Jam session: Citrus Jazz Society jam session of jazz and Dixieland music starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Room of the Plantation Inn, 9301 Fort Island Trail, Crystal River. Music will be provided by local members; dancing is encouraged. Donation: nonmembers, $7. Call 795-9936.
Singing Christmas Tree: The Celebration Choir and dance and drama participants of Crystal River First Baptist Church will present the first performance of Journey to the Manger at 4 p.m., 700 Citrus Ave., Crystal River. Other performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 8 and 9, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Free tickets are required for admission, available online at www.firstbaptistcr.org or by calling 795-3367.
Free balance screenings: Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center offers screenings from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Seven Rivers Rehab & Wound Center, 1675 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. No appointment necessary. Screenings are offered the first Monday monthly. For information call 795-0534.
Painting workshop: Central Florida Community College will offer a Bob Ross oil painting workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in building L2-103, 3800 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. The Bob Ross technique allows beginning and expert students to complete a project in one class. Materials included. Fee: $45. To register, call Amy Holaday at 249-1210.
AARP Driver Safety Program: Each month several safe driving classes are offered throughout Citrus County. Two 4-hour classes are conducted, and attendees learn important driving tips that may save a life. Many insurance companies offer a premium discount for participating in an AARP Driver Safety Program. To inquire about a future class near you, call Charlie Lucente after 9 a.m. at 726-0753.
Garage Sale: sponsored by Beverly Hills Chapter of Hadassah at 8 a.m., 58 W Fern Point, Beverly Hills. Lots of great items, do some holiday shopping. Sale continues same time Friday. For directions or information call 341-1786 or 527-2092.
Christmas Hams: Bring a dish or dessert to share at 5 p.m., then sit back and enjoy the 6 p.m. "Hams'' Christmas show at First Presbyterian Church in Webster Hall, 1501 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. "Beautiful Songs of Christmas" will provide an evening of fun, food, music, dance, comedy and skits. A surprise Christmas dessert will be furnished. Admission is free; fun for all ages.
Two Day Southern Monster Truck Showdown: gates open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7:30, same hours Saturday, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, children 3 and under are free. Call (352) 796-4552 or visit www.southernmonstertruck showdown.com.
War stories and Christmas party: Dr. Robert Walker, former WWII Tuskegee Airman who graduated from the first all-Black pilot's program, will be the guest speaker at the Yankee Air Force meeting and Christmas party at 1 p.m., Dunnellon Airport, 15070 SW 111 St. Dr. Walker will recount stories of escorting bombers in P-51's during the war. The public is invited. Bring a covered dish or snacks to share and BYOB. Call Carolyn Mills, (352) 489-3120.
Citrus Springs holiday parade: "Tropical Christmas" parade staging begins at 1 p.m. next to the fountain. The parade starts at 2 p.m, ending at the Wesley Jones Park on Citrus Springs Boulevard.
Holiday program: Carol Kline entertains at 2 p.m., Beverly Hills Recreation Association, 77 Civic Circle. Coffee and cake served. Admission: $6. Call 746-4882.
Christmas in the park: Winding River Garden Club of Yankeetown-Inglis will present its annual celebration at 2 p.m., Winding River Park at Riverside and 56th streets, Yankeetown. Refreshments will be served, and entertainment will be provided by a local musician with sing-a-long caroling. Santa Claus will arrive by boat with gifts for the kids. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun. For information, call Eleanor Berkley at (352) 447-3899.
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