Markets and sales
Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk: The bazaar will include crafts, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and other items, as well as gift basket raffles, home-baked goods and food. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.
Holly Berry Bazaar: The event will include crafts, gift baskets, baked goods and free hot chocolate — plus a visit by Santa Claus. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9016.
'Blue Gold: Reflections on the Condition of Florida's Natural Springs': Stephen Hoda of the Florida Springs Institute will describe a spring and the topography that makes Florida springs unique. The program will discuss problems facing the springs, the sources of the problems and remedies. The talk is part of the Unitarian Universalist Church's 2013-14 First Sundays movie series. 1:30 p.m. Free. Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 293-4697.
'Fertilizing Appropriately Protects Our Springs': Applying too much fertilizer too often, or at the wrong time, can cause water pollution. Participants will learn how to have a beautiful lawn while protecting water quality. The focus will be on protecting Weeki Wachee Spring. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.
'What to Do While Your Landscape Sleeps': Learn what to do during the winter months to ensure a spring landscape recovery from Sylvia Durell, Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program coordinator. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.
Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival: The Christmas celebration includes a DJ, Smokey Bear's house, Christmas carolers, a performance by John Leggio's dance troupe, a cakewalk and an appearance by Santa. There will be children's games and activities, a silent auction and food vendors. Provided by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Eastside Business Networking Group. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West. (352) 796-0697. hernandochamber.com.
Festival of Trees: The annual event, sponsored by the Brooksville Woman's Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church, includes vendors, decorated trees, photos with Santa, food, music, storytelling and other activities. The kitchen will be open. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Vendors may participate for $30 for the two days and must decorate a tree, which will be on display and judged. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 848-7988, (352) 796-2096. gfwcbrooksvillewomansclub.org.
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. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. 6 to 10 p.m. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets to be used for food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.
La Sertoma's Pancake Breakfast With Santa: Includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. A surprise will be given to each child while supplies last. Raffle tickets will be available for a 19-inch TV, pizza for a year and a wine basket. Hosted by the Hernando County La Sertoma Club. 8 to 10:30 a.m. $3; ages 2 and younger admitted free. Guido's Pizza Cafe, 7219 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 796-4657.
Holiday in the Gardens: Groups will be decorating evergreen trees at the botanical gardens. There will be a free decorated wreath contest (winner receives $25). Visitors can vote for their favorite wreaths and trees; voting for the trees will continue through early January. The day includes entertainment and refreshments. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission; $25 to sponsor and decorate a tree. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.
Christmas on the Florida Frontier: Visitors can experience Christmas on the Florida frontier and make and play with homemade toys, create corn-husk dolls, dip candles, listen to old-time music, sing carols, decorate a Christmas tree, make Christmas crafts and visit a soldier encampment. Refreshments available. 3 to 8 p.m. Park entrance fee is $5 per vehicle, up to eight people. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. floridastateparks.org/dadebattlefield.
Arts and crafts
Dade City Women of the Moose craft fair: Includes crafters and a bake sale. Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dade City Moose Lodge 397, 17107 U.S. 301, Dade City. (352) 583-5548.
Faith Evangelical Arts and Crafts Fair: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendor tables are $17. Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. (352) 345-8484.
For the dogs
Pets in the Park and Holiday Sale: Pets and their owners are invited to participate in games and contests. There will be food for pets and people, entertainment, holiday shopping and pet adoptions through rescue groups. Hosted by the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 796-2711.
Hernando County Computer Club open house: Orientation and light refreshments. 10 a.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171. hcc.org.
Green Screens showing of 'I Like Killing Flies': The 2004 documentary explores Shopsin's, a restaurant in Greenwich Village in New York City, and its eccentric and hot-headed owner and head cook, Kenny Shopsin. Refreshments will be served. 5 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 666-7576.
'Wings Over Florida': The program includes two field trips and classroom presentations on birding techniques. Bring binoculars (loaners available), pencil, notebook and camera (optional). Dress for hiking and the weather. Space is limited. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $30. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com/calendar.
Withlacoochee Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show: Featuring outdoor and indoor vendors with minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry and lapidary equipment. There will be demonstrations. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers and free for ages 12 and younger. Free parking. Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (352) 688-7810, (352) 200-6852. withlacoocheerockhounds.com.
HAM R/C Club Big Bird Fly In: 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 multiwing planes). There will be food and raffles. 9 a.m. The fee is $15, which includes a Saturday cookout; spectators pay $3 each or $5 per carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. (352) 397-9695. hamrc.com.
Nature Coast Festival Singers Christmas Concert: Featuring works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Rutter and others. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 556-8549, (352) 848-4484.
'Christmas in Spring Hill' concert with Michael Rees Davis: The world-renowned tenor will be joined by members of the Florida Orchestra, the Powell Middle School Choir and church's Chancel Choir. Two seatings: 4 and 7 p.m. Free tickets available to ensure a seat. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-2600.
Concordia Chorus Christmas program: Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Free. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 592-2147.
PHCC College/Community Chorus: The chorus, directed by James Urbanski and accompanied by Ruth Urbanski, will sing holiday selections, folk music and a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. 7 p.m. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (727) 863-5646.
Christmas with the Hi-Lites: The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites, a women's barbershop chorus, will sing favorites such as It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, O Holy Night and a comical version of Nuttin' for Christmas in a cappella, barbershop style. "Chatter," the Christmas elf, will pass out goodies. After the show, guests are invited to med to meet the chorus and have hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. 7 p.m. Free admission; an offering will be collected. Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-9192.
FRIDAY THROUGH DEC. 8
Hernando Symphony Orchestra holiday concert: The performance will feature classic holiday tunes such as Gloria, O Holy Night and the Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, plus special features such as Russian Christmas Music. Vocalist Morgan Burburan will sing several songs with the orchestra, including Gesu Bambino, White Christmas and Somewhere in My Memory. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students; season tickets are $36 for three concerts. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. hernandosymphony.com.
Christmas with the Marlins: Includes favorites such as White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock and Blue Christmas. 7 p.m. Individual tickets $25; season tickets for this and the remaining 2013-14 shows $72 (four shows). Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577. hpag.org.
Saturday AND DEC. 8
'Forever Plaid' auditions: Casting requires four men, ages 16 to 30. The director is Leanne Germann, and show dates are March 13 to 23. Auditions will be at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Send email to [email protected] (put "Forever Plaid" in subject line).