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Nature Coast Festival Singers present Christmas concert: 3 p.m., Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The concert will include the Christmas choruses from Handel's The Messiah and other seasonal songs. Free admission; an offering will be accepted during intermission. (352) 597-2235.

Thanksgiving Weekend Bluegrass Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Prices vary. (352) 754-3082.

VFW Men's Auxiliary breakfast: 9 a.m.-noon, VFW Post 9236, 3436 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Includes eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and other items. $6. (352) 596-9236.

MONDAY

Nature Coast Festival Singers present Christmas concert: 7 p.m., Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive, Brooksville. The concert will include the Christmas choruses from Handel's The Messiah and other seasonal songs. Free admission; an offering will be accepted during intermission. (352) 597-2235.

TUESDAY

Chinsegut Nature Center medicinal plant walk: 10 a.m. to noon, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Led by Sid Taylor, a botanist and Division of Forestry employee. Free. (352) 754-6722.

"Florida-Friendly Holiday Decorating" class: 6:30 p.m., East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Free. Provided by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. (352) 754-4433.

Hernando County Legislative Delegation's annual meeting: 1 p.m., commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (352) 688-5005.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents "A Modern Holiday" Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m., Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Featuring Mannheim Steamroller arrangements of Deck the Halls, Christmas Lullaby and Stille Nacht (Silent Night). Other selections include Candles and Dreidels, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Let There Be Peace On Earth, Bells of Christmas, Winter Wonderland, God of Our Fathers and Farandole, as well as other holiday favorites. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-12. Season tickets are $30. (352) 597-9555 or visit hernandosymphony.com.

WEDNESDAY

"Florida Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. Provided by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. (352) 754-4433.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office South Brooksville Community Center dedication and grand opening: 10 a.m., 601 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Brooksville. The building will be dedicated to former deputies Willie James Brooks and Lee Lawson, the first African-American deputies hired by the Sheriff's Office. (352) 754-6830.

THURSDAY

Brooksville Elementary hosts Winter Festival: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 885 N Broad St., Brooksville. Presale tickets are five for $1; the cost is four for $1 on festival day. There will be inflatable rides, food, games and a silent auction. (352) 797-7014.

FRIDAY

Christmas on Main Street/Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Program: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in front of the old courthouse at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Includes local talent performing holiday music. Bring lawn chairs. (352) 754-4000.

Fall Celebration of Poetry: 7 to 9 p.m., Pasco-Hernando Community College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. This is an open-mike poetry reading. Refreshments will be served and a door prize awarded. Poets wishing to read one or two of their works must sign up in advance. (352) 797-5132 or (352) 797-5109. If time permits, those who do not sign up in advance may have an opportunity to read.

Festival of Trees: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Heffernan Hall, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Includes vendors, decorated trees, pictures with Santa, entertainment and other activities. (352) 796-6026, (352) 848-7988 or (352) 796-2096.

Floral City Heritage Days 2009: Starting at dusk (about 6 p.m.), along U.S. 41 south and State Road 48 (Orange Avenue), Floral City. There will be a fish fry, horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling and walking under century-old oaks among 1,000 luminaries. (352) 650-0013.

Hernando County Fine Arts Council's Winter Gala fundraiser: 7 p.m., Rogers' Christmas House Village, 103 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $20 each or $30 for two. Includes hors d'oeuvres, desserts and wine. Entertainment provided by Shawn and Jessica Doolittle, a Hernando Symphony Orchestra string quartet, Regina AaMacha and Jonny Maduro. There will be a silent auction of artwork donated by area artists. (352) 754-4788.

Hernando County Water Awareness Series presents "Why Sinkholes? Why Here? What You Need to Know": 10 a.m. to noon, Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Presented by Ann Tihansky, hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Refreshments will be served. Free. Sponsored by the Utilities Department and Citizens for WATER. Reservations requested, (352) 754-4705.

Moon Over the Mounds: 8 to 10 p.m., Crystal River Archaeological State Park, 3400 N Museum Point, Crystal River. Interpretive guided tour by torchlight. Free. (352) 795-3817.

Spring Hill Calvary Church yard sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 235 Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill. Proceeds will help restock the community food pantry. (352) 683-0587.

Stage West Golden Revue Gala Holiday Cruise: 8 p.m., 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The show features entertainers 50 and older, including dancers, singers, comedians and other entertainment. Tickets are $10. (352) 683-5113.

Withlacoochee Rockhounds' 35th annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers and free for children 12 and younger. Visit withlacoocheerockhounds.com.

SATURDAY

Bark Island: 8 to 10 a.m., Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. Dogs and their owners are invited to the park. The cost is $5 per car or walk-up patron. Pet owners must provide proof of current vaccination records to enter the park. All dogs must be on leashes. (352) 754-4031.

Block Party Fundraiser for the Dawn Center: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spring Hill Retail Center Plaza at Anderson Snow Road and Spring Hill Drive. There will be a DJ and Christmas tree lighting, face painting, food vendors, pictures with Santa, business vendors, raffles and Dawn Center representatives on hand. Alice Pirola, (352) 686-9230, or Kimber at Danielle's Hair Studio, (352) 799-6993.

