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KNIGHTS LADIES MARKET: Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary St. Jude Council 6383 will have a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 683-7290.

YACHT CLUB BOAT PARADE: The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host its annual Christmas boat parade Dec. 1 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

Check-in will be at 5 p.m., and the parade will start at 6 p.m. Afterward, three awards for the best boat displays will be announced. There will also be a chili cook-off, and chili hot dogs and other food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Those entering a boat in the parade are asked to donate a toy for Toys for Tots. To enter a boat or to enter the cook-off, call fleet Capt. Aaron Nangle at (727) 916-0001.

HOMESCHOOL GROUP MEETS: Home Circle of Hernando County will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road, south of Brooksville. The meeting will include a roundtable discussion.

Those who are new to homeschooling are invited to an orientation at 6 p.m., prior to the meeting. For information, send email to Kelli Howell at

SHERIFF'S TOY RIDE: The 2012 Hernando County Sheriff's Office Christmas Toy Ride will be Sunday, starting at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. Kickstands go up at 1 p.m.

The deputy-escorted ride is co-hosted by the Freedom Chapter of ABATE of Florida. All types of vehicles may participate. The ride will head north on Commercial Way to Cortez Boulevard, ending at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on the State Road 50 bypass in Brooksville.

Participants should bring a new, unwrapped gift or a Walmart gift card, which will benefit Hernando County children in need during the holiday season. An after-ride party will follow at Coney Island Drive Inn in Brooksville.

For information, call Dave Soles at (352) 232-3927 or Benica Fox at (352) 345-7278.

HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS: A Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

There will be door prizes awarded every half-hour, 36 vendor tables, a bake sale and refreshments. For information, call Robyn at (352) 345-8484.

CHRISTMAS DANCE: Brookridge Social Dance will host a Christmas dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

Entertainment will be provided by Starburst. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Coffee and ice will be available, and Dunkin' Donuts will be served at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $5, available at the door. All reserved tickets must be picked up before 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are also available for the New Year's Eve dinner-dance. The cost is $30, which includes a catered dinner, table wine, champagne at midnight and noisemakers. Call Dot at (352) 597-0723.

FESTIVAL SINGERS CONcERTS, SING-ALONG: The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their 2012 Christmas concert at the following times and locations:

• 3 p.m. Nov. 25, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 9, First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson.

The concerts will feature brass ensemble, organ and choral arrangements and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. There will also be a special performance of O Holy Night by Alexis Pletincks, the fall scholarship recipient.

There is no admission fee; an offering will be collected. Proceeds will benefit the group's scholarship fund.

Also, the Festival Singers invite the community to participate in its "George Frederic Handel's Messiah — Community Sing" at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey.

There will be three rehearsals scheduled in December, prior to the community sing. To participate, or for further information, call (352) 515-5335 or (352) 556-8549, or send email to