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Play at Art Center Theatre this weekend

The Art Center of Citrus County theatre has announced the lineup for the 2022-23 season schedule.

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For the remaining 2022 year:

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  • “Once Upon A Mattress,” musical comedy, July 22-24, and 29-31
  • “The Outsider,” comedy, Sept. 16-18, 23-25, 30, and Oct. 1, 2
  • “Let’s Murder Marsha,” comedy, Nov. 4-6, 11-13, and 18-20
  • Youth Theatre, Dec. 9-11

In 2023:

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  • “I Love a Piano,” musical, Jan. 13-15 and 20-22
  • “The Robin Hood Caper,” comedy, Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, and 10-12
  • “Don’t Mention My Name,” comedy, April 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30

For more information about the shows, call the theatre at 352-746-7606 or visit artcenterofcitruscounty.org/category/art-center-theatre.

Presentation on non-representational collage art

Barbara Kerr, local artist and member of the Citrus County Watercolor Society, will give a presentation at the Lakes Region Library July 22, 3 p.m. on her medium of choice: non-representational collage.

As opposed to painting an easily recognizable subject matter, non-representational collage breaks a work down into the very concepts of line, shape and color all utilized to invoke an emotional connection in the viewer.

In addition to the presentation, Barbara’s art will also be on display at Lakes Region Library throughout the month.

For anyone interested in additional information, visit @CitrusLibraries on Facebook and Instagram or the library’s website citruslibraries.org.

Restoration project hosts fundraiser at Crumps Landing

The Homosassa River Restoration Project is hosting a night of food, good music and raffles at Crumps Landing on the Homosassa River July 22 from 4-9 p.m.

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The Side Piece band will be playing the event. All proceeds from 50/50 drawings and raffles go towards supporting the restoration of the Homosassa River.

Homosassa River Restoration Project is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is working to restore the river and springs ecosystem by reestablishing the aquatic grass system and returning the river to its former quality.

The project hopes to benefit the entire community, visitors and preserve the river for future generations.

Ladies of West Citrus Elks looking for vendors, artists

The Ladies of the West Citrus Elks will begin hosting their annual Arts and Craft Festival Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 7890 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa.

The West Citrus Elks are looking for local artists or arts vendors to consider sharing their talents with the community. Applications are now available.

Interested parties can reserve a six-foot or eight-foot table to display works for $30 and $35, respectively. Tables will be available until all spaces are reserved.

For anyone interested, call 352-586-8886 for more information and applications.

Summer Sizzlin’ on the Square coming up

The City of Inverness is holding a free event on Aug. 6 from 1-4 p.m. called Summer Sizzlin’ on the Square.

This family-friendly event features the music of the Caribbean Chillers band live in concert; do not miss this special final performance. Stroll through the streets and check out the shops, pubs, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Plus, a Foam Party and kid’s zone.

The Entertainment District will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Annual Lakes, Rivers & Coastal Clean-Up event scheduled

Keep Citrus County Beautiful and Save Our Waters Week Committee in partnership with the Citrus County Aquatics Service Division invites the public to participate in the county’s 33rd Annual Lakes, Rivers & Coastal Clean-Up scheduled for Sept. 17 from sunrise to 11:30 a.m.

Groups of two or more are invited to join other volunteers across the county in removing debris from shorelines, waterways and the beaches of our lakes, rivers and oceans. Friends, families, neighbors, businesses, organizations and club members all are needed to work together to help cleanup the county’s waterways.

The event is conducted each year in partnership with the Citrus County Government, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Citrus County Chronicle and the College of Central Florida to promote public awareness to save Citrus County’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and springs from further deterioration and ecological disaster.

Deadline to register is Sept. 8. To obtain an application, contact Tracey with Citrus County Aquatics Services directly at 352-527-7620 or tracey.ivkovic@citrusbocc.com.

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BFF Society to hold annual fundraiser

The BFF Society, a nonprofit organization, will be hosting their fourth annual Beautiful Woman Inside and Out fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the George Washington Carver Community Center, 555 N.E. 3rd Ave., Crystal River.

