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Events in Hernando County week of Dec. 11-18

Annie, played by Holly Frendberg, 9, the dog, Sandy, played by Springstead High senior Sarah Huff, star in the production of Annie today.

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Annie, played by Holly Frendberg, 9, the dog, Sandy, played by Springstead High senior Sarah Huff, star in the production of Annie today.

Sunday

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'What the Dickens Happened to Scrooge': The play, written by local author, playwright and storyteller Jerry Cowling, tells the story of what happens when the folks affected by Ebenezer Scrooge's miserly ways hatch a plan to get him intoxicated, act out his life before him and force him to become the "most generous soul in London." Presented by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, in cooperation with Stage West. 2 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113 or (352) 754-4788.

24K Gold Music Show: The musical show team performs hits from the 1950s through the '70s with tributes to Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison. Preshow dining available for $12, starting at 1:30 p.m. (reservations suggested). 3 p.m. Reserved seats from $18 to $45. Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. 1-866-884-0291. c24k.com.

Brooksville Woman's Club 10th Annual Historic Tour of Homes: Tours will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., starting from the city parking lot at Magnolia and Broad streets. Three homes and the Brooksville Woman's Club will be toured. The tour will end at the woman's club, where hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Tickets are $12 each. (352) 848-7988 or (352) 796-6026.

Hernando County Fairgrounds Weekend Flea Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. (352) 397-3351.

Hernando Jazz Society Holiday Celebration: Listen to seasonal tunes, such as Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow and Rudolph. A cash bar and light menu will be available. 1:30 p.m. $9 for nonmembers. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-9690.

'O Holy Night' Christmas cantata: The Christmas story will be told in music and narration, using familiar carols and hymns along with new songs. Refreshments will be served after the cantata. 6 p.m. Eden Baptist Church, 22308 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 796-3855.

Our Children: Loved and Remember Candlelight Vigil: Those who have lost a child of any age are encouraged to bring a photo to display; also, those who wish may also say a few words about their children who have died. 6:30 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 684-1369. stfrances.org.

Springstead High School presents 'Annie': The Broadway musical will be presented by Springstead's choral and theater department. 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students, all seats reserved. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 476-9086. shstickets.com.

Springstead SERM Academy presents 'Illuminations' Christmas light show: The show is styled after Disney's Osbourne Spectacle of Lights. Christmas lights will be synchronized to "dance" to a variety of seasonal music. There will be three-minute breaks between each song. Featured artists include the Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, August Burns Red and Disney. Proceeds will benefit Springstead's Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Marketing Academy and DECA chapter. Dusk-9 p.m. Admission is $5 or $3 and an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. A cup of hot chocolate is included with admission. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010, ext. 251.

Monday

'Composting Made Easy': The speaker is John Korycki of the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. The class is for those interested in trying to compost home waste, and will include proper ingredients to use and steps to take. No registration is required, but seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. 5:30 p.m. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230. extension.hernandocounty.us.

Wednesday

Holiday shopping event to benefit the Dawn Center: There will be numerous vendors, gifts and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center, a domestic and sexual violence shelter in Hernando County. 5:30-8 p.m. Suncoast Villa Apartments clubhouse, 3454 Suncoast Villa Way, Spring Hill. (727) 271-1348.

Master Gardeners weekly plant sale: Plants for shade and sun will be available, including flowering plants, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Funds raised benefit the Hernando County Master Gardener program. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Prices vary. Master Gardener nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Polish-American Social Club Winter Festival Picnic: The indoor picnic includes sloppy Joes, sides and desserts, games, a cakewalk, a silent auction and dancing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Polish-American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. (727) 862-1520.

Friday

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 151 years ago by Brooksville pioneer John May, is inhabited by the spirits of long-deceased family members, including May's 3-year-old daughter, Jessie. Hand-held cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8-10 p.m. $20, cash only. Another tour is set for the same time on Saturday. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Springstead SERM Academy presents 'Illuminations' Christmas light show: The show is styled after Disney's Osbourne Spectacle of Lights. It includes Christmas lights that will be synchronized to "dance" to a variety of seasonal music. There will be three-minute breaks between each song. Featured artists include the Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, August Burns Red and Disney. Proceeds will benefit Springstead's Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Marketing Academy and DECA chapter. Dusk- p.m. Admission is $5 or $3 and an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. A cup of hot chocolate is included with admission. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010, ext. 251.

