Festival of Trees starts Friday at St. Anthony
The annual Festival of Trees kicks off from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event, which is cosponsored by the church and the General Federation of Women's Club/Brooksville Woman's Club, will continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event includes numerous vendors and crafters. Participating vendors decorate trees, which will be judged. There will also be holiday music, pictures with Santa, entertainment and other activities. For information, call Yvonne Malone at (352) 796-6026 or (352) 848-7988, or Karen Rey Mullane at (352) 796-2096, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about area's sinkholes
The Hernando County Water Awareness Series 2009 will present "Why Sinkholes? Why Here? What You Need to Know" from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd. The program will be presented by Ann Tihansky, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Refreshments will be served. It's sponsored by the Utilities Department and Citizens for WATER. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. Call (352) 754-4705.
Letter carriers will collect toys
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program in Hernando County on Saturday. Residents can leave toys for children 12 and younger in bags or boxes by their mailboxes. For information, call Ellen Ward at (352) 597-8362.
Drainage work to affect traffic
The Hernando County Engineering Department has announced that drainage improvements will begin Monday at the intersection of Spring Hill Drive and Pinehurst Drive — near Walgreens. Sylvia Avenue will be closed for one day, on or about Wednesday, and Pinehurst Drive will be closed for one day, on or about Dec. 11. Detours will be posted for both closings. Access to homes in the area will be maintained during construction, which is expected to be completed within 45 days. For information, call Andy Palmer at (352) 754-4062, ext. 17013.
Veronica Pereira is the Spring Hill homeowner who was concerned about the possibility of a sinkhole after tile began buckling in her home. Pereira's last name was misspelled in stories on Saturday and Tuesday.
Community Initiatives Team, 5:30 p.m., Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
Brooksville Elementary's Winter Festival: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 885 N Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 797-7014.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.