PET ADOPTION EVENT: Hernando County Animal Services is offering its Home for the Holidays adoption program through Jan. 3. All pet adoption fees have been lowered to $10.
All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and licensed (for Hernando County residents only). Dogs have been tested for heartworm disease and cats for feline leukemia.
Those who are unable to adopt a pet can still help by making a donation of the following supplies: bath and hand towels, dog biscuits, bleach, dog shampoo, canned cat and dog food, large balls and toys, cat carriers, cat litter, dog collars and leashes, metal food dishes and laundry soap.
The Animal Services shelter is at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. The shelter is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
For information, go to hernandocounty.us/animal or call (352) 796-5062.
CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S IN HIGH POINT: A New Year's Eve party is planned for Tuesday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with music provided by Two Fold from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Guests may bring their own beverages. Coffee and ice will be available, and favors will be provided.
Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006 for reservations and tickets.
POLKA DANCE: The Frank Moravic Band will entertain with American and polka music from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
Tickets are $10 for center members and $12 for nonmembers. Food and a cash bar will be available. For information, call (989) 768-0031 or send email to [email protected]
DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $12 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $14 for nonmembers. These classes will be offered in January:
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6 and 8, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (behind the hospital). Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.
• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Ginny Holohan at (352) 684-2126 or (570) 205-1261.
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.
• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michele Haenel at (352) 666-4044.
BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT: The annual Dade's Battle Re-enactment will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Battle re-enactments will be at 2 p.m. each day.
The event marks the 178th anniversary of the battle, when Maj. Francis Dade and 105 men were killed, setting off the Second Seminole War. There will be period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps; a sutler trade fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, as well as 19th century games and activities for children.
Admission is $5, except for children ages 5 and younger, who will be admitted free. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. For information, call (352) 793-4781.
MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Nature Coast Festival Music will award two scholarships, up to $1,000 each, to promising local musicians.
To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior in Hernando, Pasco or Citrus counties, and planning to enroll in a college-level music program; they must submit an audition CD and paper application before Jan. 31.
Scholarship winners must be available to perform a classical or sacred music selection for at least one of the spring concerts of the Nature Coast Festival Singers. The recipients must either provide their own accompanist or be available to rehearse with the festival singers' accompanist prior to the concert.
Winners will be chosen and notified during the last week of February. For information or an application, send email to [email protected] or call Jeanmarie Seabaugh at (352) 556-8549.
PLANS UNDER WAY FOR GREEK FEST: Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church will present its annual Greek Festival on Feb. 7 and 8 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.
The indoor event will include a variety of Greek foods and pastries, such as gyros, spanakopita and baklava, as well as live music and dancing.
Vendor spaces and sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit the church and the Brooksville Rotary Club. For information, call Emily Thomas at (352) 650-0307.
BROOKSVILLE BATTLE: The Hernando Historical Museum Association and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club will present the 34th annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
This year's re-enactment will mark the 150th anniversary of the raid. More than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers are expected to participate.
There will be food concessions, Confederate and Union camp tours, anvil shoots, artillery demonstration, a ladies tea and battle re-creations. Admission is $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger and Scouts in uniforms. Parking is free. Chair rentals will be available.
For information, call (352) 799-0129 or visit brooksvilleraid.com.
JUDAH BEN HUR PERFORMANCES: Judah Ben Hur, the Musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.
Lew Wallace's musical, based on the story of Ben Hur, is co-produced by Youth With a Mission of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre.
Proceeds will be used to send the show's cast to the Philippines to help build homes and provide free Judah performances.
Tickets are $15; $5 for students 13 and younger. Tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. Visit liveoaktheatre.org or call the box office at (352) 593-0027.
AUTHORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOWCASE: The Hernando County Public Library System invites local authors who have published books (either in print or online) to highlight their works in a Local Authors Showcase, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Participating authors will have an opportunity to speak about their publishing experience, read from their books and have copies for sale.
To be selected, you must be published either in print or e-book format. The deadline to register is Tuesday. Selected authors will be notified by email or phone.
Those interested in participating in the showcase, or who would like additional information, should contact Sheryl at (352) 754-4824 or visit hernandocountylibrary.us.
DEMOCRATS HONOR KENNEDY: The Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee's 2014 Campaign for Democratic Success annual dinner will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.
The theme will be "A Tribute to JFK . . . 50 Years." There will be speakers, a buffet dinner and dancing.
Tickets are $60 each or $450 for a table of eight. For information or tickets, send email to [email protected], visit hernandodemocrats.us or call (352) 556-4812.
JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE: Brookridge Entertainment will present a John Denver tribute with Tom Becker at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.
Becker, a former member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels, will perform many of Denver's hits, including Thank God I'm a Country Boy, Annie's Song and Rocky Mountain High.
Additional concerts on the 2013-14 season include:
• A night of comedy and song with comedian Karen Rontowski and vocalist Steve Fowler, Feb. 13.
• The Edward Twins, March 13.
• Robin Roth, April 10.
Tickets are $20 each. For information or to purchase tickets, call Larry or Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.
CONNECT WITH UNITED WAY'S 2-1-1: The United Way of Hernando County offers a 2-1-1 resource line where people may seek help through local organizations.
The line offers information about a variety of services, such as support for children, youth and families; medical and mental health services; disaster recovery assistance; food pantries; financial assistance; mentoring and tutoring; support for seniors and those with disabilities; free tax preparation sites; prescription assistance; and youth sports assistance.
For information, call 2-1-1 or visit online at unitedwayhernando.org.