Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 37th Annual Rotary Auction: Online Bidding Open
The annual Brooksville Rotary Radio Auction is now open for online bidding. If you wish to bid online anytime prior to the live On-Air radio auction, you must have a bidder/ticket number for online bidding. To pre-register online, and obtain your bidder/ticket number, visit http://www.rotaryradioauction.com. On March 14 you can tune in to the live auction at WWJB 1450-AM and WXJB 99.9FM, from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 2nd Annual Local Authors Showcase
1:00-5:00pm. The Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Drive, Spring Hill. Are you a local author? Have you published a book, either in print or online? Would you like a chance to highlight your work and possibly sell copies of your book? The Hernando County Public Library is looking for local authors! Participating authors will get the opportunity to talk about the publishing experience, read from their books, and have copies available for purchase. Participation is by application only; to be selected, you must be published either in print or e-book format. Interested authors should contact Stephanie Race firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 352-540-6591. Applications must be submitted to Stephanie Race by January 8, 2015 at the above email, faxed to 352-688-5038, or submitted by mail or in person to the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34608.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Kool Krafts: Paracord Bracelets
4:30-6:30pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Paracord bracelets are not only fun to wear, they are fun to make! Learn how to make a variety of patterns at this fun and creative event. The program is designed for participants ages 12 – 18, but everyone is invited. Registration is required. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit
Thursday, January 22, 2015 – An Evening at the 1885 Train Depot Museum: The Real Story of the Brooksville Raid
7:00pm. The 1885 Train Depot, 70 Russell Street, Brooksville. Enjoy the real story of the Brooksville Raid, as told by renowned local storyteller, Jerry Cowling. The evening includes refreshments, and a guided tour of the Train Depot Museum. The cost is $10.00 per person; reservations are required. For information, or to make your reservation, call 352-799-4766.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Music Under the Oaks at The Farm
6:00-11:00pm. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476 west of US-98), Brooksville. Enjoy Open Mic Night in the fresh air with folks you know and new friends you'll meet. Bring a covered dish to share, your chair and your own beverage, along with your acoustic instruments, voice, poetry, stories and a smile! Admission and primitive camping by donation. 352-424-2655 / http://www.thefarmreport.webs.com
Friday, January 23, 2015 – Dining in the Dark: A Celebration of the Senses
6:00pm, Reception and cash bar; 7:00pm begins the five course dinner. The Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Presented by the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired, you will be immersed in velvety darkness and served a sumptuous five-course dinner. Experience how your "other" senses take over as you savor sensuous tastes, smells and textures, challenging your palate to seek out the mysteries of the menu. Proceeds benefit many services for the visually impaired and blind; seats are $100 each. For reservations, information, corporate tables or sponsorship, call 352-754-1132 or 727-815-0303, or email email@example.com; or visit http://www.lvib.org.
Friday, January 23 – Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Theater: To Kill a Mockingbird
7:30pm. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Brooksville. Published in 1960, Harper Lee's classic novel about a white Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape during the Depression won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. To Kill a Mockingbird is a tender portrait of a southern town, brimming with powerful lessons of tolerance, justice and quiet heroism. Adults: $15.00; students under age 18: $10.00; college and active military personnel with valid I.D.: $12.00. Group rates are available. For information, call 352-683-5113, or visit http://www.stagewest.net.
Friday, January 23 – Saturday, 24, 2015 – Ghost Tour
8:00-10:00pm. May-Stringer Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Legend has it that the 151-year old former residence of pioneer Frank Saxon is still inhabited by some of its residents, including three-year old Jessie May Saxon. Hand-held cameras and recording devices allowed. Tour is by reservation only, $20.00 per person (cash only). 352-556-9571 /http://www.hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Bark Island
7:30-9:30am. Pine Island Beach, 10840 Pine Island Drive, Spring Hill. You and your canine friends are welcome at Pine Island on select Saturday mornings for two hours of play time! Admission is $7.00 for the first dog, per car; $3.00 for each additional dog. Yearly passes are available for $70.00 first dog; $30.00 each additional dog. Please remember to bring proof of your dog's current vaccinations and licensing, pick up after your pet and bring a leash, just in case they get rowdy. For more information, contact 352-754-4031 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find the full schedule of Saturday dates athttp://www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Game On! at your Library
10:00am-4:00pm. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville. Calling all gamers! Did you know you can play video games at your East Hernando Branch Library every Saturday? Whether you enjoy video games or board games, you will have a great time with your friends and family on Saturdays at the East Hernando Branch Library! For more information, call (352) 754-4043 or visithttp://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Hernando County Farmer's Market
10:00am-3:00pm. 2450 Commercial Way (US-19) in the Rural King Parking Lot, Spring Hill. Vendors offer fresh veggies and fruit, organic and Amish country food, plants, local honey, herbs, soaps, jams, candy, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, and more. 352-232-4241 /http://www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com
Saturday. January 24, 2015 – Sparrow Drive
