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Things to do in Hernando County

FAMILY CARE COUNCIL MEETS: The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Anyone interested in issues pertaining to those with developmental disabilities and their families is encouraged to attend.

The meeting will include updates on the APD wait list/waiver and the iBudget.

The council is seeking members and ways to expand outreach. For information, contact Shawn Mims at (352) 615-6003 or [email protected], or Betty Kay Clements at (352) 753-1163 or [email protected]

PARTICIPATE IN CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, is seeking participants for the annual Christmas Cards on the Lawn at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. The display will be on the courthouse lawn from Dec. 3 to 29. Schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and others are invited to participate.

Supplies needed include a 4- by 8-foot sheet of plywood with two braces to be anchored with a rebar; at least one spotlight, but no more than two; a short extension cord or power strip to connect lights and timer, and a 50-foot extension cord to connect the card unit to the power supply. All supplies should be labeled to ensure proper return.

Advanced registration is required. For information or a registration form, send email to [email protected] or call Christie Williams at (352) 540-6357.

DONATE UNWANTED VEHICLES: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/SPCA of Hernando County is asking area residents who have unwanted cars and trucks to consider donating them to the shelter. All donations are tax-deductible. The SPCA is also in need of a van to use when transporting pets for immunizations and other veterinary services.

The SPCA is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that does not receive government funding. The shelter is at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. To make a donation or for information, call Chuck Kasey at (352) 666-1697 or the shelter at (352) 596-7000. Visit the website at

CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING: The following Thanksgiving dinners are planned:

• Christian Life Assembly of God, in partnership with JAM Ministries, will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The dinner will include entertainment and a drawing for food baskets. There is no charge. To avoid the registration line at the door, preregistration is available online at or by calling (352) 597-1139.

• The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 521 invites families in need to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 28 at the lodge, 5214 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Families may choose between a Thanksgiving brunch or dinner. Space is limited. For information, call (352) 686-5666.

POINSETTIA SALE: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida is having a poinsettia sale through Nov. 27.

The sale includes 6-inch potted plants for $7 plus tax and 8-inch plants for $14.50 plus tax. There are also 10-inch hanging baskets for $15 plus tax and an 8-inch Christmas cactus for $14 plus tax. A 10 percent discount is available for all orders more than $100.

All proceeds go directly to the agency's programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.

All plants will be delivered by Dec. 6. Orders may be picked up at the office at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey (open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays), or may be delivered. There is a $5 delivery fee charge for orders under $50.

To place an order, call (727) 853-1010, visit or send email to [email protected]

CHRISTMAS WITH THE HI-LITES: The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites will host their fifth annual Christmas show at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Community Fellowship Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The Hi-Lites, a women's barbershop chorus, will sing favorites such as It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, O Holy Night and a comical version of Nuttin' for Christmas in a cappella, barbershop style. "Chatter," the Christmas elf, will make an appearance and pass out goodies.

After the show, guests are invited to meet the chorus and have hot chocolate, coffee and cookies.

Admission is free; an offering will be collected, with a portion to be donated to the chorus' student grant program. For information, call Norma at (352) 540-9192.

CHRISTMAS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS: The Hernando County Fair Association will host Candy Cane Acres from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 21, at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

Visitors can explore the grounds, which will include a collection of holiday decorations and lights; decorate a cookie in Mrs. Claus' kitchen; make a craft at Santa's Workshop, and take a Florida-style sleigh ride.

There will also be a parade of trees, a live nativity scene, a play area and children's games. Hot chocolate, hot cider, egg nog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes.

The cost is $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets to be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each.

For information, call (352) 796-4552.

TOYS FOR TOTS REGISTRATION: The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708, will accept applications from people in the county with needy children from Dec. 2 through 17 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. To qualify, applicants cannot be registered for Christmas assistance with any other agency.

Questions regarding registration and needed documents may be asked during the registration period by calling (352) 796-3666 or visiting

Things to do in Hernando County 11/14/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 6:23pm]
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