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Neighborhood news: holiday happenings, opportunities to give, pet adoptions

CREATE AN ANGEL: The Spring Hill Community Association will have its Angels on High holiday event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

Groups and individuals are invited to create and showcase angels. Angel kits are available for $40. There will be a competition in five categories: individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations.

The event will include holiday music, refreshments and entertainment at the outdoor pavilion. Craft vendor spaces are available for $15 per day. For information, call (352) 666-4746.

TREE FEST: The annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Brooksville Woman's Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church, will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event includes an array of vendors, decorated trees, photos with Santa, food, musical entertainment, storytelling and other activities. The church kitchen will be open. Participating vendors will have decorated trees that will be on display and judged.

For information, call (352) 848-7988 or (352) 796-2096.

COIN SHOW: The West Hernando Coin Club will host a coin and currency show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

There will be 25 dealers and 35 tables. ICG Grading Service will offer free verbal opinions and $9 slabbing. Archie "Rollie" Taylor, the "Hobo Nickel Man" will be on hand. Door prizes will be awarded, and food will be available. Admission and parking are free.

For information, call Mark Palermo at (813) 361-0740.

TOYS FOR TOTS REGISTRATION: The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708, is accepting applications from people with needy children in the county now through Dec. 11.

Because of construction on Sunshine Grove Road, applications will not be accepted at the Marine Corps League detachment. Instead, applications will be taken at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Registration must be done in person, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays.

Toys for Tots is for children ages 6 months to 12 years. Parents and legal guardians must bring the following documentation: a driver's license, a current utility bill in their name (to establish Hernando County residency), their Social Security card, and a birth certificate (or crib card) and Social Security card for each child to be registered. Guardians, foster parents or grandparents must bring legal documents or court orders proving custody.

To qualify, applicants cannot be registered for Christmas assistance with any other agency. Questions regarding registration may be asked during the registration period by calling (352) 796-3666, or visiting mcl708.org.

STUART NEILL HOLIDAY CONCERT: Holiday concerts featuring operatic tenor Stuart Neill and members of the Florida Symphony Brass and choirs will be presented at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Neill has performed in opera houses around the world, most recently returning from performances in Europe, including at the La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy. He can be heard on more than a dozen classical recordings.

Tickets are free and are available at the church. For information, call (352) 683-2605.

CAT ADOPTIONS: Home at Last Pet Adoptions will host adopt-a-thons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday through the end of December at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., in the rear of the store.

Although the organization specializes in Siamese cats, other cats and kittens will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax deductible.

All pets may be viewed online at halpetadoptions.petfinder.com. Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon may be made, and individual appointments may also be scheduled. Call (352) 476-6832 or send email to halpetadoptions@yahoo.com.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Brooksville Elks Lodge will host a Children's Christmas Party on Dec. 15 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. The party is for children from families in need.

Assistance is needed in helping provide gifts for the children. A Christmas tree at the lodge has tags with each child's information.

Those wishing to help may stop by the lodge, take a tag and purchase an appropriate gift, valued between $10 and $12.

For more information, call Angie Balderson at (352) 585-2730 or Norma McQuillan at (352) 678-9192.

Neighborhood news: holiday happenings, opportunities to give, pet adoptions 11/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:58pm]
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