Volunteers needed for public Bible reading
Ridge Manor United Methodist Church needs volunteers for a continuous public reading of the Bible after its community Thanksgiving service, which begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 24. The church is at 34350 Cortez Blvd.
Volunteers will take turns reading 15 minutes at a time for about 84 hours.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to call (352) 807-3807 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The following Thanksgiving celebrations are planned:
• Thanksgiving dinner, 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20, Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, at Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill. This is a free dinner open to the community. Donations welcome. No reservations needed. For information, call the church office at (352) 683-2863 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
• Community Thanksgiving dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane, Brooksville. The free dinner is sponsored by Christian Life Assembly of God and the Jesus and Me Ministry. Donations of turkeys and food baskets are needed. Volunteers appreciated. For information, call Christian Life at (352) 597-1139 or Jo Ann Munford at (352) 340-9594.
• Feed the Five Thousand, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25, True Holiness Church of Jesus Christ, 15500 Wiscon Road, Brooksville. This is a free event for individuals and families. For reservations or information, call Sonia Lynch Dillard at (352) 279-8313 or Sandra Paulin at (352) 279-5837.
Dress up your craft for annual boat parade
The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host its annual Christmas Boat Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
The public is invited to participate. The fee to enter a boat is one unwrapped toy. Prizes will be awarded for the best original theme, best lighted and funniest boats.
Entry dates will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 11 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.
Hot dogs, chili, drinks and chips will be available upstairs at the club during the event. For information, call Dominick Fickeria at (352) 200-7822.
Volunteers, donations needed at food charity
People Helping People of Hernando serves free meals to people in need from 4 to 6 p.m. each Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill.
The group is a local interfaith nonprofit organization and is in need of volunteers and donations. Groups are encouraged to help by providing an entree at one of the dinners.
People Helping People also provides free clothing, groceries and resource materials to those in need.
Call (352) 686-4466. Checks may be mailed to: People Helping People, P.O. Box 6182, Spring Hill, FL 34611.
Tickets available for Hi-Lites holiday show
Tickets are on sale for the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites third annual Christmas Show, which will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7279 Mariner Blvd.
Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 each for groups of 10 or more); $6 for students; children 3 and younger admitted free.
Chorus members will be costumed as Christmas toys during the first half of the show. They will sing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. By popular request, the chorus will perform the comical rendition of Seven Days After Christmas. The D'Lites Quartet and special guests will be featured. St. Nick will pass out goodies to patrons. There will be door prizes, and a gift basket will be raffled.
After the show, guests may meet the Hi-Lites and snack on cookies and Christmas treats in the foyer. Santa will be available for pictures.
For information or tickets, call Tessie at (352) 686-4122.
Decorate a tree for Holiday in the Garden
Clubs, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the annual Holiday in the Gardens on Dec. 4 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave.
Participants decorate an evergreen tree on the grounds. Each organization should provide its own waterproof decorations without lights because electricity is not available in most areas. Also, participants are encouraged to select a distinctive decorating theme to represent their organization.
The botanical gardens will provide a sign with each organization's information. There will be a contest for the "best decorated" tree that will continue through Dec. 24. The cost to participate is $25.
As participants decorate their trees Dec. 4, the Spring Hill Garden Club will provide refreshments starting at 9 a.m.
Local musicians are being sought to entertain during the event.
The botanical gardens are open daily during daylight hours. For information, call (352) 683-9933.
AARP needs volunteers to help prepare taxes
AARP Tax Aide is seeking volunteers in Hernando County for the coming tax season.
The program is a free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service that is offered from February through March 15 at various locations throughout the county.
Experience in preparing taxes is not required. Tax preparation training is provided at no cost, and reimbursement is provided on a limited basis for qualified, program-related expenses.
For information, call Joan at (352) 200-5790, send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit the website at aarp.org/tavolunteer8.
Get antiques ready for appraisal show Dec. 4
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will host its annual Fall Antique Appraisal Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
The event will be fashioned after the Antique Roadshow television program.
It will include a certified personal property appraiser, Dale Smrekar, who specializes in collectibles, fine art, jewelry, coins and paper money, oil paintings, sports memorabilia, antique guns, antique swords and knives, vintage toys and other items. Smrekar is certified by the Appraisers Guild of America and has provided appraisals for attorneys, guardians and individuals for 14 years.
The cost for verbal appraisals will be $5 each. Refreshments will be available. For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767.
Barbershoppers to perform musical tour
The Hernando Harmonizers will present "Barbershop Harmony … From Sea to Shining Sea" at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd.
The show is a musical tour of the United States, featuring songs from various locations, including Cape Cod, the Shenandoah Valley, San Francisco and others.
Special guests will include Flashback, a quartet of members with numerous international competition medals and who, along with traditional barbershop harmony, perform swing, doo-wop and gospel.
Tickets are $15 each.
For information or tickets, call (352) 200-7271.
Reserve a table for vets Christmas party
Korean War Veterans Chapter 174 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Christmas party Dec. 11 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The party will feature a buffet dinner and a show featuring Irish comedian Danny Justice. Music for dancing will be provided by the Key Notes.
Door prizes will be awarded, and a cash bar will be available.
Tickets are $20 each. Table reservations for parties of eight or more may be made. For tickets or information, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.
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Singers to perform holiday concert twice
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present two Christmas concerts:
• 3 p.m. Nov. 28, First Baptist Church, 420 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
The chorus will perform selections from Handel's Messiah as well as other pieces. The Nature Coast Children's Chorus, under the direction of David Pletinck, will perform. Also, several youth scholarship winners will perform.
Admission to the concerts is free, but an offering will be collected during intermission.
For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.
Line dance group to meet at clubhouse
Brookridge Line Dance Social will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
A DJ will provide music. Guests may bring their own snacks and beverages and ice, if needed. No lessons will be offered.
Admission is $5 per person. For information, call (352) 397-6088.