get in the christmas mood today
The city of Brooksville and Hernando County government will host Christmas on Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. today along Main Street in downtown Brooksville. Downtown merchants will have extended hours and will offer holiday treats and entertainment. The City Hall Art Gallery will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., at which point the Christmas tree will be lit, followed by an hour of holiday entertainment. Visitors should bring lawn chairs. Call Hernando County at (352) 540-6780 or the city of Brooksville at (352) 540-3810.
Trees to honor 16 servicemen
The Telephone Pioneers of Spring Hill and students at Chocachatti Elementary School will present a Pearl Harbor Day program at 11 a.m. Friday at the school, 4135 California St., south of Brooksville. The event marks the 12th year of planting 16 trees and a memorial garden in honor of the 16 Hernando County servicemen who gave their lives during World War II. The children will place a flag at each tree with the names of each serviceman and will sing patriotic songs. Spectators are welcome. For information, call Bob Muehlbauer at (352) 686-6962.
Pets can pose with the big guy
Hernando County Animal Services will host a photo op with Santa for pets from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at ASAP Clinic, 837 S Broad St. The cost is $5 for a 4-by-6 photo and $8 for a 5-by-7. For information, call (352) 796-5062.
So you want to be a babysitter?
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The class will cover what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter, how to write a resume and how to interview for jobs. The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first aid basics, good for two years. Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit cprresq.com.
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Calling all voices to sing a classic
The Nature Coast Festival Singers invite the community to participate in the "George Frideric Handel's Messiah — Community Sing" at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. There will be three rehearsals before the event: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee; 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd.; and 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The first two are optional, but the final one on Dec. 15 is mandatory to participate in the sing. To participate or get information, call (352) 515-5335 or (352) 556-8549, or email naturecoastfestival firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Hohn will serve as Brooksville's vice mayor for the coming year. An incorrect name was reported in Wednesday's edition.
Open house: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 6492 California St., south of Brooksville. (352) 754-1132.