Kiwanis holiday Parade will salute veterans
The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville and the city of Brooksville will present the 39th annual Brooksville Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 in downtown Brooksville. Applications for participants are being accepted through Nov. 29. This year's theme is "I'll be Home for Christmas — A Salute to Our Veterans." The entry fee is $60 for commercial floats; $35 for all other groups, organizations and horse groups; and $25 for individuals and single horses. Participating horses must have proof of a current Coggins test. Applications are available online at kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org. For information, contact Karen Beasley at (352) 279-9777 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or David Hamilton at (352) 279-4400 or email@example.com.
Help Toys for Tots brighten kids' lives
The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708, will accept applications from people with needy children in the county starting Monday and continuing through Dec. 11 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Registration must be done in person, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. Toys for Tots is for children ages 6 months to 12 years. To qualify, applicants cannot be registered for Christmas assistance with any other agency. Questions regarding registration and needed documents may be asked during the registration period by calling (352) 796-3666 or visiting mcl708.org.
Zoo features new additions
The Florida International Teaching Zoo will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at SW 52nd Terrace. There have been new additions to the zoo, including the birth of an African patas monkey, bringing the colony to 13, the largest group in captivity. Also, Maddie the Peale's perigrine falcon, now resides at the zoo. The zoo is also home to black jaguars, hyenas, ne'ne' geese, squirrel and colobus monkeys, and a variety of other rare species. For information, visit thezooschool.com, the zoo's Facebook page or call (352) 867-7788.
Townsen park boat ramp reopened
The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has reopened the boat ramp and fishing pier at Lake Townsen Regional Park for small-vessel boating. The park is at 28011 Lake Lindsey Road. For information, call (352) 754-4027.
Holiday event showcases angels
The Spring Hill Community Association will have its Angels on High holiday event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Groups and individuals are invited to create and showcase angels. Angel kits are available for $40. There will be a competition in five categories: individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations. The event will include holiday music, refreshments and entertainment on the outdoor pavilion. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Admission to the event is free; parking is $1. All donations appreciated. Craft vendor spaces are available for $15 per day. For information, call (352) 666-4746 or visit springhilllakehouse.org/angels.html.