There will be a mini fashion show, dessert auction and lots of arts and crafts vendors. Guests will also have the chance to win a $1,500 shopping spree with the Zyia Casual & Active Wear Company, as well as assorted gift cards and certificates.

Tickets are just $25 each and all proceeds benefit local scholarships.

For more information, contact Alicia at 352-257-1280.

Old Courthouse Museum to host kids’ story time

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents free “Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons” events for children on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

On July 16, the museum will host a kids’ story time, “Florida Animals,” with readings of stories about animals that are ancient, native and non-native to Florida. After the readings, kids will have a chance to create related arts and crafts projects.

Adult supervision and pre-registration are required. To register, call 352-341-6428.

Families who visit may want to plan for extra time to explore temporary and permanent museum exhibits. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a farmer’s market on the first and third Saturdays in Downtown Inverness at The Depot.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to pre-register for events, contact the museum at 352-341-6428 or museum@citrusbocc.com.

One more tribute on tap for summer

Parks and Recreation has announced the remaining show in the 2022 Summer Concert Series.

Back by popular demand, “The Atlantic City Boys” will perform at CSCC on Aug. 26.

Tickets to both shows are now on sale for $15.

The Citrus Springs Civic Association will have light snacks and refreshments available for purchase (cash only). For more information, call 352-527-7540 or follow @citruscountyparks on Facebook.

Chronicle seeking kids doing cool stuff

We know they’re out there — kids doing cool stuff. Do you know of a kid or teen who: has an interesting hobby or talent, is an entrepreneur or an inventor, a child who shows exceptional kindness or empathy or a kid who has special bond with an animal/pet or a kid who volunteers or … The Chronicle would like to tell the stories of our youngest in the community who are making a difference, whether large or small.

Email your Kids Doing Cool Stuff story ideas to Executive Editor Jeff Bryan at jeff.bryan@chronicleonline.com or Managing Editor Brian LaPeter at blapeter@chronicleonline.com.

Key to host annual Runners Celebration

The public is invited to join the Key Training Center for its annual Runners Celebration on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Lecanto Campus Pavilion, located at 1311 N. Garnett Loop.

Celebrate the runners’ home return after their grueling 180 mile run with a day filled with fun, music, food and games.

For a $5 donation, all ages can enjoy unlimited inflatables, dunk tank challenge, epic water battles, face painting and a host of activities. The largest obstacle course is 101 feet long with a double slide combo.

The pinnacle of the event will be at 11 a.m. when the core and community runners cross the finish line.

This year, they will be adding live coverage from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., available through the website keytrainingcenter.org and social media outlets, including Facebook and YouTube.

To make a financial donation, visit the Key’s website under PayPal or text “Key180” to 71777. On July 23, a donation can also be made from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by calling 352-795-5541 ext. 218.

West Citrus Elks to host fish fry

The West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693, located at 7890 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa, will be sponsoring an old-fashioned fish fry on July 30 from 5-9 p.m.

There will be games, prizes and great entertainment. Bring a guest, the public is invited.

Tickets go on sale on July 12 at the Lodge. The price of a ticket is $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Lodge on the following days: Tuesdays at karaoke from 5-8 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday dinner service from 5-8 p.m.

For any questions or additional information, contact Donna Hayes at 407-782-8577.

West Citrus Elks to host Military Card Party

The West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693, located at 7890 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa, will be sponsoring a Military Card Party on Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The price of a ticket will be $15 and will include lunch. Tickets are on sale now and will be available for purchase at the Lodge on the following days: Tuesdays at Karaoke from 5-8 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday dinner service from 5-7 p.m. No tickets are available for purchase through the bar.

This event will be open to the public. For any questions or additional information, contact Donna Hayes at 407-782-8577.

Concert Choir to hold Summer Showcase

The Citrus Community Concert Choir, directed by Karen Medrano, will present a concert titled “Summer Showcase” featuring many classic Disney favorites.

