Museum association to meet Dec. 5
The Hernando Historical Museum Association invites the public to its Christmas board meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at John's Corner Restaurant, 71 S Broad St.
Association president Ron Daniels will give a report on the year's activities. For information, call Virginia Rusk at (352) 796-5398 or Ron Daniels at (352) 678-9889.
Registration is Dec. 4 for women's soccer
Hernando County Women's Soccer will have registration for the 2012 season from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 at Ernie Wever Youth Park, 19445 Youth Drive, off Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
The cost is $90, payable to Hernando County Women's Soccer. Games will be played at Ernie Wever Park. For information, call Alyson Kraft at (352) 442-4540 or visit hernandoadultsoccer.com.
Rotary golf tourney scheduled for Dec. 7
The Rotary Club of Brooksville will host its 34th annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. Golfers and sponsors are welcome. The cost to play is $75, which includes dinner. Sponsorships start at $150. For information, call Rob Rogoski or Billy Healis at (352) 799-6974.
Brooksville Christmas Parade will be Dec. 10
The Brooksville Kiwanis Club will present the 37th annual Brooksville Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Brooksville. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and is expected to conclude about 12:30 p.m. This year's parade theme is "Treasures Under the Tree." There will be marching bands, floats, clowns, fire engines, horses, Shriners and Santa.
The parade route begins at Oakwood Drive, near Hernando High School, then proceeds down Howell Avenue to Main Street, crosses Jefferson and Broad streets, then heads north on Broad to Bell Avenue, ending at Jefferson and Bell.
The parade lineup will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; the final lineup for horses is at 10:30 a.m.
All parade entries must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Fees vary from $25 to $60. For details, visit kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org or call Shirl Hammatt at (352) 799-6573.
Mark calendar for 'Messiah Sing-along'
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will join forces with Faith Presbyterian Church to present a "Messiah Sing-along" at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the church, 200 Mount Fair Ave.
Choir members throughout the area are invited to participate. There will be two mandatory rehearsals: from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10.
The group will sing the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, along with soloists from the University of South Florida. The director is Jim Urbanski.
The event will be free to the public. An offering will be collected to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For information, call Stephanie Barnett-Sager at (813) 394-8671 or Shirley Chaisson at (352) 597-2235.
Bring in antiques for appraisal Dec. 10
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will host its annual Fall Antique Appraisal Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Xavier Hall at the church, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
The event is fashioned after the Antiques Roadshow television program. It will include a certified personal property appraiser, Dale Smrekar.
Only verbal appraisals will be provided; the cost is $5 per appraisal. Refreshments will be available. For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.
Christmas Gun and Knife Show is Dec. 3-4
The Hernando Sportsman's Club will host its annual Christmas Gun and Knife Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and accessories.
Admission is $6, with children 16 and younger admitted free (must be accompanied by an adult). Vendor tables are available. For details, call Randie at (352) 799-3605.
Learn safety at firearms class
A firearms safety class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. A "ladies only" class will be offered Dec. 17.
The course covers the basics of firearm safety around the home, as well as the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Practice time on the range is included.
Completion of the course provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.
The cost of the class is $50. Preregistration is required. Call (352) 597-9931.
Be informed about trash pickup changes
Starting Jan. 2, Republic Services, also known as Seaside Sanitation, will begin providing trash collection for all subscribing Hernando County residents outside the city of Brooksville. The company replaces Central Carting and Waste Management.
Three public informational meetings have been scheduled where residents may ask questions and receive information about the transition:
• 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill
• 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13, commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville
• 6 p.m. Jan. 5, Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach
Information is also available online at hernandocounty.us/utils/SolidWaste_Recycling/franchise.htm.
Enjoy candlelit tour of May-Stringer House
The Hernando Historical Museum will present candlelight Christmas tours of the historic May-Stringer House, which houses the Hernando Heritage Museum, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10. The house, at 601 Museum Court, has been decorated for the Christmas season. Light refreshments will be served.
Admission is $5. For information, call (352) 799-0129 or visit hernandohistoricalmuseum.org.
Columbiettes to host fundraising dance
The St. Anthony's Columbiettes will host their 2011 Winter Dance at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd.
The event will include a catered dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple.
Proceeds will benefit charities the Columbiettes support, including battered women and women in nursing homes.
For information, call the church at (352) 796-2096.
Dance the night away with Arc Nature Coast
The Arc Nature Coast will host a Christmas dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16 at its educational center, 6495 Mariner Blvd. A DJ will entertain. The $5 cost includes pizza, beverages, snacks and a gift from Santa. The Arc serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Hernando County. For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sell your stuff and help veterans
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road, will host an indoor craft fair/flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Vendors are welcome. The cost is $15; tables will be provided. Proceeds will go toward helping veterans and their families. Call (727) 856-1860.
RIDGE MANOR WEST
Festival brings lights, lots of festivities
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the fourth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., east of Interstate 75. The event will include Santa, Christmas carolers, a bookmobile, train ride, cake walk, DJ, children's games, prizes, clowns, the Smokey Bear House and vendors. WWJB-AM 1450 will broadcast from the event. Vendors wishing to participate must register by Wednesday. Vendor forms are available and may be dropped off at the SunTrust Bank in Ridge Manor West or faxed to (352) 799-5970. Proceeds will benefit the Brooksville Senior Future Farmers of America. For information, call Deidre Fletcher at Days Inn, (352) 796-9486, or Kevin Tennie at SunTrust, (352) 540-4521.
Enrichment Centers to host holiday party
The Enrichment Centers of Hernando County will host a holiday party at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. The event will include food catered by Guido's Restaurant, as well as live music. Tickets are $10. The Enrichment Centers are also selling chances to win the Elizabeth, a copyrighted handmade dollhouse. The Elizabeth was created by Tom and Maria Nemesi, who have been making dollhouses for 35 years and donating them to charities to raise funds. The house was created to scale and includes furniture. It took five months to create and is valued at about $3,600. Raffle tickets are $5. The winner will be drawn Dec. 6 at the holiday party. For information, call Deborah Walker-Druzbick at (352) 544-6022.
See the sights on Historic Tour of Homes
The General Federation of Women's Clubs/Brooksville Woman's Club will present its 12th annual Historic Tour of Homes on Dec. 11. Three tours will be available, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Three historic homes will be toured, as well as the Brooksville Woman's Club, where hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Tickets are $12. For tickets and details, call Yvonne Malone at (352) 796-6026 or (352) 848-7988.
City is seeking a variety of volunteers
The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering to serve as members of the following advisory boards and commissions:
• Beautification Board. Two positions to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2015, and one position to fill an unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2011. There are no residency requirements for these positions.
• Brooksville Housing Authority Board. One position to fill a four-year term through May 31, 2015.
• Cemetery Advisory Committee. One position to fill a term through Dec. 31, 2015. Applicants must be city residents or have a documented tie to the Brooksville Cemetery.
• Good Neighbor Trail Committee. One non-expiring term available. There are no terms for appointed members, who will serve through the completion of the Good Neighbor Trail and trailhead management plan.
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. There is one alternate position to fill a term through Dec. 31, 2015. There is no residency requirement for this position.
• Planning and Zoning Commission. There are three positions and one alternate position, all to fill terms through Dec. 31, 2015. There is another vacant alternate position to fill a term through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be city residents.
Applicants for all positions must be registered Florida voters.
To apply for any of these positions, an application must be completed, along with an authorization for a background check. Applications are available in the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., and must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 2. For information, call (352) 540-3810.