Things to do before Christmas

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By The Staff


Local Youth Academy acts out ‘Peter and the Wolf” and “Bah Humbug”

Two youth productions will be staged this weekend at the Art Center Theatre, at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., in Citrus Hills.

The double feature will include a non-musical version of “Peter and the Wolf” and a musical version of the classic Christmas Carol called “Bah, Humbug.” The plays will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available from the box office at 352-746-7606. 

Both productions feature youth from ages 7 to 17 in all of the roles. Full lighting and sound will accompany the plays. 

“Peter and the Wolf” is a light-hearted version of the story featuring a wolf that has escaped from the zoo and is raiding the neighborhood stealing pies and cakes. “Bah, Humbug” tells the story of how Ebenezer Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas with dramatic action accompanied by beautiful and memorable music.


Sleuthers search for Santa’s killer

Unity Mystery Dinner Theater Team will present “Santa’s Untimely Demise,” in two performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at Unity of Citrus County, 2628 W. Woodview Lane, Lecanto. 

The performance offers a chance for an evening of sleuthing, as a popular local department store Santa suddenly breathes no more. The audience can enjoy a seasonal dinner with music as they question the suspects and study the clues. A Top Detective Award will be named.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased now by calling the box office at 352-746-1270.

Sing along with Christmas songs

Shepherd of the Hill’s Episcopal Church’s Stacey Adams and Bill Kinley will present some of their favorite Christmas music and lead a chorus of attendees in a traditional carol sing-along.

The caroling will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church, 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Highway (County Road 486), Lecanto.

For more information, call 352-527-0052.


Listen to bluegrass-style Christmas tunes

A Bluegrass Christmas Service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church’s sanctuary, 1070 N. Suncoast Blvd., (U.S. 19), Crystal River.

The come-as-you-are service features bluegrass-style Christmas music presented by the Swanson Family. Free. 352-795-5325.

Santa to visit Crystal River Mall

For the young and young-at-heart, enjoy Story Time with Santa at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the center court at Crystal River Mall.

After story time, children can make a Christmas ornament to take home. Then enjoy a performance by Gravity Church at 2 p.m. Sweetbay will provide cookies and juice.

Bring an unwrapped toy between 1 and 3 p.m. to benefit Toys For Tots.  

For more information, call 352-795-2585 or visit www.thecrystalrivermall.com. 


Celebrate Christmas at free holiday concert

Citrus County Parks & Recreation will offer a free holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Central Ridge Community Center.

The concert will include the Sweet Adelines and the Citrus High School Chamber Choir. All are welcome to come celebrate the holidays.

For more information, call 352-746-4882.


Hear ‘Bluegrass at Blue Lodge’ this weekend

Ridge Masonic Lodge No. 398 in Homosassa will host “Bluegrass at the Blue Lodge” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the lodge, 5060 S. Memorial Drive.

Professionally performed bluegrass music will be featured from 1 to 5 p.m. in the south yard at the lodge. The $10 entrance fee includes an 8-ounce ribeye steak cooked to order with “all the fixins.” 

Proceeds benefit lodge charities. For more information, call 352-228-7666.