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Community news: holiday happenings, fall fair and more

SHERIFF'S TOY RIDE: The 2012 Hernando County Sheriff's Office Christmas Toy Ride will be Nov. 18, starting at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Kickstands go up at 1 p.m.

The deputy-escorted ride is co-hosted by the Freedom Chapter of ABATE of Florida. All types of vehicles may participate. The ride will head north on Commercial Way to Cortez Boulevard, ending at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on the State Road 50 bypass in Brooksville. Participants should bring a new, unwrapped gift or a Walmart gift card, which will benefit Hernando County children in need during the holiday season. An after-ride party will follow at Coney Island Drive Inn in Brooksville.

For information, call Dave Soles at (352) 232-3927 or Benica Fox at (352) 345-7278.

FALL FAIR: Communities in Schools of Hernando County and Central High School will host a Community Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the school, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville.

Free vendor spaces are available for businesses and organizations to provide community resource information. Each table must provide an activity for children or a giveaway. Sponsorships are available from $50 to $500.

For information, contact Mary Koczan at (352) 797-7020, ext. 312, or

VACANCIES ON CITY BOARDS: The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the following boards:

• Enterprise Zone Development Agency advisory board. Ten volunteer positions are available, representing the following: a business operating within the enterprise zone, the chamber of commerce, code enforcement, education, law enforcement, a nonprofit organization working within the enterprise zone area, workforce development, and three residents living within the enterprise zone area. All applicants must be Florida residents and live or have their place of primary employment in Hernando County.

• Beautification Board. There are two positions to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2016.

• Brooksville Housing Authority Board. There is one position to fill an unexpired term through May 31, 2015.

• Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees. There is one position to fill a term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.

• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. There are three positions to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2016.

• Planning and Zoning Commission. There is one vacant alternate position to fill a term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.

• Police Officers' Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees. There is one position to fill an expiring four-year term through Dec. 31, 2016.

All positions are open until filled. Those applying for any of the positions must be registered Florida voters. Applications are available online at and at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. For information, call (352) 540-3853.

DAY OF GIVING: Crescent Community Clinic is asking Hernando County residents to join in a new movement — #GivingTuesday — a national day of giving on Nov. 27.

The movement coincides with the kickoff of the holiday shopping season and will be on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year.

The nonprofit clinic, at 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, provides primary medical, dental and mental health services for uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines.

Crescent invites those interested in joining the #GivingTuesday movement to make a donation to the clinic on Nov. 27. Visit or the clinic's Facebook page. Checks may be mailed to Crescent Community Clinic at 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

To schedule a tour of the clinic or for information, call (352) 610-9916.

FESTIVAL SINGERS HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their 2012 Christmas concert at the following locations:

• 3 p.m. Nov. 25, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 9, First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson.

The concerts will feature brass ensemble, organ and choral arrangements by Walker, Silverman, Rutter, Averitt and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah.

There will also be a special performance of O Holy Night by Alexis Pletincks, the fall scholarship recipient.

There is no admission fee; an offering will be collected. Proceeds will benefit the group's scholarship fund.

Also, the Festival Singers, along with members of the Tampa Bay community, will present "George Frederic Handel's Messiah — Community Sing" at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey.

An offering will be collected, with proceeds to benefit the Vets4Warriors program.

For information, call (352) 515-5335 or (352) 556-8549, or send email to naturecoastfestival

A WOMEN'S BARBERSHOP CHRISTMAS SHOW: The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites will present their annual Christmas show, "Christmas in the Aire," at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The concert will include favorite holiday songs, such as White Christmas, O Holy Night and Nuttin' for Christmas. Door prizes will be awarded.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door; children 5 and younger admitted free. Call Norma at (352) 540-9192.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.

Screenings will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1.

The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested.

Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: As part of "A Program of Hope," a campaign to reduce school dropouts, Communities in Schools of Hernando County and Monster Truck Transmission will present the "Shop Till You Drop for Education" Holiday Extravaganza and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The event will include vendors and photos with Santa and there will be a drop box for donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program.

The campaign will run throughout December. Businesses in the "Program of Hope" catalog will have a table at the event. Sponsorships are available from $55 to $500. Additional vendors and donations of raffle prizes are welcome.

Proceeds will benefit area children in need of mentors, tutors or resources. For information, visit or contact Tracy Echols at or (352) 277-3322.

CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS WITH KOREAN VETS: Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary invite the community to their annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. A social hour with a cash bar will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded. A buffet dinner will be at 3 p.m. by John Mason Catering (entrees include roast turkey breast with gravy and cranberry sauce, and roast loin of pork with gravy; dessert is apple pie a la mode).

The Key Notes Band will entertain from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Table reservations for eight or more are available. For tickets or information, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

Community news: holiday happenings, fall fair and more 11/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:06pm]
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