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Hernando Events for Dec. 22

By Jean Hamilton, Times Staff Writer


22 Friday

Marine Corps League 708 Friday Night Dinner: Open to the public, dinner includes choice of baked or fried fish, fried shrimp or an alternative meat, as well as mashed potatoes or steak fries, vegetable or coleslaw, salad, corn muffin, dessert and coffee or tea. Alcoholic drinks available for purchase in the Command Post Bar & Grill. 4 to 8 p.m. $10. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. (352) 556-3045.

Ballroom Dance: Dance to music by Dave Mussatto. Includes a free dance lesson. 6 to 9 p.m. $8, $5 members. Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 597-0107.

Spring Hill Holiday Display: Joe and Connie Castorino invite the public to view the display of Christmas lights and ornaments that covers their front and side yards, and the more than 300 lighted and animated buildings and accessories including Lionel trains, trolleys, Disney monorails and a drive-in theater that fill their two-car garage. 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 28. Free. Castorino private residence, 7452 Alhambra Court, Spring Hill.

23 Saturday

Burn Boot Camp: Scott and Amy Passarella will offer free pop-up fitness camps at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 9 a.m. Saturdays until the end of the year. 9 a.m. Free. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.

Master Gardener Nursery: Find healthy native and Florida-friendly plants to spruce up landscapes, at bargain prices. Nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays, through March 31. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Animal Tracking for Families: Explore the world of animal calling cards and try to ID tracks. 11 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

24 Sunday

Christmas Eve Potluck Dinner: Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. The church will provide ham, turkey and drinks. 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish, dessert or $5. Heather Clubhouse, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee.

26 Tuesday

Pick Two Luncheon on the Hill: Enjoy a gourmet luncheon at Chinsegut Hill Retreat. The meal includes your choice of soup, salad or quiche, plus a beverage and dessert. Luncheons are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week. Reservations are needed for groups of 5 or more. Following lunch, tour the Manor House. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $15, includes lunch and tour. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville. (352) 799-5400. Event continues Dec. 27 and 28.

27 Wednesday

Landscape Resolutions for the New Year: Learn how to start the year out right with simple steps you can take to improve your landscape. 10:30 a.m. Free. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

28 Thursday

Backyard Composting: Learn the basics of composting. At the end of the class, residents will receive a free composter to take home. Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For Hernando County residents only. Call to RSVP. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Northwest Solid Waste Management Facility, 14450 Landfill Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-4112.