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THIS WEEKEND

Christmas Trees Around the Square

This year marks the 28th anniversary of Christmas Trees Around the Square in Inverness. Twenty trees, each representing one of the nonprofits or service organizations in Citrus County, will shine throughout the holiday season.

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They will be put up and decorated by Santa’s elves at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The public is welcome to decorate with the Citrus County Historical Society and museum staff.

This year’s tree lighting ceremony will be something special. The historical society is holding a free holiday concert with Greta Pope from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness.

The concert is meant to spread holiday cheer and thank the community for their continued support of the society and the museum. Greta Pope and her trio will perform the holiday edition of the Great American Songbook.

To reserve a seat, visit cccourthouse.org/shop or call 352-341-6428. These events are offered to the public free of charge, but donations are always welcome.

COMING UP

Fishing club to have Christmas dinner

The Beverly Hills Fishing Club will have their Christmas Dinner on Dec. 11 at the Citrus Hills Country Club.

Tickets can be purchased via phone at 352-746-0472. The cost for club members is $20 and $35 for guests. Meals are glazed salmon, stuffed pork loin and prime rib.

Weeki Wachee Winds to have holiday concert

SPRING HILL — Weeki Wachee Winds, led by founding conductor and music director Mark Hengesh, will present a free concert of holiday music at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) in Spring Hill.

The 40-member concert band will present a program filled with holiday favorites and medleys of Christmas tunes. The program will also include a Chanukah celebration, Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” and a concert band adaptation of Georg Frederik Handel’s “Hallelujah.”

Admission is free but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets are available Monday through Friday during church office hours or Sundays before and after 9:30 a.m. service. Call 352-597-1456.

Tickets can also be secured via email at director.wwwinds@gmail.com. Tickets must be picked up by 1:40 p.m.

The band is actively recruiting musicians for a 2021-22 concert season. For more information, contact Hengesh at hengesh.band@yahoo.com or visit weekiwacheewinds.com.

Parks & Rec to have concert series

Citrus County Parks & Recreation will have their concert series through May 2022. Each concert will be held at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:

  • Entertainment Revue (Christmas show), Dec. 3
  • The Everly Set (Everly Brothers tribute), Jan. 15
  • Moonflower (Santana tribute), Jan. 28
  • Future events include:
  • Liverpool Live (Beatles tribute), Feb. 25
  • The Rocketman Show (Elton John tribute), March 11
  • Start Me Up (Rolling Stones tribute), April 8
  • Anthem (Whitney Houston tribute), May 20

Tickets are available in advance for $15 each and convenience fees may apply for credit card transactions. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase from the Citrus Springs Civic Association.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 352-527-7540. Purchase online at tinyurl.com/e5paww8w.

Nature Coast Community Band concerts

The Nature Coast Community Band have these remaining performances on their concert schedule for 2021-22, their 13th season.

Holiday concerts

  • 3 p.m. Dec. 11, at the Citrus Springs Community Center.
  • 3 p.m. Dec. 12, at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.

Winter concerts

  • 3 p.m. March 5, 2022, at the Citrus Springs Community Center.
  • 3 p.m. March 6, 2022, location to be determined.

Spring concerts

  • 3 p.m. May 7, 2022, at the Citrus Springs Community Center.
  • 3 p.m. May 8, 2022, location to be determined.

Independence Day concerts

  • 3 p.m. July 2, 2022, at the Citrus Springs Community Center.
  • 3 p.m. July 3, 2022, location to be determined.

Admission is free. For more information, visit naturecoastcommunityband.com, email nccommunityband@gmail.com or call 352-601-7394.

Women of Sugarmill to have tree auction

The Women of Sugarmill Woods will host a decorated Christmas tree auction from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Sugarmill Woods Country Club, 1 Douglas St. in Homosassa.

Winners will be notified on Friday and may pick up their trees Saturday at the club. All trees are decorated by members of the club.

The funds will support local charities and scholarships for high school students. For more information, visit womenofsugarmillwoods.com or call Judy Krencis at 815-347-1742.

