The Buzz art for web 2018

New this week

  • Crystal River Mall announces new Farmers Market begins March 9 and 10 and will continue every weekend. Local vendors are selling fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and fresh Florida jumbo shrimp and local stone crabs, plus many other goodies. Stop in and support the mall. For more information about this event or Crystal River Mall, visit Facebook @crystalrivermall or contact the mall office at 352-795-2585.
  • The Art Center of Citrus County has announced their monthly Lunch and Learn series for Tuesday, March 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Artist Louanne Headrick will instruct attendees on making a water media project. She will discuss the supplies and equipment needed while providing tips and techniques for working with various tools including china markers, pen, Conte crayons and watercolor pencils. Headrick is an experienced artist who has taught beginning, intermediate and advanced watercolor classes at the Bonita Springs Art League in South Florida and the Naples Art Association. A Signature Membership in the Florida Watercolor Society and a holistic spiritual writer, she likes working with art and artists sharing what she knows and hearing what other artists know to be their truth about themselves and their works of art. Refreshments will be provided prior to the presentation in the arts education building at the Art Center. The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers to cover the cost of supplies for the project. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit The Art Center is located at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. Hernando.
  • In April, the Citrus County Community Concert Choir will present its 2019 Spring Concert, “The Magic of Mozart,” directed by Karen Medrano and featuring accompanist Sally Smith-Adams. There will be two concert dates: Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness. Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 935 S. Crystal Glen Drive, Lecanto. Admission at the door is $10 for adults. Students will be admitted free. For more information, call 352-634-3927 or visit CCCC Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which with the community’s continued support, is able to offer a scholarship to a deserving Citrus County student studying music at the college level. The Citrus County Chronicle is a sponsor of the CCCC concerts.
  • Come see, hear and experience the Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra (CYESO) from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness. Enjoy an evening of classical music performed by students and teachers. CYESO is dedicated to teaching classical and symphonic music to children ages 5 to 19 in Citrus County and surrounding communities. Bring a friend or neighbor. For information, call 352-257-4525 or visit

Of special interest

  • The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety (FSS) will meet on Monday, March 11, at 9 a.m. at the YMCA in Lecanto. FSS is a statewide organization and is open to all sewing enthusiasts. The monthly meetings generally features a project for members to construct. For more information, call Marcia at 352-601-1490, Carole at 352-527-3034 or Dee at 352-527-8229. Please leave a message.
  • Everyone is invited to a PowerPoint presentation of “What’s a Nice Guy Like You Doing in a Place Like This?” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Homosassa Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave. Lt. Lesley Smith spent 19 months in a German prison camp during World War II. As told by his family, this is his account of what he and others experienced as “guests of the Third Reich.”
  • Friends of the Homosassa Library will have its Spring Book Sale Friday, March 22 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Saturday, March 23 (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), and Monday, March 25 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Homosassa Public Library is at 4100 Grandmarch Ave.The Friends of the Homosassa Library’s Spring Book Sale will sell gently used paperback and hardcover books, CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and games. Prices are 50 cents for paperbacks, $2 for hardcover books and five for $1 for Harlequin novels. All proceeds benefit the library and go toward projects, equipment and supplies that tax dollars cannot be used for. The event is free.
  • Nature Coast Orchid Society’s Show and Sale, “Picture Perfect,” will be held March 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; entrance fee is $3. Orchid and orchid supply companies will be there to show and sell orchids and orchid supplies. A vendor will sell custom-made orchid and flower pots. The show is at the VFW Post 8681 at 18940 Drayton St., (corner of Drayton and County Line Road) in Spring Hill. This is an AOS sanctioned show — bring your orchid to be judged by an AOS judge, even if you are not a member.
  • 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.
  • 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 guild wood workshop is open 8 a.m until noon Monday through Saturday year-round for members (also some Tuesday afternoon hours). 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. Dues are $125 yearly and members must be 18 or older. All interested woodworkers are welcome.
  • 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.
  • Hands-On-Woodturners ( 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 or email the host and coordinator, Bob Wright, at; 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 All Hernando Audubon activities are free and open to the public.

Stage & Screen

  • The remaining Art Center Theater season schedule is: “No Body Like Jimmy” (comedy), March 15-31; “Elvis Has Left the Building” (comedy/farce), April 26 through May 12. Tickets are $19 adult, reserved seating. Call for days/times. Art Center of Citrus County, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. Hernando; 352-746-7606,


  • 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.
  • Spring Concert rehearsals continue for the Citrus Community Choir every Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness. New voices (male and female) are always welcome and singers should arrive early, 6:30 p.m., to register and meet with director Karen Medrano to establish voice placement. Scheduled concerts will be April 6 and 7. Venue locations to be announced later. Concert theme this year is “The Magic of Mozart.” For more information, visit or call 352-634-3927.
  • The free coffeehouse featuring Audience of One returns 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
  • 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; CC Wranglers Band from 1-3:30 p.m. every Tuesday, 1:00-3:30 p.m.; 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.
  • Everyone is invited to the Acoustic Meet Up from 2-4:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays each month in the Community Room at Coastal Region Library, Crystal River. Bring acoustic instruments and singing voices, or come to listen. Call Paula at 260-316-4099 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.


