Friday Night Thunder
Cruise-in to the city of Inverness at Friday Night Thunder from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at 1 Courthouse Square.
Every third Friday, the city along with the Citrus MOPARS Car Club hosts the Friday Night Thunder car show, with live music and an evening of beautiful cars from the past to today.
The Aug. 16 event will celebrate Elvis. Come and get your picture with the king. Elvis DJ will be in full jumpsuit for an evening of fun on the square. The public is welcome to attend this free event.
For information, contact Gina Lamar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-726-2611.
New this week
Calling all singers
The Dunnellon Community Chorale will begin rehearsing for its annual Salute To Veterans concert, Monday, Sept. 9. at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St.
The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the church. Everyone interested in joining the chorale is invited to come on Sept. 9 to hear about the concert and hear more about the group. All voices are needed.
For more information, call Sue Koppler at 352 566-6168 or 352 362-5913.
Stage & screen
Auditions will be open for the Art Center Theatre’s rendition of “The Game’s Afoot” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Three males and five females are needed.
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are nonstop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
For more information, contac the Art Center at email@example.com or 352-746-0924.
The Art Center of Citrus County will present “The Enchanted Bookshop” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Cost is $8 per ticket.
During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.
Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.
Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-746-0924.
Art Center Theater presents its new season schedule: “Love, Lies & the Doctor’s Dilemma” (farce/comedy),
Sept. 20 to Oct. 6; “The Game’s Afoot” (farce, mystery/thriller), Nov. 1-17; “The Odd Couple” (female version, comedy), Feb. 14 to March 1, 2020; “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning?” (farce/comedy), March 20 to April 5; and “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (comedy), May 1-17.
American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz will fascinate listeners with six- and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Art Center of Citrus County Citrus County, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. A meet and greet will start at 7 p.m. Cost is $23. For information, contact Art Center of Citrus County Citrus County at email@example.com or 352-746-0924.
The community is invited to enjoy the following 2019 Summer Concert Series programs at “Music at the Museum” at 1 Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness:
Thursday, Aug. 15 – The Divebombers, featuring “Blues and Country Favorites” George Jones, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Merle Travis brought to life.
Thursday, Sept. 19 – Greta Pope & The Spaniels will present “Motown ... Pride of Motor City.” Internationally acclaimed vocalist Greta Pope takes the audience back to the famed Motown era.
Individual tickets are $25 per show. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments are served.
For more information and/or tickets, call 352-341-6428 or go online to cccourthouse.org. The Citrus County Chronicle is a sponsor of the concert series.
Citrus County Parks and Recreation hosts a Summer Open Mic Night on the last Wednesday of the month. Join in from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.
Show up to sing, play music, dance, perform poetry or comedy, hula hoop or showcase any of your other talents. Speakers and mic provided.
All ages welcome. Free event. No profanity. For information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 352-527-7540.
Citrus Big Band is looking for musicians. Andrew Janicki, leader of the Citrus Big Band, is looking for interested, experienced musicians to fill out the saxophone and trombone sections of the band. The ensemble practices weekly on Monday evenings at the Homosassa United Methodist Church on Bradshaw Street. The band, for the past four years, has played concerts at area churches, nursing homes and campgrounds. Currently, the band has three trumpets, two trombones, three saxophones, piano, bass and drums. If interested, call Andrew at 352-464-2870.
The Cowboy Church’s Wrangler Band hosts a free Classic Country and Gospel Music Jam every Tuesday at the Lions Club, 72 Civic Circle, in Beverly Hills. Open mic sign-ups are from 12:30 p.m. until the jam starts at 1 p.m. The snack bar is open during the jam. For more information, call Pastor Dave Shirkey, 352-422-7634.
Every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Music by Russ, with Russ Cain and Wes St. Onge at VFW Post 8189 on Veterans Drive.
The free coffeehouse featuring Audience of One is at 7 p.m. Friday in Holy Grounds Cafe at Calvary Chapel, 960 S. U.S. 41, Inverness. Doors open with free pastries served at 6 p.m. Other snacks will be available for purchase. Come hear the band’s new music and other parody favorites. For more information, call 352-726-1480, visit FaceBook at calvaryinverness or the website at www.calvaryinv.com.
