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March 28th & March 29th FREE to attend: 2015 Spring Planting OLIVE TREE and NATURAL HEALING PLANT, TEA and HERB FESTIVAL live bands, Fun Workshops, Educational Seminars and lots of FUN and plenty of FREE PARKING at… The Olive Grove!

 Things to do in Hernando Week of February 26 – March 4, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Music Under the Oaks at The Farm – Special Event
7:30pm. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476 west of US-98), Brooksville 34601. You're invited to a special evening when the incredible Jack Williams (http://www.jackwilliamsmusic.com) will appear in a special performance under the beautiful oaks and starlit skies. Bring your chair to enjoy great music in a magical setting. Admission: $10.00 donation per person. For more information, call 352-424-2655.
 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Hernando Audubon Presents: Saving Yellow-headed Parrots in Belize: Correlations with the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in our Area
6:30-8:30pm. Hernando County  Community Activity Center, 205 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, 34601.  Researcher Michael Keys will discuss measures in Belize to save the critically endangered Yellow-headed Parrot and the parallels with efforts to conserve Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the Hernando County area. Both species nest in cavities and can benefit from human interventions, including prescribed burns. For details on the presenter, or Hernando Audubon, visithttp://www.hernandoaudubon.org..For information, call Bev at 352-686-0460. Note: If you have bird or wildlife books that are just collecting dust, consider donating them to Hernando Audubon where they can be reused by meeting attendees.
 
Thursday, February 26, 2015
CPR / AED Classes (alternate date: March 12)
6:00-10:00pm. Bayfront Health – Brooksville Hospital Medical Arts Building, Room 120, 17240 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50), Brooksville, 34601. If you need to review and renew your CPR/AED certification, or if you would like to learn CPR, you are invited to attend one of the classes. This class is designed for the professional health care provider and meets the guide lines of the American Heart Association. Non-health care professionals are welcome to attend. Part of the proceeds are donated to the Enrichment Center. Pre-registration is required; the total cost is $20.00. To reserve a seat, please call Bob Kanner at 352-597-8875.
  
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Tech Tutors
2:30-4:30pm. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville, 34602. Not quite sure how to use your electronic device? Do you have tech questions or concerns? Grab your gadget and stop by! Your Hernando County Public Library System is here to help! Your library offers one-on-one instruction in the Tech Tutors program! Bring in any hand-held, self-contained device along with any questions you would like to have answered. Just drop in between 2:30-4:30pm for one-on-one help. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.
  
Friday, February 27, 2015
Environmentally Sensitive Lands Volunteer Work Day:
Cypress Lake Preserve
9:30am. Meet at the gate on Ridge Manor Blvd. and SR-50; across from Ridge Manor Park, 34030 Ridge Manor Blvd., Ridge Manor, 33525. Your environmental awareness and a bit of your time is earnestly needed to help maintain one of Hernando County's Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) areas. Following a brief talk about the Preserve and the needed work, volunteers will remove an old shingle pile, and some trash along the cypress lakes. Work will be completed by noon. An optional guided nature walk will be offered following completion of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Please bring gloves, eye protection, insect repellent, sun screen, and drinking water. Useful tools include cultivating rakes and hoes for uncovering trash, and five gallon buckets for collecting small items. To participate, please call ahead to Jim King at 352-754-4057 / ext. 28020 or email jking@co.hernando.fl.us.
  
Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ghost Tour
8:00-10:00pm. May-Stringer Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville, 34601. 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.
  

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Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Concert: At The Movies
7:30pm. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present music from movies spanning the decades. Selections include Hymn to the Fallen, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Dances with Wolves, the main theme from Forest Gump, Mission Impossible, The Prince of Egypt, and more. General admission ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for students in grades K-12. You may purchase your tickets at the Stage West box office, or by calling the box office at 352-683-5113.

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Hernando County Farmer's Market

10:00am-3:00pm. 2450 Commercial Way (US-19) in the Rural King Parking Lot, Spring Hill, 34606. 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, February 28, 2015
The Comedy of Pat Capuzzi

Doors open, 7:15pm. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, Brooksville, 34613. Known as "The Italian Stallion of Comedy," Pat Capuzzi comes to Brooksville! An extremely talented individual with a down-to-earth, home spun humor that has universal appeal, he has delighted audiences from the east coast to Las Vegas. Tickets are $10.00 per person. To purchase tickets, or for information, call 352-569-2388.

 

 
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Black History Month Recognition Banquet

6:00pm. Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville, 34601. The evening event recognizes and honors a Hernando County native for outstanding accomplishments in his or her profession, or for outstanding services to the community. You are invited to join the celebration for this year's honoree, Dr. Mae Deloris Thompson-White, the first black dentist in Hernando County. Tickets are $18.00 advance purchase, or $20.00 at the door. For information, call 352-515-6613.

