Donate to help with spaying and neutering
Donations are needed for Compassion Spay/Neuter Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps pay for sterilization and rabies vaccinations for Hernando County residents' pets. In 2011, the organization spayed and neutered 120 animals. This year, the number is estimated to be about 140. It costs $50 to spay a female dog between 39 and 69 pounds, and $40 to neuter a male of that size. The cost for cats is between $20 and $30. Donations of any amount may be sent to Compassion Spay/Neuter at 12177 Timber Lane, Brooksville, FL 34601. The organization also has three kittens available for adoption, about 10 weeks old. For additional information, call Andi Trusty at (352) 799-0636.
Christmas festival at Sunrise Plaza
The fifth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Sunrise Plaza, off Cortez Boulevard, across from Ridge Manor West. The event, hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Network Group, will include a children's art contest, games and activities, food, a nativity scene, Smokey Bear and his house, the Happy Train, music by DJ Mike Gorham and raffles. Free admission. Photos with Santa are $3 each or two for $5. For additional information, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486 or Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.
Fernando Valero performs today
Brookridge Entertainment presents Fernando Valero at 7 p.m. today at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. Valero's music includes Bocelli, Pavarotti, Italian folk songs and classic rock hits. Tickets are $20. Call (352) 610-4901.
Aviation meeting is rescheduled
The Hernando County Aviation Authority has rescheduled today's meeting to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the airport office, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville. For information, call (352) 754-4061.
Get low-cost pet vaccinations
The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $14, and kennel cough (bordetella) shots for dogs will be $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo in Bushnell. For additional information about the vaccinations, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.
Hernando County Community Alliance, 9 a.m., school district facilities department, 8016 Mobley Road, Brooksville.
City of Brooksville Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees, 5:45 p.m., Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.
Walk Through Bethlehem: 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 683-2600.