Benefit markets and sales
Humane Society yard sale: Proceeds will go toward medical expenses for the dogs and cats at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. River Country Estates Park, River Country Drive, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-8842.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
American Cancer Society garage sale: Funds raised will benefit the Spring Hill Relay for Life. Those who bring donations of can tabs will receive a discount on purchases. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 25500 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 686-3600.
Holiday bazaar: Visitors may shop among the numerous vendors. Food, sweet treats and samples of spirits will be available. Donations of nonperishable food and new toys will be collected for the Dawn Center. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces available for $10 and a donation of a new toy and canned food item, all to be donated to the Dawn Center. Cadence Bank, 14211 Powell Road, Spring Hill. (727) 808-4649.
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.
Spring Hill Art League artist reception: Featuring artists Cornelia Craine, Barbara Hurley, Esther Pohl and Jackie Walker. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will remain on display through the end of December. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St, Brooksville. (717) 234-5804.
Artist reception for City Hall Art Gallery's Fall Exhibit: The reception will include refreshments provided by the Junior Service League of Brooksville and the Hernando County Arts Council. The exhibit features a retrospective by local artist Paul Owen Shaskan that includes more than 100 of the artist's oil paintings. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3811.
Tree of Life art show: The young students at Tree of Life will exhibit their works. Some items will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Hope Children's Home in Tampa. 3 to 6 p.m. Tree of Life Creative Art Workshop, 14166 Bock Lane, Spring Hill.
Dinner With Santa: Includes antipasto salad, spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, sausage, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. 4 to 6:30 p.m. $7; children 12 and younger $5. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville. (352) 238-3806, (352) 610.
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
'The Nativity': The production will be presented by the adults at the church. 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.
'Christmas in Black and White': Presented by the children at the church. 6 p.m. First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, Spring Hill. (352) 686-0747.
Christmas on Main Street: Stroll down Main Street and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. The event will include vendors and entertainment along Main Street and on the courthouse lawn. Merchants will offer holiday treats and a variety of entertainment, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the House of Passage from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. There will be an art exhibit reception at the City Hall Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. The lighting of the Christmas tree will be at 7 p.m., followed by a variety of entertainment. 5 to 8 p.m. Main Street, downtown Brooksville. (352) 540-3856, (352) 540-6357. cityofbrooksville.us/.
Arc Christmas dance: This party is for Hernando County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Music will be provided by PJ the DJ Lobato. 7 to 10 p.m. $5; includes pizza, beverages, snacks and a gift from Santa. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
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. 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.
FRIDAY through Dec. 15
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.
Brooksville Christmas Parade: This year's parade theme is "We Are the World . . . We Are the Children." The parade route begins at Oakwood Drive, near Hernando High School, then proceeds along Howell Avenue to Main Street, crosses Jefferson and Broad streets, then heads north on Broad to Bell Avenue, ending at Jefferson and Bell. 10 a.m. Downtown Brooksville. (352) 799-6573. kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org.
Yuletide Holiday Cruise: Enjoy an evening cruise along Pepper Creek, followed by a short walk to the garden of the springs, where guests will be entertained by the Homosassa Elementary Chorus and greeted by Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. Return transportation by tram will be provided. Purchase tickets in advance at the park office. 5 to 8 p.m. $25; $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.
Hernando Symphony Orchestra holiday concert: The performance will feature classic holiday tunes such as Gloria, O Holy Night and 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. 2 p.m. 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.
Hernando Jazz Society 'Holiday Swing': The annual concert will feature seasonal tunes including Santa Claus is Coming to Spring Hill, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, Rudolph and others. The Sioux City Grill will be offering a cash bar and buffet. 2 p.m. Free for members; $10 to $15 for nonmembers. Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7183.
Nature Coast Festival Singers Christmas concert: Featuring works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Rutter and others. 3 p.m. An offering will be collected. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 556-8549, (352) 848-4484.
'Bring Back the Good Old Songs' with Suncoast Harmony Chorus: This is a women's barbershop chorus and chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Featuring quartets and a guest pianist performing "Name that Song." 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 8831 W Bradshaw St., Homosassa. (352) 382-0336.
Gospel jam: Those wishing to perform with an instrument should arrive at 3:30 p.m. to set up. Light refreshments will be served. 4 to 8 p.m. Free. Faith Fellowship Church in Christ Jesus, 19255 Campground Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 754-9330.
