Hernando events for Dec. 8 and beyond

Friday

1,000 Man CPR Awareness Challenge: During the two-day event, each hour, on the hour, the American Heart Association CPR course will be provided free (no certification cards provided). The purpose is to train 1,000 people of all ages. Firefighters/EMTs Tim and Julie Stack of CPR ResQ Training Services, along with other emergency medical services volunteers, will provide the course. Each session can take up to 100 participants. Reservations can be made, or just show up. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 346-0463.

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata 'Gloria In Excelsis Deo': The cantata includes a blend of classic and contemporary music. A reception will follow in the hall. 7 p.m. An offering will be taken. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-1456.

Hernando County Fine Arts Council Winter Gala and 'What the Dickens Happened to Scrooge' premiere: The evening will start with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception and silent auction. Showtime will be at 8 p.m. The play was written by and stars local author, playwright and storyteller Jerry Cowling. It 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." Directed by fine arts council executive director Myndee Fleury Washington. Presented in cooperation with Stage West. 6:30 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill (352) 683-5113 or (352) 754-4788. stagewest.net.

Hernando Hills Hi-Lites Christmas Show: Chorus members will be dressed 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. 7 p.m. $12 for adults, $6 for students, free for children 3 and younger. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-4122.

Holiday Lights at Weeki Wachee Springs: Stroll through the park and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds. Santa will make an appearance for photo opportunities. 6-10 p.m. Admission is $2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Sons of Norway Sun Viking Lodge 607 Juletrefest Christmas Party: A traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner will be served, including roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, surkal, rodkal, kalrabistappe, green beans, corn, lingoberries, apple sauce, riskrem, julekake and Norwegian cookies, tea and coffee. There will also be a children's program. 6:30 p.m. $15 for adults, $5 for ages 12-15, free for 11 and younger. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 596-2171.

Springstead High School presents 'Annie': The Broadway musical will be performed by Springstead's choral and theater department. 7:30 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.

Wine tasting benefit for the Dawn Center: The event will include wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and raffles. After the tasting, Strong Tower wines will be available by the glass or bottle for purchase. 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17840 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. (352) 684-7191 or (352) 200-4778. strongtowervineyard.com.

Saturday

1,000 Man CPR Awareness Challenge: During the two-day event, each hour, on the hour, the American Heart Association CPR course will be provided free (no certification cards provided). The purpose is to train 1,000 people of all ages. Firefighters/EMTs Tim and Julie Stack of CPR ResQ Training Services, along with other emergency medical services volunteers, will provide the course. Each session can take up to 100 participants. Reservations can be made, or just show up. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No cost. Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 346-0463.

25th annual Weeki Wachee River Lighted Christmas Boat Parade: The parade, open to all boat owners, is sponsored by Weeki Wachee Marina. 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is an unwrapped toy; no cost for spectators. All toys will be donated to the Dawn Center. Rogers Park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-2852.

36th annual Brooksville Christmas Parade: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville. The grand marshal will be Tommy Bronson. The theme is "A Country Christmas." The parade route begins at Varsity Drive, then heads west on Oakwood Drive, south to downtown on Howell Avenue and Main Street, then east on Broad Street, ending at Bell Avenue. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (352) 398-2270. kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org.

Brookridge Line Dance Social: A DJ will entertain. Bring your own snacks and beverages (and ice, if needed). No lessons provided. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088. bcpofl.org.

'Deck the Halls With Doo Wop' featuring Tommy Mara and the Legends of Doo Wop: With the Hernando Jazz Society Swing Band and holiday music by the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites. Outdoor event with festival seating, food and beverages available. No coolers. Patrons are asked to bring nonperishable food items to help support the hungry and needy families of Hernando county. Gates open at 4 p.m. 4:30-9 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at the door. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.org.

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

Hernando Beach Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: Prizes will be awarded for best original theme, best lighted and funniest boats. There will be hot dogs, chili, drinks and chips available at the club. Those wishing to enter boats in the parade must register between 3 and 6 p.m. Thursday or Friday. 6 p.m. Entry fee is a donation of an unwrapped toy. No cost for spectators. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (352) 200-7822.

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

Hernando County Philippine-American Association Christmas party: Includes American and Filipino dishes and a special performance by the youth of the association. Music provided by DJ Willie. There will be gifts and "surprises." 6-11 p.m. $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for ages 6-16, free for 5 and younger. SNPJ Lodge/Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 848-1031.

