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Pancakes with Santa, driver safety program among activities


Children, pancakes and Santa combo

The Hernando County La Sertoma Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at Guido's Pizza Cafe, 7219 Forest Oaks Blvd.

The event includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Children will receive a surprise while supplies last. Raffle tickets will be available to win a 32-inch television and various holiday prizes.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The cost is $3 for adults and children; toddlers 2 and younger are admitted free. For information, call LaVerne at (352) 796-4657.


Addiction recovery group meets Nov. 29

The Nature Coast Recovery Alliance will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way.

The group's mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals seeking treatment for addiction and substance abuse through awareness, education, support, resources and community advocacy.

Anyone interested in welcome; RSVP by Tuesday by sending e-mail to [email protected] or calling (352) 610-9916.


Wreath-laying project in need of sponsors

Sponsors are needed for the Wreaths Across America project at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Drive.

The national project involves placing wreaths on grave markers at national cemeteries, as well as on veterans' graves at other cemeteries.

Wreaths are being sold for $15; sponsors may buy as many as desired. The goal is to have enough wreaths to place on graves for more than 1,700 veterans at Florida Hills. Wreaths Across America takes place Dec. 10. At Florida Hills, a ceremony to honor veterans is scheduled for noon, after the placement of the wreaths. Participating organizations include Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, DAV Post 67, Elks Lodge 2582, the Enrichment Centers, Florida Hills Memorial Gardens and Turner Funeral Homes.

The deadline to purchase wreaths is Nov. 25. For information or to help, call Dennis Reich at (352) 587-2178 or Michael Squillace at (352) 585-1585.


Stay on the road with driver safety course

The AARP Driver Safety Program will offer the following classes in December:

• 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-3370 to register.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Road, west of Brooksville. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call (352) 683-6840 to register.

The course is six hours and costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers (members must bring their AARP card). Throughout November, veterans and spouses may take the class at no cost. Contact class instructors at the numbers above for details.


The Diamonds come to Brookridge Clubhouse

Brookridge Entertainment will present the Diamonds in concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

The group, which has sold more than 40 million records and made 33 appearances on American Bandstand, is known for hits such as Little Darlin', The Stroll and Why Do Fools Fall In Love.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Call (352) 610-4901.


Vendors can register for gem, mineral show

The annual Withlacoochee Rockhound Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 to 4 at the Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road.

Vendors may still register to participate, including mineral, gemstone and lapidary equipment dealers. Beaders and customer designers are also welcome.

For details, call Jerry at (352) 688-7810.


Bake sale has part in arts and crafts fair

An arts and crafts fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave.

The event will include a bake sale and refreshments.

Table rentals are available for $15. Interested vendors may call Robyn at (352) 345-8484 or the church office at (352) 796-4969.


Annual Holiday in the Gardens will be Dec. 3

The Spring Hill Garden Club's annual Holiday in the Gardens will kick off at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. Clubs, businesses and organizations are invited to participate by decorating one of the evergreen trees that will be along the main walkway in the gardens. Each tree will have a sign with the organization's information and will be entered into the "best decorated tree" contest. There is space for additional trees if an organization wishes to decorate an artificial tree or plant a new one. During the kickoff event, Santa Claus will visit, entertainment will be provided and refreshments will be served while the trees are being decorated. The decorated trees will be on display through early January, allowing visitors to vote for their favorite tree during the holidays. The cost to participate is $25. To reserve a tree or for information, call (352) 683-9933. Visit the club's website at


Find out about that artifact at meeting

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society, in conjunction with the University of South Florida Department of Anthropology and the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will present an Artifact ID Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moose Lodge 1676, 17129 Wiscon Road.

Visitors may have their historic and prehistoric artifacts identified.

The event will include a paleontologist and three archaeologists.

There will be no buying or selling at this event. There is no cost to participate. For information, call Dennis at (352) 650-6355.

Pancakes with Santa, driver safety program among activities 11/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:12pm]
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