Letter carriers will collect toys for tots
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys left by customers' mailboxes on Saturday for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. Toys collected locally will be given to 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.
Audubon's bird count is Dec. 15
The Hernando Audubon Society will conduct its 33rd annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15 throughout the county. The count runs all day, but participants are free to join or leave as their schedules permit. Home feeder watchers are also needed. Audubon scientists use information collected to determine bird population trends. The information has also been used in studies regarding climate change, disease transmissions and avian genetics. Activities will end with a countdown dinner. Beginners are welcome. For information or to be assigned to a team, call Clay Black at (352) 592-4949.
Mariner Boulevard to close for repairs
Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Mariner Boulevard will be temporarily closed from Linden Drive to Maderia Street. The closure will continue through 6 p.m. Dec. 14. The closure is necessary to allow Hernando County Transportation Services crews to repair damage to the roadway that was caused earlier this year by Tropical Storm Debby. Detour routes will be posted. Detour roads include Linden, Maderia and Amherst Avenue. Access to residences will be provided. For information, contact the Hernando County Division of Transportation Services at (352) 754-4062.
Schools' choirs to stage concert
The choirs of Weeki Wachee, Springstead and Nature Coast Technical high schools will unite to present "A Concert for the Holidays" at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. The concert will include traditional Christmas carols and special guest narrators. The concert is free, but advance tickets are required. Call (352) 610-1232.
Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $3 adults, $1 teenagers, ages 12 and younger free. withlacoocheerockhounds.com.
Festival of Trees: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 848-7988, 796-2096.
Candy Cane Acres: 6-9 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $10 per carload. (352) 796-4552.
Project Pleasant Dreams buffet dinner fundraiser: 6-9 p.m., R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $20. (352) 684-5788, (352) 848-4400.
Celebration of Poetry: 7-9 p.m., Room B104, Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Free. (352) 797-5109.
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