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Hernando celebrations to ring in New Year

The following clubs and organizations will host New Year's Eve parties and events that are open to the public on Dec. 31:

• New Year's Eve Fifth & Blues, 5 p.m. to midnight, along Main Street in downtown Brooksville. Featuring a free concert with several area bands, food vendors and prizes. Downtown restaurants will be open late. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event sponsored by the Brooksville Business Alliance. For information, call Lisa at (352) 848-0090.

• Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner. Music provided by On the Dockside starts at 8 p.m. There will be an open bar (top shelf is extra), favors, midnight champagne and a continental breakfast. Reservations required by Dec. 26. Tickets are $55 each and must be prepaid. Send email to or call (727) 861-1666.

• High Point Community Center, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point. Music by Vic Thompkins. A hot snack tray and a bottle of champagne for a midnight toast will be provided for each table at 10:30 p.m. Coffee and sweets will also be available. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. For table reservations and tickets, call (352) 596-6006.

• Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Featuring DJ Willie Matos. Guests should bring a New Year's hat, and may also bring their own snacks and alcohol (no large coolers or strollers). Proper attire required (no jeans or sneakers). Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, which includes a champagne toast and noisemakers. For tickets and table reservations, call (352) 592-8496, (352) 666-6848 or (727) 869-9398.

• New Year's Eve Family Night, 9 p.m. to midnight, Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The event for all ages will include board, table and team games; snack time, and a candlelight service. For information, call (352) 799-3066.

• Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. An open bar with well drinks, beer and wine will be available from 6 to 11 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight with party favors, followed by pastries. Entertainment provided by Louie Fortunato. Dress is semiformal. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance at the bar. Call (352) 596-2582.

• VFW Post 10209, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. There will be country music and line dancing. Tickets are $10, which includes a pulled-pork dinner with baked beans and coleslaw. Call (352) 796-0398.

• VFW Post 9236, Canteen Bash, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Shadow Ridge will entertain. Free admission. Call (352) 596-9236.

• Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Open bar at 7 p.m., surf-and-turf dinner at 8 p.m. and breakfast at 1 a.m. Music provided by Marty and the Nice Guys, as well as the Tijuana Two, plus other entertainment. Tickets are $55 each. Includes hats, noisemakers and ribbon to toss in the air. Reservations are required. (727) 863-2520.

• VFW Post 8681, starting at 6 p.m., 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, Shady Hills. Dinner choice is roast beef or chicken, served at 7 p.m. Music and dancing starts at 8 p.m. with music provided by Protocol. Tickets are $25 each or $35 per couple, which includes party favors and a champagne toast. Call (727) 856-1860.

• Polish-American Social Club New Year's Day Celebration Dinner-Dance, Jan. 1 at 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The dinner choice is pork loin or chicken cordon bleu, which will be served from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Music provided by Happy Music by Jeanne from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for members and $14 for guests. Reservations required. Call Dolores at (352) 596-4802 or Josephine at (727) 862-1520.

Hernando celebrations to ring in New Year 12/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 2:39pm]
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