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The Hernando Beach Club will host the following events:

* Breakfast With Santa, 10 a.m. today. A light breakfast will be served, and there will be games and surprises. The cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children. All proceeds will be given to the Shriners. Those attending are asked to bring a gift (suggested value is $10) for each child they are bringing. Reservations are required.

* Old-Fashioned Christmas Party, Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Holiday music will be provided by the Just Us Duo. There will also be door prizes and raffles. People attending are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl, which will be given to needy children. Tickets are $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

* Open House, Dec. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visitors can watch the Hernando Beach Yacht Club's Christmas Boat Parade from ringside seats at the club, as well as tour the newly renovated clubhouse. Club members answer questions about membership and upcoming activities. The lounge will be open, and hot dogs and chips will be served. Those attending can bring lawn chairs for the Christmas parade.

The Hernando Beach Club is at 3145 Flamingo Blvd. For information or reservations, call Bunni at 688-4976.


Stage West puts on holiday cantata

A Christmas production and cantata will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd.

This is a free show provided by Journey Christian Center and Spring Hill United Church of Christ.

Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Stage West box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For information, call 683-5113.


Columbiettes sets holiday tea, lunch

The Columbiettes at St. Anthony's Catholic Church will host a holiday tea from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd.

The event will include a luncheon, hot tea and a concert. Door prizes will be awarded. The cost is $7. For reservations or information, call Norine at 583-4740 or Frances at 799-0901.


Dancing, karaoke put on by AMVETS

AMVETS Post 24 will offer dancing to a DJ and Karaoke USA from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 16 at its new post, 247 Hallcrest Ave.

Admission is free. For information, call 686-9430 (call after 4 p.m.)


Bike Night invites all for live music

VFW Post 10209 will host a Bike Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 on the grounds in front of the outdoor stage, 15166 Spring Hill drive.

Admission is free. There will be live music, vendors and food available. All bikers are welcome. For information, call 796-0398.


Dinner scheduled at St. Theresa church

The Knights of Columbus, St. Theresa Council 11877, will host a dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the parish hall at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way.

The menu includes roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables, soup or salad, dessert and tea or coffee. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12. Takeout orders will be available. For information, call (727) 868-2289.


Orchestra ticket buys drink, chance at raffle

The Frankie Dee NY Big Band Orchestra will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at VFW Post 10209, 15166 Spring Hill Drive.

Tickets are $8 and include a bar drink and a chance to win a door prize. Reservations are accepted for parties of four or more. Call Mary at 596-9486.


Christmas concert to benefit children

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 children.

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


Fundraiser golf tourney on 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.


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. 2-5 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.


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 or call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.


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


Library bookstore has special holiday hours

SPRING HILL - The Friends of the Library Bookstore will have special holiday evening hours Monday through Dec. 16. The bookstore, at 1208 Kenlake Ave., will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening during the Angels on High event next door at the Lake House.

The bookstore's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

A storewide holiday sale continues through the second week of January. Proceeds benefit the Hernando County Public Library System. For information, call Betty Geentiens at 684-0660.


Girl Scout event is Sunday at camp

Area girls in kindergarten through third grade are invited to an event hosted by Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Camp Indian Echo, off Hudson Avenue.

There will be games, crafts and activities, as well as a visit from Santa. The cost is $10 for girls who are not members of the Girl Scouts, which includes membership for 2006-07.

Parents or guardians must complete an application and health form before leaving children at the camp. Call Roni Francois toll-free at 1-800-281-4475.


Tourist council selling Christmas ornaments

The Hernando County Tourist Development Council is now selling the 2006 Christmas ornaments. Two ornaments are available, each depicting works by local artists. The city of Brooksville ornament, designed by Anthony Palamaro of Brooksville, a portraitist and graphic designer, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Brooksville.

The Hernando County ornament was designed by Meagan Eng, a ninth-grade student at Central High School. Meagan's design is of the historic Lake Lindsey Mall and Deli.

A limited number of ornaments have been signed and numbered by the artists. The cost of these is $15 each, plus tax. Standard ornaments (unsigned) are available for $10, plus tax.

The ornaments are available at the Hernando County Welcome Center, 30305 Cortez Blvd. (inside the Best Western Hotel), Ridge Manor West. The ornaments can be viewed on the Web at For information, call 754-4405.


Reserve your spot for kids' Christmas Party

VFW Post 9236 will host the annual children's Christmas Party at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd.

Reservations are required by Wednesday and the party is limited to 100 children. For information or reservations, call Kathy at 596-6803.


Audubon Society schedules bird count

The Hernando Audubon Society will participate in the annual National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count Dec. 16.

Anyone interested is welcome to participate. For time and meeting place, call Clay at 592-4949.

The Aripeka Christmas Bird Count will be Dec. 26. Participants will meet at 6 a.m. at the Denny's on Commercial Way in Spring Hill. For details, contact Bev at 686-0640. Updates and information is also available on the Hernando Audubon's Web site at


POSSE gives demo at holiday open house

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.


Enrichment centers recruiting members

Oak Hill Hospital's Spring Hill and Brooksville enrichment centers are recruiting members. The centers offer numerous activities, such as exercise, yoga, duplicate bridge, pinochle, Mexican train dominoes, quilting, clogging, line dancing, painting, Scrabble and Spanish lessons. The centers are also meeting places for a variety of support groups and clubs.

The Spring Hill Enrichment Center is at 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital); the Brooksville Enrichment Center is at 670 Broad St. For information, stop by one of the centers or call the Spring Hill center at 597-6331 or the Brooksville center at 544-5900.


Music Aires present 'Spirit of the Season'

The Music Aires of Brookridge will present a Christmas concert, "The Spirit of the Season," at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at the clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

Tickets are $4 and will be available at the door.

For tickets or information, call 597-1177.