Nature Coast Dulcimer Player to have Christmas concerts

The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players will be performing Christmas and traditional music at the following venues in December:

“Candles and Carols” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 in the front yard of the Love House on East Orange Avenue in Floral City; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills; and 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road in Inverness.

Have fun with the Floral City Heritage Council

Join the Floral City Heritage Council (FCHC) from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, for a Lions Club fish fry with horse-drawn wagon rides, luminarias, carolers and tree lighting at the museum, 8394 E. Orange Ave.

The FCHC will showcase their modified historic home tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. It will be presented as a free walking tour to the door with no entry inside. The Historic Duval-Metz House will be open for a donation. Docents in period costumes will greet visitors.

There will be interpreters of early Florida arts, trades and daily living skills, folk music, children’s activities, free museum access and hay ride. Mt. Carmel Methodist Church’s BBQ and sweet potato pies will also be available.

Visitors are welcome to learn about happenings in Floral City, including the drive for contributions to further develop the “Flowers ‘N’ Fountain Corner.”

Donations for that enhancement may be sent to FCHC, P.O. Box 328, Floral City, FL 34436.

For more information, call 352-419-4257, email ther-fchc@hotmail.com or visit floralcityhc.org.

Tri-County R/C Club to have annual Santa Fly-In

The Tri-County R/C Club will be having their annual Santa Fly-In and festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Rainbow R/C Park, 11729 Bridges Road in Dunnellon. Pilot registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with a pilot meeting at 9 a.m.

This event is in cooperation with the Marines Toys for Tots organization. The landing fee for pilots is a new, unwrapped toy with a value of at least $15. A cash gift is acceptable and will be used to purchase toys.

All spectators are welcome and encouraged to donate. Food will be available at the Rainbow cafe.

For more information, contact Chris Wieland at 352-212-9333 or carolts@tampabay.rr.com.

Attend the ‘Trains for Christmas’ train show

The free train show, “Trains for Christmas,” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive in Dunnellon.

There will be multiple layouts, no vendors and a raffle. For more information, contact Bill Quast at 352-209-5422 or wmquast@gmail.com.

German-American Social Club to have Christmas party

The German-American Social Club of West Central Florida will have their Christmas party from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E. Hartford St. in Hernando.

The menu includes minestrone soup, a tossed salad and choice of prime rib of beef served with au jus or bourbon salmon. Dinner includes garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, almandine, rolls, coffee and tea. For dessert is strawberry cloud cake.

Dress code is semi-formal or traditional German. There will be number tickets at the door for two gift baskets.

Admission is a $35 donation. For information, Sigi Strak at 352-854-9616 or sigistrak@centurylink.net.

Youth theatre presents ‘A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol’

The Art Center Youth Theatre presents “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Art Center of Citrus County, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Hernando.

Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairytale treatment. All the famous fairytale characters take on the roles of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Tickets are $5 for youth and $8 for adults. Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 352-746-7606, or visit tinyurl.com/64vv6z2.

Art Center Theatre presents winter musical comedy

The Art Center Theatre presents their winter musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Jan. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at the Art Center of Citrus County, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Hernando. Friday and Saturday night showings are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Travel back to ancient Rome in this classical comedy where Pseudolus, a crafty Roman slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a few trips around the seven hills of Rome.

The original 1962 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author.

Tickets are $21. Box office hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 352-746-7606 or visit artcentertheatre.org.

Concert series at Homosassa First Methodist

The Homosassa First Methodist Church arts council presents their 2021-22 concert series at the church fellowship hall, 8831 W. Bradshaw St. Remaining shows are:

  • Sideline at 3 p.m. Jan. 16
  • Brass Roots Trio at 3 p.m. Feb. 6
  • Paul Todd at 3 p.m. March 5

For single tickets, general admission is $15 and reserved seating is $20.

Those who are vaccinated need not wear masks. Masks are recommended for those who are not.

For tickets or more information, call the church at 352-628-4083, Ron Hesketh at 352-382-4518 or Karen Kline at 352-382-7263.

