Grief Share Ministry to meet weekly
A 13-week Grief Share Ministry will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 11, at Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road. The group will meet in Building B, Room 109.
The class includes a workbook; the cost is $16. Complimentary child care will be available.
To register, visit the website at ccwildwood.com (under the Home tab) or call (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.
State park lights up for holiday season
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host its annual Celebration of Lights from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Dec. 24, then will wrap up with an After-Christmas Doo-Wop Party on Dec. 27. The park is at 4150 S Suncoast Blvd.
The park is decorated with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations. There will be a variety of entertainment and refreshments available.
Highlights include performances by the Hearts to Hands Deaf Choir on Monday and the Citrus Community Concert Choir on Tuesday; 6 tons of "snow" and a toboggan slide on Wednesday; a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus with live animals on Friday; a candlelight service led by Nature Coast Community Church on Dec. 24; and DJ Joe Dube and performances by Billy Lindsay as Elvis on Dec. 27.
Admission is $3 for adults; $1 for children. For information, call (352) 628-5343 or visit homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm.
Evening of opera and dinner to raise funds
The Cultural Arts and Entertainment Center Organization will present an "Elegant Evening" fundraiser dinner and opera Jan. 14 at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive.
Cocktails will be at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the opera at 7 p.m.
Opera selections from Carmen, Rigoletto, Aida and La Boheme will be performed. Music will be provided by cellist Scott Crowley and pianist Lorna Lee Stoehr, with performances by mezzo soprano Lauren Rodriguez, soprano Alexi Doulgeris and tenor Baron Garriott of Tampa Bay's Matinee Opera Players.
The evening will also include an auction of fine art.
Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Call Rick Foti at (352) 238-5275 or Linda Welker at (352) 799-5811.
Dade battle re-enacted on Jan. 7 and 8
The 32nd annual Dade's Battle Re-enactment will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 Battlefield Parkway.
The event will include period soldiers, Seminole and civilian camps, the Sutler Trade Fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing and primitive archery.
The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m. each day.
Admission is $5 per person; children 5 and younger admitted free. Parking is $2 per vehicle.
For information, call (352) 793-4781 or visit dadebattlefield.com.
New library hours in effect Jan. 3
The Hernando County Public Library System will modify hours at all branch libraries, effective Jan. 3.
Hours for Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill, will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
Hours for the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, and the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West, will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
There will be no changes for the Istachatta Library Station, 16257 Lingle Road, which is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Information is available online at hernandocountylibrary.us.