The program will highlight several soloists from the choir, as well as three of their four recent scholarship recipients.

Concerts are Aug. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, 935 S. Crystal Glen Drive, Lecanto, and Aug. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness.

Both concerts begin at 3 p.m. and admission is $10, collected at the door. Students are admitted free.

Wear Mickey ears and be prepared to sing along.

CCCC, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c(3) and thanks the community for its support of their scholarship program.

Floral City Heritage Museum temporarily closed

Director of the Floral City Heritage Museum, Tom Ritchie, announces the temporary closing of the museum for the months of July and August.

The museum will reopen on Sept. 2 and will be open free of charge every Friday and Saturday thereafter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact the museum by calling 352-419-4257, visiting floralcityhc.org or following @fcheritagedays on Facebook.

The museum is located at 8394 E. Orange Ave., in the Floral City Town Center.

Attend a local fall fashion show fundraiser

Join the Women of Sugarmill Woods for their “Fall Into Fashion” fashion show on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club. Doors open at 11 a.m.

There will be a luncheon followed by the fashion show with raffles for specialty items, share the wealth, a money tree and a booze barrel.

Fashions presented by Accessories & More. Clothing and accessories will be available for purchase after the show.

This event is open to the public. To purchase tickets, contact Rita Robison at 317-7960-3658 or my3cats2019@outlook.com.

This Fashion Show is a fundraising event to benefit local charities and scholarships for students in Citrus County provided by the Women of Sugarmill Woods, a 501(c)(3) organization.

VFW Post 8189 hosting dart league

VFW Post 8189 in Homosassa hosting a dart league at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Then, at 5:30 p.m., join the Post for trivia. Lots of fun for all.

Dollar Days at the Valerie

The Valerie Theatre announces Dollar Days at the Valerie. Every Wednesday, enjoy movies at the Valerie for only $1. Check valerietheatre.org for programming or call 352-341-7850.

Museum to host free Crafternoons

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents free Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons events for children on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Adult supervision and pre-registration are required for all Kids’ Corner and Crafternoons events. To register, call 352-341-6428.

Ozello Writers Guild holding contest

The Ozello Writers Guild is sponsoring a photo contest for the cover of their new short story book “Ozello: Three Bridges to Paradise.”

The contest is open to anyone remotely affiliated with the Ozello Trail. Submit a picture for the outside cover of the new book.

The winner will be picked by the members of the Ozello Writers Guild. The winners’ photo will be published in the book along with the recognition of their picture for the cover.

Email the picture submission to ozellowritersguild@gmail.com.

For more information, search Ozello Writers Guild on Facebook.

New art center holding summer classes

The newly opened Sunshine Dreams Art Center, located at 24 State Road 40 E., Inglis, is holding a summer series of art classes for both kids and adults.

There will be summer art camp classes offered thru Aug. 5 with 10 projects each week, two every weekday and different themes for each class.

The classes will be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m.

To pre-register for a class or for more information and prices, call 352-322-2161, go to @SunshineDreamsArtCenter on Facebook or visit the website sunshinedreamsartcenter.com.

Join softball fun at Bicentennial Park

Bring a glove to Bicentennial Park behind the Crystal River airport at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and participate in a game of softball or just spectate.

A group of ages 55 and older (age flexible) men and women gather to pick teams and enjoy the exercise and fresh air. No league fees or team commitments. Experience is helpful, but not required. Everyone can play.

For more information, call Wally at 352-212-0986.

Register for the Black Diamond show

The eighth Black Diamond Invitational Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Black Diamond Ranch, 3125 W. Black Diamond Circle in Lecanto. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the public is welcome at 10 a.m.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Central Citrus, this car show will generate funds for local charities. Expect to see fine examples of antiques, classics and modern vehicles gracing the fairways on the first holes of the Highlands Golf Course.

Several food vendors will be on hand, along with adult beverages and entertainment.

The show is limited to the best qualified accepted entries. All entries in the car show must be pre-registered. To register by Oct. 15, visit blackdiamondinvitationalcarshow.com. Registrants will receive a confirmation message.