 

 
Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Disc Dog Competition

10:00am. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill, 34609. The high-flying dogs return to Hernando County for another exciting season of disc dog competitions. You're invited to come out to cheer on your favorite four-legged competitor at the  USDDN "Fun in the Sun" Qualifier and Skyhoundz Extreme Distance Qualifier tournament. For information and event details, contact cfddc01@verizon.net.

 

  
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Brooksville Library 5K
8:00am. Lykes Memorial (Main Branch) Library, Historic Downtown Brooksville 34601. Don't miss this unique opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Library 5K run through historic downtown Brooksville! Runners will receive a race tee-shirt, goody bag, and post-race food and drinks. The adult 5K begins at 8:00am; the Kids' Fun Run will immediately follow. Register online at http://www.brooksvillelibrary5K.com. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library of Hernando County, and the YMCA of the Nature Coast. For more information, call, 352-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us
  
Bark IslandSaturday, February 28, 2015
Bark Island
7:30-9:30am. Pine Island Beach, 10840 Pine Island Drive, Spring Hill, 34607. You and your canine friends are welcome at Pine Island on select Saturday mornings for two hours of play time with your best pals! 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 or recreation@hernandocounty.us. Find the full schedule of Saturday dates at http://www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
  
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Creativity Workshop
3:30-5:00pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Inspire your creativity and awaken your artist within. This workshop incorporates exercises recommended by books on creativity and is meant to open and expand the creative side. The workshops are free of charge; registration is recommended. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit http://www.hernandocountylibrary.us.
  
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Game On! at Your Library
10:00am-4:00pm. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville,34602. 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, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Airport Flea Market and Farmer's Market
8:00am-3:00pm. 17375 Spring Hill Drive (just west of US-41), Spring Hill, 34604. Shop for what you need and find a bargain at the same time! Approximately 100 vendors offer everything from housewares, tools, collectibles, cosmetics, craft items, recreational items and fresh-from-the-farm goodies. For information, call 352-796-0258.
  
Croom ZoomSunday, March 1, 2015
Long Play Race – 5M to Ultra
5:00am, race packet pickup. Race times: 6:30am for the LP 33-1/3 race; 7:00am for the Half Marathon and 5M races. Lake Townsen Regional Park, 28011 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476), Nobleton, 34601. The Long Play (LP) Run segment is run primarily on the trails of the Croom Park; the paved Withlacoochee State Trail will be used to reach the single-track trails; the 33.3m race is a slingle loop course. All race finishers will receive a special album award and there will be age group awards for the LP Run. Everyone is invited to stay for the post-race feast. For information or to register, visithttp://www.tamparaces.com, or call 813-232-5200.
  
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Concert: At The Movies
2:00pm. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606. The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present music from movies spanning the decades. Selections include Hymn to the Fallen, Star Wars: The Empire Stikes Back, Dances with Wolves, the main theme from Forest Gump, Mission Impossible, The Prince of Egypt, and more. General admission ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for students in grades K-12. You may purchase your tickets at the Stage West box office, or by calling the box office at 352-683-5113.
  
Monday, March 2, 2015
Academia Hernando Lecture Series
10:00am-12:00pm. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way (US-19), Weeki Wachee, 34613. Academia Hernando is pleased to host the Spring 2015 Lecture Series. This week's topic is Tales from the Files of Real Florida, presented by Jeff Klinkenberg. Lectures are every Monday through March 9, 2015. Walk-in patrons: $8.00 per lecture; series subscriptions are available. The additional lecture topics appear on the appropriate date in the events calendar. For more information, call 352-597-6640, or visithttp://www.google.com/site/academiahernando2010/
  
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Monster Transmission / Chick-Fil-A Charity Cruise-In
5:00-8:00pm. Chick-Fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50), Brooksville, 34613. Meet and mingle while enjoying classic and newer cars on display. Cruise-ins are always free; the fun includes live music and entertainment, raffles, valve cover races, prize spin wheel, silent auction and more. This month's event benefits Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. For more information, call 1-800-708-0087 or email kathryn@monstertrans.com.
  
