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Nature Coast Festival Singers Christmas concert: Featuring a brass ensemble, organ and choral arrangements and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. Also includes a special performance of Oh Holy Night by scholarship winner Alexis Pletincks. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 515-5335, (352) 556-8549.

Concordia Chorus Christmas music program: Coffee and cookies will be served after the performance. 7 p.m. Donations accepted. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 592-2147.

Monday

Love Your Neighbor Thanksgiving dinner: Held in partnership with Men of Faith. The homeless and families in need are welcome. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 428-9275, (352) 848-0090.

Tuesday

Art Attack!: The program is geared for youth ages 6 to 12, who will learn about a famous artist, then make their own work of art, inspired by that artist. All materials and supplies will be provided, courtesy of the Hernando County Arts Council. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

Wednesday

Spring Hill Art League reception: Featuring artists Paul Shaskan and Valdora Ward. Refreshments will be served. The artists' paintings will remain on display through the end of December. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (352) 556-3984.

Thursday

Uptown Block Party: Entertainment will be provided by local musicians Joe Solomon, Dean Rusk, Eric Tremante, Steve Dicks and Robert Swan. There will be local food vendors, as well as beer and wine available. Participants include Main Street Eatery, Chef Images and Bayou Cajun Cuisine. Hosted by the city of Brooksville's Recreation Department and Friends of the Children. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3835.

Friday

Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: The event features numerous vendors with minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry and lapidary equipment. There will be demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers, and free for ages 12 and younger. Free parking. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. withlacoochee rockhounds.com.

Festival of Trees: The annual event, sponsored by the Brooksville Woman's Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church, includes an array of vendors, decorated trees, photos with Santa, food, musical entertainment, storytelling and other activities. The church kitchen will be open. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vendors can participate for $30 for the two days. Vendors must also decorate a tree, which will be on display and judged. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 848-7988, 796-2096. gfwcbrooksvillewomansclub.org.

Buffet dinner and dancing at Aripeka Elks: The meal includes Italian wedding soup, antipasto salad, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, meatballs, linguini and clams, shrimp with broccoli, shrimp scampi and assorted desserts. Music provided by Ivory Keys. 5 to 8 p.m. $12 per person; reservations required. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-2520, ext. 19.

Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes a drive-through light display. Then visitors can park and explore the grounds, which will include Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop, a Florida-style sleigh ride and Christmas caroling. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets, which can be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Project Pleasant Dreams buffet dinner fundraiser: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill. Proceeds will help the club with its Project Pleasant Dreams endeavor, which this year will be a makeover of the bedroom of Autumn, a 10-year-old girl with sideroblastic anemia who must have treatments every two weeks at All Children's Hospital. The goal is to have Autumn's bedroom decorated by Christmas. Tickets for the dinner are $20. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. 6 to 9 p.m. $20. R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 684-5788, (352) 848-4400.

Celebration of Poetry: Faculty members, staffers, students and community members are invited to read samples of their works. The PHCC North Campus Student Government Association will provide refreshments and door prizes. The event is coordinated by professors Richard Downing and Kay McKamy. Those interested in reading one or two poems may sign up at the door. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room B104, Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 797-5109.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 155 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. Handheld cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129.

Saturday

Bark Island: Dogs and their owners are welcome to come to the beach. Must have the dog's current vaccination records/tags to enter. Bring a leash. Owners are asked to pick up after their pets. Sponsored by Hernando County Parks and Recreation. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Park fee is $7 per car or walk-up patron. Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. (352) 754-4031.

Holly Berry Fair: Includes handmade crafts, new and "nearly new" items, as well as baked goods. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-4288.

Kiwanis Club's Pancake Breakfast with Santa: Includes all-you-can-eat breakfast, holiday entertainment and Santa. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill. Proceeds benefit local children's charities. 8 to 11:30 a.m. $5 per person; children 2 and under free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 428-3717.

Festival of Trees: The annual event, sponsored by the Brooksville Woman's Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church, includes an array of vendors, decorated trees, photos with Santa, food, musical entertainment, storytelling and other activities. The church kitchen will be open. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors can participate for $30 for the two days. Vendors must also decorate a tree, which will be on display and judged. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 848-7988, 796-2096. gfwcbrooksvillewomansclub.org.

