MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND ENTERTAINS: Concordia Chorus will host a program with the Hudson Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point.
This will be the band's final visit to High Point under the directorship of John Keon, who is preparing to retire.
Tickets are $4, with proceeds given to the band. Tickets may be purchased at the High Point office or at the door. For information, call (352) 592-2147.
YOUTH BASEBALL TRYOUTS: The 12U Marlins Baseball Team (for ages 12 and younger) will hold open tryouts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the ball fields at Ernie Wever Youth Park, 19445 Youth Drive, Brooksville. All players must be 12 or younger before May 1, 2014. The team practices two times a week, plays two tournaments a month and participates in league play, with the hope of playing in a summer tournament. For information, contact coach Ted at (352) 585-2574 or [email protected]
CITY CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST: The Brooksville Beautification Board will select the best business and residential Christmas decoration display on Tuesday as part of the city's annual Best Christmas Decorations contest.
Those participating should have their properties lit by 6 p.m.
Awards will be given in two categories: best residential Christmas display and best commercial Christmas display. Winners will be recognized by the Beautification Board and the City Council during the council's meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Winners will be presented with a plaque and a recognition gift.
Businesses and residences within the city limits are invited to participate. To nominate a property, or to get information, call Janice Peters at (352) 540-3853.
MEN'S SOFTBALL MEETING: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a coaches/managers meeting for its men's softball league at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the large picnic pavilion at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.
The deadline to sign up a team is Dec. 30. The league will start the second week in January. Players must be 18 and older. The cost is $569 per team; the sponsor fee is $335; and the player fee is $234.
Games will be played at 7 p.m. weekdays at Veterans Memorial and Anderson Snow parks. The 14-game schedule will include three games per night. The top half of the teams in each division will compete in the playoffs.
For information, contact Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356 or [email protected]
SPCA CHRISTMAS WISH LIST: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County has a Christmas wish list of items needed at the shelter.
Among the items: Purina wet dog and cat food, dry Kitten Chow, clump-style kitty litter, cat condos and scratch poles, cat and dog collars and leashes, laundry soap, dishwashing soap, copy paper, gift cards and monetary donations to help pay for veterinary services, electric and other bills.
The SPCA is a no-kill, nonprofit shelter that does not receive government funds. The shelter, at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Call (352) 596-7000 or visit spcaofhernando.com.
SPORTSMAN'S CLUB TO OFFER ARCHERY: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will offer an archery program starting Jan. 12 on the 50-yard range at the club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. The range will be available for general archery practice on the second Sunday of each month. No cross bows and no broad heads allowed. Field points only. The club will also offer the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's online archery program field day exercises. The exercises include lessons on bow setup and shooting, field walks, blood trail exercises, erecting and safely ascending and descending from tree stands, as well as equipment preparation. To sign up and take the online archery class, visit myfwc.org/hunting/safety-education/bowhunter. For other information, call the Sportsman's Club at (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
PROPERTY APPRAISER TEMPORARY CLOSING: The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday for training purposes. Offices are at the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 754-4190.
GRIEF WORKSHOP: HPH Hospice will offer a holiday grief workshop at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the team office at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
The free workshop will be led by a hospice bereavement counselor who will provide tips on coping with grief during the holiday season.
Preregistration is requested. Call toll-free 1-800-486-6784. For information, visit hph-hospice.org.