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Meetings and events for Nov. 20 and after

TRAIL TEMPORARILY CLOSED: The Jerome Brown Community Center skate and bike trail, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville, is closed for pavement resurfacing. The work is expected to be completed by Tuesday. For information, call Brooksville Parks and Recreation at (352) 540-3830.

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MASTER GARDENERS PLANT SALE: The Hernando County Master Gardeners will have a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Master Gardener Nursery at 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.

Plants available include trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and Florida native plants. All plants have been propagated and grown by the Master Gardeners.

Proceeds are used to help maintain and grow the Hernando County Master Gardener Program. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

SCHOOL MEETINGS: Explorer K-8 School, 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will have several meetings on Thursday: Parent-Teacher-Student Association, 5 p.m.; Title I Committee, 5:30 p.m.; and School Advisory Council, 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in honor of National Parent Involvement Day. Call Sharon Mechler at (352) 797-7094, ext. 348.

PET ADOPTION EVENT: "Opt to Adopt," a rescue/adoption event, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Moss Chiropractic Clinic, 1377 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

The Animal Rescue Friends Network will have dogs available for adoption. The event will include food, vendors, a DJ and raffles. For information, call (352) 683-7886. Visit the ARF'N page on Facebook.

SOCCER CHALLENGE: A Youth Soccer Challenge, sponsored by the St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13029, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Notre Dame Catholic School, 1095 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

This free event is open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Free hot dogs, soda and snacks will be provided after the competition.

Registration can be completed at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., prior to the event. Registration can also be done between 9 and 10 a.m. on the day of the event (parents or guardians must be on hand to sign the entry form). For information, contact Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767 or

GEM AND ROCK SHOW: The 39th annual Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The show features minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry, lapidary equipment, and replicas of Aaron's Breastplate and famous diamonds of the world. Food and drinks available.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers and free for ages 12 and younger. Parking is free. For information, call Jerry Johnson at (352) 688-7810 or Ralph Barber at (352) 200-6852.

CELEBRITY WAITER EVENT: A celebrity waiter event to benefit the Be a Santa to a Senior program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

All tips generated by the celebrity waiters and a portion of the restaurant's sales will be donated to the program, which delivers Christmas gifts to Hernando County seniors in need.

Participating waiters include: state Sen. Wilton Simpson; Sheriff Al Nienhuis; county commissioners Nick Nicholson, Jim Adkins and Wayne Dukes; Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson; Tax Collector Sally Daniel; School Board members Gus Guadagnino, Matt Foreman and John Sweeney; and Hernando County Republican Party Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

To reserve a table, call (352) 515-6939.

COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: An East Hernando County Town Hall Meeting with Hernando County superintendent of schools Lori Romano will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Parrott Middle School, 19220 Youth Drive, Brooksville.

Parents of any school-age children are welcome. For information, call (352) 797-7001.

DECORATE A TREE OF LIFE: HPH Hospice's 19th annual Trees of Life holiday program will be from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. During that time, individuals may visit the trees between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the HPH Hospice office, 12260 Cortez Blvd., and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Sturgill Care Center and Hospice House, 12242 Cortez Blvd., both in Spring Hill.

With a donation between $5 and $1,000, supporters may hang an ornament or have an ornament placed on a tree with a tag bearing a name; names can be for someone living or in someone's memory.

Contributions can be made at the trees, online at or by calling (727) 863-7971 or toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

WREATHS-LAYING EVENT: Nature Coast 9.12 Groups and members of the Cub Scouts of Gulf Ridge will participate in Wreaths Across America at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. This is an annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation's veterans. Those wishing to help out may call Rose Ann Bright at (727) 856-2201 or Maureen Arrigale at (352) 597-6756.

MODEL PLANE FLYING EVENT: The Hernando Aero Modelers will host a Big Bird Fly In at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the field at the Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville.

Those who own gas, glow or electric radio-controlled aircraft are welcome to participate (minimum 80-inch wingspan for single-wing planes and 60-inch wingspan for multi-wing planes). There will be food and raffles. The Nov. 30 event will include a car show. For those wishing to participate, the landing fee is $15. Spectator admission is $3 per person or $5 per carload. For information, contact Mark Lackey at or (352) 397-9695. Visit the website at

PETS IN PARK: The Humane Society of the Nature Coast has rescheduled its Pets in the Park and Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Pets and their owners are invited to the event, which will include games and contests, food for both pets and people, entertainment, holiday shopping and pet adoptions with local rescue groups. For information, call (352) 796-2711.

JOIN THE CHRISTMAS PARADE: The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville will host its annual Christmas parade through downtown Brooksville at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. This year's theme is "We Are the World … We Are the Children."

Entry fees are $60 for commercial (there is an additional $50 fee if a third unit is entered) and $35 for all other entries (with an additional $25 fee if a third unit is entered). Individuals and single-horse entries are $25.

Since Kiwanis will be providing the Santa Claus, no entries should include a live Santa.

The entry deadline is Dec. 5. For information or to download an entry form, visit or call (352) 799-6573.

VOTE FOR CLINIC: Crescent Community Clinic has been nominated in two categories for the WEDU Be More Awards: Be More Brilliant and Be More Knowledgeable.

Voting can be done at starting Monday. Individuals may vote as many times a day as they want, through Dec. 6. WEDU-Ch. 3 is west-central Florida's primary PBS station. Winners will be announced at a lunch ceremony Feb. 20.

Crescent is a nonprofit, volunteer-run health clinic that provides medical, dental and mental health services to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. For information, call the clinic at (352) 610-9916.

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