Escorted toy drive ride set to roll on Sunday
ABATE Freedom Chapter will host its 2010 Hernando County Christmas Toy Drive Ride Sunday. The deputy-escorted ride will start at 12:30 p.m., leaving from the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court (at Commercial Way), Spring Hill. The ride ends at Beef 'O'Brady's at 7601 Horse Lake Road.
Those participating in the ride are asked to bring a donation of a new unwrapped toy, game or Wal-Mart gift card.
Those not participating in the run can drop off donations through Dec. 12 at the following locations throughout the county: Hernando County Sheriff's Office, R Place at the Crossroads, Pits Lounge at Louie's Bowling Center, the Wherehouse, Beef 'O'Brady's in Brooksville, Golden Corral, 2 My Place Bar, Huddle House Restaurant, American Legion Post 99 and The Farm.
All donations will benefit local children selected by the Hernando County Sheriff's Department. With the donations of gift cards, sheriff's deputies take families shopping, to monitor that the gift cards are being spent appropriately.
For information, call Robert "Ratt" Hotchkiss at (352) 584-1278 or Benica Fox at (352) 345-7278.
Ministry taking orders for food at church
Angel Food Ministries food orders will be taken from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W. Orders will also be accepted from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11.
Orders can also be placed online at clcfla.org. The deadline to order a Christmas Holiday Box is Wednesday.
All orders will be available for pickup from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18. For information, call (352) 796-8331 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief. Families of all income levels may participate; there are no income requirements. The cost is $31 per signature box, which retails for about $60. Various specialty boxes are also available at different prices. Participants no longer have to bring their own boxes or containers when picking up orders. All food is now boxed.
Santa to attend club's pancake breakfast
The Hernando County La Sertoma Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Guido's Restaurant, 7219 Forest Oaks Blvd.
All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee will be served. A surprise will be given to each child while supplies last. Raffle tickets will be available to win a 32-inch TV and other holiday prizes.
Tickets are $3 for adults and children; toddlers age 2 and younger will be admitted free. For tickets or information, call LaVerne at (352) 796-4657.
Rock hounds selling gems and jewelry
The Withlacoochee Rockhounds will present the group's 36th annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the SNPJ Hall/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.
The event features numerous vendors with minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry and lapidary equipment. There will be demonstrations, plus displays of a replica of Aaron's Breastplate and famous diamonds of the world.
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for ages 13 to 19, and free for ages 12 and younger. Parking is free. For information, call Jerry Johnson at (352) 688-7810 or Ralph Barber at (352) 200-6852.
Book sale for charities to be held at hospital
The volunteers at Spring Hill Regional Hospital will host a Books and Beyond sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the hallway near the gift shop. The hospital is at 10461 Quality Drive.
Proceeds will benefit local charities and the scholarship fund. For information, call Pat at (352) 666-8755.
Polish American vets to hold holiday party
The Polish Legion of American Veterans, Walter Weiss Memorial Post, will host the annual "Oplatek" Christmas Celebration Dec. 11 at VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road.
Doors will open at 2 p.m. A Polish dinner will be served at 2:45 p.m. The Bee-Sharps will entertain with polka and American dance music from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wine will be provided on each table during dinner, and a cash bar will be available.
The traditional Polish Christmas party will include singing Polish and American carols, a visit from Santa and a raffle with more than 20 prizes.
Guests are asked to bring a gift for a veteran at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Gifts should be wrapped and marked for male or female.
Tickets are $18 each or two for $35 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets must be purchased by Monday. Table reservations are available. Call (352) 686-7379, (727) 848-7826 or (727) 862-1286.
Gift, sheet sale is set for hospital cafeteria
Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a gift and sheet sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the cafeteria at the hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd.
Payments can be made by cash, checks and all major credit cards; hospital employees can also pay by payroll deduction.
For information, call Pam at (352) 442-0169.
Audubon annual bird count to begin Dec. 18
The Hernando Audubon Society will conduct its 31st annual Christmas Bird Count Dec. 18 throughout the county.
The count runs through the day, but participants are free to join or leave as their schedules permit. Home feeder watchers are also needed.
Information collected from this annual event is used by Audubon scientists to determine bird population trends, and is also used in studies such as global warming, disease transmission and avian genetics.
Beginners are welcome. To sign up or for information, call Clay at (352) 592-4949.
Springstead High to present 'Annie'
Springstead High School's choral and theater departments will present the Broadway musical Annie at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-11, and 2 p.m. Dec. 12, at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at shstickets.com or call (352) 476-9086.
Line dance social is on Dec. 11 at clubhouse
A Brookridge Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
Music will be provided by DJ Dave. All levels of dancers are invited; no lessons are provided. Guests can bring their own snacks, beverages and ice, if needed.
Tickets are $5. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.
ROCA throwing Dec. 11 holiday feast, party
The Regency Oaks Civic Association will have a holiday party at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the ROCA clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.
Music will be provided by DJ Rich "The Hit Man." There will be a choice of two dinners: Boneless chicken breast with gravy, served with baked wedged potatoes, green beans and mini baby carrots; or baked ziti with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, served with Italian meatballs, Italian sausage with bell peppers and onions. Dinner will include seafood pasta salad and garden salad, and a selection of a variety of desserts. Beverages include coffee and ice tea; guests can bring their own beverages (ice provided).
Tickets are $12 for members and nonmembers, and must be purchased by Dec. 9; no tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets or information, call Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Shirley at (352) 597-2988 or Terry at (352) 596-9213.
Tickets available for Hi-Lites holiday show
Tickets are on sale for the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites third annual Christmas show, which will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7279 Mariner Blvd.
Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 each for groups of 10 or more); $6 for students; children 3 and younger admitted free.
Chorus members will be costumed as Christmas toys during the first half of the show. They will sing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. By popular request, the chorus will perform the comical rendition of Seven Days After Christmas. The D'Lites Quartet and special guests will be featured. St. Nick will pass out goodies to patrons. There will be door prizes, and a gift basket will be raffled.
After the show, guests may meet the Hi-Lites and snack on cookies and Christmas treats in the foyer. Santa will be available for pictures.
For information or tickets, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122.