Ministry seeks items for kids' Thursday party
Jesus and Me Ministries is seeking donations of wrapping paper, toys, clothing, Walmart and GameStop gift cards and other items for children through age 17 for its Holiday of Hope "Gifts of Love" Christmas party. The party will benefit more than 100 children in need and will be 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place. Items can be dropped off at the community center, as well as at 419 Howell Ave., across from First Baptist Church. All gifts are needed by noon Thursday. Gift givers are welcome to attend the party, which will include food, music and a visit from Santa. For information, call (352) 345-7285.
'Free Day' will give items to the needy
Second Chance Restoration Ministries will host a "Free Day" for the needy at 10 a.m. today at 19235 Cortez Blvd., in Killingsworth Plaza. There will be a giveaway of new and used clothing, shoes, toys, electronics and other items. Complimentary refreshments, including hot dogs, chips and drinks, will be available. Call (352) 585-6083.
WEEKI WACHEE/HERNANDO BEACH
Tonight's the night for 2 boat parades
Two Christmas boat parades are planned for today. The Hernando Beach Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the yacht club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. Prizes will be awarded. Food and drinks will be available at the yacht club. Call (352) 799-6068. The Weeki Wachee River Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. Spectators may watch from Rogers Park or the Bayport pier. Call Jim Lanier Jr. at (352) 596-2852. There is no spectator cost for either event.
• Seating will not be provided at Rogers Park for this evening's Weeki Wachee Boat Parade. Because of incorrect information provided to the newspaper, a story in Friday's edition was incorrect.
• People wishing to participate in Tuesday's Aripeka/Bayport Christmas Bird Count may call Bev Hansen at (352) 686-0460. Because of incorrect information supplied to the newspaper, the wrong phone number was listed in Thursday's edition.
Hernando Aero Modelers RC tailgate event: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. $3 per person or $5 per carload. (352) 346-9948, 270-2295.
Spring Hill Garden Club annual poinsettia planting: 9 a.m.-noon, Spring Hill waterfall entrance, Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Life Oak Theater Company presents 'What in the Dickens Happened to Scrooge?': 3 and 8 p.m., Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. $15 for adults and $5 for children 13 and younger. (352) 593-0027.
Tommie Turvey's 'Night of Amazing Horses': Doors open 4 p.m., showtime is 6, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. $15 for adults; $10 for children.
Reception for artist Valdora Ward: 5-7 p.m., Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-9690.