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Brooksville sponsors Best Christmas Decorations contest

CITY CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST: The city of Brooksville Beautification Board is sponsoring its annual Best Christmas Decorations contest. Businesses and residences within the city limits are invited to participate.

Members of the Beautification Board will determine the winners on Dec. 11. Those participating should have their properties lit by 6 p.m.

Awards will be given in two categories: best residential Christmas display and best commercial Christmas display. Winners will be recognized by the Beautification Board and the Brooksville City Council during the council's meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Winners will be presented with a plaque and a recognition gift.

To nominate a property, or for information, call Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3856.

TREE OF LIFE: HPH Hospice will kick off its 18th annual Trees of Life holiday program on Friday, and it will run through Dec. 24.

Individuals may visit the trees between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the HPH Hospice office, 12260 Cortez Blvd., and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Sturgill Care Center and Hospice House at 12242 Cortez Blvd.

Supporters can hang or have an ornament placed on a tree with a tag bearing a name; names can be for someone living or in someone's memory.

There is also a Tree of Life at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, south of Brooksville. However, one can only make online, mail or phone donations for that location.

Donations can be any amount between $5 and $1,000. Donations made by Dec. 14 ensure the ornament will go on the tree of choice. Donations can be made at a Tree of Life, online at or by calling the hospice at (727) 863-7971 or toll-free 1-800-486-8784.

COUNTRY CONCERT: The Hernando Performing Arts Guild continues its 2012-13 concert season with Redhead Express at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Redhead Express is a female, family country/bluegrass quartet from Alaska that performs a variety of standards and originals.

Tickets are $25 each; season tickets, which include this and three other shows, are $72. For reservations, call (352) 799-5577. Visit the website at