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Kids Helping Kids to stage holiday show

Kids Helping Kids SJD Children's Foundation will present "A Christmas Story" concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave.

Local children will perform in the show, which tells the story of a young girl's dream and the true meaning of Christmas.

Donations will be accepted, which will be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Kids Helping Kids is a nonprofit charity founded by siblings Shawn and Jessica Doolittle of Spring Hill. Shawn, 14 and Jessica, 10, began performing concerts to raise funds for needy children.

For information, call 398-4401 or 684-7455.


Golf tourney benefits deceased man's family

A memorial fundraiser golf tournament is planned for Jan. 1 at Quail Ridge Golf Course on Shady Hills Road.

The event is to benefit the family of Peter Alberghina of Spring Hill, who died in August at age 47 from complications due to diabetes. Funds raised will benefit Alberghina's wife, Ann, and their two children.

The golf tournament is a four-person scramble. A shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m. There will be a hot buffet meal after the tournament and a raffle with prizes. There will also be contests for longest drive, closest to the hole on par 3 holes, and putting for men and women.

Tickets are $40. For information, call Dale Hoaglan at 666-3087 or 263-8226.


Signups under way for County Connection

Registration is open for the January session of the County Connection program, which will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 through March 15. The sessions will be conducted at various county facilities.

County Connection provides participants an opportunity for a "behind the scenes" look into county government. Each session covers a series of topics pertaining to county services, such as transportation issues, public safety, the budget, recreation and resources, judicial services, growth and development, health and utilities services.

The program includes audience interaction and allows participants to get answers to their questions and meet county officials.

There is no cost to participate. To register or for information, visit the county's Web site at or call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.


Southern Exposure holiday show Dec. 16

The Southern Exposure Christmas Show will be presented Dec. 16 at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m.

Tickets are $18. Call the ticket hotline at 799-5577.

Additional shows of the Hernando Performing Arts 2006-07 season include: Harry James and the Andrew Sisters on Jan. 20; Red, Hot and Blue on Feb. 9, and New Odyssey on March 2.


Property appraiser offices closed Dec. 19

The Hernando County property appraiser offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 for training purposes.

The offices are at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center at 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call 754-4190.


Arc to open house for the holidays

The Arc Nature Coast's Holiday Open House will be Dec. 15 at the Arc, 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville.

The POSSE (Promoting Opportunities and Skills with Special Equestrians) will give a demonstration at 10 a.m. Lunch will be hosted by Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant at noon.

Tours will be available. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Gabriella Sciarrillo at 544-2322, ext. 117.