Boy Scouts Troop 459 breakfast: 8 to 11 a.m., Brooksville Elks Lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Varied menu offered. Donations accepted. Angie Balderson, (352) 585-2730, or the lodge, (352) 596-2582.

Brooksville Elks Christmas dinner-dance: 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Cocktails from 4 to 5 p.m., dinner at 5, followed by dancing to music by Take Two. Dinner choice is ham with pineapple or roast beef. Tickets are $12. Reservations required by Tuesday. Doris Cloman, (352) 796-9784.

Brookridge Social Dance Christmas dance: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Music provided by Mixed Bag. Coffee and ice available throughout the evening. Doughnuts served at about 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Dot, (352) 597-0723.

Candlelight Christmas Tour of Heritage Museum: 6 to 9 p.m., Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Christmas trees will be displayed in each room, along with candles throughout the old Victorian home. Tickets are $5 each. (352) 799-0129.

Central High School DECA Bowl-A-Thon: Check-in at noon, bowling at 1 p.m., Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. $20 per bowler includes three games, shoe rental and lunch. There will be raffles and door prizes. Sponsorships available. Funds raised will help support Central High DECA member Michelle Venezia's national campaign for DECA president. Nick Catroppo, (352) 585-6527 or ncatroppo@gmail.com.

Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Lea's Prayers and Postage: 9 a.m., Hernando Oaks Country Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive, Brooksville. The event, presented by Legends Pub and Grill, will include the Pledge of Allegiance with veterans color guards; a moment of silence for all active and fallen soldiers; lunch; all-you-can-drink beer, soda and water; raffles; contests for hole-in-one, putting, longest drive, accuracy and closest to the pin, as well as a hula-hoop contest against one of the Legend Girls. $80 per golfer. (352) 686-8980.

Fairgrounds outdoor flea market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Vendors welcome; cost is $10 per day or $15 per weekend. (352) 585-1062.

Festival of Trees: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Heffernan Hall, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Includes vendors, decorated trees, pictures with Santa, entertainment and other activities. (352) 796-6026, (352) 848-7988 or (352) 796-2096.

Floral City Heritage Days 2009: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along U.S. 41 south and State Road 48 (Orange Avenue), Floral City. Includes the Blue Banner Tour of Historic Homes ($10 per person), Heritage Hall Museum, demonstrations by local artisans, storytellers, Florida Cracker Cowboy exhibit and demonstrations, food, entertainment and a country store. (352) 650-0013.

Hernando Performing Arts Guild Christmas concert with the New Dawn Singers: 7 p.m., Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. (352) 799-5577.

Hernando Sportsman's Club Gun and Knife Show: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Includes new, used and antique firearms, knives and accessories. $6 admission; children 16 and younger admitted free with adult. Randie, (352) 799-4446.

Holiday in the Gardens: 9 a.m., Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Groups will decorate the trees. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a contest for the best-decorated tree. The trees will remain on display through January. More participants welcome. To reserve a tree, stop by the gardens Wednesday or call (352) 683-9933.

"Joy, Joy Joy" Christmas Cantata: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Musical director is Jack Evans. Featuring the 90-voice chancel choir, live orchestra, drama and children's choir. Written by David Clydesdale. An offering will be taken. (352) 683-2600.

Stage West Golden Revue Gala Holiday Cruise: 8 p.m., 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The show features entertainers 50 and older, including dancers, singers, comedians and other entertainment. Tickets are $10. (352) 683-5113.

Standing Tall For Veterans presents Michael Ray in concert: 5 to 8 p.m., on the square in front of Beef O'Brady's, 14136 Seventh St., Dade City.

Walk With the Mayor: 8 to 10 a.m., Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Mayor Joe Bernardini will lead a walk through the park and the Quarry Golf Course. Participants will have an option of walking 1.5 or 3 miles. Registration is free; the first 100 to register will get a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the sportiest "pink" female, best dressed "pink" male and best dressed "pink" child. The event is in support of breast cancer and cancer awareness. (352) 540-3835.

Wine and cheese fundraiser for Ethan Raske: 2 to 5 p.m., Stolte Eye Center, 1115 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Includes refreshments, door prizes, entertainment and a raffle basket worth $150. Proceeds will go to family of 4-year-old Ethan Raske, who needs stem cell treatment. (352) 666-9990.

Winter Craft Sale Flea Market to benefit Central High's Navy JROTC: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Hernando Middle School, parking lot, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. Vendor spaces are $10 each, $15 for two. Santa will be available for free photos from 9 a.m. to noon (bring a camera). All proceeds benefit NJROTC. (352) 279-3969.

Withlacoochee Rockhounds' 35th annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers and free for children 12 and younger. Visit withlacoocheerockhounds.com.

Nature Coast Festival Singers present Christmas concert 11/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:39am]
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