Make a holiday statement with decorated tree
Clubs, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the annual Holiday in the Gardens on Dec. 4 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. Participants decorate an evergreen tree on the grounds. Each organization should provide its own waterproof decorations without lights because electricity is not available in most areas. Also, participants are encouraged to select a distinctive decorating theme to represent their organization. The botanical gardens will provide a sign with each organization's information. There will be a contest for the best decorated tree that will continue through Dec. 24. The cost to participate is $25. Call (352) 683-9933.
A demonstration for troop withdrawals
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard, across from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. The demonstration is in protest of the slowdown of troop withdrawals and the deadline extension for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For information, call (352) 686-9936.
Historic homes shine on this holiday tour
Tickets are available for the 10th annual Historic Tour of Homes on Dec. 12 in downtown Brooksville. The event, sponsored by the Brooksville Woman's Club, will include a tour of three homes, as well as the group's clubhouse, where hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Tickets are $12. For details or tickets, call Yvonne Malone at (352) 796-6026 or (352) 848-7988.
Hernando County Local Mitigation Strategy Committee, 10 a.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
Ghost Tours: 8-10 p.m., Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. $20, cash only. Tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations required. (352) 799-0129.
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