The following New Year's Eve celebrations are planned for Dec. 31:
The "Tangerine Time" New Year's Eve celebration will be from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. This is a family event, and no alcohol is allowed. Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or nonperishable food item is requested, which will be donated to the Salvation Army. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. The event will include entertainment and free favors and food. The first 400 people will receive free event T-shirts. Door prizes will be awarded. The lit tangerine globe, which is a spin on the New York City tradition of dropping the crystal ball in Times Square, will be dropped at midnight. The tangerine is used to reflect Hernando County's history as a citrus-growing community. For information, call Wayne Vutech at 799-7420 or Karen Phillips at 544-5407.
Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a semiformal New Year's Eve celebration at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd. An open bar will start at 6 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. The dinner of prime rib or chicken will be served at 8 p.m. A midnight champagne toast is followed with sweet rolls and coffee. Southern Exposure will provide dance music, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. Reservations are required by Dec. 22. Specially priced tickets will be offered after 10 p.m. to up to 50 people for dancing and drinks only (no dinner). For information, call 596-2582.
VFW Post 10209 will host a New Year's Eve celebration from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 15166 Spring Hill Drive. Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. The entree choice is prime rib or chicken, served with potatoes, dessert, coffee, roll and butter. Dancing to the music of the Frankie Dee NY Orchestra will begin at 9 p.m. There will be a champagne toast at midnight followed by a continental breakfast. Tickets are $55 per person and are available at the post canteen. For information, call 796-0398.
Regency Oaks will have a New Year's Eve celebration starting at 8 p.m. at Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. Tickets are $15 and includes a sandwich buffet; potato, macaroni and garden salads; coffee; cake; and party favors. There will also be a raffle with prizes. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Rich "The Music Hit Man," who will play dance hits from the 1930s through 1980s. Those attending are to bring their own beverages. Ice and cups will be provided. For tickets or information, call Joyce at 597-1405 or Nancy at 596-8985.
The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association will host a New Year's dance at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road. The event will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music will be provided by DJ Cayuco. Admission for members is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6-16; the cost for nonmembers is $15 for adults and $7.50 for ages 6-16. Adult attendees can bring their own alcohol. For tickets, call Carmen at 592-8494, Noemi at 683-6742 or Elsa at 688-5890.
Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will have a New Year's Eve event at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.
Tickets are $50 per person, which includes a prime rib dinner at 8 p.m., beverages and breakfast at 1 a.m. Music and dancing will start at 9 p.m. Hats and favors are included. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For information or reservations, call Judy at (727) 863-2520, ext. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.