Inverness Fireworks

Fireworks blast over Lake Henderson during the July 3, 2018, Inverness Patriotic Evening. 

Come downtown for Crystal River’s First Friday event

The City of Crystal River will have their First Friday event from 4 to 8 p.m. July 2 at the Town Square, 559 N. Citrus Ave.

The event will feature live music by Rob Nichols from 5 to 8 p.m. and local craft and produce vendors. Downtown retail shops will stay open in the evening.

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Valerie Theatre to show ‘The Legend of Kate Kensington’

The Valerie Theatre will premier “The Legend of Kate Kensington,” which has been completely re-done since the last showing a few years ago.

The theater is at 207 Courthouse Square in Inverness.

Movie showings are:

• 5:30 p.m. July 2

• 7:30 p.m. July 2

• Noon July 3

• 4 p.m. July 3

• 1 p.m. July 4

• 3 p.m. July 4

Tickets are $10.50. To purchase a ticket, visit For additional information, call 352-341-7850.

Inverness to host market, music, fireworks

Liberty Park, Wallace Brooks Park and the Depot pavilion in Inverness are the places to be on Saturday, July 3.

The Market at the Depot will have vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring fresh produce, desserts, plants, breads, jams, jellies and local arts and craft vendors.

Musician, Tayler Speckner, will play guitar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Patriotic Evening will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Community band offers ‘Heartland of America’

The Nature Coast Community Band will have their “Heartland of America” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 4 at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church on SR 44 in Lecanto the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd.

The band will play a wide variety of patriotic tunes, including band favorites like “God Bless America” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The concerts are free, but donations at the door are appreciated.

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at museum

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 21.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities to host “Water/Ways” as part of the MoMS program — a national, state and local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

The exhibition will tour seven communities in Florida starting here in Citrus County.

For information, call Citrus County Historical Resources at 352-341-6428.

Bridge club to resume gatherings on July 7

The Beverly Hills Bridge Club will resume meeting July 7 at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle. The game room opens for registrations and seat assignments at 11:30 a.m. and play starts at noon. Sessions conclude between 3- 3:30 p.m.

The club will play again on July 21 and then every Wednesday beginning Aug. 4.

All persons who know how to play are welcome. Partners change after each round. A $1 donation is requested and prizes are awarded.

For information, call 352-897-4893.

Feeling creative? Learn to paint like Bob Ross

Beginning in July, the Central Citrus Community Center will host “Experience the Joy of Painting.” Participants will learn the Bob Ross technique from certified instructor, Jessie Mason. Classes will be at 10 a.m. on Thursdays beginning July 8 at the community center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.

Classes are three hours long. All supplies are included and participants take home their finished oil painting. No previous painting experience is required.

The cost of the class is $50. Seats are limited. To register, call 352-613-2516 or email

Parks and Rec to host ‘Dive In’ movie

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will host a “Dive In” movie in the park, “Free Willy,” at sunset, 9 p.m. Friday, July 9, at the Bicentennial Pool, 8145 W. Bicentennial Drive in Crystal River.

Bring your bathing suits to have an enjoyable time floating in the water while watching this movie. Food will be available for purchase. You may also bring your own snacks and beverages.

Registration is required as the pool area has a maximum capacity of 125. There is some space available for chairs. To register, visit

Camera club to exhibit photography

The Art Center Camera Club will exhibit their work from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, at the Citrus County Art Center, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Hernando.

More than 56 color and black and white photographs will be on display. Attendees can visit with the photographers and enjoy a glass of wine.

For information, call Jim Houle at 352-249-9140.

Shelter to host book signing for local author, veterinarian

Citrus County Animal Services will host a book signing for local author and veterinarian, Dr. K.C. Nayfield, at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness.

Nayfield will have copies of his new book, “Some of my Best Patients Were Animals: Memoirs of a Florida Veterinarian,” available for purchase at the event. Books will cost $20 each and all proceeds will be donated to fund the construction of a new animal shelter.

