BROOKSVILLE ELEMENTARY: The school's annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food drive will run until Dec. 14 to benefit the Salvation Army, Jericho Road Ministries and Operation HeartFELT food banks. Each class is collecting nonperishable food, and the class that collects the most will win a pizza party.
• The school's seventh annual PTA-sponsored Winter Festival will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. There will be three bounce houses, traditional carnival games, a silent auction and food. The media center will host a "buy one, get one free" book sale, including the school's Read for the World Record book. Families are asked to bring 2-liter sodas, packaged snacks and cookies, and baked goods for the cake walk. Parent volunteers are also needed. Presale tickets will be available at five for $1 the week before the event and four for $1 the day of the festival.
• The school's Performing Arts Club holiday performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the cafeteria.
• Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Day will be all day Dec. 19 at the store at 901 S Broad St., Brooksville. Mention Brooksville Elementary with your order, and a percentage of the total will be donated to the school.
HERNANDO HIGH: The drama department will present The Big Bad Musical at 7 p.m. today and Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the school's performing arts center. The Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her grandmother, the three little pigs and the shepherd in charge of the boy who cried wolf. Admission is free for all Hernando County elementary school students wearing their school T-shirts and for all Hernando County School Board employees who show their school badge at the door. Otherwise tickets are $5 at the door. For information, contact Susanna Rosario at (352) 797-7015, ext. 333.
CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATION: The Nature Coast Technical, Springstead and Weeki Wachee high school choruses will present Christmas concerts at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Space is limited; call (352) 610-1232 for complimentary tickets.
NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC: The school has been nominated for the Clorox Co.'s Power a Bright Future grant program, making it eligible to win up to $50,000 to help remodel and update its playground and is asking the community to vote in support of its nomination. Visit PowerABrightFuture.com and text 1885pbf to 95248 and vote once per day per person until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 19. See PowerABrightFuture.com for official rules.
SPRING HILL ELEMENTARY: The School Advisory Council will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Family Center. Note the time change.
WEEKI WACHEE HIGH: The school has been nominated for a Power a Bright Future grant from the Clorox Co., making it eligible to win up to $50,000 for its music program, and is asking the community to vote in support of its nomination. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 19. Anyone 13 years and older may vote online at PowerABrightFuture.com. Voting also can be done from cell phones via text message.
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