If you do not receive a confirmation within three days, call Roger Carlson at 352-464-0324.

Tower Tunes at the Depot

Join the City of Inverness at the Depot Pavilion for Tower Tunes every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m.

Music at the Depot Tower Stage will feature a variety of talented artists. Bring a chair and relax while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

If you would like to showcase your musical talents by being a part of Tower Tunes, reach out to events@inverness.gov or call 352-726-2611 ext. 1303.

Amateur Radio Club gets together

The Citrus County Amateur Radio Club covers topics including electronics, meeting with ham radio operators, getting an amateur radio license, how signals taking less energy than a light bulb can travel thousands of miles, and others related to amateur radio operation.

Interested parties can attend next month’s meeting at The Citrus County Emergency Operations Center, 3549 Saunders Way, Lecanto.

For more information, contact John Bescher at n4dxi@aol.com or 352-220-8530.

Valerie Players seek members

A community theater group is planning a series of plays at the Valerie Theater in Inverness.

Artistic Director Patrick Erhardt said the Valerie Players needs performers, directors and people to work behind the scenes.

For information, contact Erhardt at: patherhardt@gmail.com.

Hernando Ukulele Jam on Tuesdays

The weekly Hernando Ukulele Jam meets at 11 a.m. for intermediates and noon for beginners every Tuesday at the Historic Hernando School at the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road 486. The event is free and open to everyone.

Attendees should bring their favorite ukulele and a music stand if they have one.

For more information, call 352-566-2328.

Acoustic music jam on Mondays

The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players host an acoustic music jam from 3 to 5 p.m. most Mondays at the Central Ridge Library community room, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

A beginner group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the same location.

Adults of all levels are welcome to join. For more information, call 352-746-6622.

Socialize at Café Break!

Among the wellness programs offered by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast at its Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane (gold building on right) in Homosassa Springs is Café Break!

At Café Break! Anyone grieving or lonely can find a safe place to socialize with others, work puzzles, play games or chat over a cup of coffee and snacks for 2-1/2 hours starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information or to join this program that follows CDC guidelines, call 352-249-1470.

Community center open mic nights

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents open mic nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at the Citrus Springs Community Center at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. at Citrus Springs.

Vocalists, musicians, poets and comedians are welcome at this all-ages event. No profanity is allowed.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks will be required to enter the building, but not by performers during stage time.

For more information, call 352-527-7540.

Women’s Mahjongg Club on Wednesdays

A Women’s Mahjongg Club is forming for residents of Sugarmill Woods. The version that will be played is the Wright-Patterson (not the American version).

They will meet every Wednesday at a resident’s home. For information, contact Maria at flowergarden444@gmail.com.

Floral City Crafters meet at church

The Floral City Crafters meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Floral City Baptist Church, 8545 Magnolia St.

The crafters are a group of knitters, crocheters, quilters, jewelry makers and more who share their love of crafts and spend time together. Attendees can bring their crafts or learn a new one.

There is a $2 fee for each weekly meeting. For questions, call 352-637-5423 or 352-726-5658.

Sunshine Poets meet, read

Join the Sunshine Poets’ monthly meeting and poetry reading at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month 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 questions, contact Cheri Herald, Sunshine Poets president, at sunshinepoets@gmail.com.

Free ukulele classes in Hernando

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

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

Citrus Bridge Club welcomes players

Citrus Bridge Club has face-to-face games at 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in the Tree Top Plaza, 1647 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Lecanto.

Ruby Life Master Mike Swartz offers a series of beginner lessons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. While geared toward the beginner player, current bridge players will also find Swartz’s lessons are a good refresher.

In an effort to keep all participants safe, proof of vaccination will be required for the regular games and for Swartz’s lessons. Masks are recommended but optional.

For more information or to sign up, contact Swartz at 352-212-5529 or harrys6604@aol.com.

Inverness Bridge Club meets weekly

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.



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