Tree decorating contest today in gardens
Organizations, businesses and other groups will decorate evergreen trees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., as part of the Spring Hill Garden Club's "Holiday in the Gardens." There will be refreshments and musical entertainment. Spectators are welcome. After all the trees are done, visitors can vote for their favorites. Voting is through Christmas Eve. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
Alaskan country group to perform
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild presents a concert with Redhead Express at 7 p.m. today at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is a female, family country/bluegrass quartet from Alaska that performs standards and originals. Tickets are $25; call (352) 799-5577.
Yacht club hosts boat parade
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host its annual Christmas boat parade today at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. Check-in will be at 5 p.m.; the parade starts at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented. There will also be a chili cook-off, and chili hot dogs and other food and drinks will be available for purchase. The cost to participate is a donation of a toy for Toys for Tots. Call fleet Capt. Aaron Nangle at (727) 916-0001.
Kiwanis Club's Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 8-11:30 a.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $5 per person; children 2 and under free. (352) 428-3717.
2012 HAM R/C Club Big Bird Fly In: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. $3 each or $5 per carload. (352) 344-1688.
West Hernando Coin Club show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Free parking, admission. (813) 361-0740.
Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers, and free for ages 12 and younger.
Artifact ID Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moose Lodge 1676, 17129 Wiscon Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 795-0208.
'Program of Hope' Shop Till You Drop for Education Holiday Extravaganza and Car Show: 10 a.m-2 p.m., Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 277-3322.
Hernando Hills Hi-Lites present 'Christmas in the Aire': 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $12; students $6, children younger than 5 free. (352) 540-9192.
Candy Cane Acres: 6-9 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $10 per carload. (352) 796-4552.
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