On exhibit: The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will host an exhibit reception at 6 p.m. today at the Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit, "Prints and Engravings, Art for the Masses," is a private collection of prints, lithographs and engravings from the 16th through 20th century, including hand-colored engravings and lithographs of the works of Holbein from the Windsor Castle collection, Gould bird prints and others. The exhibit will continue through the Christmas season. Call Jerry Cowling at (352) 797-0984.
Singing in the holidays: A Christmas musical benefit for the Dawn Center will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The event includes music, finger foods and beverages, a sing-along and entertainment by Kids Helping Kids. Donations are welcome, but not required. The suggested donation is $25. All money raised will benefit the Dawn Center, the county's shelter for abused women and children. Call (352) 397-4830.
Christmas sing-along: The Nature Coast Festival Singers and choir members from area churches will present a "Messiah Sing-along" at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. Call Shirley Chaisson at (352) 597-2235.
Jazzed up for Christmas: The Hernando Jazz Society will present a "Holiday Celebration" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission is free for members and $9 for nonmembers. A barbecue buffet will be available for an additional $7.99 from 1 to 3 p.m. Nonmembers are encouraged to reserve a space and ensure admittance into the Wellington community by calling (352) 666-6888, ext. 504.
Singing to the heavens: A Joyful Noise, about a wayward musician who can't enter heaven until he turns around a church choir, continues matinees and evenings through Dec. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50; show only, $38.45, plus tax and tip, for adults; $24.95 and $19.95 for ages 12 and younger. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.
Dinner with four: The quartet Three Men and a Maestro will perform jazz, ethnic, classical, bluegrass and Broadway music on Saturday at the Aripeka Elks Lodge, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dinner at 6 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 for prime seating and $30 for regular seating. The lodge secretary's office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or call Judi at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.
Christmas on the water: Two Christmas boat parades are planned for Dec. 17. The Hernando Beach Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the yacht club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Prizes will be awarded. Food and drinks will be available at the yacht club. (Registration can be done from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 16 at the yacht club.) The entry fee is a donation of an unwrapped toy; no cost for spectators. Call (352) 799-6068. The Weeki Wachee River Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. The fee to enter a boat is a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or a cash donation for the Dawn Center. Spectators can watch from Rogers Park or the Bayport pier. Call Jim Lanier Jr. at (352) 596-2852.