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Last day to visit Candy Cane Acres in Brooksville


There's time left to visit Candy Cane Acres

Today is the last chance to visit Candy Cane Acres, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. The Christmas event includes a walk-through light display, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop and a Florida-style sleigh ride. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. Admission is $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets, to be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. For information, call (352) 796-4552.

Group to pray for the nation Jan. 19

Spring Hill Aglow International will host an hour of prayer for the nation from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 on the front steps of the old Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St. Speakers will include U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent and the Rev. Rachela Corelli from Perry Hall, Md., a past Aglow president. The emcee will be Judy LaRose, president of Spring Hill Aglow. Aglow prayer chairwoman Eleanore Hart, along with local pastors, will help lead the group in prayer, and members of the Young Christian Republicans will read scripture. Angela Dittmar will sing. For information, contact Judy LaRose at (352) 293-4586 or


See Maj. Dade's battle re-enacted

The 33rd annual re-enactment of Dade's Battle will be Jan. 5 and 6 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603. Grounds open at 9 a.m. each day, with the battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. The event marks the 177th anniversary of the battle, when Maj. Francis Dade and 105 men were killed, setting off the Second Seminole War. There will be period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps; a sutler trade fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building; musket shooting; tomahawk throwing, and primitive archery. Admission is $5; free for children ages 5 and younger. There is a $2 parking fee per vehicle. For information, call (352) 793-4781.


Didn't find a kitten in your stocking?

Home at Last Pet Adoptions is hosting adopt-a-thons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday during December at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd. The nonprofit organization has a variety of home-fostered cats and kittens of all ages. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites. Fees vary and are tax deductible. All pets may be viewed online at Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon may be made, and appointments may be scheduled. Call (352) 476-6832 or send email to

Today's pick

'Images in Clay and Ink': 1-3 p.m., Hernando County Fine Arts Council, 7468 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. The exhibit features the work of sculptor Rosalie LoCurcio and painter Rosa Lea Addington, who will be on hand. (352) 799-2627.