Hernando Heritage Museum Christmas Candlelight Tour: The museum is housed in the 1854 May-Stringer house, a Victorian home that will be decorated with a lighted tree, ornaments and numerous candles. There will be carolers. Punch will be served. 6-9 p.m. $5 at the door. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert: The concert, featuring vocalist Leanne Germann, will include a variety of music, including Christmas on Broadway, Gesu Bambino, Shalom Chavarine and A Charlie Brown Christmas. 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $5 students. Season tickets are $30, which includes three concerts. Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 597-9555. hernandosymphony.com.

Holiday Lights at Weeki Wachee Springs: Stroll through the park and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds. Santa will make an appearance for photo opportunities. 6-10 p.m. Admission is $2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.

Introductory archery workshop: Equipment provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Participants should arrive on time for safety training. Registration required; class size limited to 30 participants. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Korean War Veterans Christmas Party: The party will feature a social hour, buffet dinner and a show featuring Irish comedian Danny Justice. Music for dancing by the Key Notes. Door prizes will be awarded, and a cash bar will be available. 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 688-7196.

Nature Coast English Car Club and Suncoast Classic MG Club present Toys for Tots car show: Top 50 trophies awarded. All proceeds benefit the Hernando County Toys for Tots program. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Donation of a toy with a value of at least $10 (no stuffed animals). Duke's American Grill, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 688-0316.

Oplatek Christmas celebration: Hosted by the Polish Legion of American Veterans Walter Weiss Memorial Post Chapter 196. Doors open at 2 p.m. A Polish dinner will be served at 2:45 p.m. The Bee-Sharps will entertain with polka and American dance music from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wine will be provided on each table during dinner, and a cash bar will be available. The traditional Polish Christmas party will include singing Polish and American carols, a visit from Santa and a raffle with more than 20 prizes. Guests are asked to bring a gift for a veteran at Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Gifts should be wrapped and marked for male or female. $18 each or two for $35 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6 to 12, free for 5 and younger. Tickets must be purchased by Monday. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7379.

Pancake breakfast and rummage sale: Proceeds benefit the church fund and its ministries, including the food pantry, Dawn Center and Mary's House. The event is on the second Saturday of each month. 8 a.m.-noon. Prices vary, $5 or less. First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-4228. god-loves-u.com.

Plaza fundraiser holiday fair to benefit the Dawn Center: The fair will include numerous vendors, a jumping castle, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic and sexual violence shelter. Hosted by Empowered Women in Networking. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Charles Dickens Plaza, State Road 54, New Port Richey. (727) 271-1348.

Regency Oaks holiday party: Music will be provided by DJ Rich "The Hit Man." There will be a choice of two dinners: boneless chicken breast with gravy, served with baked wedged potatoes, green beans and mini baby carrots; or baked ziti with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, served with Italian meatballs, Italian sausage with bell peppers and onions. Dinner will include seafood pasta salad and garden salad, and a variety of desserts. Beverages include coffee and ice tea; guests can bring their own beverages (ice provided). 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased by Thursday. Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-1405, (352) 597-2988 or (352) 596-9213.

Spring Hill Aglow Christmas banquet: The local chapter of Aglow International will have its annual banquet, which will include dinner, worship music and an inspirational speaker, Jim Pickens, senior pastor at House of Faith Church in Hudson. His topic will be "It's a Wonderful Christmas!" Those attending may bring donations of baby items to be donated to the New Generations Ministry. 6 p.m. Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. $15. RSVP to (352) 610-4164 or (352) 848-4182.

Spring Hill Garden Club 21st annual poinsettia planting: Residents are invited to bring poinsettias, sign a memory book and watch members plant the poinsettias around the waterfall. The tradition began in 1988, when Don Kubiak, a past president of the club, planted poinsettias in memory of his parents. 9 a.m.-noon. Spring Hill waterfall entrance, Spring Hill Drive at Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Springstead High School presents 'Annie': The Broadway musical will be presented by Springstead's choral and theater department. 7:30 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.

Suncoast Harmony Chorus fundraising garage sale: The sale includes merchandise donated by the 40-member chorus, their families and friends. Funds raised will help defray expenses of the chorus, which is the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 6301 Swan Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 597-4376.

'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. 8 p.m. $10. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. , Spring Hill (352) 683-5113 or (352) 754-4788. stagewest.net.

Wreaths Across America ceremony: This is a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation's veterans. Hosted by the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club. Laying of wreaths at grave sites will begin at 10 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., and wreath presentations will be at noon. There will be a flyover at the end of the ceremony. 10 a.m. No cost. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 Southwest 102nd Ave., Bushnell. (352) 793-7740. wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Hernando events for Dec. 8 and beyond 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:21pm]

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