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Boating Communications
7:00-9:00pm.Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta Street, Hernando Beach, 34607. Learn about the latest life-saving technologies! The program will teach you to use DSC radios, Coast Guard 21 procedures and Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio (EPIRB). The fee is $10.00 per person and includes educational print materials. Registration starts one hour before the class. For more information, call Jeffrey Hoff at 352-397-5417.
  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Firearms Safety Course
9:00am-3:00pm. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee (off US-19, nine miles north of Weeki Wachee), Weeki Wachee, 34614. The course will introduce you to the basics of firearms safety. Those who successfully complete the class will receive the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit, if desired. The class size is limited and pre-registration is required. The cost is $60.00 per person. For more information, or to register, call 352-567-9931.http://www.hernandosportsmansclub.com
 

 

 

It's time to "Spring Forward!"

 

 

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 8, 2014

Set your clocks ahead one hour before retiring on Saturday night (March 7)!

The change is often called "Spring Forward." Of course, most mobile devices, tablets, cable boxes and smartphones will update the time change automatically.

 

 

Events in Hernando County Week of March 5 – March 11, 2015
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Monday, March 2, 2015
Landscaping Program: Your Certified Florida-Friendly Yard
6:30pm. Chinsegut Hill (Manor House) Conference Center, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville, 34601. Would you like to have yard filled with native plants and natural habitat? Learn about natural landscaping and the steps to having your yard designated as a Certified Florida-Friendly Yard. The program, presented by Master Gardener Lilly Browning, is free and open to the public. For information, call 352-754-4433.

 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Hernando County Spring College Fair

 6:00-7:30pm. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608. If you are college-bound or thinking of returning to college, here's your chance to check out the opportunities. You will find representatives from more than 50 universities, colleges, technical schools and the Armed Forces, all under one roof to answer your questions about programs, the admission process, and more. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 352-797-7010. 

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Music Under the Oaks at The Farm – Special Event
7:30pm. The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476 west of US-98), Brooksville 34601. You're invited to a special evening when the incredible Jack Williams (http://www.jackwilliamsmusic.com) will appear in a special performance under the beautiful oaks and starlit skies. Bring your chair to enjoy great music in a magical setting. Admission: $10.00 donation per person. For more information, call 352-424-2655.

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rivers Run Through Here!

10:00am-12:00pm. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50 bypass), Brooksville, 34601. Hernando County has amazing rivers and river systems. Learn about the history of the rivers, their importance to our county and how they may be best protected. Presented by Mark Fulkerson, Senior Professional Engineer and Brett Hemphill of Karst Underwater Research, a special portion of this program will cover the Weeki Wachee spring and what scuba-divers have discovered in their adventures inside the spring. The program is free and open to the public. The To register, or for information, call 352-754-4037, or visit http://www.co.hernando.fl.us/utils 
 

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ghost Tour
8:00-10:00pm. May-Stringer Historical Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville, 34601. 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.

 

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 2015

Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest

Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, March 8, 9:00am-4:00pm. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way (US-19), Spring Hill, 34606. Over 140 vendors and crafters will delight every whim and taste. Three bands perform daily including country, folk, and toe-tapping get-up-and-dance tunes. Don't miss the Swamp Monster contest, a favorite every year! Admission for adults is $8; Kids 6-11, $4.00; Kids 5 and under, free. For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.swampfestweekiwachee.com.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Hernando County Farmer's Market
10:00am-3:00pm. 2450 Commercial Way (US-19) in the Rural King Parking Lot, Spring Hill, 34606. 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, March 7, 2015 Mud Endeavor Castle Canyon 2015
9:00am. Castle Canyon Site, 10444 Beggs Lane, Brooksville, 34601. Mud Endeavor is headed back to Castle Canyon for another awesome 5K mud obstacle race, defying good ol' flat Florida! The premium course resides on the site of a former mining operation and provides a course on over 100 acres including high elevation, innovative obstacles, beautiful wooded trail runs and unbelievable scenery you won't find anywhere else in Florida. Registration through March 5, $69.95; day of event, $79.95. To register, or for more information, visit http://mudendeavor.com/castle-canyon/.

 

Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8, 2015
Airport Flea Market and Farmer's Market
8:00am-3:00pm. 17375 Spring Hill Drive (just west of US-41), Spring Hill, 34604. 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.

 

Monday, March 9, 2015
Academia Hernando Lecture Series
10:00am-12:00pm. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way (US-19), Weeki Wachee.. Academia Hernando is pleased to host the Spring 2015 Lecture Series. This week's topic is Africa from the Back of a Pink Truck, presented by Chris Bell. Lectures are every Monday through March 9, 2015. Walk-in patrons: $8.00 per lecture; series subscriptions are available. The additional lecture topics appear on the appropriate date in the events calendar. For more information, call 352-597-6640, or visithttp://www.sites.google.com/site/academiahernando2010/ 

More Fun Things To Do in Hernando County!
 Future Featured Hernando Events

 

 

Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 15, 2015
Will McLean Folk Festival
Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Spend a weekend camping and listening to great Florida Music, or attend for the day. Enjoy the best in Florida acoustical music with entertainment by Florida's singers and songwriters, including a songwriting contest, workshops, arts, crafts, poetry reading, storytelling, and children's activities. Covered listening areas allow performances rain or shine; bring your own chair and enjoy the show! Camping is available on a first come, first served basis; alternate accommodations are nearby. For information, visit http://www.willmclean.com.
 

