December Spotlight

-- The Citrus Garden Club Christmas Tour will be Friday, Dec. 6, at the Historic Stetson Mansion to benefit student scholarships. For reservations, call Pamela at 352-249-6970 by Dec. 10.

-- The Beverly Hills Community Church Christmas Bazaar will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 86 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Lunch will be provided. Call Bonnie at 352-527-3738.

-- A free pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 am. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church at 206 Washington Ave. in Inverness, sponsored by the church’s community outreach program. Call 352-634-4216.

-- The Academy of Dance will host a breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Applebee’s at 1901 W. Main St. in Inverness, served by the Dance Team to benefit the dance competition expenses. Call 352-400-1886.

-- The Annual Santa Fly-In will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rainbow R/C Park (take County Road 484 to Bridges Road in Dunnellon). Bring an unwrapped toy worth at least $10 to be presented to the Marion County Fire Department to be distributed to those in need.

-- The Crystal River United Methodist Women will hold a Cookie Walk and Craft Sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church at 4801 N. Citrus Ave. in Crystal River. Call 352-795-3148.

-- The Altar And Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist will have a Christmas Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Father Stegeman Hall, located at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40, north of Dunnellon.

-- The Spirit of Christmas Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River. The event is sponsored by the Greener Side of Haven and the Citrus County Chronicle to benefit a new animal sanctuary.

-- The Shriners Celebration For Children to benefit children in its hospitals will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rock Crusher Canyon Pavilion at 275 Rock Crusher Road in Crystal River. There will be live entertainment and food vendors. Merchandise will be available for purchase.

-- The Ditchfield Family Singers will be in concert at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Valerie Theatre in Inverness at 207 Courthouse Square. Visit

-- Richard Gilewitz, finger-style wizard, will be in concert on from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with 6- and 12-string finger gymnastics and seasoned raconteur at the Art Center Theatre, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Call 352-746-0924.

-- The Afro-American Club of Citrus County will host a Scholarship Dance on Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Michael’s Banquet Hall, 4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Music will be provided by the Soul Sensations. For reservations, call Carol at 352-302-9453.

-- The Citrus Community Concert Choir will present “Joyeux Noel” concerts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at First Presbyterian Church at 206 Washington Ave. in Inverness, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at Faith Lutheran Church at 935 Crystal Glen Drive in Lecanto.

-- The public is invited to attend the Homosassa Christian Women’s Club’s Christmas brunch at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Southern Woods Clubhouse in Homosassa. Sandy and Dan Morehead will conduct a Christmas sing-along and Pam Jones will bring the inspirational message. Bring a gift to pass worth up to $5. For brunch reservations, call Carol at 352-382-5233.

-- The public is invited to attend the Crystal River Christian Women’s Club’s Christmas luncheon at noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Providence Baptist Church, 4471 Sanction Road, Lecanto. Ritz and Glitz on the Square will present a fashion show. Oyster’s Restaurant will cater. Pam Jones will bring the inspirational message. For luncheon reservations, call Kate at 352-419-8453.

-- The Santa’s For Seniors Bear Party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Game Room at 10082 W. Halls River Road in Homosassa. Bring a teddy bear and a covered dish. Call Martha at 352-270-1630.

-- Citrus Parks and Recreation is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Tree program through Dec. 13, which permits community members to donate Christmas trees to families that cannot afford them. The tree-trimming ceremony will be Friday, Dec. 13, at the Citrus County Central Ridge Community Park at 952 Lake Beverly Drive. Call 352-527-7540.

-- The Dunnellon Community Chorale concert is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and the Central Florida Master Choir concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St.

-- The Spirit of Citrus Dancers party is at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with a Grand Holiday Ball at the Kellner Auditorium Jewish Center in Beverly Hills. Call 352-228-1688.

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