Rosa Chavez painting

Rosa Chavez returns with her stunning plein air acrylic paintings depicting the natural beauty of the sunshine state. Pictured is Chavez’ work “Naples.”

Brownwood Paddock Square Art & Craft Festival

THE VILLAGES — Springtime is here, and with it comes nearly 150 local and national fine craft artisans during the 24th Annual Brownwood Paddock Square Art & Craft Festival on Saturday, April 3, and Sunday, April 4. The hugely popular free, outdoor festival fills Brownwood Paddock Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Whether looking for folk art, pottery, jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products or other specialty green market items, the annual art and craft festival has something to suit every taste and every budget.

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Due to current health conditions, safety protocols will be in place. Those include:

• All attendees are required to wear a mask while attending, with the exception of children aged 2 and under.

• Entrances and exits will be monitored for one-way traffic.

• Visitors should reserve a free time slot at artfestival.com. (*not required)

• Social-distancing is required between artists and patrons, and patron groups.

• Patrons are asked to stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, awaiting test results for COVID-19, or show any symptoms of the virus.

• Guests are also asked to utilize hand-washing and sanitizing stations on a regular basis and avoid casual touching.

Brownwood Paddock Square is located at 2705 W. Torch Lake Drive, The Villages. For information, visit www.artfestival.com or contact info@artfestival.com or 561-746-6615.

GTLC Helicopter Egg Drop

Gulf to Lake Church plans a helicopter Easter egg drop from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, on their sports field on Marion Way in Crystal River. Attendees should park in the church parking lot only. Register at gulftolake.com/events/helicopter-egg-drop.

Friends of Homosassa library announce book sale

The Friends of the Homosassa Library will have an outdoor book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6, 7 and 8, at the library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave.

It will include fiction and mystery/thriller hardbacks, paperbacks, historical fiction and nonfiction, children and teens’, jigsaw puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and cookbooks.

Books will cost $2 for hardbacks and $.50 paperbacks.

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 casafl.org.

Play cornhole at Beverly Hills tournament

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will host a free cornhole tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Central Ridge Community Center (indoors), 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.

Adults age 17 and over are invited to pre-register to reserve a spot at: apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks. Register by April 3.

Rules of play from the American Cornhole Association will be followed. Each game will last approximately 30 minutes. Come win a trophy. For more information, call 352-527-7540.

Knights to have 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 mlb5355@hotmail.com, or Ben DiVona at 352-527-3497 or bdivona22@gmail.com.

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.

Heritage Museum to have 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 cccourthouse.org.

Heritage Museum announces next ‘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 Courhouse 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 cccourthouse.org/product/risingtide 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.

Wildlife refuge group sets photo contest

Friends of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is holding their 2021 photo contest. Categories with youth and adult divisions are wildlife in Florida, plants in Florida, landscapes in Florida and national wildlife refuges in Florida. The deadline for entries is April 30 with a $10 entry fee. For each category/division, the first place prize is $100, second is $50 and honorable mention is $25. For information, visit friendsofthecrystalriver.org/contest.

Heritage Museum to display climate exhibit

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is displaying the “Our Changing Climate and Sea Level Rise” exhibit from the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History. It is currently on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the museum, 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness.

This exhibit explores the history of Earth’s climate from the days of the dinosaurs, when Florida was still sunk below the sea, to the present. It also looks at present day concerns and cutting-edge science surrounding sea level rise and our state.

Museum staff have included photographs, stories and science that pertain directly to Citrus County.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

RECURRING

East Citrus Community Center plans free activities, 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

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.

Other events held in March at this location are bingo at noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, cornhole at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and karaoke at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Attendees must comply with COVID-19 guidelines and masks are mandatory. Due to limited space, participants should call ahead to make a reservation. For additional information about these activities, 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 pepperpothead@gmail.com. Provide your name, preferred times and ways to reach you.

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.

Dulcimer players meet weekly

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.

Virtual trivia nights continue

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 apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks 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 meets monthly

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.

Play shuffleboard in Inverness

Open shuffleboard is played at 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Wallace Brooks Park, Inverness. All equipment is provided. For information, call 440-983-9169.

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