GOING ON

Valerie Players seeking members

A community theater group is planning a series of plays at the Valerie Theater in Inverness.

Artistic Director Patrick Erhardt said the Valerie Players needs performers, directors and people to work behind the scenes.

The season will include: “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” Dec. 10-12; “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Feb. 18-20, 2022; “Psychic,” April 22-24, 2022; and “On Golden Pond,” June 17-19, 2022. The theater also will sponsor a 10-Minute Playwriting Festival, and the winning works will be produced Sept. 16-18, 2022.

For information, contact Erhardt at: patherhardt@gmail.com.

Hernando Ukulele Jam to meet

The weekly Hernando Ukulele Jam meets at 11 a.m. for intermediates and noon for beginners every Tuesday at the Historic Hernando School at the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road 486. The event is free and open to everyone.

Attendees should bring their favorite ukulele and a music stand if they have one.

For more information, call 352-566-2328.

Acoustic music jam at the library

The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players host an acoustic music jam from 3 to 5 p.m. most Mondays at the Central Ridge Library community room, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

A beginner group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the same location.

Adults of all levels are welcome to join. For more information, call 352-746-6622.

Test your brain at trivia nights

Continuing in 2021, Citrus County Parks and Recreation will have free virtual trivia nights at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month, excluding holidays.

Test your brain against the brightest minds of Citrus County. Pre-register at least 24 hours prior to the event at apm.activecommunities.com/citruscountyparks to receive the video chat trivia links.

For more information, call 352-527-7540.

Socialize with others at Café Break!

Among the wellness programs offered by Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast at its Wings Grief Center, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane (gold building on right) in Homosassa Springs is Café Break!

At Café Break! Anyone grieving or lonely can find a safe place to socialize with others, work puzzles, play games or chat over a cup of coffee and snacks for 2-1/2 hours starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and at 9 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information or to join this program that follows CDC guidelines, call 352-249-1470.

Community center open mic nights

Citrus County Parks and Recreation presents open mic nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the last Wednesday monthly at the Citrus Springs Community Center at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. at Citrus Springs.

Vocalists, musicians, poets and comedians are welcome at this all-ages event. No profanity is allowed.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks will be required to enter the building, but not by performers during stage time.

For more information, call 352-527-7540.

Join the Women’s Mahjongg Club

A Women’s Mahjongg Club is forming for residents of Sugarmill Woods. The version that will be played is the Wright-Patterson (not the American version).

They will meet every Wednesday at a resident’s home. For information, contact Maria at flowergarden444@gmail.com.

Join the Floral City Crafters

The Floral City Crafters meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Floral City Baptist Church, 8545 Magnolia St.

The crafters are a group of knitters, crocheters, quilters, jewelry makers and more who share their love of crafts and spend time together. Attendees can bring their crafts or learn a new one.

There is a $2 fee for each weekly meeting. For questions, call 352-637-5423 or 352-726-5658.

Attend monthly meetings with the Sunshine Poets

Join the Sunshine Poets’ monthly meeting and poetry reading at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills.

Attendees are welcome to bring poems to share, or just listen. If you would like the members to critique your poems, bring several copies on which they can write suggestions. Attendees are also welcome to join the group afterward for lunch at a local restaurant.

Additional details are available on the Sunshine Poets Facebook page. For questions, contact Cheri Herald, Sunshine Poets president, at sunshinepoets@gmail.com.

Senior program hosts free ukulele classes

The Hernando Area Senior Program is hosting free ukulele classes with Joy Wilson at noon on Tuesdays at 2415 N. Florida Ave. in Hernando. All skill levels are welcome.

Attendees must comply with COVID-19 guidelines and masks are mandatory. Due to limited space, participants should call ahead to make a reservation. For additional information about these activities, call 352-527-5484.

Inverness Bridge Club offers free membership

A limited number of players can join Inverness Bridge Club free to play either duplicate or party/rubber bridge at noon, Mondays and Fridays. The club plays a friendly game that is not sanctioned by the ACBL that normally lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. For information, email pepperpothead@gmail.com. Provide your name, preferred times and ways to reach you.

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