Things to do in Hernando County Week of May 14 – May 20, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Socrates Café

Things to do in Hernando County Week of May 14 - May 20, 2015
5:00-6:45pm. West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, 34613. Do you enjoy thought-provoking questions that spark lively debate and discussion? If so, then please join your Hernando County Public Library during our Socrates Café! With the assistance of a facilitator, participants apply the Socratic Method to delve into meaningful questions we don’t often have time to ponder in our daily lives. The group welcomes all, including those completely unfamiliar with philosophy or Socrates! This month’s topic is “Should we clone extinct animals?” For more information, call 352-754-4043.

Thursday, May 14, 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, 34601. 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 /

Thursday, May 14 – Sunday, May 17, 2015
Orange Blossom Jamboree

Orange Blossom Jamboree
May 14, 3:00pm through May 17, 6:00pm. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville 34602. Enjoy a great family-friendly event in a beautiful setting! Relax in the outdoor entertainment pavilion or wander among three stages for continuous entertainment all weekend. Be sure to check out the “Coolest Campsite” contest! Vendors are on site for your shopping fun; food and beverages are available for purchase. Advance purchase tickets: three-day pass, $74.00; four-day pass, $87.00. Day passes at the gate: Saturday only, $60.00; Sunday only, $20.00. Children age 14 and under admitted free with a paid adult. Primitive camping onsite is available. For the full entertainment schedule, visit For alternate lodging and local area information, stop by the Hernando County Tourism Bureau, 31085 Cortez Blvd. (SR-50 at Exit 301 off I-75), Brooksville, 34602, or visit

Friday, May 15, 2015
Tech Tutors
2:30-4:30pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. 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! The library offers easy 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 the hours of 2:30-4:30 for one-on-one help. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit

Friday, May 15, 2015
Meet n’ Greet at Chinsegut Conservation Center
4:00-6:00pm. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (CR-476, one mile west of US-41N), Brooksville, 34601. You are invited to an open house and reception to meet Gina Philhower, newly-named Coordinator of Chinsegut Conservation Center. Come stop by and enjoy refreshments. Also, visit the Center’s garden area, new outdoor deck and improved archery area. 352-754-6722.

Learn to Type
10:00-11:00am. West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34613. Keyboarding skills are part of being a successful computer user. Take the first step toward learning this important computer and job skill with this free class at your Library. There will be a presentation on typing basics including posture, keyboard layout, practice routines, etc., followed by a beginning typing exercise. Participants will also learn where to find free typing tutorials online. To pre-register, or for information, call 352-754-4043, or visit

It’s Jazz!
3:00pm. Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34608. Join the group for another installment of It’s Jazz, a special series of music programs about the Golden Age of Jazz. The program is presented by former 20-year National Public Radio announcer, Peter LaMattina. His extensive knowledge of jazz is encyclopedic, and the programs are both interesting and entertaining to jazz neophytes and fans of all ages. 352-754-4043 /

Friday, May 15 – Saturday, May 16, 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 /

Saturday, May 16, 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 /

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Mud Endeavor 6 – Brooksville
8:00am. 29251 Wildlife Lane, Brooksville, FL 34602. Returning to the birth place of Mud Endeavor, this unique location in the Central Florida area offers extreme terrain. With 100-foot elevation changes, this run brings a whole new aspect to mud obstacle course racing. There’s access to lots of water, so there will be lots of mud. Challenge yourself, solo or with your team, on 100-foot water slides and other demanding obstacles. Bring your family and friends to cheer you on; the spectator-viewing area is second-to-none with more than 75% of the course totally visible. Online registration is open now. Spectators: $5.00 admission per person. For registration and prices, visit

Saturday, May 16, 2015
National Safe Boating & Disaster Preparedness Event
10:00am-2:00pm. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta Street, Hernando Beach. Is your home and boat ready for Hurricane Season? To kick off National Safe Boating Week 2015 and the beginning of Hurricane Season, representatives from emergency and disaster response agencies will be on hand to answer your questions about life and safety issues associated with a disaster. The event features several speakers from the response agencies throughout Hernando County. For more information, please call Kitty Dolan at 352-442-1202 or email

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Firearms Safety Course
9:00am-3:00pm. Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way (off US-19, nine miles north of Weeki Wachee Springs), Brooksville, 34614. The course will introduce the basics of firearms safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. 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, and includes classroom instruction and live fire training on the range. Bring your lunch, or food and beverage may be purchased. For more information, or to register, call 352-567-9931.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Brooksville City Nights: Main Street Evening Market
4:00-8:00pm. Downtown Brooksville (vicinity of 20 No. Main Street), 34601. Held on the first and third Saturday of each month, Brooksville City Nights is a fresh market like no other! You’ll find unique cuisine, arts, vintage crafts, organic and local produce, entertainment, street vendors and more. Bring a chair to relax under the stars and evening lights, chat with friends, or cruise Main Street for your shopping delight. For more information, call Lisa at 352-428-9275, or email

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Celebrity Dancing with the Local Stars
6:00pm. Silverthorn Golf and Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville. Get your dancing shoes ready for a great evening of fun and music! Enjoy dinner, gift item auctions, and the fancy footwork of local dancing celebrities including Lori Romano, Diane Rowden, Blaise Ingoglia, David Lambers, Valerie Ciaccio and more! The evening’s Emcee will be Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon, and guest speaker is Senator Wilton Simpson. John Leggio’s dance studio will provide entertainment. The event is sponsored by NAMI of Hernando County. Tickets are $50.00 per person. To purchase tickets, or for information, call Rita at 352-684-0004, or visit

Sunflower maze Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17, 2015
2015 Spring Sunflower Maze, Spring Crops and Farm Activities
10:00am-4:00pm (last ticket sell time is 3:00pm). Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Rd. (off US-41), Masaryktown, 34604. Maze your way through the paths of 8-10ft. tall sunflowers in search of the exit! Six acres of fun to enjoy hay rides, the picnic area, the rubber duck race, the web maze, animals, crafts, fresh produce and the U-Pick area! Sturdy shoes are suggested (no open toe shoes, sandals, flip flops), along with sunscreen and a hat. Don’t forget your camera! Adults: $9.50; Ages 3-11: $5.00; under age three: Free. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (Note: no credit cards or checks accepted; no ATM on site). 352-279-0977 /

Saturday, May 16 – Sunday, May 17, 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 352-796-0268.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Finding Your Balance in a 24/7 World
Life can be stressful these days in our fast-paced world. You’re invited to attend this free program and learn a variety of strategies that can bring an increased sense of balance and wellness to your life. This month’s program is “The Healing Breath.” Resources will be provided and there will be time for group discussion. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 352-754-4043 or visit

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Recycle Tuesday!
4:00-5:30pm, Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Would you like to learn how to turn trash into treasures? Your Hernando County Public Library will teach you how, during Recycle Tuesday. The program is for all ages; bring the whole family and go green by reusing and repurposing discarded items into useful creations and works of art. For more information, call 352-754-4043, or visit the library’s website at

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Rain Barrel Workshop
2:00-3:00pm. Hernando County Extension,1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, 34601. Add a rain barrel to your landscape to provide water to plant beds and vegetable gardens. Diverting potential runoff also helps protect area waterways from potential pollution. The cost is $68.00 per person. Participants will take home a rain barrel; Hernando County Utilities customers will receive a $25.00 credit on their water bill. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required as space is limited. Please call 540-6230.

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