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Things to do for the week of Dec. 22

Music

Today

Christmas Under the Stars: Backyard Production Company presents an evening of live entertainment with music and dance. With pianist Alex Doss, Backyard Production performers and storyteller Jerry Cowling. 6 p.m. $5 for general admission (lawn seating), $8 for VIP reserved seating. A VIP dessert buffet ticket is $5. Concessions available. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 428-9555. backyard-production-company.ticketleap.com/christmas-under-the-stars.

On stage

Today

Best Christmas Pageant Ever/A Charlie Brown Christmas: Enjoy two holiday shows. In Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the laughs pile up when a couple struggles 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. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Christmas

TODAY-TUESDAY, THURSDAY

Celebration of Lights: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State 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. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit today. Monday's event includes a Country Christmas with Nashville's Brittany Bolger. Tuesday features a Candlelight Christmas with Nature Coast Community Church. Thursday will include an after-Christmas party, hosted by Joe Dube, with special performances by Elvis (Bill Lindsey). 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night (closed Wednesday). $3, $1 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastate parks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

TUESDAY

Christmas Eve luncheon: Jericho Road Ministries will serve its 16th annual free Christmas Eve luncheon to anyone needing fellowship for the holiday. Volunteers are welcome. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 799-2912, ext. 110.

Christmas Eve drive-through live nativity: The story of Christmas will be presented from Bible narratives. There will be two nativity scenes, which include live animals. A choir will sing traditional Christmas songs and hymns. Each car that drives through will receive a gift. Coffee, drinks and desserts will be offered inside the fellowship hall. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Brooksville Christian Church, 6197 Broad St. (352) 796-3221.

Hobbies

SATURDAY

Spring Hill Writing Group: Open to anyone who writes or would like to write. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.

Creativity workshop: The workshop is for adults and will incorporate exercises recommended by books on creativity. No previous artistic experience required. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4043.

Miscellaneous

FRIDAY

Affordable Care Act and You: The Hernando County Public Library System and Nature Coast Community Health Center have teamed up to offer a series of programs designed to help explain Affordable Care Act health care plans. Certified assistant counselors will be available to discuss eligibility requirements, outline the different plans available and assist with signup. Appointments are recommended. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 540-6842.

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Information for the Events column should be submitted to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. Information can be faxed to (352) 754-6133 or emailed to pday@tampabay.com. The deadline for news is two weeks before your event or reservation deadline. Events must be open to the public. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket (if applicable) or contact person and phone number are missing. Call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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