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Dec. 16 is last day to sign up for Hernando County Toys for Tots


Toys for Tots signups wrap up Wednesday

Registrations for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program of Hernando County will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. After Wednesday, registration will be closed.

Parents and legal guardians of children ages 6 months to 12 years must register in person and bring the following documentation: driver's license and current utility bill as proof of Hernando County residency, Social Security card, plus a birth certificate and Social Security card for each child being registered. Guardians, including foster parents and grandparents, must also bring papers or a court order that shows the child or children are in their legal custody.

For information, call (352) 796-3666 during registration hours/days.


Christmas shop caters to budget-minded kids

Suncoast Christian Church invites children ages 2 to 12 to a Christmas shopping event from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 8449 Cobb Road.

Children will have an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for family members; all items are prices between 25 cents and $1. Gift wrapping will be provided at no cost. For information, call (352) 556-2108.


VFW poker run today helps foster children

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 Men's Auxiliary will host a Run for the Children poker run today, starting at the post at 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. and the last bike out is at 12:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $10 per person. Stops include Pit Stop Bar and Grill in Brooksville, 2 Deuces in Homosassa, Ramble Inn north of Weeki Wachee, Upper Deck Restaurant in Weeki Wachee and back at the VFW post.

All forms of transportation are welcome to participate.

There will be live music throughout the day, starting at noon. Entertainment will be provided by Regina AaMacha and Tyler Creek Road, with a special performance by the foster children of the Hernando County Foster Parents Association.

There will also be auctions and raffles.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Donations of auction items are needed. To help, contact Tom Eskew at (727) 364-3091 or

Funds raised will go toward providing Christmas gifts to more than 80 foster children through the Hernando County Foster Parents Association.

For information, call (727) 534-7519.


Registration open for coed holiday pageant

Registrations are being taken for the Little Miss and Mr. Merry Christmas Pageant that will be Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express, 3528 Commercial Way.

The pageant, presented by Star Search Pageants, will also serve as a toy drive for the local Toys for Tots program.

The pageant includes divisions for babies and boys and girls 18 and younger. Titles, prizes and trophies will be provided to all participants. The cost to enter the pageant is $59. Check-in starts at 10 a.m.

Audience admission is $5. For information, call (352) 678-9588 or visit


Pet vaccination event benefits Teaching Zoo

Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will provide a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordatella shots are $15. All vaccinations will be administered by the veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.

Proceeds are tax-deductible and benefit the Teaching Zoo facility, Project Green Jungle and elephant survival programs. For information, call (352) 867-7788.


Youth Orchestra seeks assistant conductor

The Hernando Youth Orchestra needs an assistant conductor to work with students during Saturday morning rehearsals and upcoming concerts. Volunteers are also needed to help set up for rehearsals and concerts, as well as to assist with fundraising efforts.

Youth musicians are also welcome to join; membership is free and open to students ages 5 to 18. Monetary contributions and donations of instruments are appreciated.

For information, call John St. John at (352) 544-8105. Visit


Gospel concert to help stock food pantry

A Southern gospel concert featuring the Peytons will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville.

The event is a benefit for Love Your Neighbor, a grass roots ministry that provides food and clothing for the needy. Admission is two cans of food or other nonperishable items to help stock the Love Your Neighbor food pantry.

There will be raffles and a silent auction. For information, call Wayne at (352) 597-5854.


Calendar is a treat for serious gardeners

The 2010 Master Gardener Calendar is now available.

The calendar features month-by-month expert advice on the Central Florida landscape, including information for beginners as well as longtime gardeners. Calendars are $3 each and are available at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

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