Holiday programs to air on cable television
Hernando County Government Broadcasting has produced three holiday programs that will air periodically on Bright House cable Ch. 622:
• Christmas on Main Street Courthouse Tree Lighting Program: 1 p.m. today, 10 a.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Dec. 22, 2 p.m. Dec. 23, and 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 25.
• Brooksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Dec. 24, and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 25.
• Home for the Holidays Pet Pageant, featuring dogs available for adoption at Hernando County Animal Services, Humane Society of the Nature Coast, and Hernando County SPCA: 9 a.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Monday, 1 p.m. Dec. 23 and 1 p.m. Dec. 25.
All programs can be viewed at any time online at hernandocountyfl.iqm2.com/citizens/media.aspx. DVDs of each progam are available for $13 each. For information, call Hernando County Government Broadcasting at (352) 540-6777.
Order an ornament to hang on hospice tree
HPH Hospice "Tree of Life" ornaments must be ordered by today to guarantee placement on a tree for the holidays. Two trees are on display through the end of December at the Hospice Care Center and at Hospice House, both on the campus at 12254 Cortez Blvd.
For a donation, one can hang or have an ornament placed on a tree with a tag bearing a name; names can be for someone living or in someone's memory. There are eight ornaments available, based on the contribution amount.
Donations may be made at a Tree of Life, on the website at hph-hospice.org or by calling the hospice toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.
'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' show
The Hernando High School drama department will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Hernando Performing Arts Center at the school, 700 Bell Ave.
The show is about the six mean Herdman kids who lie, steal, smoke cigars, then become involved in their community's Christmas pageant.
Admission is free for Hernando County employees. All others pay $5. Tickets will be available at the door.
For information, contact Susanna Rosario at Hernando High School, (352) 797-7015.
Elementary students to perform in musical
Moton Elementary School's second and third grade Music Club will present "A Super Holiday Fantasy Musical" from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria, 7175 Emerson Road. For information, call (352) 797-7065.
Blood drive Saturday will be at Home Depot
A blood drive with the LifeSouth Community Blood Center's bloodmobile is scheduled to be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Home Depot, 4765 Commercial Way.
There is a critical need for O- and O+ blood types, and an urgent need for all other blood types.
Those who cannot donate at Saturday's drive can donate at the center, 12395 Cortez Blvd. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The center is closed Sundays in December (regular Sunday hours will resume in January).
All blood donors will be entered into a raffle to win an Apple iPad.
Donors must be 16 or older (16-year-olds must have written parental consent). All donors must present photo identification. For information, call (352) 596-2002.