The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Central Ridge Library community room in Beverly Hills. We welcome adults of all levels to join our jams. For more information, call the library at 352-746-6622.
Live music weekly at the Citrus County community centers:
Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, 352-527-5994:
- Wes & Country at 10 a.m. the first and third Thursdays
- Allen O’Neal at 10 a.m. the second Monday Doug Nicholson, music of the 1950s and ’60s at 10 a.m. the last Tuesday
West Citrus Community Center, 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa, 352-795-3831:
- Ron Lamb at 10 a.m. the third Monday
- Jaime Roldan Entertainment at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday
- Bill Rea & the Classics at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday
- Wes & Country at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday
- A.J. the D.J. at 10 a.m. the fourth Wednesday
East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness, 352-344-9666
- Jaime Roldan Entertainment at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday
The Citrus County Barbershoppers, or the Chorus of the Highlands, is the local chapter of the International Barbershop Harmony Association singers. The Barbershoppers meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Grand Living, 850 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando. The group has been in Citrus County with this hobby for 30-plus years. If you are a man who loves to sing, please visit us — you do not to need to read music. If you’ve done barbershop harmony before, we want you. Call Bob Spence, 352-382-0336 for more information.
Accordion Adventure meetings are from 5:30-9 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at Kally K’s Restaurant, 3383 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. This is an informal group of accordion enthusiasts of all levels. Public invited. Cathy, 352-686-0975; Peg, 352-442-5574.
John Thomas traditional country music show and jam. 6-9 p.m. Mondays. Oxford Assembly of God activities building, 12114 N. U.S. 301, Oxford (approximately 1/4 mile north of County Road 466). Coffee, other drinks and finger food available. For cost and information, call 352-341-4404.
P.D. Smith, classical guitar, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at the Museum Café, 10466 Yulee Ave., Homosassa. 352-628-1081.
Thunderstorms and heatwave got you down? The Spirit of Citrus Dancers have the remedy. Join us for social ballroom dance parties this summer. It’s a state fair on Saturday, Aug. 17. Casual attire is welcome in keeping with the theme. Butch Phillips will teach some new dance moves during the free lesson and he will provide the music for this fun night of dance.
The Spirit of Citrus Dancers, USA Dance Chapter 6072, dance parties are held at the Kellner Auditorium, in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A complimentary dance lesson starts at 7 p.m. with general dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $9 for non-members and $6 for members. Singles are welcome.
Citrus County’s Community Center schedules for dancing are:
Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto; 352-527-5993
Tap Dance Class — Tuesdays at 11 a.m., $6
Line Dance Classes Beginners — Wednesdays, 10 a.m., intermediate; improvers 11:30 a.m., $3
Hawaiian Dance Classes — Thursdays at 1 p.m., $5
Belly Dance Classes — Thursdays at 2:15 p.m., $5
Square Dance Classes — Thursdays at 2 p.m. with Bob Scott, caller, $3 per person
West Citrus Community Center, 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa; 352-795-3831
Line Dance Class — Thursdays at 10 a.m., free
Night Club Dance with Rita — Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., $5
Clogging Class — Beginning/intermediate, Thursdays at 8 a.m., $5
Clogging Class — Advanced, Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and beginning/intermediate, Fridays at 1 p.m., $5
l East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness; 352-344-9666
Line Dance Classes — Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m., $1
Line Dance Classes — Tuesdays at 1 p.m., $5
Free beginners belly dance class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Homosassa Civic Center. Intermediate class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-397-7410.
Sunday Night Dances at American Legion Post 347, 699 County Road 466, Lady Lake. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dance from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Singles, couples, all welcome. All dances open to the public. Snacks, desserts and finger foods provided; cash bar, no drinks from outside allowed in or taken out. 352-229-1536 or 352-304-8672.
Want to learn to dance? Call “Dancing with Rita” at 727-804-4664. Classes are scheduled as follows: Nightclub and line dancing classes from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at High Octane. Nightclub-style dance classes from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Moose Lodge in Homosassa. Nightclub-style dance classes for all levels of instruction from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the West Citrus Community Center.
Sumter Singles and Couples dinner dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. the first and third Fridays monthly at Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Park in blue building at 1582 County Road 459 off County Road 470. Dances open to married, couples, singles and groups from churches and RV parks. All ages welcome. No alcohol. Finger foods or soda welcome. 352-424-1688.
