Help pick best decoration on garden's trees
Visitors to the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens are invited to vote for the best decorated tree in the gardens during the holidays. There are 25 evergreen trees on the grounds that have been decorated by local clubs, organizations and businesses. Residents may tour the gardens and vote for their favorite trees through the end of the month. The 20 themed botanical gardens are at 1489 Parker Ave. and are open daily during daylight hours. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit the website at naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.
Skateboarding lessons available
The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer skateboarding lessons for beginner and intermediate levels from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 at Stewey's Skate Park, 6799 Pinehurst Drive. Youth ages 6 to 17 may participate. The program will be provided by Go Skate. Campers will learn skate park etiquette, proper foot placement, how to balance, techniques and a few tricks. The cost is $55 for both days. Early registration is required and can be done online at goskate.com/camps/hernandocounty. For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
Compete for prize, better health
The Hernando County Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the next Hernando Health Experience. Open to adults and youths 14 and older (those younger than 18 must participate with a parent), the program is designed to help motivate, educate and support individuals and families for healthier lives. Participants compete for cash prizes, based on weight loss and waist inches lost. Prize money will be determined by the number of entries. Initial weigh-ins are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. The final weigh-in will be April 7. The cost is $35. The registration deadline is Jan. 1. The challenge is provided by GIME Fitness. Visit hernandohealthexperience.com or call (352) 428-6368 or (352) 754-4031.
Arts guild plans to host concert
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present the Bronx Wanderers in concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. The group recreates the magic of the 1950s, '60s and '70s with a variety of music, from doo-wop to disco. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating. Call the hotline at (352) 799-5577 or visit hpag.org.
Hernando County/IAFF Local 3760, contract negotiations, 1:30 p.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue headquarters, 60 Veterans Ave., Brooksville.
Royale Regiment Band Christmas concert: 7 p.m., Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Donations appreciated. (352) 797-7015.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park's Celebration of Lights: 5:30-9 p.m., Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. $3 for adults; $1 for children. (352) 628-5343.
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