Things to do in Hernando, Dec. 9 and upcoming

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Dirthead off-road duathlon: The Dirthead takes place at Croom in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The running and mountain biking takes place mainly on the single-track trails. Participants choose from three courses: Xtreme (10-mile bike, 11-mile run and 22-mile bike), Middle Earth (10-mile bike, 7-mile run and 13-mile bike) or Spring (10-mile bike and 3.8-mile run). Register online. 8 a.m. $45 to $75 in advance; $50 to $80 on race day. Croom Trails, 26416 Croom Road, east of Brooksville. (813) 232-5200. thedirthead.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.

Hernando Sportsman's Club Gun and Knife Show: The show will include new, used and antique firearms, knives and accessories. 9 a.m. to 4 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.

Pet photos with Santa: Hosted by Hernando County Animal Services. Proceeds will go toward improvements at Animal Services. 1 to 4 p.m. $5 for a 4- by 6-inch photo; $8 for a 5-by-7. ASAP Clinic, 837 S Broad St., Brooksville.

Historic Tour of Homes: Presented by the General Federation of Women's Clubs/Brooksville Woman's Club. Three tours will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., starting from the city parking lot on S Main Street, just south of the courthouse in Brooksville. Four historic homes will be toured. $12. (352) 796-6026, 848-7988.

Hernando Jazz Society Holiday Celebration: Listen and dance to holiday favorites such as Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow and Rudolph. Cash bar and buffet lunch available. 1:30 p.m. Free for society members and $10 nonmembers; food and drinks additional. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7183.

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. An offering will be collected. First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. (352) 515-5335, (352) 556-8549.

Angels on High: The community holiday event includes a lighted angel pathway, holiday music, entertainment by community groups and 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 accepted. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.org.

Monday

Concert for the Holidays: The choirs of Weeki Wachee, Springstead and Nature Coast Technical high schools will perform. The concert will include traditional Christmas carols and guest narrators. Two shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free, advance tickets required. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 610-1232.

Thursday

Cadence holiday party: Treats, special performances by the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County and Tina's Dance Academy, and free pictures with Santa. 4 to 6 p.m. Cadence Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-5200.

Walk Through Bethlehem: Includes a simulation of a marketplace in Jesus' time and hands-on activities for children. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.

Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas festival: Hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Network Group, the event includes a children's art contest, games and activities, food, a nativity scene, Smokey Bear and his house, the Happy Train, music by DJ Mike Gorham and raffles. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission; photos with Santa are $3 each or two for $5. Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West. (352) 796-9486, 540-4521.

Latin tenor Fernando Valero: Presented by Brookridge Entertainment. Valero's music includes Bocelli, Pavarotti, Italian folk songs and classic rock hits. 7 p.m. $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.

Friday

Hernando County Water Awareness Series: Includes a presentation on three dozen plants that grow well in Hernando County, by Sylvia Durell, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program coordinator for the Hernando County Utilities Department. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 754-4705.

Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes a walk-through light display, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop and a Florida-style sleigh ride. 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.

Walk Through Bethlehem and Live Nativity: Includes a simulation of a marketplace in Jesus' time and hands-on activities for children. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.

Holiday Lights at Weeki Wachee Springs: Includes holiday shows, Santa Claus, children's activities and decorations. 6 to 10 p.m. $2; ages 5 and younger free. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.

Arc Nature Coast Christmas party: Music by PJ the DJ. The party is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers welcome. 7 to 10 p.m. $5, includes pizza, beverages, snacks and a present from Santa. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.

'One Incredible Moment' Christmas cantata: The musical is by Tom Fettke and directed by Donna Olsen. 7 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1456.

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.

Ladies-only firearms safety course: Provides lessons on the basics of firearms safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Range time is included. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Class size is limited; registration required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Spring Hill Garden Club 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. to noon. Spring Hill waterfall entrance, Spring Hill Drive at Commercial Way.

Wreaths Across America: This is a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation's veterans. Members of the Nature Coast 9.12 Groups and Cub Scouts of Gulf Ridge will lay wreaths at grave sites. 10 a.m. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. (352) 597-6756. wreathsacrossamerica.org. Elsewhere, in Spring Hill, members of the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard and St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Assembly 3022 will lay more than 100 wreaths on the graves of veterans. A ceremony will begin at noon. The Knights will provide a color guard for the ceremony. Local dignitaries will participate, including U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent. 10 a.m. Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-7080.

Family Holiday Storytime: This holiday-themed event is for all ages, and includes stories, games and songs. 11 a.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. (352) 754-4043.

Korean War Veterans Christmas party: Hosted by Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary of the Nature Coast. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., social hour at 2 p.m. and buffet dinner at 3 p.m., catered by John Mason Catering (entrees include roast turkey breast and roast loin of pork). Music by the Key Notes Band will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. $20; tickets must be purchased in advance. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 688-7196.

Happy Birthday Jesus Party: There will be old-fashioned carnival-type games, prizes, hot dogs, popcorn and cake. All ages are welcome. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. New Hope United Methodist Church, 12725 Istachatta Road, Istachatta. (352) 587-4952, (352) 282-0859.

Candy Cane Acres: The Christmas event includes a walk-through light display, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop and a Florida-style sleigh ride. 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.

Walk Through Bethlehem and Live Nativity: Includes a simulation of a marketplace in Jesus' time and hands-on activities for children. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.

Holiday Lights at Weeki Wachee Springs: Includes holiday shows, Santa Claus, children's activities and decorations. Featuring a Christmas parade of decorated golf carts and trailers. 6 to 10 p.m. $2; ages 5 and younger free. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors will give assistance. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.

High Point Dance: Music provided by Barry and Nancy. 7 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827.

Things to do in Hernando, Dec. 9 and upcoming 12/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:29am]

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