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CHRISTMAS CONCERT TO BENEFIT KIDS

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.

SHADY HILLS

Memorial fundraiser golf tourney Jan. 1

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 of 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.

SPRING HILL

Four-day holiday basketball clinic

The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a holiday basketball clinic for kids 14 and younger.

The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 2 through 5 in the gymnasium at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd.

The clinic is limited to the first 60 registrants. The cost is $60, plus a $10 registration fee. Extended care hours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. for an additional $10. A camp shirt is included.

Participants should bring a lunch each day. For information, call Hernando County Recreation at 754-4031.

HERNANDO COUNTY

Get behind the scenes of county government

Registration is open for the January session of the County Connection program, which will be from 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 www.co.hernando.fl.us or call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.

BROOKRIDGE

Bingo Bash taking reservations now

The Brookridge Woman's Club is taking reservations for the annual Bingo Bash that will be March 10 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

The cost is $35, which includes a doughnut, a homemade hot lunch, coffee and ice tea.

Full payment is required by February.

The bash will have a $3,200 payout.

For information, call Norma Rankin at 597-3530

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