kick off the entertainment from noon to 2 p.m. There will be continuous entertainment through the evening. 796-0398.

Saturday/Continuing

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.

Hernando County Fair Association hosts Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. 796-4552.

Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hallcrest Aerie 4497: 3 to 9 p.m., 1391 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Snacks and a barbecue meal are available. 684-3860.

Senior Citizens Club of Hernando County: Bingo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. Nonsmoking. 596-1095 or Barb, 683-2440.

Spring Hill Garden Club Plant Nursery: 9 a.m. to noon, Parker Avenue, off Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Gloria Nadeau, 597-1415.

VFW Post 8713 And Ladies Auxiliary: Live entertainment with Country Pride Band, 2 to 5 p.m.; karaoke at 6 p.m., 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. 796-4449.

VFW Post 8681 And Ladies Auxiliary: Live entertainment, 6 p.m., 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills. (727) 856-1860.

Sunday/New

Florida Manatee Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., along Citrus Avenue, downtown Crystal River. The festival, sponsored by the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, will include a fine art show with more than 65 exhibitors from throughout the United States. There will be live entertainment. Children's games and activities will be held at the Creative Playground behind City Hall. A craft show will have more than 200 crafters. Admission is $2 for adults and youth 12 and older. (352) 795-3149, (352) 726-2801 or (352) 628-2666.

Hernando Jazz Society jam to feature Dan McMillion Band: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $3 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Light refreshments available. Those attending can bring their own beverages. 666-4842.

Polish American Social Club: Dinner-dance, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The dinner selection is Salisbury steak or baked 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. Tickets are $11 for members and $12 for nonmembers and guests. Proper dress attire requested. A full-service bar is available. To guarantee menu choice, reservations should be made. Genia, 683-5360, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.

VFW Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary host breakfast: 9 to 11 a.m., 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. The menu includes scrambled eggs, toast or biscuits, sausage or bacon; and grits, potatoes or biscuits and sausage gravy. Coffee and orange juice is included. The cost is $4. Screwdrivers or bloody Mary cocktails are $1 each. 796-4449.

Sunday/Continuing

Cloverleaf Leprechauns square dancing: Prerounds at 1:30 p.m., dancing from 2 to 4 p.m., Heather House at Clover Leaf Farms, 900 N Broad St., Brooksville. The cost for members is $8 per couple; nonembers pay $9 per couple. Cathy Gotterup, 799-5539.

Hernando County Fair Association hosts Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. 796-4552.

St. Jude Knights of Columbus: Bingo. Doors open at 10 a.m.; bingo starts at 12:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Food and beverages available. There is a minimum $10 package to play. 683-1227.

VFW Post 9236 And Ladies Auxiliary: Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. 596-9236.

Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to 754-6133 or e-mailed to day@sptimes.com (please include club's name in e-mail subject line). The deadline for news is 10 days before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.