Line dancing classes with Kathy Reynolds, 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. Call 352-344-9666.
Wednesday 10:30-11:30 a.m., adult ballroom classes at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. This is a recreational ballroom class featuring foxtrot, waltz, mambo, cha cha and many more styles. Call 352-422-7588.
Country Line dancing classes, 9-11 a.m. Thursdays, Beverly Hills Recreation Center. 352-746-4882, 352-527-3738.
Arts & Crafts
The West Citrus Ladies of the Elks welcome the public to their annual Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Homosassa Lodge at 7890 Grover Cleveland Blvd. Talented area crafters and vendors will be displaying and selling their items at this admission-free event. The Ladies will be selling lunch and doughnuts, as well as selling tickets for raffle baskets. In addition, there will be vendor-donated door prizes. Call Kathy at 352-382-4748 or 352-586-8886 with questions or to reserve a vendor table. Proceeds from this event go to both local and Elks’ charities supported by the ladies.
The Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety (FSS) is looking for sewing enthusiasts. FSS meets monthly at the YMCA at 9 a.m. the second Monday. Visitors are welcome. Members work on projects at every meeting to practice and hone our sewing skills. For more information, call Marcia at 352-601-1490 or Dee at 352-527-8229.
If you are interested in learning how to quilt, improving your quilting skills and meeting fellow quilters, then sign up for quilt classes at Whispering Pines City Park in Inverness. Quilt instructor Donna Weeks will be offering a five-week Traditional Quilting class that will start this September. Classes will be held on Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community building at Whispering Pines City Park. Register at the aquatic center in the park or at Inverness City Hall.
Participants will be making a stars quilt, with four different-size stars, the quilt will measure 56-by 72-inches. Each class will take you through the steps to make each block, as well as, basting, binding and quilting your quilt.
For more information, contact Donna Weeks at email@example.com or 352-860-3115. Come and join us and enjoy quilting.
Hands-On-Woodturners (howturners.com) meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Lions Club in Beverly Hills. Following a short business meeting, a woodturning-related demonstration is provided by an experienced craftsman. The group is comprised of members with all levels of experience and visitors are always welcome. The Lions Club is at 72 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. Contact Denis Cap for information: 352-489-4374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need some inspiration and would you like to learn a new creative medium? A wonderful variety of classes including painting, drawing, jewelry making, origami and more are available at the Florida Artists Gallery. The Florida Artists Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 352-344-9300 for more information and a complete rundown of classes and special events. Visit on Facebook or on the web at www.flaartistsgallery.com.
The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at noon the second Friday of every month, except July, at the Family Center of the First Christian Church of Inverness, Colonade Street. The monthly program features demonstrations by accomplished watercolorists from throughout Florida and other states. Members of the Citrus Watercolor Society enjoy a “Painting of the Month” competition in October, November, January, February, March and April. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops and participate in monthly sketch/paint-outs, etc. For more information about the meeting, or to become a member, call Marie Sloan at 352-322-0002 or Wanda Boyd at 804-536-1794, or see the CWS website at www.citruswatercolorsociety.org.
Heavenly Colors is a mobile DIY art studio specializing in painted wood plaques and home décor. Join us monthly at the Beverly Hills Community Building or other public locations to create your own one-of-a-kind plaque, tote bag, plant hangar or other specialty design. All materials are provided and our instructors will be on hand to guide you in color choice and proper techniques. Pre-registration required; no experience is necessary. Class schedule and over 300 designs can be seen at www.heavenlycolors.net. Private workshops are also available for your group, business or children’s event. For more information, contact Cathy or Jamie at 352-410-4972 or email email@example.com. “Like” us on Facebook.
Funny Farm Alpacas, 718 W. Rusk Lane, Lecanto is offering Beginner Weaving Classes for Kids (ages 10 and older) along with Adult Classes. Classes are six-hour classes held in one day. You will leave with a finished woven scarf. All materials and looms are provided. Call 352-228-3251 for a schedule.