Withlacoochee Winter Ride: Ride to benefit the American Lung Association along the Withlacoochee State Trail. Registration is open from 8 to 10 a.m. Participants may ride 20, 30 or 50 miles along the paved trail. There is no mass start; cyclists ride at their own pace. $25; $15 for ages 12 and younger. Preregistration will close at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Those who preregister will be guaranteed an event T-shirt. Registration at the event is $35. Also, all cyclists are asked to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges. Ridge Manor Trailhead, Croom Rital Road at Cortez Boulevard, east of Brooksville. (727) 828-9724. winterride.org.

2012 HAM R/C Club Big Bird Fly In: Prizes will be awarded for best in scale and best sport, and there will be a $100 People's Choice Award. Those who own radio-controlled aircraft are welcome to participate (minimum 80-inch wingspan for single-wide planes and 60-inch wingspan for multi-wing planes). 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Landing fee $15, includes Saturday cookout; spectators pay $3 each or $5 per carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex entrance road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 344-1688.

West Hernando Coin Club show: The event features more than 30 dealers and 40 tables that will sell, buy and appraise coins, including gold, silver, U.S. and foreign coins, and paper money. ICD Grading Service will offer free verbal opinions and $9 slabbing. Archie "Rollie" Taylor, the "Hobo Nickel Man," will be on hand. Food and drinks will be available. Door prizes awarded. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (813) 361-0740.

Holiday in the Gardens: Evergreen trees along the garden walkways are decorated for the holidays by local clubs, groups and businesses, then remain on display through January. Visitors can vote for their favorites through Christmas Eve. Enjoy refreshments and music while trees are being decorated, and view the miniature railroad making its way through a tiny town. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date Dec. 8.) Free admission; $25 to sponsor and decorate a tree. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: The event features numerous vendors with minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry and lapidary equipment. There will be demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers, and free for ages 12 and younger. Free parking. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown. withlacoochee rockhounds.com.

Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair: Includes 36 vendors, a bake sale and refreshments. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 345-8484.

'Program of Hope' Shop Till You Drop for Education Holiday Extravaganza and Car Show: Hosted by Communities in Schools of Hernando County and Monster Truck Transmission. Includes vendors and photos with Santa, and there will be a drop box for donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. Those wishing to enter the car show must RSVP by Friday. Call toll-free 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491, or send email to nancy@monster trans.com. Proceeds will benefit area children in need of mentors, tutors or resources. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participation in the car show is a donation of a toy valued at $10 or more for Toys for Tots; participants receive two tickets for free lunch; drivers also receive a thank-you gift. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 277-3322.

Democrats holiday party: The party will benefit People Helping People, a nonprofit organization that feeds the homeless and needy in western Hernando County. Donations will go to the organization's Weekend Blessings program, which provides backpacks of weekend food for Hernando County schoolchildren. All donations are tax-deductible. Those wishing to receive a receipt should attach their name, address and phone number to their donation. Noon to 3 p.m. Admission is either a monetary donation or the donation of a nonperishable food. Hernando County Democrats campaign headquarters, 3430 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 593-6550.

Hernando Hills Hi-Lites present 'Christmas in the Aire': The concert will include contemporary and traditional holiday songs, such as White Christmas, O Holy Night and Nuttin' for Christmas, sung in a cappella, four-part harmony. The Sunset Men's Quartet will also perform. Santa will visit and provide candy canes to children. A portion of ticket sales will go toward scholarships. 2 p.m. $10 in advance and $12 at the door; students half price, and children younger than 5 get in free. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-9192.

Hernando Beach Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: The parade route will go through local canals, down to the public boat ramp in Hernando Beach. Prizes will be awarded. There will also be a chili cook-off at the yacht club. Food and drinks will be available. Boat check-in is at 5 p.m.; the parade begins at 6 p.m. Entry fee is a donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. No cost for spectators. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (727) 916-0001.

Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes a drive-through light display. Then visitors can park and explore the grounds, which will include Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop, a Florida-style sleigh ride and Christmas caroling. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets, which can be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

Redhead Express in concert: This is a female, family country/bluegrass quartet from Alaska that performs a variety of standards and originals. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m. $25. Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577.

Brookridge Social Dance Group hosts Christmas dance: Music by Starburst. Guests may bring refreshments. Coffee and ice available. Doughnuts will be served about 9:30 p.m. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-0723.

Ghost Tours: Legend has it that the Heritage Museum, a four-story, 12-room house, built more than 155 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. Handheld cameras and recording devices welcome. Reservations required. 8 to 10 p.m. $20, cash only. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129.

Hernando County events listing 11/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:31am]
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