8:15am-12:00pm. Weeki Wachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill. It's almost time for the 8th annual Weeki Wachee Preserve sparrow drives and volunteers are needed to help complete this fun, volunteer-based research project that continues to document winter site fidelity of migratory sparrows and House Wrens. Volunteers will walk in lines through the grass and short shrubs, flushing sparrows and other grassland birds into a long line of mist nets for capture and banding. You will be able to see and photograph wintering grassland sparrows up close as birds are removed from mist nets and at the banding station on site. Long pants are recommended and close-toed shoes are required; be prepared for standing water onsite so wear shoes that you don't mind getting soaked. Access to the January 24th site entails a hike of about one mile (great birding along the way) or you can ride in the shuttle vehicle which will run to and from the gate and the Jan 24th site beginning around 8:15 a.m. Participants must bring their own water and snacks, lunch if desired. To sign up, or for information, or email email@example.com.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Making Movies at the Library
11:00am-12:30pm. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville. Are you a teen dreaming of creating, directing, or starring in your own movies or videos? If you are a teen interested in making fun movies with your friends and family and want to learn about a teen video contest with a $150.00 prize, the Library has all the tools and equipment and instruction you need to create your video masterpiece. For more information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit the library's website athttp://www.hernandocountylibrary.us
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Chili-Okee Showdown
9:00am-6:00pm. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way (US-19), Weeki Wachee. Support local Firefighters and Police as they go head to head for bragging rights to the best chili in the county! Enjoy free sample tastes with opportunities to purchase larger quantities; proceeds will benefit local charities. Bring your chair or relax on the grass to watch as 25 pre-auditioned contestants perform live onstage to sing their tails off in Weeki Wachee style, for more bragging rights of course! Classic cars and motorcycles will be on display throughout the Park; be sure to vote the People's Choice for the best in show. Prize drawings will be held all day. Beer and wine will be available, no coolers allowed. Admission: Adults, $5.00; children age six to 12, $3.00; children age five and under, free. For information, call 352-592-5656, or visit http://www.weekiwachee.com.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Treasure Hunt Using GPS
10:00am. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476, one mile east of US-41N), Brooksville. Do you like treasure hunting? Come try Geocaching….the fun, free, family activity where you can use multi-billion dollar satellites to hunt Tupperware in the woods! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, such as many smart phones. Participants will navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the hidden geocache. The class will cover a brief history and overview of Geocaching, then head outdoors to find a few treasures! All ages are welcome. If you have a GPS unit, bring it along; please dress appropriately for outdoor walking activities. Pre-register online at http://www.myfwc.com/Chinsegut, or call 352-754-6722.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – An Evening of Music and Dancing
5:00-9:00pm. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The Suncoast Party Center is pleased to bring you festive music in new and exciting locations throughout the year. This evening features Bob Kravos and The Band, with Walter Ostanek, Canada's Polka King. Great Polka's, plus a variety of music and camaraderie along with good food offers a great evening for everyone. Members: $10.00 per person; non-members: $12.00 per person. Food and beverages available for purchase. For reservations, or information, call 352-428-8340.
Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Theater Matinee: To Kill a Mockingbird
2:00pm. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Brooksville. Published in 1960, Harper Lee's classic novel about a white Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape during the Depression won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. To Kill a Mockingbird is a tender portrait of a southern town, brimming with powerful lessons of tolerance, justice and quiet heroism. Adults: $15.00; students under age 18: $10.00; college and active military personnel with valid I.D.: $12.00. Group rates are available. For information, call 352-683-5113, or visit http://www.stagewest.net.
Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Legendary Sirens Performance
Special performances: 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way (corner US-19 & SR-50), Weeki Wachee. The traditional saying, "Once a mermaid, always a mermaid," holds true as The Legendary Sirens perform this Weekend! This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 40's to the 70's. Don't miss this magical performance by this special group of ladies. Enjoy a full day at the Park and Buccaneer Bay, plus the special performance. 352-592-5656 / http://www.weekiwachee.com
Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Airport Flea Market and Farmer's Market
8:00am-3:00pm. 17375 Spring Hill Drive (just west of US-41), Spring Hill. Shop for what you need and find a bargain at the same time! Approximately 100 vendors offer everything from house wares, tools, collectibles, cosmetics, craft items, recreational items and fresh-from-the-farm goodies. For information, call 352-796-0258.
Saturday, January 24 – Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Brooksville Knife and Gun Show
Saturday, January 24, 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, January 25, 9:00am-4:00pm. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad Street (US-41 south), Brooksville. The Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts their annual winter gun show, where you can buy, sell, and trade! You'll find all types of new, used, and antique firearm, knives, and related accessories. Admission is $6.00 per person; children age 16 and under admitted free with paid adult admission. Parking is free. For additional information, contact Randie at 352-799-3605, or visit http://www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.