A free beginners four-hour class for six weeks is offered for new members of the Beverly Hills Wood Craftsman Guild by contacting Dan Creamer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-501-9507. Introduction to woodworking, shop tools familiarization, types of materials and discuss the project and the wood you need to purchase. Both hand tools and power tools will be covered, along with various methods of wood joinery, sanding and finishing. You will be working on a project throughout the classes. The cost of the course is $125 and provides membership to the craftsman guild for the remainder of 2019. As a main project students will work on making a small Shaker-style table or plant stand with the final design being personalized by each student. There is some latitude for students to work on a personal project of their choosing.The monthly business meeting of the Beverly Hills Craftsman Guild is at 1 p.m. the third Monday monthly at the wood guild workshop. The workshop is open 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Saturday year-round for members. Beverly Hills Wood Craftsman Guild seeks new members to join to make it more fun, with novice and experienced woodworkers together. The workshop is fully equipped for individual woodworking projects. Members must be 18 or older. All interested woodworkers are welcome to see the daily supervisor at the workshop at 52 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills for a tour of the facility and equipment.
Country Quilters of Dunnellon meet Mondays 12:30-3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 2150 State Road 40 W. Everyone is welcome. Call Kathy at 352-489-4374.
The Art Center of Citrus County Gallery features works of local artists in mixed media. The public is invited to stop by and view the art from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Art Center is at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Hernando.
The Portrait Group meets at 9:30 a.m. every Friday to sketch, draw and paint live models at The Art Center, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. All levels are welcome, from beginners to those who want to renew their adventures with art to experienced artists. This is a working session in any media, with a $5 fee collected to help pay the model. Portrait models are sought: prefer adults and local, paid for about two hours of sitting in a comfortable chair with breaks. For information, call John Bescher at 352-220-8530.
Nature Coast Decorative Artists, chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, meets at 9 a.m. the first Saturday monthly at the Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3357 Susan Drive, (off U.S. 19 and Toucan Trail) Spring Hill. A brief meeting begins promptly at 9 a.m. along with “show and tell.” Go to www.naturecoastdecorativeartists.com or call Eileen at 727-301-7469.
The Beverly Hills-Citrus County Art group is invites local adult artists, beginners to professionals, to join. The group meets from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays at the North Oak Baptist Church youth center, 9328 Elkham Boulevard, Citrus Springs. People of all skill levels are welcome to join the informal, fun sessions. Call 352-270-8903.
Join the friendly group at Floral City First Baptist Church, 8545 S. Magnolia St., on Tuesdays. Learn beading, quilting, knitting or pine needle basket making, etc., free of charge. For more information, call Carole at 352-341-7745.
Art Center Fiber Arts Group, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays, Art Center of Citrus County, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. 352-746-0924. Members bring own work.
Sandhill Crane Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday monthly at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Groups of members will be taking classes, but open stitching will occur until 2. Call Linda at 352-596-1415. No meetings in July and August.
Needlework Fun Groups, 2-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays monthly, Wildwood Public Library, 310 S. Palmer Drive, Wildwood. 352-748-1158. email@example.com.
Do you love to paint? Want to learn more techniques while making new friends? Then join the Manatee Haven Decorative Artists every second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs. Manatee Haven members must belong to the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP), a national painting organization, so there’s more to offer beyond the local class setting. Members experiment with a variety of mediums such as acrylic paints, oil paints, colored pencils and watercolors. Call Margaret Fredrick at 352-854-5158, visit www.manateehavendecorativeartists.org or go to Facebook.
Community Needleworks Crafters meet at 10 a.m. first Wednesday. All quilters, knitters and crochet crafters welcome. Call 352-746-1973.
DownStairs Art Gallery and Studio, at 611 N. Citrus Ave., is open. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Pottery lessons available. Call 352-249-6170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marion County Gourd Artists meet from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. the third Saturday monthly, January through November, at Cherokee Park Adult Recreation, 5641 SE 113th Place, Belleview. The group meets to share their love of gourds and learn more about gourd art. For information, go to www.MarionCountyGourdArtists.com.
Join Gidget and learn to make beautiful greetings cards for friends and relatives in the Stampin’ Up Greeting Card classes. In each class you will make two cards and all supplies are provided. Beginners and experienced card makers are welcome to join and learn how to make creative, one-of-a-kind greeting cards. The classes are on Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. and are held at Central Citrus Community Center, in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. For information, call 352-527-5993.
For those interested in sharing ideas in jewelry making, beading, bead embroidery, being social and meeting new people, the Nature Coast Bead Society meets from 9 a.m. to noon each Wednesday at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River. For information, call Lois at 603-714-0769.
