PROGRAM ON NATURAL SPRINGS: As part of its 2013-14 First Sundays movie series, the Unitarian Universalist Church will host a presentation of "Blue Gold: Reflections on the Condition of Florida's Natural Springs" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville.
Stephen Hoda of the Florida Springs Institute will speak. He will give a general description of a spring and the topography that makes Florida springs unique. The program will include problems facing the springs, the sources of those problems and remedies available. For information, call (352) 293-4697.
FLORIDA-FRIENDLY GARDEN CLASSES: Sylvia Durell, Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping program coordinator, will present the following gardening classes:
• "Fertilizing Appropriately Protects Our Springs," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. By following Florida-friendly fertilizing guidelines, homeowners can help protect the Weeki Wachee Spring. The class will include information about when, what kind and how much fertilizer is appropriate.
• "What to Do While Your Landscape Sleeps," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Participants will learn what to do during the winter months to ensure a spring landscape recovery.
Both classes are free. No registration is required; first come, first seated. For information, contact Durell at (352) 540-6230 or [email protected]
RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING: The American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life will have a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. A team party will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Brooksville Relay for Life will kick off at 6 p.m. April 25 and continue through April 26 at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Those interested in forming a team or registering as a survivor may go to relayforlife.org/brooksvillefl.
For more information, contact Lisa at (813) 949-0291 or [email protected]
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: A Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
The bazaar will include crafts, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and other items, as well as gift basket raffles, home-baked goods and food. For information, call (352) 683-4870.
RIDGE MANOR CHRISTMAS FEST: The sixth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.
The event will include a DJ, Smokey Bear's house, Christmas carolers, a performance by John Leggio's dance troupe, a cakewalk and an appearance by Santa Claus. There will be children's games and activities, a silent auction and food vendors.
The annual event is provided by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Eastside Business Networking Group. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com.
'FOREVER PLAID' AUDITIONS: Auditions for the off-Broadway musical revue will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Casting requirements are four men, ages 16 to 30.
The show is directed by Leanne Germann. For details, contact Germann at [email protected] (put "Forever Plaid" in the subject line).
ORCHESTRA'S CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will perform its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The show will feature classic holiday tunes such as Gloria, O Holy Night and the Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, and special features such as Russian Christmas Music. Vocalist Morgan Burburan will sing a variety of songs, such as Gesu Bambino, White Christmas and Somewhere in My Memory.
Tickets cost $15; $6 for ages 5 to 17. Season tickets (three concerts) are available for $36. Call (352) 683-5113 or visit hernandosymphony.com.
HELP CHILDREN IN NEED FOR CHRISTMAS: The Christmas Angel Program of Hernando County is seeking assistance from individuals, groups and private companies to help meet the needs of Hernando County children during the holiday season.
Gift givers are needed to fulfill children's wish lists, which include clothing sizes and toy wishes. The program also believes in fulfilling the wishes of teenagers with monetary donations and gift cards for stores such as Walmart, Target and JCPenney, or gift cards to help with food for families. Gas cards are also appreciated for families of children receiving treatment in hospitals out of the county.
Trees with children's wish lists have been placed at Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals.
Those wishing to help out may call Mary at (352) 596-1552; leave a message.
MAKE AN ANGEL FOR HOLIDAY EVENT: The Spring Hill Community Association will host its annual Angels on High holiday event Dec. 13 to 15 on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.
Individuals, clubs, churches, schools and nonprofit organizations are invited to create and showcase an angel. Angel kits are available for $40. The event will include holiday music, refreshments and entertainment on the outdoor pavilion. Craft vendor spaces are available. For details, call (352) 666-4746.
GARDEN CALENDAR ON SALE: The 2014 Hernando County Master Gardener calendar is now available. The calendar features month-by-month advice on how to care for landscaping in Hernando County.
Calendars cost $3 each and must be picked up at the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive; no calendars can be mailed. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
PARTICIPATE IN CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, is seeking participants for the annual Christmas Cards on the Lawn at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. The display will be on the courthouse lawn from Dec. 3 to 29. Schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and others are invited to participate.
Supplies needed include a 4- by 8-foot sheet of plywood with two braces to be anchored with a rebar; at least one spotlight, but no more than two; a short extension cord or power strip to connect lights and timer, and a 50-foot extension cord to connect the card unit to the power supply. All supplies should be labeled to ensure proper return.
Advance registration is required. For information or a registration form, send email to [email protected] or call Christie Williams at (352) 540-6357.
TOYS FOR TOTS REGISTRATION: The Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots of Hernando County program, sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 708, will accept applications from people in the county with needy children starting Monday through Dec. 17 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Registration must be done in person, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays.
Toys for Tots is for children ages 6 months to 12 years. To qualify, applicants cannot be registered for Christmas assistance with any other agency.
Questions regarding registration and needed documents may be asked during the registration period by calling (352) 796-3666 or visiting toysfortots.org.
VACANCIES ON CITY BOARDS: The Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the following boards:
• Beautification Board. There is one position to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2015.
• Cemetery Authority Board. There are three positions to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2017.
• Firefighters' Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees. There are two resident positions to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2017.
• Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. There are two positions to fill expiring four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2017.
• Planning and Zoning Commission. There are two positions to fill four-year terms through Dec. 31, 2017; and one vacant alternate position to fill a term through Dec. 31, 2017. Applicants must be city residents.
• Police Officers' Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees. There is one resident position to fill an expiring four-year term through Dec. 31, 2017.
Applications must be completed, along with an authorization for a background check, and returned no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 6 to the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Those applying for any of the positions must be registered Florida voters. Applications are available online at cityofbrooksville.us and at the city clerk's office.
For information, call (352) 540-3853.
CITY CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST: The city of Brooksville Beautification Board is sponsoring its annual Best Christmas Decorations contest. Businesses and residences within the city limits are invited to participate.
Members of the Beautification Board will determine the winners on Dec. 10. Those participating should have their properties lit by 6 p.m.
Awards will be given in two categories: best residential Christmas display and best commercial Christmas display. Winners will be recognized by the Beautification Board and the City Council during the council's meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Winners will be presented with a plaque and a recognition gift.
To nominate a property, or for information, call Janice Peters at (352) 540-3853.
WATERFALL POINSETTIA PLANTING: The Spring Hill Garden Club will host its 25th annual poinsettia planting from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the landmark Spring Hill waterfall at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Residents are invited to bring poinsettias, sign a memory book and have garden club members place the plants around the waterfall.
The annual event was spearheaded by garden club member Don Kubiak, when he first planted poinsettias in 1989 in memory of his parents. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
HELP WITH FRIENDS OF WEEKI WACHEE FUNDRAISER: The Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is in need of volunteers to help with the group's Christmas Lights fundraiser.
Volunteers will collect donations at the gate and sell hot cocoa and baked goods from 6:15 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 27 and 28 at the park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
Help is also needed with the Winter Waterland fundraiser from 6:15 to 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21.
For information, contact Chuck Morton at [email protected] or (352) 597-4424.