Drive in for scene tez

It’s hot, but an evening outdoor event may be just the ticket to get you out of the house to have some fun.

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will host a free drive-in movie at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Homosassa Area Recreation Park in the soccer complex parking lot, 4210 S. Grandmarch Ave., Homosassa.

Visit apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks to reserve a space. Concessions will not be provided. For information, call 352-527-7540.

Crafts at The Depot

The clever members of the Citrus County Craft Council have come up with a new idea this year: an outdoor show in September. The Harvest Moon Craft Show, typically held later in the fall, was moved outside to The Depot in Inverness and will be staged from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. (See more details in this week’s Scene -- in print, online and in the newsletter.)

Keep us in stitches

Tired of stitching alone? The Sandhill Crane Chapter of the Embroidier’s Guild of America (EGA) will meet at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville.

The September program will be bead embellishment, a class that was to be taken at Laura’s Beads in March. All are welcome. Masks are required. No lunch or drinks.

EGA is open to any one who is interested in stitching, from beginners to those who have been stitching for years. For more information, call 352-596-1415.

Show off, virtually

Think you know a lot? Well, Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s Virtual Trivia Nights will be hosted on the first and third Mondays each month at 6:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

Think you sound pretty good? Virtual Open Mic Night will be hosted on the final Wednesday of each month between 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Sign up for either or both events online by going to their secure network at apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks. Sign up at least 24 hours prior to the event and you will receive the video chat link via email on the day of the event.

There is more virtual programming to come, and Parks and Recreation staff is always taking suggestions from the community.

For more information on Citrus County Parks and Recreation’s programs and facilities, which include camps for kids, sports programs for kids and adults, drive-in movies and more, follow them at www.facebook.com/citruscountyparks.

Virtual challenge

Coping with Dementia LLC, the organizer for the Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge, is seeking sponsors to support the event.

Sponsors will receive a range of benefits that include advertising, commemorative certificates and recognition on social media. Opportunities are available from $250 to $3,000.

The Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge, which will run from Sept. 13 to Oct. 10, 2020, has been developed in partnership with Mr. Bill Fitness LLC of Crystal River. It is designed to enable participants to get credit and earn recognition for simple activities to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Funds raised by the event will be donated to Dementia Education Inc., a Citrus County-based nonprofit that supports publications and projects designed to help caregivers of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Virtual Wellness Challenge will be managed through a website. In the meantime, for information, call Coping with Dementia President Debbie Selsavage at 352-422-3663, or email deb@coping.today.

Chronicle events

The Chronicle’s annual Fall Home & Outdoor Show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Depot at Liberty Park in Inverness. The free outdoor event features vendors, exhibits, classes and demonstrations, prizes and more

For more information and vendor opportunities call 352-563-6363.

Diva Night in October is being reviewed for a change of venue; plans will be announced later.

Canceled events

The Friends of the Citrus County Library System annual Fall Mega Book Sale scheduled for October 2020 has been canceled. Proceeds from these semi-annual fundraisers benefit Central Ridge, Coastal Region, Floral City and Lakes Region libraries and the Citrus County Library System. For more information call 352-513-4935, email friendsofccls@gmail.com or visit foccls.org.

The November 2020 Kings Bay Rotary Club Charitable Foundation’s annual Stone Crab Jam Music Festival will not be held this year due to COVID-19 and the safety of sponsors, attendees, vendors, volunteers and communities. The club will continue to support the charitable and nonprofit organizations it supports annually with proceeds from the Jam. The club is planning the 13th annual Stone Crab Jam Music Festival for Nov. 6, 2021. For updates, check StoneCrabJam.com and Facebook/Stone Crab Jam.

Jim Anderson, president of the Nature Coast Friends of Blues Inc. announces the nonprofit organization has canceled its planned celebration for the 25th annual Blues n’ BBQ on Nov. 7, 2020.

The seventh annual Black Diamond Invitational Car Show, hosted by the Central Citrus Rotary, will not be happening on the fairways of the Highlands Course in November 2020. Car enthusiasts look forward to November 2021 when the event is, hopefully, able to return to Black Diamond Ranch.

The annual Floral City Heritage Days celebration and Candles ‘N’ Carols event with holiday season horse-drawn wagon rides has been canceled. This event, reminiscent of days gone by, has been held on the first Saturday of December and the preceding Friday night for the past 27 years. The Floral City Heritage Council plans to host the event in 2021.

Due to continuing concerns for the health and safety of NCCB musicians and audiences, the Nature Coast Community Band is delaying the start of the 2020-21 season. The Oct. 26 and 27 Veterans Appreciation Concerts and the Nov. 11 Veterans Memorial Service Concerts are canceled. Conductor Craig Lilly is hopeful that rehearsals can resume in time for the Dec. 14 and 15 Holiday Concerts. For more information, visit www.naturecoastcommunityband.com.

Plaza Car Cruise-ins, sponsored by Plaza Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, and the Citrus MOPARS Car Club, have been canceled for the remainder of 2020 in caution of COVID-19. For information, call 352-726-1238.

Rescheduled events

The following Citrus County Parks and Recreation shows have been rescheduled. Those who already purchased tickets for shows can still attend on the rescheduled date. Season pass holders can also attend with their 2019/20 passes. All original tickets or season passes purchased must be presented upon entry. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the band will go on at 7 p.m. for all concerts. The Citrus Springs Community Center is at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 352-527-7540.

The tribute to the famous folk/rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, featuring Todd and Greg Pitts of The Boxers, has been rescheduled to Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at Citrus Springs Community Center.

The Never Stop Believin’ concert, “A Tribute to Journey,” has been moved from Aug. 28, 2020, to Friday, June 18, 2021.

The Johnny Cash tribute concert, “Johnny Cash Now,” featuring Gray Sartin, is rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.

Back to big screen

The Regal Cinemas in the Crystal River Mall and the free-standing location in Inverness are scheduled to reopen Sept. 3, with enhanced cleaning, a mandatory mask requirement and reduced capacity. Crystal River Mall Manager Millie Bresnahan said she talked with Arnise Phillips, general manager of the Crystal River Regal Cinema, who filled her in on the details.

For now, only five of the nine theaters will be open daily, allowing staff to fully clean the rooms. Social distancing will be in effect and staff and customers must wear masks. The same rules will be in effect at the Inverness location at 2635 State Road 44.

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