Toys for Tots collection will be Saturday
The National Association of Letter Carriers' annual nationwide collection of toys for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program will be Saturday. Local letter carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots of Hernando County, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708. Residents may leave toys for children ages 6 months to 12 years in bags or boxes by their mailboxes. For more information, call (352) 796-3666 or visit mcl708.org.
Christmas concert is today at church
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their Christmas concert at 3 p.m. today at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The concert features brass ensemble, organ and choral arrangements and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. There will also be a special performance of O Holy Night by Alexis Pletincks, the fall scholarship recipient. There is no admission fee; an offering will be collected to benefit the group's scholarship fund. Additional concerts will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. For more information, call (352) 515-5335 or (352) 556-8549, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Block party will be Thursday evening
The city of Brooksville's Recreation Department and Friends of the Children will host the next Uptown Block Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Entertainment will be provided by local musicians Joe Solomon, Dean Rusk, Eric Tremante, Steve Dicks and Robert Swan. There will be food vendors, and beer and wine will be available. Participants include Main Street Eatery, Chef Images and Bayou Cajun Cuisine. For more information, call (352) 540-3835 or visit cityofbrooksville.us.
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Holiday festival is set for Dec. 13
The fifth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Sunrise Plaza, on Cortez Boulevard just east of Interstate 75. Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Network Group, this year's event will include a children's art contest, games and activities, food, a Nativity scene, Smokey Bear and his house, the Happy Train, music by DJ Mike Gorham and raffles. Vendor spaces are available for $25. For more information or to reserve a vendor space, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486, Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521 or the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
VFW Post 9236 Breakfast: 9-11:30 a.m., VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $7. (352) 596-9236.
Concordia Chorus Christmas music program: 7 p.m., High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Donations welcome. (352) 592-2147.