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Eric Lesage pours an Imperial Milk Stout beer called A Lot More from a keg at Nine State Brewery. The stout is a blend of roasted malts, chocolate malts and a heavy dose of lactose that creates a full-bodied beer with a dark chocolate aroma and flavor, according to Lesage.

Citrus Writers announce meeting

Citrus Writers will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Hope Lutheran Church Hall in Citrus Springs.

The guest speaker will be Jan Hancock who will talk about writing poetry. All writers, wannabe writers, editors and published authors are welcome to attend the meetings.

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The first time is free. For any subsequent meetings, a membership application can be filled out. Annual dues are $20 per person and $35 for couples.

For additional information email Jim Meyer, president, at

Craft Brew Fest to support CASA

Nine State Brewery will host the first annual Inverness Brewers Union Craft Brew Fest from 3 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the brewery, 200 Tompkins St. in Inverness.

The Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association, Inc. (CASA) has been chosen as the beneficiary for the event. Proceeds will benefit CASA and their support of survivors of domestic violence.

The event is $25 and includes four hours of unlimited beer tasting. Selections include home brews and local favorites such as COPP Brewery, Marker 48 and Hiatus Brewing Company.

Tickets are available online at EventBrite or at Nine State Brewery.

To learn more about CASA, visit

Woman’s Club to have annual purse auction

The Woman’s Club of Beverly Hills will be hosting their annual “ladies only” purse auction from

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at The Hills Church, 2 Civic Circle.

Participants can browse the handbag selection and bid on their favorite one. The event will be a silent auction.

All proceeds will go to various charities at the Woman’s Club’s closing meeting in May.

For additional information, call Nanci Martin at 203-915-7407

Knights to host fourth annual car show

The St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus will conduct their fourth annual car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Wallace Brooks Park, 328 E. Dampier St. in Inverness.

Trucks and motorcycles are welcome and the event will be held come rain or shine. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is $20 and registration on the day of the show is $25. Admission for spectators is free. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda will be provided for sale.

For additional information, contact Mike Bonadonna at 352-341-1019 or, or Ben DiVona at 352-527-3497 or

Heritage Museum sets Inverness walking tour

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum invites the public to their historic downtown walking tour at 9 a.m. April 21 beginning in the museum, 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness.

Suggested donation is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Donations help the museum to continue offering programs.

Spaces are limited. To pre-register, call 352-341-6428 or visit

Heritage Museum hosts ‘Coffee and Conversations’

The Old Courthouse Museum will host their next “Coffee and Conversations” event at 7 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, at 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness. The speaker will be Sean Norman of the Gulf Archaeological Research Institute (GARI).

He is an expert on the coastal archaeology of the Citrus County area and his program, “The Rising Tide,” discusses the effects of climate change and sea level rise on historical and cultural resources.

There is limited in-person seating, with masks and social distancing at the museum, as well as a live stream and recording of the event.

To sign up, visit or call 352-341-6428.

Parks and Rec to show ‘Dolittle’ for movie in the park

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will be presenting a movie in the park from approximately 8 to 9:45 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at the Lecanto Community Park, 3505 W. Educational Path.

They will be showing “Dolittle.”

Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis.

When young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.

Attendees should bring chairs and blankets to watch the movie under the stars.

Food will be available for purchase by Jeanetta’s Frosty Freeze. Snacks and beverages from home may be brought if desired.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation administration office at 352-527-7540.

Art center to host exhibit and lecture with 3-D artist

The Art Center of Citrus County will be hosting an exhibit and lecture with artist Dan Nichols from 5 to

7 p.m. April 23 at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Hernando.

Nichols is a 70 year old U.S. Navy veteran and was introduced to “barn art” in 2019. Since then, he has been doing a number of U.S. flags and some 3-D layouts.

For additional information, call 352-746-7606.

Dunnellon quilters announce weekly meetings

The Dunnellon Country Quilters meet at 12:30 p.m. Mondays at the First United Methodist Church on West State Road 40. They conduct their business meetings on the third Monday monthly.

The group makes patriotic quilts for the Citrus County Resource Center and pillowcases for the Shands Children’s Cancer Center.

Members teach classes on different projects throughout the year and go on road trips to quilt shops. All who are interested are welcome to join.

For information, call Dianne Takahashi at 352-209-4900.

East Citrus Community Center plans free entertainment

East Citrus Community Center invites you to join them for free activities and entertainment all month long, at 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. Take a moment to mark your calendar for these exciting activities:

— Line Dancing every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost per class: $5.

— Larry Rising Entertainment every first and third Wednesday at noon.

—Drum Circle every Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Instruments are provided.

Attendees must comply with COVID-19 guidelines and masks are mandatory. Please call ahead to make a reservation, as space is limited.

For more information about these activities or others, call the community center at 352-344-9666.

Senior program hosts free ukulele classes in Hernando

The Hernando Area Senior Program is hosting free ukulele classes with Joy Wilson at noon on Tuesdays at 2415 N. Florida Ave. in Hernando. All skill levels are welcome.

Attendees must comply with COVID-19 guidelines and masks are mandatory. Due to limited space, participants should call ahead to make a reservation. Call 352-527-5484.

Inverness Bridge Club offers free membership

A limited number of players can join Inverness Bridge Club free to play either duplicate or party/rubber bridge at noon, Mondays and Fridays. The club plays a friendly game that is not sanctioned by the ACBL that normally lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. For information, email Provide your name, preferred times and ways to reach you.

Dulcimer players meet weekly at Central Ridge Library

The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays in the Central Ridge Library Community Room in Beverly Hills. Adults of all levels are welcome to join.

For information, call the library at 352-746-6622.

Trivia nights continue on first, third Monday monthly

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will continue free, virtual trivia nights at 6:30 pm the first and third Monday monthly, excluding holidays.

Pre-register at least 24 hours prior to the event at in order to receive the video chat link and trivia links. It’s handy to video chat on a tablet or laptop while utilizing a smart phone to send in answers, but you can play from a single device.

For information, call 352-527-7540.

Open Mic Night set at Central Ridge Community Center

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents Open Mic Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.

Vocalists, musicians, poets and comedians are welcome to this all-ages event. No profanity. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks will be required to enter the building, but not by performers during stage time. Call 352-527-7540.

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