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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001

HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The Brooksville Heritage Museum will hold its 21st annual Heritage Day Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Hernando County's 158th birthday. Music and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day. The day's highlight will be the sealing of a time capsule at 2 p.m. Museum tours featuring the reconstructed gazebo and a new war room will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $3 for adults and $1 for children. For information, call 799-0129.

CULTURE NIGHTS: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Culture Night from 6 to 9 p.m. today to celebrate Black History Month at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The game/recreation room will be open for youths and their parents, grandparents and friends. Participants may play pool, pingpong, air hockey, Foosball, Play Station and arcade games. The event is free. For information, call 544-5498.

PATRIOTIC PERFORMANCE: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will perform its final winter concert, "God Bless America," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $9. For information, call 799-8507.

ALL UNDER CONTROL: There will be a Fun-Fly for vintage radio-controlled model airplanes Saturday and Sunday at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation on State Road 50, east of Weeki Wachee. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Hernando Aero Modelers and Chapter Two Vintage Radio Control Society. Admission is free. Parking is $2. For information, call 688-9395.

FLUTE SWEET: The Brooksville Music Club will sponsor performances by flutists Louise Voscinar and Melissa Parker at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W in Brooksville. The event is free. For information, call 796-5420.

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST: The work of Spring Hill Art League Artist of the Month Carol Szynwelski will be on display through February during business hours at the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, 10005 Cortez Blvd. in Spring Hill. A Michigan native, Szynwelski works in many different media. The exhibit is free. For information, call 596-4000.

Look ahead

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: Three sopranos will take a "Sentimental Journey" on March 2-4 at the Forum at Stage West, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. The theater's box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and one hour before each show. Call 683-5113.

SWAMPY FUN: The eighth annual Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival will be March 3 and 4 at the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp on Shoal Line Boulevard, a half-mile south of Cortez Boulevard. Admission, parking and entertainment are free. Bus shuttles will run from two satellite parking areas, one on Cortez Boulevard and one at Hernando Beach Park. For information, call 596-4743.

HOLY JOKES!: The Day They Kidnapped the Pope opens March 8 and continues Thursdays and weekends through March 25 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students age 17 and younger. The theater's box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and one hour before each show. Call 683-5113.

SHOWER POWER: More than 30 exhibits for health and wellness information will be available at the Fourth Annual World's Greatest Baby Shower from 6-8:30 p.m. March 8 at the National Guard Armory, 16386 Spring Hill Drive. Admission is free. For information, call 688-5067, ext. 31.

REMEMBERING A LEGEND: The Will McLean Music Festival will be March 10 and 11 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch southeast of Brooksville. The festival has live music on three stages, workshops, poetry and storytelling, food, dancing and children's activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight March 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11. Admission is $17 for a weekend ticket before March 2. Send check payable to the Will McLean Foundation and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tickets, 20232 Palmetto Lane, Dunnellon, FL 34432. Tickets at the gate are $20 for the weekend, $12 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Pay for camp sites on arrival. Call (352) 465-7208 for festival information, (352) 754-3082 for camping.

Quick trips

BEFORE THE PARADE PASSES BY: The musical Hello, Dolly! continues through March 25 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Performances are 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and March 7, 14 and 21; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash bar. Dinner and show, $35.95, show only, $24.95; ages 12 and younger, $19.95 and $14.95. For tickets and information, call (888) 655-7469.

DAILY NEWS: The Daily News will perform at Rock Crusher Canyon's Garden Pavilion from 7 to 10 p.m. today. Doors open at 5 p.m. for happy hour and a Cajun/Creole buffet dinner will be served from 6 to 8. Tickets are $15. For information, call (352) 795-1313. From Hernando County, take U.S. 19 north, turn right on Venable Road; go 2 miles to Rock Crusher Road and turn right. The entrance is on the left.

UNCOMMON THREADS: The fiber art exhibit "A Thread Runs Through It" continues at the Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, through Wednesday. Works by five Florida fabric artists are on view 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

CHILI CONTEST: The Withlacoochee River Chili Cookoff begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Turner Fish Camp on Hooty Point off Turner Camp Road, Inverness. Contestants must bring at least two quarts of chili, ready to be heated over an open fire. Entries must be in by 3 p.m. Live music by Leather and Lace. For information, call (352) 726-0085.

BACK TO THE '50S: Monroe Powell's Platters will re-create the famous 1950s sound of the original group at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at the New Port Richey branch of Pasco-Hernando Community College, 10230 Ridge Road. Tickets are $10, $12 and $14. For information, call (727) 816-3241

BACK TO BIG BAND: The 42nd Street Show Band will perform swing tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and others at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Admission is $2.50. Tickets may be purchased at all Pasco County libraries and at the door on the day of the show.

VALENTINE'S ANTIDOTE: The Underground Poets' Society will hold "Post Valentine's Commiseration" at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. Those who have been jilted, tossed aside or otherwise heartbroken are invited to share a poem or story with others and sing sad songs of unrequited love -- all in good fun, of course.

Curtain calls

Auditions for the annual Brooksville Music Club scholarships will be March 10 at the First United Methodist Church, 108 S Broad St., Brooksville. The auditions are open to Hernando County high school students in their junior or senior year (or home school equivalent), at least 15 years old and taking private lessons in voice, piano, string or wind instrument. As many as five scholarships of $300 will be awarded. For an application, call Alfrieda Taft at 799-6448.

Auditions for the annual Reaching for the Stars talent competition held by the Alzheimer's Family Organization will be at held March 25 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Those who audition pay a $10 audition fee ($5 for each additional member of a group, with a maximum charge of $20). The show will be at 2 p.m. May 6 at the Center for the Arts. Prizes range from $50 to $200 U.S. Savings Bonds. For audition applications and time slot, call (727) 848-8888 or (888) 496-8004. Forms must be in no later than March 9.

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