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This week

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 15, 2001

PLAYHOUSE 19 PLAY: The musical Man of La Mancha continues this weekend at Playhouse 19, 865 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. Show times are 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $12. Play runs Thursdays through Sundays through July 1. Call 563-1333.

DANCE: Ronnie's Academy of Dance will present its 15th annual performance at 7 p.m today at Curtis Peterson Auditorium, Lecanto. The show 2001: A Dance Odyssey features ballet and other dance styles Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Call 795-1010.

ARTISTS MEET: The Citrus County Art League Visual Artists meet at the art league, 2644 N Annapolis Ave., Hernando from 9:30 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday to work on individual projects. Call Ginger at 527-6524.

PORTRAIT ARTISTS: The Citrus County Art League portrait artists met from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Friday at the art league, 2644 N Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Call Wilbur at 527-3227.

Look ahead

FASHION SHOW: A fashion show and fundraiser for Playhouse 19 will begin at 11:30 a.m. July 14 at the theater, 865 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. The show includes fashions modeled by local celebrities, a buffet lunch and entertaining skits. Funds go to the remodeling at the two recently-purchased buildings. Tickets are $35. Call the Playhouse 19 box office at 563-1333.

SAY UNCLE: The Inverness Olde Town Association will have the Uncle Sam Jam street party on July 7. The Uncle Sam Jam will feature a decorated bicycle parade and other children's activities such as two "Moon Walk" booths, carriage rides, patriotic face and nail painting, games, food vendors, a patriotic tribute led by Mayor Joyce Rogers and a street dance to finish the night.

FIREWORKS: Crystal River will have fireworks show on July 4. The fireworks will be launched from Kings Bay shortly after dusk, and spectators can view from any neighboring street or parking lot. Before the festival, a family fun day with volleyball, swimming and other activities takes place at Hunter Springs Park.

IT'S A BLAST: A boat parade and fireworks show is scheduled for June 30 at Homosassa Riverside Resort, 5297 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa. Other activities include family events happening throughout the day at local business on the Homosassa River. Call 628-2474.

NATURE COAST ARTISTS: The Nature Coast Decorative Artists meets at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Weeki Wachee Clubhouse, 3357 Susan Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 688-2426.

TIME WARP AGAIN: The Rocky Horror Show opens July 13 and continues weekends through July 22 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults. 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 (352) 683-5113.

FANTASY AUTHORS: Piers Anthony, a popular science fantasy author and a resident of east Citrus County, will be joined by Rick Wilber, science fiction author and mass communications faculty member at the University of South Florida, and Dan Scanlan, staff reporter at the Florida Times-Union and reader and reviewer of science fiction books. Piers has published literally hundreds of science fiction and fantasy books since the late 1950s. He is known for the Xanth, Adept and numerous other serial works. The program will be from 2 to 5 p.m. July 14 at the Citrus County Auditorium on U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Each speaker will present a view of futuristic predictions by science fiction and fantasy writers, including their effect on everyday lives. Admission to the program is free, and it is presented by the Citrus County Library System through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

Quick trips

FOREVER FUNNY: The musical Forever Plaid will be presented through July 1 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. June 9 and 28; and at 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. For children 12 and younger, $19.95 for dinner and show, and $14.95 for show only. Call (727) 869-7949 or toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

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