Want to learn some new drawing and painting skills, reawaken old ones, or just practice? Join our Friday morning art group: We provide an air-conditioned facility, background music, large work area and live portrait models. You provide drawing material, watercolors, pastels, acrylics and your creativity. After a hour-and-a-half session, we have an optional critique where we can learn from each others triumphs and, yes, even failures. This is your time to practice and experiment in art. All skill levels welcomed. Join us very Friday morning at 9:30 am. We meet at the applied arts building at the Art Center, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. For more information, call John Bescher, 352-220-8530.
Watercolor classes with instructor Pat Sistrand, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Citrus Springs Community Center. citruscountyfl.org, click on Parks & Recreation to register. 352-465-7007.
Get together from noon to 3:30 p.m. every Monday at the Art Center of Citrus County for an afternoon of either drawing or acrylic painting with fellow artists with any skill level — beginner to advanced. Activities include projects in drawing and acrylic mediums with tutorial help to DYOT (do-your-own-thing). Bring your own tools and materials, there will be fun projects and great camaraderie. All you need to do is be a member by calling 352-746-7606 to register for the group, or try it out as a guest for one visit and see how much learning and laughing in art can be. For more information, call 352-527-9372.
Each Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m., the Old Homosassa Learning Center holds the Sew Cool! Workshop. Led by sewing coach Faith Peix, the workshop is open to any level of sewist. The center has sewing machines, supplies, patterns and fabric available, or you can bring your own. The Old Homosassa Learning Center is at 10951 W. Yulee Drive in Old Homosassa, directly across from the Homosassa Elementary School. There is no charge for the workshop.
Snippet Citrus partners with Watson’s Art Gallery for monthly “Paint for Paws” classes. At these events, you will choose to paint/customize your choice of resin mold for you to display indoor or outdoor at your home. All proceeds from these events will go to Snippet Citrus. Bring your snack and beverage. For information, including costs, go to www.watsons3d.com or www.SnippetCitrus.com. Seats are limited.
Grasshopper Studio at 7212 Manchester Court, Floral City, offers a variety of classes open to the public. Discover and develop the artist within through instruction and guidance from Connie Townsend at Grasshopper Studio. All are welcome. Call Connie at 352-400-9757 or email email@example.com for information about classes,including cost.
The Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative in downtown Dunnellon is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Visit us at 20804 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34431, website — www.RainbowSpringsArt.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RainbowSpringsArtistCooperative, or call 352-845-5547. The Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative offers a variety of creative classes. Class sizes are limited. Advance registration and payment by check or cash is recommended. Register in person. For information, call 352-445-8547.
Lorna Jean Gallery at 6136 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway (State Road 44), Crystal River. 352-564-2781, offers a variety of classes each month for children and adults alike. Call for a rundown of classes, as well as costs.
Franklin Anderson Gallery at 659 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, in Heritage Village, offers classes monthly that are open to the public, from photography to wire sculpture. For a class listing, prices, reservations and more information, call the gallery at 352-697-2702 or www.franklinandersongallery.com.
Of special interest
Calling all authors: Jim Meyer, a published author, recently relocated from The Villages to Citrus Springs, would like to start a writing club here in Citrus Springs. Meyer was a member of Writers League of The Villages for a number of years. The primary purpose is for writers, published authors and editors to get together. Anyone interested in helping form the club may email Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 352-205-5302. Leave your name, email, and text where you can be reached. The first meeting will be at Meyer’s house on a date yet to be determined in July.
The Nature Coast Retreads Motorcycle Club (an international club for motorcyle enthusiasts 40 years of age and older) meets for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Riviera Mexican Cantina, 1935 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. After a brief meeting, members take a short ride — weather permitting. All make of bikes, trikes and scooters are welcome. Call Bob at 352-400-9999 for more information.
Every Saturday evening starting about 4 p.m. at the Kings Bay Plaza, on U.S. 19 in Crystal River, the Citrus County Cruisers invite everyone to their “cruise-in” to enjoy music, mingling and, of course, the classic cars. The popular event has been going on for years next to Wendy’s and the Cruisers invite the public to join them, stroll around and relive your past and remember when. Call John at 352-382-5501, or Roy at 352-382-7955.
