Benefit markets and sales
Holiday Extravaganza: This outdoor benefit for the Crescent Community Clinic will include a bounce house, face painting, balloons, food, music and numerous vendors. Nonperishable food will be collected. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 293-5992. crescentclinic.org.
High Point Dance: Music provided by Johnny Lobo. 7 p.m. $5. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-2827.
Recycle Tuesday: All ages are welcome to create holiday ornaments from recycled materials. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Teen Anime: The program is geared toward youth ages 12 to 18 who will learn about anime, a popular Japanese animation art form. Participants will draw and discuss manga and participate in anime-themed activities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Advance registration recommended. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.
Angels on High: The annual community holiday event includes a lighted angel pathway, holiday music, entertainment by community groups and local performers, 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. Free admission; parking is $1. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 666-4746. springhilllakehouse.com.
THURSDAY THROUGH DEC. 26
Celebration of Lights: The park will be decorated with Christmas decorations and thousands of lights synchronized to music. Entertainment and activities change nightly. Refreshments available. Transportation by tram provided from the visitor center on U.S. 19. Featuring a Cajun Christmas with Cajun Dave. 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 26 (closed on Dec. 25). $3; $1 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Candy Cane Acres: The event includes Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area, 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 10 p.m. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets to be used for food, drinks and games; additional tickets cost 50 cents each. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.
Winter Waterland Holiday Festival: The event will include a special holiday-themed mermaid show, light show, petting zoo, family activities and photo opportunities with Santa and his mermaid elves. 7 to 11 p.m. $5; $3 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656. floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.
Crews Lake Christmas: Enjoy a train ride to Santa's North Pole, visit with Santa, listen to Christmas music with Backyard Production Company performers and Christmas stories with storyteller Jerry Cowling. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 per person. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. (727) 267-7161. cpgrr.org.
Tour de Clay of Tampa Bay: Five studios throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties will participate in the sixth annual tour to benefit the nonprofit community radio station WMNF in Tampa. There will be kiln demonstrations, 23 potters and pots available for purchase. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Pottery Boys Clay Studios, 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor; Clay and Paper Studio, 110 Peterson Lane, Palm Harbor; Hidden Lake Potter, 16705 Hutchison Road, Odessa; Wellman and Welsch Potter, 17202 Whirley Road, Lutz; and San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley St., San Antonio. (727) 772-9570. tampatourdeclay.com.
Handel's Messiah — A Community Sing: The sing-along will feature the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Hosted by the Nature Coast Festival Singers and featuring more than 60 singers from throughout the Tampa Bay area. 3 p.m. Freewill offering will be received. First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. (352) 556-8549, 848-4484.
Concordia Chorus hosts Hudson Middle school Jazz Band: This will be the final visit of the band under the directorship of John Keon, who is retiring. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Admission is $4, to be donated to the band. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 592-2147.
Santa's Christmas Party: Celebrate Christmas with the Accordion Adventure club for accordionists and accordion enthusiasts. 6 to 9 p.m. $2. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-0975.
It's Jazz: This is an ongoing series about the golden age of jazz in the 1950s and '60s. Presented by former NPR jazz radio announcer Peter LaMattina. This month's theme is "Central Avenue Scene — The Other West Coast Jazz." 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
School bands host Holiday Spectacular: Presented by the Hernando High School's Royale Regiment and Parrott Middle School bands. A silent auction will precede the concert at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Free; donations to the programs appreciated. Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-7015, ext. 223.
NOW THROUGH DEC. 22
Best Christmas Pageant Ever / A Charlie Brown Christmas: Enjoy two holiday shows. In the Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the laughs pile up when a couple struggle to put on a church Christmas pageant with a cast of awful children. Then watch as Charlie Brown and friends discover the true meaning of Christmas. 2 p.m. today and Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
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, just south of the courthouse. Four historic homes will be toured, as well as the Brooksville Woman's clubhouse, where hot apple cider and cookies will be served. $12. Downtown Brooksville, Main Street, Brooksville. (352) 796-6026, 848-7988.
'Cooking For Two' Cooking Demo and Book Signing: Learn helpful kitchen tips to make an easy meal for a cozy dinner at home with chef Warren Caterson, author of award-winning cookbooks Table for Two — The Cookbook for Couples and Table for Two — Back for Seconds. He will share kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for two. He will also demonstrate how to prepare a healthy entree. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Socrates Cafe: This group is for those who enjoy thought-provoking discussions and lively debate and discussion. The group, with the help of a facilitator, applies the Socratic method to a question that troubles them. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Arc Nature Coast Christmas Open House: Includes lunch at noon (hot dogs, burgers, beans and coleslaw), a 12 Days of Christmas skit at 1 p.m. and Christmas carols led by the Adventure Club at 2 p.m. The center's store will be open, with various homemade Christmas gifts available for purchase. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 592-5960, ext. 406.