  • New Weekly Beginner Clogging Classes will be held at the West Citrus Community Center at 8940 W. Veterans Drive in Homosassa. The cost is $5 per lesson — Thursdays, from 8:30-10 a.m. starting March 7. In this class participants will learn the fundamental clogging steps and combine them in dance routines. No partners or dance experience are needed, but a sense of rhythm helps. For information call instructor Ella Mae “Twig” Wilson at 352-621-6642 about these and other clogging classes.
  • Weekly Beginner Plus Clogging Classes If you are a prior clogger, but you haven’t danced for quite a while and think you may need to brush up on it first, this may be the class for you. Come join us at the West Citrus Community Center at 8940 W. Veterans Drive in Homosassa at a cost of $5 per lesson — Fridays, from 1-2:30 p.m. For information call instructor Ella Mae “Twig” Wilson at 352-621-6642.
  • Weekly Intermediate Clogging Classes If you are a clogger ready to revive your love of the dance, there is a class at 8940 W. Veterans Drive to fit your needs. The cost for this class is $5 per lesson — Fridays, from 8-11 a.m. This group is the Sass with Class Cloggers, which performs at nursing and assisted living homes, festivals, private parties, churches, charity events and club socials. However, if you prefer not to dance in shows, that is OK. too. Just come and enjoy the classes. For information call instructor Ella Mae “Twig” Wilson at 352-621-6642.
  • 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 or call 352-397-7410.
  • Central Citrus Community Center will offer a Western Style Square Dance class with caller Bob Scott from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays at the Central Citrus Community Center in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Room 114, Lecanto. The cost is $3 per person or $6 per couple for each class. All levels are welcome to attend. For more information, call 352-527-5993.
  • Carolina Shag (to beach music) lessons on Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. and classes will be held each week at the Central Citrus Community Center, located in the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. June Queripel is the instructor. You will learn the basics and several easy moves to get you on the floor and dancing in a hurry. The cost for the four lessons is $20. For more information, call 352-527-5993.
  • Spirit of Citrus Dancers will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 16. Dancers are encouraged to add some green and gold to their attire so the dance floor reflects the holiday. A complimentary dance lesson will be taught by Butch Phillips, who will also be the deejay for the evening. On Saturday, April 6, the dancers will host their monthly Birthday Party to celebrate all dancers born in April. Birthday cake will be served. Bill Dimmitt will be the dance instructor and deejay. Then, Saturday, April 20, it’s a little bit country at their Boot Scootin’ Ballroom. Butch Phillips will provide truly danceable country music for two-step, cha-cha, waltz and swing, along with favorite ballroom standards. The Spirit of Citrus Dancers dances are on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Social ballroom dance parties are held at the Kellner Auditorium, 92 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A complimentary dance lesson begins at 7 p.m. with general dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Ice and coffee are provided. Sodas and bottled water are available for a small fee. Visit or call Lenore at 352-228-1688.
  • Hawaiian dance classes — Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness; Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. at Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court No. 114, Lecanto; Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. at West Citrus Community Center, 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa. For more information, contact Carolyn at 727-251-0424 or email
  • Belly dance classes — Thursdays, 2:15-3:15 p.m. at Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court No. 114, Lecanto; Tuesdays 11:15-12:15 p.m. at West Citrus Community Center, 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa. For more information, contact Carolyn 727-251-0424 or
  • Beginners’ line dancing classes. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. Instructor Cher Mason. Closed-toe shoes preferred for safety reasons. 352-527-5993.
  • 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.
  • Social ballroom dance classes with June Queripel, Wednesdays at the Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, at 1:30 p.m. 352-527-5993, 352-795-3831.
  • 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

  • Are you an artist, working in a two-dimensional medium? Have you thought about selling your art to the public by having it displayed on the walls of a reputable artist cooperative? Perhaps you enjoy sharing your love of art with others and would like to teach art classes. The Rainbow Springs Artist Cooperative in Dunnellon is such a place and we are seeking artists interested in becoming a part of our team. The co-op features 40 or so local artists and fine craftspeople. Apply for exhibition space in the cooperative today. Applications can be picked up in person at the co-op during business hours or downloaded from the website, Contact the co-op Director June Johnson at 352-465-3717 directly with any questions.
  • 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 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 Nancy at 352-503-6153.
  • Needlework Fun Groups, 2-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays monthly, Wildwood Public Library, 310 S. Palmer Drive, Wildwood. 352-748-1158.
  • The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) meets at noon the second Friday of each month, except July. Meeting location is at the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St., Inverness. Monthly programs feature demonstrations by noted watercolor artists. Members of the Society enjoy a “Paining of the Month” competition. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops, and participate in monthly paint-outs. For information about the CWS meetings, or how to become a member of the Society, call Curt Bond at 352-489-1938, or Jane Kegan at 352-527-6934. Visit the CWS website at
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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., 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 or Seats are limited.
  • Join Heavenly Colors, a mobile arts and crafts studio, on selected Saturday mornings at the Beverly Hills Community Building to make your own custom wood plaque in a variety of sizes and your choice of colors. Heavenly Colors will provide all the materials and instructors will guide participants in designing and creating a custom wood sign. Pre-registration is required. No painting experience is necessary. Over 100 designs are available at For more information, call Cathy or Jamie at 352-410-4972 or email Like us on Facebook for additional workshop dates and locations.
  • Funny Farm Alpacas, 718 W. Rusk Lane, Lecanto, offers beginner weaving classes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and weekends. Learn to weave an infinity scarf on a rigid heddle loom. Private and group classes are available. Great for those who can no longer knit or crochet due to arthritis. 352-228-3251.
  • 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 for information about classes,including cost.
  • Need some inspiration and would like to learn a new creative medium? A wonderful variety of classes are available for October at the Florida Artists Gallery. The Florida Artists Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 352-344-9300 for reservations, class costs and a complete rundown of types of classes and special events. Visit us on Facebook or on the web at
  • 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 —, like us on Facebook at, 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

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