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, 2015
Annual Week Wachee Warrior Challenge
9:00am-5:30pm. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way (US-19 & SR-50), Spring Hill, 34607. The fourth Weeki Wachee Warrior Challenge is expected be bigger and better with the goal of making an even bigger donation to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Bionic Wounded Warriors. Bring the family to enjoy this exciting three-day event designed specifically for veterans who have been wounded while serving in the Special Forces of the United States. Racers wear SCUBA equipment while racing underwater diver propulsion vehicles. The Challenge kicks off on Friday, March 13, with specialized dive training and a media day, followed by a night dive. Race practice and DPV training will take place on Saturday; Sunday offers a full schedule of spectacular underwater racing! For more information, emailinfo@wreckracingleague.com
 
Saturday, March 14, 2015Auction
37th Annual Online / Radio Rotary Auction
10:00am-4:00pm. The Live Auction is ONE DAY ONLY! Over $50,000 in new merchandise and services will be auctioned to the highest bidder. The auction is live on air at WWJB 1450AM and WXJB 99.9FM radio stations. Bid items, added weekly, are listed on the website. BID PHONE NUMBER for AUCTION DAY ONLY: 352-754-2500. Additional Info: 352-796-1143 /http://www.rotaryradioauction.com
 

Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15, 2015
Art in the Park: Art, Craft and Music Festival
9:00am. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville 34601. Over 115 artisans participate in the annual juried show featuring fine art, fine craft, and craft artist vendors, a county-wide exhibit of student art, and a Kid's Art Zone. Enjoy the Student Art Pavilion, the Entertainment Pavilion, food, children's activities, a cell phone photo contest, an Art Boutique and more…all in the beautiful tree shaded Tom Varn Park in Brooksville! Parking is $5.00 and includes a souvenir program. To exhibit, or for vendor information, call 352-279-5182, or visit http://www.hernandoarts.org.
 
the-olive-groveSaturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
2015 Spring Planting OLIVE TREE and NATURAL HEALING PLANT, TEA and HERB FESTIVAL
Come Early, Stay Late! Free Two Day Event and Free Parking. Coolers, well behaved 4 legged family members and lawn chairs are welcome, and be sure to stay late and join the musical Fireside Jam. SATURDAY March 28th The De Lei'ed Parrots Trop Rock Band – 2PM -5PM on our Stage with a Key West-Margaretville Theme. PLUS The Sound Of Popular Brooksville Local Performers. Then join the "Madd Hatter" Tea Party. Learn about medicinal plants and herbs, sample the teas. Workshops: Making Mosaic Flower Pots Workshop at 11AM, includes an olive tree and all supplies -$20.00. Bonsai Olive Tree Workshop 2PM- all supplies included $20.00. Ancient Style Clay Olive Oil Lamp Workshop 4PM -$10.00 Includes an olive Tree and all supplies. The same workshops will be available SUNDAY. SUNDAY MARCH 29th FEATURING Amber Lynn Nicol returning to The Olive Grove Stage 2PM-5PM with her full band to perform the songs we all know and love from her first 3 albums. She is currently working on her 4th, she calls her acoustic album. amberlynnnicol.com – To join the workshops early (space is limited) visit http://www.floridaconcerts.org/workshops-and-seminars.htm or for more information please call Dede at: 352-345-5940.

 

Wednesday, March 25 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Spring Bluegrass Festival
Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Four days and multiple stages featuring Roots Rock, Alternate Country, Newgrass, Bluegras, Celtic, Cajun, Rockabilly, and more! The event opens with a Wednesday evening Pot Luck supper, movies and popcorn. Onsite camping is available, and alternate lodging is nearby. For ticket information and reservations, visit http://www.evansmediasource.com, or call 904-866-8378.

 

 

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2015 Spring Planting FESTIVAL at the Olive Grove!

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2015 Spring Planting OLIVE TREE and NATURAL HEALING PLANT, TEA and HERB FESTIVAL March 28th & March 29th at the Olive Grove. FREE TWO DAY EVENT!!!   MARCH 28th Featuring: The De Lei'ed Parrots Trop Rock Band – 2PM -5PM The DeLei'ed Parrots are back on The Olive Grove Stage with a Key West-Margaretville Theme […]

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