Christmas concert: The choral departments of all five Hernando County high schools — Hernando, Springstead, Central, Nature Coast Technical and Weeki Wachee — will join to present two holiday concerts, featuring a group of about 220 voices at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 476-9086.
Brookridge Entertainment presents the Marlins: The family music group will entertain with holiday hits such as Jingle Bell Rock, Sleigh Ride and White Christmas. 7 p.m. $20. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 610-4901.
St. Frances Cabrini Advent Christmas concert: Featuring musicians and the choir of the parish, under the direction of Adam Brakel. Featuring movements from Handel's Messiah, solo choir repertoire, instrumental chamber music and congregational carols. 7 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 666-5903.
'Writing Your Life Story': This workshop provides tips and techniques on how to get started writing your life experiences. There will be creative writing exercises and group sharing. The focus is not on publication, but more toward writing for yourself, family and friends. 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
'Nature Journaling': Learn the basics of nature journaling and sketching while creating your own journal. No prior sketching experience necessary. Presented by Pam Murfey, coordinator at the Chinsegut Conservation Center. Advance registration recommended; space is limited to 20 participants. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 754-4043.
Yoga at the Library: The Hernando County Public Library System has teamed up with Gaya Jyoti Yoga to offer this one-hour class for all ages. Wear comfortable clothing. 10:15 a.m. Free. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Brookridge Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors are on hand to give assistance, if needed. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.
Bellydance Festival: Anew Dawn Salon and Rookies have teamed up to raise money to help the Dawn Center of Hernando County fill its pantry and get through the holidays. The festival will include an outdoor marketplace, an indoor show starting at 8 p.m. and an outdoor fire show following at about 10:30 p.m. Nonperishable food will be collected; a donor of two items will receive a $5 coupon for salon services at Anew Dawn. 7 to 11 p.m. $5 admission at the door. Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
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. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The San Antonio Pottery location will be open through 9 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.
Thursday 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 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. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Continues weekends through Dec. 22. $12. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.
Thursday THROUGH SATURDAY
'Living Nativity': It's Christmas Eve, and the members of Fairlawn Church of the Good Shepherd find themselves in the town jail, charged with everything from animal cruelty to arson. The comedy, written by Karen Jones, will be presented by the drama department at Hernando High School at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday. $5 at the door; there will be free admission at the Saturday matinee for Hernando County elementary school students wearing their school T-shirts. Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 797-7015, ext. 333.
Cookies for Coasties: Bake a batch of cookies and bring to share with members of the Coast Guard. Bring a copy of your recipe to share with other bakers. Coffee, tea and soda will be provided. Call to reserve a seat. 1 to 4 p.m. Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. (352) 442-1202. facebook.com/cookiesforcoasties.
Tech Petting Zoo: Test out the latest gadgets, including e-readers and tablets, and get questions answered by the library's tech experts. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Socrates Cafe: This group is for those who enjoy thought-providing 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. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.
Christmas at the Cannery: There will be a live radio broadcast, a salon event and a membership reception with live entertainment. Those who renew memberships or purchase a new membership can receive a free haircut, pedicure or manicure, courtesy of Anew Dawn Salon from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An evening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. for new or renewing members, featuring performances by John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts. Food will be provided by John Sellers of Chef Images. There will be raffles, beer and wine available. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Family memberships are $50 at the door. Little Rock Cannery, 15487 Citrus Way, north of Brooksville. (352) 799-4226.
Spring Hill Garden Club poinsettia planting: Residents are invited to bring poinsettias, sign a memory book and watch members place poinsettias around the waterfall. The tradition began in 1988, when Don Kubiak, a past president of the club, planted poinsettias in memory of his parents. 9 a.m. to noon. Spring Hill waterfall entrance, Spring Hill Drive at Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.
Wreaths Across America: This is a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember the nation's veterans. Members of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, veterans, Nature Coast 9.12 Groups, Cub Scouts of Gulf Ridge and other community partners will lay wreaths at grave sites from 9 to 11 a.m. (arrival at 8:30 a.m. is recommended for those wishing to help). A ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. and a wreath presentation at noon. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. (352) 597-6756. wreathsacrossamerica.org.