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents many ways to engage with history through events, exhibitions, and the Music at the Museum concert series. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, you may call and make arrangements for a special guided tour of the museum.
Friday evening dinner at 5 p.m. and an inspirational movie at 6:30 p.m. Bring your friends and your family to Living Water Ministries in Beverly Plaza, next to the pizza store in Beverly Hills. Phone 352-513-2648.
The Nature Coast R/Cers Club meets the first Saturday of the month at the Inglis Locks Recreational Park on State Road 40 east of U.S. 19 at 9 a.m. The meeting is open to anyone interested in R/C flying. Members flying will continue after the meeting. For information contact Ralph Frank at 352-527-9319 or Ronnie Smith at 352-302-7137.
Toastmasters is an organization know the world over for teaching communication and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Want to gain self confidence and feel more comfortable in speaking before a group or large audience? Come and check out the local chapter of Toastmasters International. Radiant Ridge Toastmasters meets the second, fourth and fifth Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. Our new location is at Shepherd’s Way Cowboy Church, 965 N. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. We extend a warm welcome to all (18 years and older). For more information, call Esther at 314-303-1248 or Renate at 352-746-4598. Visit www.radiantridgetoastmasters.com.
The Citrus Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets from January to April and September to November. Meetings are the first Tuesday monthly at 7 p.m. at the Crystal Oaks Civic Center, 4958 W. Crystal Oaks Drive, Lecanto. Throughout the year the chapter has field trips, native plant walks, hosts native plant programs and has an annual native plant sale in the spring. For information, call Gail Taylor, 352-212-2390, or email citrusNPS@gmail.com. The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
High tea served with Old Florida charm: Don’t miss this weekly event on Thursdays at 3 p.m. on the Withlacoochee River in quaint Yankeetown. Register your table of friends or simply come to met new people. Nice sandwiches and treats accompany your choice of tea. Held at the Riverside Inn, 6301 Riverside, Yankeetown. Call 352-447-2595.
Bonsai is an international art form of growing, forming and shaping miniature trees. Open to everyone, Buttonwood Bonsai Club goes from novice to expert. The club meets the fourth Saturday of every month at Whispering Pines Park, Inverness, in the Community Building. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. Contact Jim Meister, president, for information at 352-586-0582 or email@example.com.
The Friends of the Crystal River State Park accepts advance reservations for 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. eco-tours on Saturdays. Tours are narrated, 60 to 90 minutes in length and highlight the plants, animals and prehistory along the estuaries of the Crystal River. The boat launches from the Visitors Center at 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. 352-228-6028.
Sunset Cruise the Crystal River Preserve State Park, sponsored by the Friends of the Crystal River State Parks Inc., departs the Crystal River Preserve visitor center dock for a sunset cruise on the Crystal River. Travel out into the gulf for a spectacular sunset. Refreshments and snacks will be available. Call 352-228-6028 for dates and information. Location is 3255 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River.
The Dunnellon Poetry Society will meets for poetry open mike at the Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative, 20804 W. Pennsylvania Ave. (at the intersection with Cedar Street), at 2 p.m. each month the third Sunday. The event is open to all poets and other lovers of poetry. Poets will read as many as three pages of their own original work. If time and material allow, an additional round of readings will take place. For information about the group and its events, or to confirm attendance, go to the group’s page at www.facebook.com/dunnellonpoetry or email the host and coordinator, Bob Wright, at firstname.lastname@example.org; 352-346-4233.
Afro-Cuban drumming and dancing from 5-6 p.m. every Monday at the Independent Church of the Living God, 557 NE Second Ave., Crystal River. Everyone is welcome. A documentary of African culture and history will also be shown occasionally to educate the community. 352-897-4173.
Chapter 156 of The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) meeting, 8 a.m. fourth Sunday at VFW Post 4781, 9401 SW 110th St., Ocala. 352-527-2669.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset every day of the year. The Visitor Center, which contains the park office and small museum, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Call the park at 352-793-4781 for information about events and park entry. Reserve for programs by calling the park to be put on the program list. Stop by or call the park at 352-793-4781 to make reservations.
Hernando Audubon Society welcomes the public to meetings and bird walks; all are free. Visit www.hernandoaudubon.org. All Hernando Audubon activities are free and open to the public.