Nayfield’s book tells the story of his career in veterinary medicine. With more than 40 years of practice, he treated a wide variety of animals, including wildlife, which resulted in some interesting tales. Although his practice was in Florida, he made several good will medical and surgical trips to the Bahamas and Cuba.

Adoptions will also be available during normal Saturday business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 352-746-8400.

Attend the sunset drum circle

The next Second Sunday Sunset Drum Circle will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 at the last picnic shelter at Fort Island Beach, 16000 W. Fort Island Trail in Crystal River.

This drum circle is a free monthly event. This is the 14th year of the drum circle. They welcome all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities and disabilities.

Their hope is to unify the community and focus on rhythm making, a universal language. Attendees should bring their dancing feet, drums and other rhythm makers and percussion instruments. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, beverages and bug spray.

Beach rules prohibit dogs, alcohol, ground fires and smoking. In the case of rain at start time, the drum circle will be cancelled.

Learn about egg tempera painting

Local artist Ted Klosti will have his egg tempera paintings on display at 11 a.m. July 15 at the Lakes Region Public Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness.

Klosti will present from 11 a.m. to noon about egg tempera technique, icons and icon painting. He will also be discussing Jungian psychology and the difference between realist and symbolic meanings.

For more information, contact John Bescher at 352-220-8530 or

Musical entertainment at the community center

The Hernando Area Senior Program presents musical entertainment by Al Chance at noon Wednesday, July 14, at the community center, 2415 N. Florida Ave in Hernando.

Al Chance is known for his wide range and vocal imitative morphing skills in crossing styles and genres of music from swing and standards to opera, R&B, doo-wop and rock, to today’s Latino and country artists. Enjoy music, dancing and singing along to the oldies.

For more information or to RSVP, call 352-566-2328.

Senior Friends for Life to meet

Senior Friends for Life will meet at 11:30 a.m. July 14 at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 509 E. Hartford St. in Hernando. Lunch will be served at noon.

Members will be called for their lunch choices and will be responsible for the cost of lunch whether or not they attend the meeting.

This month’s program will be on Alzheimer’s, presented by Debbie Selsavage at 1 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

For lunch choices, call Sybil at 352-344-8356 or Alma at 352-249-7266.

Parks and Rec to host Garth Brooks tribute artist

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents Kip Sweeny and his tribute to Garth Brooks at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Sweeny is a dance instructor, disc jockey, choreographer and vocalist. He travels all over the world as a Garth Brooks impersonator.

Sweeny works with all three major theme parks in Orlando. His band has been approved by the Secret Service to perform for two different presidents, many governors and most Fortune 500 companies.

The band has traveled overseas to perform for the military forces in the United Arab Emirates and will continue to reach every piece of the Earth that becomes available to them.

Tickets are on sale for $15 per person at the Parks and Recreation administration office, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. For questions, call 352-527-7540.

Art Center sets concert

The Art Center of Citrus County Theatre is pleased to host internationally acclaimed guitarist Richard Gilewitz and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Tim May for their annual July benefit. The show will be available at two different times from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, at the Art Center of Citrus County 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Cost is $25.

This year’s concert will be a treat for the audience as both musicians show off their chops with tunes spanning bluegrass and the blues, the classical favorites as well as a bit of folk, pop and somewhere in between. Those familiar with this duo will be delighted with their banter and magnificent musicianship.

These two tireless performers are a natural fit as Gilewitz weaves his magic of moods, playing selections that span the mu-sical genres, fascinating listeners with 6- and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. Add Nashville-based May into the mix with his award-winning playing on banjo, guitar, and mandolin, plus his vocals for an evening of profound pleasure.

For information, email the Art Center of Citrus County at or call 352-746-7606. Visit the website at

Senior Friends for Life to have restaurant tour

Senior Friends for Life will have their next restaurant tour at 12:30 p.m. July 28 at Stumpknockers, 110 NW Main St. in Inverness. For reservations, call Pat at 352-795-5822.


