Hospice looking for holiday help
HPH Hospice needs volunteers during the holidays. Interested people are invited to a two-part volunteer orientation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 3 at the HPH office, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Volunteer duties include visiting and providing companionship to patients, assisting in the office or providing respite for caregivers. Volunteers visit with patients in their homes, at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or in the Hospice House or Hernando Care Center. For information or to register, call Mary Kay Sandell at (352) 597-1882.
Grief workshop helps loved ones cope
A holiday bereavement workshop will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at HPH Hospice, 12260 Cortez Blvd. This is a free 90-minute program for adults who have lost a loved one and are having a hard time getting through the holidays. The workshop will be facilitated by a bereavement counselor. Reservations are requested. Call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.
Kids, campers, pets welcome at festival
The annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. today at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. The weekend festival runs through Sunday, featuring four days of music performances. Overnight camping is available. Children and pets are welcome. Prices vary. Visit the website at sertomayouthranch.com or call (863) 984-8445.
Christmas concert Sunday at church
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Brooksville, 420 Howell Ave. Another concert will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The chorus will perform selections from Handel's Messiah, and other pieces. The Nature Coast Children's Chorus and several youth scholarship winners will perform. Admission is free; an offering will be collected. Call (352) 597-2235.
Bring a toy, enter a boat in parade
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host its annual Christmas Boat Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. The public is invited to participate. The fee to enter a boat is one unwrapped toy. Prizes will be awarded for the best original theme, best lighted and funniest boats. Entry dates will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. Hot dogs, chili, drinks and chips will be available upstairs at the club during the event. Call Dominick Fickeria at (352) 200-7822.
Feed the Five Thousand: Free Thanksgiving dinner, 1:30-4:30 p.m., True Holiness Church of Jesus Christ, 15500 Wiscon Road, Brooksville. Reservations required. (352) 279-5837 or (352) 279-8313.
Thanksgiving Day dinner-dance: Doors open at 12:15 p.m., Polish-American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. $12 for members, $14 for nonmembers. (727) 862-1520.