12/10/13 Human Interest
Brookridge Line Dance Club: 8150 Hampton St. Beginner lessons from 9 to 10 a.m. and high beginner lessons from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; $2 per lesson. Low intermediate and intermediate instruction, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; $4 per lesson. Classes are open to both Brookridge residents and nonresidents. Norma, (352) 397-6088.
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Adult Christmas party, Dec. 21. Cocktails at 5 p.m., buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and music by Take Two from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased by Sunday. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-2582 or visit elks2582.com....
A walk among unique, handmade holiday decorations and tens of thousands of glittering lights, blinking to the beat of holiday music. The chance to sip hot chocolate, take a sleigh ride and make cookies with Mrs. Claus.
When Candy Cane Acres opened at the Hernando County Fairgrounds over Thanksgiving weekend, the crowds came in droves to take part in these holiday activities.
"We had a really good opening night," said Richard Klimas, grounds manager at the fairgrounds. "It was packed. Wall to wall people. We were very surprised."...
Alzheimer's Family Organization: Caregiver support groups — 1 p.m. today, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; Pam Penna, (352) 688-1262. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081. Weekly: 1 p.m. Mondays, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 120, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; John Winans, (352) 232-0081....
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....
American Legion Post 99: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 208 E Fort Dade Ave. (352) 796-3259.
Brookridge Line Dance Club: 8150 Hampton St. Beginner lessons from 9 to 10 a.m. and high beginner lessons from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; $2 per lesson. Low intermediate and intermediate instruction, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; $4 per lesson. Open to both Brookridge residents and nonresidents. (352) 397-6088....
12/03/13 Music & Concerts
SPRING HILL — Morgan Burburan has known Wayne Raymond since she was an intern seven years ago at West Hernando Middle School.
Raymond was the school's band director and her supervising teacher. When Burburan was hired as the school's chorus teacher, Raymond served as her mentor.
But their working relationship did not end there.
Over the next several years, the two worked together in various musical productions, including several Stage West shows, such as 1776 (in which Burburan won a HAMI Award for her role as Martha Jefferson and Raymond for his role as John Adams) and Meshuggah-Nuns! The Ecumenical Nunsense, which Raymond directed and in which Burburan performed as Sister Mary Hubert....
Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will offer the following support groups:
• 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11361 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.
• 2:30 p.m. Friday of each month, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537....
Welcoming Christmas: The annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West. 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 Claus. 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. For information call (352) 796-0697....
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....
11/26/13 Human Interest
Affordable Care Act and You' program: The Hernando County Public Library System and the Nature Coast Community Health Center are offering a series of programs to assist with explaining Affordable Care Act health care plans. Experts will explain eligibility requirements, outline the different plans available and assist with signing up. Scheduled dates and locations include:
• 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville....
11/25/13 Music & Concerts
Twenty years ago, the late Richard and Carol Desautels founded a chorus with a simple goal: to perform Handel's Messiah.
Each year, the chorus would perform a Christmas concert featuring the first half of the well-known piece; the second half was performed during a spring concert.
Although the couple have passed on, their legacy lives through the Nature Coast Festival Singers. The chorus, which features more than 70 voices, continues to sing both a Christmas and spring concert each year....
Community Dinner: The free meal is sponsored by Christian Life Assembly of God and the Jesus and Me Ministry. There will be entertainment and a drawing for food baskets. 6 to 8 p.m. Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. (352) 597-1139.
Academia Hernando Fall 2013 Lecture Series: Peter Lattina will discuss "What is Jazz?" 10 a.m. $8. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 596-9193....
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-2582 or visit elks2582.com.
Brooksville Music Club: 1 p.m. today, Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. There will be a piano recital by Kaitlin Wilkes, who will perform works by Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Kuhlau and other noted composers. Wilkes is a sophomore at Hernando High School and a member of the varsity girls soccer team and cheerleading squad. The public is welcome. Alfrieda Taft, (352) 799-6448 or firstname.lastname@example.org....
Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.
Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers support groups at several locations:
• 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11361 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537.
• 2:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Jerry Fisher, (352) 688-4537....
Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ Mark, 9 p.m. Saturday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.
Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. today, Friday and Monday. Live entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.
Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Rebound Band, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....