Go smoke-free for 24 hours on Thursday
In celebration of the 35th Great American Smokeout, the Tobacco Free Hernando Partnership, the Hernando County Health Department and the Hernando County Community Anti Drug Coalition encourage Hernando County residents to go tobacco-free for 24 hours Thursday.
Also, Students Working Against Tobacco members will provide "quitting support kits" to those who give up tobacco for the day from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. They will also have tip sheets available for those who are providing support for a friend or family member who is trying to quit smoking.
The event is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and the effective ways available to successfully quit.
Tobacco Free Florida offers several free resources to help smokers quit:
• Call Florida Quitline toll-free 1-877-822-6669 to speak with a "quit coach" who will help assess the user's addiction and create a personalized plan for quitting.
• Enroll in online counseling through the Florida Quitline at quitnow.net/florida. Create a personalized, web-based quit plan.
• To find local "Quit Smoking Now" group classes, visit the Florida Area Health Education Centers website at ahectobacco.com. For information about one-on-one and group counseling, call AHEC at (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.
For information, call the Hernando County Health Department Health Education office at (352) 540-6817.
Learn how to keep plants alive in winter
A free class, "Protecting Your Plants from the Cold," will be presented at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library.
Jim Moll, urban horticulture agent with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, will speak about how to prevent plants from becoming winter casualties.
No registration is required; first come, first seated. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Pancake breakfast with Santa is Dec. 5
The Hernando County La Sertoma Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 5 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.
Rockhounds' annual show runs Dec. 3-5
The Withlacoochee Rockhounds will present the group's 36th annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-5 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.
Annual Festival of Trees set for Dec. 3-4
The annual Festival of Trees will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event is sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs/Brooksville Woman's Club and the church.
Vendors and crafters are welcome. Spaces are $30, which include two tables and two chairs for both days. Indoor vendors are required to set up at lighted tree, at least 5 feet high and decorated in a theme. Outdoor vendors are exempt from displaying a tree.
For information or applications, contact Yvonne Malone at (352) 796-6026, (352) 848-7988 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Rey Mullane at (352) 796-2096.
Catch the Diamonds in concert Dec.4
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present the Diamonds in concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The group is successors to the original 1950s group that sang Little Darlin', Why Do Fools Fall in Love and other hits.
Tickets are $25. Call the hotline at (352) 799-5577.
Additional concerts for the season include Cirque du Monde on Jan. 23; the Lowe Family, a Branson, Mo., group that sings, dances and plays instruments on Feb. 19; and Johnny Cool & the Mobster Swing Band, a retro-swing group that performs songs from the 1920s and '30s, on March 19.