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.

Senior program hosts free ukulele classes

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. For information about these activities, call 352-527-5484.

Attend monthly meetings with the Sunshine Poets

Join the Sunshine Poets’ monthly meeting and poetry reading at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday monthly at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills.

Attendees are welcome to bring poems to share, or just listen. If you would like the members to critique your poems, bring several copies on which they can write suggestions. Attendees are also welcome to join the group afterward for lunch at a local restaurant.

Additional details are available on the Sunshine Poets Facebook page. For information, email Cheri Herald, Sunshine Poets president, at


Parks and Rec to host John Denver tribute artist

Citrus County Parks and Recreation “A Tribute to John Denver,” featuring Ted Vigil, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.

When Vigil was in his teenage years, friends began telling him how much he looked like John Denver. In 2006, Vigil won “Talent Quest,” a national talent show for his performance of songs by Denver. After that victory, Vigil was inspired to continue the tribute.

Social distancing as well as other measures will be observed in accordance with CDC guidelines. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored. For questions or information, call 352-527-7540.

Parks and Rec to host Johnny Cash tribute artist

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents “Johnny Cash Now,” featuring Gray Sartin, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Sartin’s goal as a Johnny Cash tribute artist is to give the audience the feeling they’re seeing a live performance from 1968. Creating the feeling of a real live Johnny Cash show starts with each member of the tribute band, playing the part of the original Tennessee Three, including Luther Perkins on guitar, Marshall Grant on bass, and W.S. “Fluke” Holland on drums.

Social distancing as well as other measures will be observed in accordance with CDC guidelines. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored. For questions or information, call 352-527-7540.

Parks and Rec to host Whitney Houston tribute artists

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents “The Music of Whitney Houston,” featuring Jade Milan and Samuel E, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The duo combine powerhouse vocals with show stopping arrangements. Their show takes listeners on an exclusive journey behind the music, using multimedia and other creative platforms to give the audience an inside look on the stories behind the music.

Social distancing as well as other measures will be observed in accordance with CDC guidelines. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Parks and Recreation administration office, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored. For information, call 352-527-7540.

Attend the next Movie in the Park

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will have a free Movie in the Park showing of “Onward” to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Holden Community Park, 4229 S. Rainbow Drive in Inverness.

Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father.

Attendees should bring chairs and blankets. You may bring your own snacks and beverages. Food will also be available for purchase by Jeanetta’s Frosty Freeze.

For information, call 352-527-7540.

Boys & Girls Club to have fundraiser

The Boys & Girls Club of Citrus County will have their 19th annual “Steak & Steak Dinner Fundraiser” from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14, at the Citrus County Fair Auditorium, 3610 S. Florida Ave. in Inverness.

The night will include food, live music, drinks and the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of young people.

To learn more, visit

Women of Sugarmill to have fall fashion show

The Women of Sugarmill Woods will host a fall fashion show from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Citrus Hills Country Club, 509 E. Hartford St. in Hernando.

The event will feature a lunch, silent auction and fashions by The Cotton Club of Crystal River.

Black Diamond to host annual charity car show

The Black Diamond Invitational Car Show to benefit local charities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Black Diamond Ranch Country Club, 3125 W. Black Diamond Circle in Lecanto. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by the Central Citrus Rotary Club.

Registration begins now and participants can enter their antique, contemporary and classic cars up until Oct. 16. Prizes include trophies and cash awards.

Food vendors include Mel’s Island Cuisine, Lynn’s Ice Cream and Monsta Lobsta. Entertainment from the Big Band era will be available all day.

Net proceeds go to county charities such as youth support programs, scholarships and more. The show is limited to qualified, approved and pre-registered entries. There will be no day of show registration.

For information and to register a vehicle, visit, call Roger Carlson at 352-464-0324 or email

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