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Area events, Oct. 18


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Harvest festival

BROOKSVILLE - Communities In Schools of Hernando County & Hernando High School's inaugural Harvest Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park, 306 Derby Lane, Brooksville. No cost to attend. Vendor registration and set-up starts at 9 a.m.

Haunted trail

SPRING HILL - The eighth annual Haunted Trail on Golddust will be open from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow and Oct. 25-26 at 5277 Golddust Road, Spring Hill. The cost is $5 to enter and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Survive the trail and come face to face with the wicked witch. Appropriate footwear required. For more information call (352) 263-8044.

'Fiddler on the Roof'

BROOKSVILLE - The Live Oak Theatre Company presents "Fiddler on the Roof" with performances on Friday and Saturday and Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at the Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville. Performances on Friday and Saturday will start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $18 or $35 per couple, students 13 and under are $5 with purchase of adult ticket. All tickets include coffee/tea and dessert. For more information please visit or call (352) 593-0027.

Halloween harvest

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween Harvest Festival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Hernando County Fair Grounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. General admission is free, game tickets are four for $1, haunted house is $3 and the hayride is $2. Food will be available and priced separately. Pet Masquerade is today; registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with an entry fee of $2. Costume Contest tomorrow, registration begins at 6 p.m. with an entry fee of $2. For information call HCRD (352) 754-4031 or visit

Halloween dance

SPRING HILL -The Arc Nature Coast Halloween Dance Party will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $5 per person with door prizes, refreshments and music by PJ the DJ. Wear your costumes. For information call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109 or email

Ballroom dance

SPRING HILL - Let's Dance Nature Coast is hosting a Ballroom Dance on Friday at the Suncoast Dance & Party Center, 13383 County Line Rd., Spring Hill. Doors open at 4 p.m. with free dance lessons at 4:45 p.m. followed by music and dancing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person online and $10 at the door. Complimentary decaf coffee, iced tea and finger food potluck will be available and attendees are welcome to bring alcohol, beverages and food. Dress is smart casual to formal. For information and tickets visit

Un Diner Elegance

SPRING HILL - Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery presents "Un Diner Elegance" which begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the vineyard, 17810 Forge Dr., Spring Hill. Tickets for the event are $65, credit cards will be accepted, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit St. Vincent de Paul's "Walk for the Poor". Ticket includes appetizers, a four-course dinner, wine tasting, complementary bottle of wine, your choice, with dinner entrée and complimentary glass of wine with dessert. After dinner enjoy live music and a Most Elegant Lady and Most Elegant Gentleman contest. Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold. For information or ticket purchases contact Janis at (352) 799-7913 or Dave Mickelson (352)428-7508.

Fall garage sale

BROOKSVILLE - The Brookridge Neighborhood Fall Garage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8161 Hampton St., Brooksville. There will be over 70 tables of household articles, clothing, crafts, knick-knacks, books, tools and more. Coffee, donuts and lunch will be available. The public is welcome. For questions call Lois at (352) 584-5544.

Flea market at airport

BROOKSVILLE/SPRING HILL - The Airport Flea Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 17375 Spring Hill Drive. Vendors offer housewares, tools, collectibles and cosmetics, craft items, recreational items and farm-fresh food. Call (352) 796-0268.

Corn maze

BROOKVILLE - The "Fall Corn Maze" and pumkin patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3 at Sweetfield Farms, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Brooksville. Admission gains entrance to the corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride, hay play area, hay maze and spider web maze, picnic area, treehouse, story teller, craft of the season and more. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 3 to 11. Children 2 and under are free. For information call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Mermaid Encounter

WEEKI WACHEE - Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, is offering a "Mermaid Encounter" for children between the ages of 3 and 14. Children will spend 20-minute with one of Weeki Wachee's live mermaids in the "Mermaid Lagoon" at Buccaneer Bay. There will be two sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. The first session starts at 3:30 p.m. and is for children between 3 and 6 years old. The second session starts at 4:30 p.m. and is for children between the ages of 7 and 14. The cost is $75. To register for the event, call (352) 592-5656.

Gag grouper season

The recreational season for gag grouper runs through Dec. 3. There is a two-per-person bag limit. For information on gag grouper limits, licensing and other requirements visit

Coming up

Ethnic festival

SPRING HILL - The Spring Hill Ethnic Festival is selling advance discount armband tickets for the festival on Oct. 24-27 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. For unlimited rides a one-day ticket is $20 and a four-day ticket is $55. Advance tickets can be purchased until 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at the church. For more information, call Debbie at (352) 293-6164.

Rummage sale

SPRING HILL - The Women of Grace Presbyterian Church will hold their Fall Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the church, 8375 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. Some items for sale include clothing, books, CD's, toys, kitchenware, furniture, bed and bath items, baked goods and much more. The Youth will also serve luncheon items the day of the sale. For information call (352) 683-2082.

Fallen soldiers tribute

HUDSON - The Nature Coast 9.12 Groups is proud to present the Fourth Annual Fallen Soldiers Tribute at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Praise Family Worship Center, 17920 Meriden Blvd., Hudson. The public is invited for refreshments following the tribute.

Fall festival

SPRING HILL - The Hernando County Family YMCA's Annual Family Fall Festival will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per family (2 adults and children), additional adults are $3 each. Come out for Spooktacular Fun and a new addition this year Trunk or Treat. Looking for volunteers, please contact Lisa Cunningham at (352) 688-9622 or

Syrian cultural festival

SPRING HILL - The Crescent Community Clinic presents the Syrian cultural festival from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Senior Citizen Center of Hernando County, 7925 Rhanbuoy Rd., Spring Hill. Free food and drinks will be available and a bounce house for children. Flu shots and free blood pressure readings.

Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church is sponsoring a Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Strong Tower Winery, 17810 Forge Dr., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per two people. Join us for a fun evening of wine tasting, appetizers, raffles, music and Chinese auction. For tickets and information contact Gerry at (352) 238-4822 or Regina at (352) 345-8462.

Model show

SPRING HILL - The Nature Coast Modelers will have a show and tell Model Show from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. There is no admission fee and no charge for available tables, please bring your own chair. All ship, airplane, car, truck, military, plastic or wood models and dioramas are welcome. Parking and refreshments will be available. Call (352) 684-2484 for details.

Coastal cleanup

HERNANDO BEACH - The Hernando County Stormwater Engineering Department has scheduled a Coastal Clean-Up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 starting at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Volunteers will report to the park to receive trash bags and complete clearance forms. The Coastal Clean-Up is the first event of its kind in several years and we hope to attract youth groups, civic organizations and individuals. Help keep Hernando County beautiful. For information contact Mr. Black at (352) 754-4062.

Youth summit

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Youth Initiative's Sixth Annual Summit for Youth & Families will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration and refreshments starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1 at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville. There is no cost to attend this event to remove barriers and put solutions in place to create a better quality of life for all, especially our youth. The keynote speaker for the summit will be Dr. Fairest Hill and the guest speaker is Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano. Sponsors are still needed from $50 to $500. For more information contact Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322, cell (813) 748-1506 or email

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