Things to do in Hernando, Dec. 2 and upcoming

Today

La Sertoma's Pancake Breakfast With Santa: Includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. A surprise will be given to each child while supplies last. Raffle tickets will be available to win a 32-inch TV and other holiday prizes. Hosted by the Hernando County La Sertoma Club. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $3; toddlers age 2 and younger admitted free. Guido's Pizza Cafe, 7219 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 796-4657.

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 2 p.m. Spectators pay $3 each or $5 per carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 344-1688.

Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: Featuring 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, free for ages 12 and younger. Free parking. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. withlacoochee rockhounds.com.

Hanukkah Gift Sale: The sale will include a variety of Hanukkah paper goods, gift wrap, items for gift giving, trinket boxes, dreidels, menorahs, books, bagel and latke trays, and other items. The Tempe Beth David Sisterhood's cookbook will also be available. 9 a.m. to noon. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034.

Nature Coast Festival Singers Christmas Concert: Featuring a brass ensemble, organ and choral arrangements by Walker, Silverman, Rutter, Averitt and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Also includes a special performance of O Holy Night by scholarship winner Alexis Pletincks. 3 p.m. Freewill offering collected. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 515-5335, 556-8549.

Tuesday

Green Screens showing of 'Skin': The 2008 film is based on a true story of a woman with black features born to white parents in 1955 South Africa during apartheid. Starring Sam Neill and Sophie Okonedo. A discussion will follow. 2 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 666-7576.

Wednesday

Firearms Safety Course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Time on the range is included. Successful completion of this class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit, if desired. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Holiday Springs' Holiday Sale: Crafts, baked goods, jewelry and other items available. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Springs Resort, 138 Travel Park Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 777-2810.

Protecting Your Plants From the Cold: Urban horticulture agent Jim Moll will discuss what you can do to prevent plants from becoming winter casualties. No registration required. 10:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4433.

Signs of Christmas: Presented by the children at the church. 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.

Thursday

Lighthouse Open House: The Lighthouse's mission is to provide visually impaired and blind individuals with the skills needed for independence. Services and programs are provided to them at no cost. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 6492 California St., Brooksville. (352) 754-1132.

Christmas On Main Street: Stroll down Main Street and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. Merchants will have holiday treats and entertainment. There will be street vendors and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the House of Passage. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. The lighting of the Courthouse Christmas Tree will be at 7 p.m., followed by holiday entertainment. The City Hall Art Gallery will have a reception for the art exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted by the city of Brooksville and Hernando County Government. Main Street, downtown Brooksville. (352) 540-3810, 540-6780.

The Nativity: Presented by adults at the church. 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.

Friday

Christmas Bazaar with Cookie Walk: Includes handmade crafts, homemade treats, gifts, decorations and other items. Lunch will be available. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. (352) 683-4870.

Brooksville Christmas Tree Decorating: The children in Linda Kelly and Jeanne Lashley's kindergarten classes at Moton Elementary School will decorate the Christmas tree at City Hall with handmade ornaments they made. The children will sing Christmas carols. 10 a.m. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. (352) 540-3856.

Finding Balance in a Digital World: The program is based on the book Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers and will include discussion and sharing of ideas. Reading the book is not required. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.

Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes a walk-through light display. Then visitors can park and explore the grounds, which will include Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, Santa's workshop, a play area, children's games, a Florida-style sleigh ride and 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.

The Nativity: Presented by adults at the church. 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.

Angels on High: The community holiday event includes the lighted angel pathway, holiday music, entertainment by various community groups and local entertainers, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Vendors will be on hand. Concessions available. Presented by the Spring Hill Community Association. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $1 for parking; donations appreciated. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.org.

Saturday

Christmas Bazaar with Cookie Walk: Includes handmade crafts, homemade treats, gifts, decorations and other items. Lunch will be available. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. (352) 683-4870.

Toys for Tots Bike Run: A chaplain's blessing will be at 10:45, safety check at 11 and kickstands up at 11:10 a.m. The ride should take about an hour. Lunch will be provided. There will be music and door prizes. The first 100 riders receive a Toys for Tots remembrance pin. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots of Hernando County. Registration begins at 9 a.m. $15 per single rider, $25 per couple. Lunch for nonriders is $6. Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville. (352) 597-7979.

Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts Gun and Knife Show: The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and related accessories. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6; children 15 and younger admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 799-3605.

Brooksville Christmas Parade: The theme is "I'll Be Home For Christmas — A Salute to Our Veterans." The parade route begins at Oakwood Drive, near Hernando High School, then proceeds down Howell Avenue to Main Street, crosses Jefferson and Broad streets, then heads north on Broad to Bell Avenue, ending at Jefferson and Bell. 10 a.m. Downtown Brooksville, Main Street. (352) 279-9777, 279-4400. kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org.

Spring Hill Art League Artist Reception: Featuring the works of local artist Carol Knudson. Refreshments will be served. Knudson's works will remain on display through the end of December. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. (352) 556-3984.

Spring Hill Art League Artist Reception: Featuring the works of local artist Grace Ashcraft. The reception will be held in conjunction with the shop's annual Christmas party, and will include demonstrations and prize drawings. Refreshments will be served. Ashcraft's works will remain on display through the end of December. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Art, Craft Bridal & Frame at Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 556-3984.

Christmas on the Florida Frontier: Visitors can make and play with homemade toys, create corn husk dolls, dip candles, listen to old-time music, sing carols, decorate a Christmas tree, make Christmas crafts and visit a soldier encampment. 3 to 8 p.m. Park entrance fee is $3 per vehicle. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes a walk-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.

Aripeka Elks Dinner and Christmas Show Featuring the Marlins: Featuring brothers Gary, Jack, Rick and Robert — who have been performing together for more than 25 years. The show will include old Christmas favorites, such as Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Dinner at 6 p.m., showtime at 7 p.m. $32 for prime seating, $30 regular seating. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Weeki Wachee River Lighted Christmas Boat Parade: The parade, open to all boat owners, starts at the Weeki Wachee Marina and travels past Rogers Park to the Bayport Pier. 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is an unwrapped toy or cash donation, to be donated to the Dawn Center; no cost for spectators. Rogers Park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-2852.

Angels on High: The community holiday event includes the lighted angel pathway, holiday music, entertainment by various community groups and local entertainers, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Vendors will be on hand. Concessions available. Presented by the Spring Hill Community Association. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $1 for parking; donations appreciated. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.org.

Hernando Heritage Museum Christmas Candlelight Tour: The museum is housed in the 1854 May-Stringer house, a Victorian home that will feature decorated trees in each room and lit by candlelight. Light refreshments will be served. Jack and Company will provide Christmas music, to include guitar and dulcimer accompaniment. 7 to 10 p.m. $5. Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 799-0129. hernandohistorical museumassoc.com.

Things to do in Hernando, Dec. 2 and upcoming 12/01/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 1, 2012 11:03am]

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