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Book discussion, visit with Santa and other events


Group picks a book, discussion date

The next gathering of the Brooksville Book Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave. The book to be discussed is A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini.

Born a generation apart, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, loss and by fate. As they endure the ever-escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a strong bond that will ultimately alter the course of their lives as well as the lives of the next generation.

Registration is not required to attend, but copies of the book are limited at the library. For information, call Tina Mraz at the library, (352) 754-4043.


Holiday story, visit with Santa at library

The Hernando County Public Library System invites children of all ages for a holiday story and visit with Santa at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Caregivers are encouraged to bring cameras.

There is no cost or registration required. All ages are welcome. Parents/caregivers must remain on the library premises. For information, call (352) 540-6391 or visit the Web at .


Elks Lodge 2582 offers December events

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Christmas dinner-dance Dec. 13 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

Cocktails will be from 4 to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Music for dancing will be provided by Take Two. The dinner choice is roasted turkey or baked ham.

Tickets are $13. Call Doris Cloman at (352) 796-9784.

The lodge will also host a Christmas Day dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 25. The meal will include roasted beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and dessert.

Tickets are $5. Reservations are required by Dec. 13. Call the lodge at (352) 596-2582.


Christmas cantata performed Dec. 6-7

A Christmas musical cantata, Noel, A Musical Collection of Christmas Moments, will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive.

The performance will feature the 80-voice Chancel Choir, as well as the drama team, children's choir and orchestra, under the direction of Jack Evans. The music will include Christmas favorites, such as O Holy Night, Silent Night, The First Noel, O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come All Ye Faithful.

Admission is free; an offering will be taken. For information, call (352) 666-5287 or 683-7054.


Rockhound show returns for 34th year

The 34th annual Withlacoochee Rockhound Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 to 7 at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.

Parking is free. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for teens and free for children 12 and younger.

This year's event will have a special feature that includes American Indian arts and crafts, as well as a replica of Aaron's Breastplate and replicas of famous diamonds of the world. There will also be silversmithing and cabochon-cutting demonstrations.

The event is sponsored in part by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. For information, call Jerry Johnson at (352) 688-7810.


Angel Food Ministry accepting food orders

Angel Food Ministry food orders are being taken at the following locations:

• Christ Lutheran Church, 475 W North Ave., Brooksville — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 7; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6. Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 20.

Orders placed at the church must be paid with cash or food stamps. Credit and debit card orders can be made online at or Call the Angel Food hotline at (352) 799-3452 or send e-mail to .

• First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor — 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 6. This is a sublocation for Christ Lutheran Church's Angel Food program; cash only will be accepted at this site. Pickups will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Call the Angel Food hotline at (352) 799-3452 or send e-mail to .

• Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, Weeki Wachee — 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 6, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 (participants should bring their own coolers or boxes).

Payments must be made by cash or food stamps if ordered at the church. Orders can also be placed online at (click on Angel Food). For information, call (352) 596-1388, ext. 810.

• Nature Coast Family Fellowship, 14832 U.S. 19, Hudson — Noon to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Dec. 8. Distribution will be Dec. 20.

Orders at the church must be paid with cash or food stamps. Credit card and debit card orders can be placed online at . For information, call (352) 650-7773 or (727) 271-4662.

Anyone interested can order through Angel Food Ministries; there are no income requirements. Regular food packages — worth about $60 — are available for $30. This month, there is a special Christmas dinner box available for $35, which will feed four to seven people. Specialty packages are also available.


County Commission workshop Tuesday

The Hernando County Commission has scheduled a public workshop for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave.

The purpose of the workshop is to identify and discuss issues of interest to commissioners. No decisions will be made during the session.

The workshop will be facilitated by Rodney Clouser, a faculty member of the University of Florida.

Individuals with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the workshop should contact Alice Gura at (352) 754-4002; those who are hearing-impaired can call toll-free 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.


DAV to host children's Christmas party

A special Christmas party for children ages 7 to 10 will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Disabled American Veterans Cada-Haddon Chapter 67, 16299 Nancy Ave. (at Cortez Boulevard and California Street).

Families interested in attending should RSVP to the chapter at (352) 796-1679 between 4 and 8 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.


Sheriff's Toy Run set at Wal-Mart on Dec. 6

The seventh annual Hernando County Sheriff's Toy Run will be Dec. 6.

Participants are asked to meet at noon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1485 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The police-escorted run will begin at 1 p.m. from the Wal-Mart parking lot and will end at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville. All vehicles are welcome. Bring a new unwrapped toy or a Wal-Mart gift card.

Afterward, at Roo's Pub, 20182 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, lunch will be available. A $4 donation for lunch is requested. Half of the proceeds will be used by the Sheriff's Office to buy more Wal-Mart gift cards for needy families in the area.

For information, call Dave at (352) 232-3927 or Ray at (352) 584-2124.


Toy drive, pageant team up for Christmas and Toys for Tots have teamed up to help local children this Christmas.

Star Search Pageants will have its Star Search Merry Christmas Pageant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Scotto's Bistro, inside the Quality Inn at 6172 Commercial Way. During this time, a toy drive will be held to benefit Toys for Tots.

Scotto's will have a donation drop-off box, as well as information on how to apply for the Toys for Tots program, until the day of the pageant. Monetary donations will be accepted only on the day of the pageant.

Everyone attending is asked to bring at least one new, unwrapped toy for the drive.

For information on donating or to enter the pageant, call (352) 678-9588 or visit


Democratic Women's Club holiday lunch set

The Democratic Women's Club of Hernando County will have its Christmas holiday luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.

Tickets are $16 per person. The menu includes a choice of roasted pork, roasted turkey or vegetable quiche. Music will be provided by Kathy.

Those attending should RSVP by Tuesday to Yvonne Nelson at (352) 597-9902, Kathy Brown at (352) 596-9245 or Anita Curtis at (352) 596-5049.


Teaching Zoo's Dec. 4 fundraiser a low-cost pet vaccination clinic

The Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $5; dog distempter/parviovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordatella shots are $14. Documentation for the vaccinations will be provided.

The teaching zoo is a nonprofit organization. Proceeds will benefit the zoo's programs, such as endangered species propagation and veterinary assistance distance learning.

For information, call (352) 867-7788.

Book discussion, visit with Santa and other events 11/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:28am]
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