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Things to do in Hernando County this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: February 6, 2014 at 02:28 PM

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Celtic Family Festival

The second annual Celtic Family Festival returns to Brooksville today and Saturday at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville.

An open-mike session and pot luck supper kick off two days of Celtic lore and music. Saturday morning highlights include workshops in dance, the dulcimer, drumming, and more.

Festival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. An adult two-day ticket is $25 at the gate, or $15 for today only or $20 for Saturday. Children age 17 and under are admitted free in the company of paid adult. Call (941) 625-8544 or go to

Don't miss Amigos

The Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents "Latin Pop," featuring guest artists The Five Amigos Jazz Band, at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. There will be a cash prize raffle at each concert.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students in grades K-12. Season tickets are available and may be purchased at the box office or online at

To purchase tickets, call (352) 683-5113, or go to

Former mermaids

The traditional saying "Once a mermaid, always a mermaid" holds true as mermaids of yesteryear return to cast their magical charm at a Former Mermaids Performance, at noon Saturday and Sunday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Admission is $13 for adults and $8 for kids ages 6 to 12, with 5 and under admitted free.

For details, call (352) 592-5656 and visit

Rontowski is a riot

Enjoy a night of comedy and song with standup comedian Karen Rontowski at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton Street, Brooksville. Rontowski's upbeat, optimistic and clean sense of humor has led her to headline performances around the world. Joining Rontowski is vocalist Steve Fowler.

Tickets are $20 each, call (352) 610-4901.

Greek Festival set at fairgrounds

Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church hosts its Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at Hernando County Fairground Auditorium, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Admission is $2 per person with children 11 and under admitted free. The festival has live music, entertainment, food, baked goods, Greek dance lessons, kids' zone, gift shop and vendors. There will be a Toga One Mile Run (or walk) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The entry fee at the gate is $20.

For information call Emily Thomas at (352) 650-0307.

Don't miss bass fishing tourney

The Relay for Life bass Fishing Tournament takes place today and Saturday at Aripeka SunWest Mines, 17251 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. The entry fee per boat is $100 (total of 50 spaces available); bank fishing is allowed for $100 per person and late entries is $25. Prizes are awarded for first, second, third, mystery fish and lowest weight of 5 legal bass. All proceeds go to the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. For information and to register call (352) 279-0618.

Brooksville yard sale planned

Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church is holding a Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church gym, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville. There will be plenty of parking and food will be available. For information call (352) 796-4969.

'Big Bang' sporting clays tourney set

Hernando Builders Association hosts its eighth annual Bang Bang Sporting Clays Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehren's Cutoff Road, Land O'Lakes. Entry is $99 per person, which includes coffee and donuts, a catered lunch and awards after the tournament. Tickets will be sold at the event for shotgun and prize drawings. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch. Entry forms for teams are available at the HBA office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville or online at For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit the website.

Pet adoption event is Saturday

Animal Friends Rescue Network is sponsoring an Adoption Rescue event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Flammer Ford, 3335 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The event will host 10 different rescue groups with dogs and cats for adoption, with approximately 50 to 70 animals. There will be vendors, food, raffles, and informational booths. True Oldies radio (106.3) will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call Susanna Whelan at (352) 684-9050.

Chili Cook-Off at Spring Lake

Spring Lake Community hosts its annual Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. Taste some chili and listen to foot-stomping Blue Grass music. Admission is $3 per person and includes 14 tastes of chili and a vote for your favorite one. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a menu of chili, crackers and a drink for $2.50. For information, call Jim at (352) 540-5532, Linda at (352) 540-8091 or email

Wellington residents have Fine Art Show

The Wellington at Seven Hills plans its 10th Annual Residents' Fine Art Show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wellington Ballroom, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Enjoy this multi-media art display This event is free and open to the public. The Sioux City Bar & Grill will be open. For information, call Shirley Dillon at (352) 686-9657.

Dinner & Variety Show at VFW

VFW Post 10209 hosts a Dinner & Variety Show fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Donation is $15 per person and includes dinner and show. (Beverages not included.) Enjoy a good meal and a variety of performers. For information, call (352) 796-0398.

Monthly line dance social event planned

Brooksville Good Times Line Dance Social Club hosts its monthly social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clubhouse Hall, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. The cost is $5 per person for line dancing only, no lessons, but instructors will available to give aid if needed. Dress comfortably and wear shoes that slide. You are welcome to bring snacks, drinks and ice. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.

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