Winter Waterland Holiday Festival: The event will include a special holiday-themed mermaid performance, John Leggio's Christmas Spectacular, the Grinchmas Show, arts and craft vendors, and an appearance by Santa Claus. 7-10 p.m. $4 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Saturday

Aripeka Elks dinner show featuring the Marlins: The Marlins is a quartet of brothers who have been performing for 25 years. They play music made famous by the Beach Boys, Beatles, Glenn Miller, Elvis and Frank Sinatra. They have appeared with Lee Greenwood, the Smothers Brothers, Randy Travis and others. The show will have a Christmas theme. Dinner at 6 p.m., showtime at 7:30 p.m. $30 prime seating, $28 regular seating. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Breakfast With Santa and the Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Co-sponsored with the International House of Pancakes of Spring Hill, the breakfast also includes a 4-by-6 photo with Santa and the mermaids. 8-11 a.m. $10. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Elks National Free Throw 'Hoop Shoot' contest : The contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Contenders will try their skill at making baskets and earn a chance to compete in the district competition. Hot dogs and soda will be available. 8 a.m. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 596-2582.

Evening with the Pots: Local potters will display their work and demonstrate pottery-making techniques. Live Raku kiln firings will begin at dusk. Pottery will be available for purchase. Chili, desserts and refreshments will be available. 3-10 p.m. Dirty Dog Pottery,7 14162 Hurricane Drive, Weeki Wachee. (352) 232-3771.

'First Steps' pistol safety program: This is a National Rifle Association course that lasts about five hours. Completion of the class will qualify participants for an application for a concealed carry permit. Participants may bring their own firearm and a box of factory ammunition or use one of the club's firearms. There is an additional cost to use club ammunition. Class size is limited, and registration is required. 9 a.m. $50. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Get Out Active Saturdays: The Hernando County Recreation Department sponsors these ongoing weekly workout classes. All ages can participate; families are welcome. No registration required. Participants should show up by 6:55 a.m. The class is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Free; donations accepted, with funds benefitting the Parks and Recreation Department. Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4031.

Hernando County Fairgrounds Weekend Flea Market: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St, Brooksville. (352) 397-3351.

High Point Christmas Dance: Music will be provided by Barry & Nancy. Guests may bring their own beverages; coffee and ice will be provided at no cost. 7-10 p.m. $5 at the door. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827.

Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association presents 'Parrandeando en Navidad' Christmas party: A DJ, Mambo Mandy, will provide con musica tipica Navidena (typical Christmas music), as well as salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachada and other music. 8 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 683-6742.

Market on Main Street/Brooksville Nights: The event includes the Love Your Neighbor Farmers Market, a craft and antique fair, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a variety of other family-friendly activities. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Downtown Brooksville. (352) 848-0090 or (352) 428-9275.

Reception for artist Fred Mannarino: Refreshments will be served. Mannarino paints in acrylic, with a cubism style. His works will be on display at Easy Street Home Decor through the end of the month. 5-7 p.m. Free admission. Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. (352) 848-0177.

'Santa Over the Rainbow': Walk through a wonderland of lights that decorate the headsprings area of the park to visit with Santa's elves and listen to carols. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are expected to come up the river on a lighted boat. Included with regular park admission. Noon-midnight. $2 at headsprings entrance, $5 per vehicle (up to eight people) at tube entrance, children under 6 free . Rainbow Springs, 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon. (352) 465-8539. floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings.

Springstead SERM Academy presents 'Illuminations' Christmas light show: The show is styled after Disney's Osbourne Spectacle of Lights. It includes Christmas lights that will be synchronized to "dance" to a variety of seasonal music. There will be three-minute breaks between each song. Featured artists include the Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, August Burns Red and Disney. Proceeds will benefit Springstead's Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Marketing Academy and DECA chapter. Dusk-9 p.m. Admission is $5 or $3 and an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. A cup of hot chocolate is included with admission. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010, ext. 251.

Winter Waterland Holiday Festival: The event will include a special holiday-themed mermaid performance, John Leggio's Christmas Spectacular, the Grinchmas Show, arts and craft vendors, and an appearance by Santa Claus. 7-10 p.m. $4 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Events in Hernando County week of Dec. 11-18 12/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 5:13pm]
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