Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast’s Monthly Movie Matinee is “Miracle on 34th Street.” It will be presented at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at VITAS in Citrus, 3280 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto. A discussion will follow the movie. Reservations: 352-249-1470. 

Attend a bat house building workshop

Learn how to build and install an effective bat house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7 at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road, Inverness. Park entrance fee is $3 per vehicle and bat house kits are $50 each. Participants will build their bat house with the guidance of an instructor and take it home. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 29 by calling 321-890-6154. Space is limited. This workshop is appropriate for families with school-aged children with parental participation. Participants should bring water, a battery-operated screwdriver or drill gun with charged batteries, a Phillips head screwdriver bit and a hammer. It is advised to wear closed-toed shoes and something that you do not mind getting dirty. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Church hosts free Thanksgiving meal

St. Anneʻs Episcopal Church will host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at 9870 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River. 

Enjoy a trip to Mt. Dora

All those 55 and over are welcome to attend “Light Up Mt. Dora,” from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Meet at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway., Lecanto. Attend for a bus ride to Mt. Dora to see the lighting of Donnelly Park and downtown Mt. Dora with over two million sparkling lights. After the lighting, attendees will be on their own for dinner in Mt. Dora. The bus to return will leave at 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and are $25 each. No refunds will be given. Non-members may attend. Information: Joan Luebbe, 352-500-9622 or jluebbe@suncoastymca.org.

Christmas Run scheduled for Dec.

The IR-RU Family Social Club is hosting the Annual Johnny Stanko Memorial Children's Christmas Run at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the IR-RU Family Social Club, Inc., 922 U.S. 41 S. Inverness. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. and registration begins at 10 a.m. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy and $10. Raffles and 50/50 will be held at American Legion Post #237, Beverly Hills; Crystal River Eagles #4272, Homossassa; Black Water Fins, Ozello; Q's Pub 44, Lecanto. All participants will be returning to the IR-RU Family Social Club for a free meal and live entertainment by Kilroy from 3 to 7 p.m. All proceeds go to local charities.

Annual Winter Music Series returns

The fifth annual "Winter Music Series" will start 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at Good Shepherd Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando. Al Ernst, a comedian from Sarasota, will perform for the first time in Citrus County. Tickets are $10 at the door. Information: Angela Busler, 860-906-8723 or ambusler@gmail.com.

Stay updated on driving education

Florida is a mandated state and any insurance company doing business in Florida must give a discount to those completing an AARP Smart Driver Course, open to all aged 50 and older. Contact your agent for discount amounts. Update yourself to earn a discount and get newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws. Course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others.

Upcoming classes include:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Brown Funeral Home, 5430 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Call Pat Hubbell at 352-586-2731 to register for the class. Bring a lunch.

  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd Beverly Hills. Call Greg Johnson 352-513-5566 to register for the class. Bring a lunch. 

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Senior Circle Center, 11537 W. Emerald Oaks Drive, Crystal River. Call Kevin Spiddle at 352-795-2102 to register for the class.

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Brown Funeral Home, 5430 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Call Pat Hubbell at 352-586-2731 to register for the class. Bring a lunch.

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Senior Circle Center, 11537 W. Emerald Oaks Drive, Crystal River. Call Kevin Spiddle at 352-795-2102 to register for the class.

  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Dr Inverness. Call Greg Johnson 352-513-5566 to register for the class. Bring a lunch. 

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Brown Funeral Home, 5430 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Call Pat Hubbell at 352-586-2731 to register for the class. Bring a lunch.

  • 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Senior Circle Center, 11537 W. Emerald Oaks Drive, Crystal River. Call Kevin Spiddle at 352-795-2102 to register for the class.

Dulcimer Players host Christmas concerts

The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players will be performing several Christmas concerts throughout December. They will play a mix of traditional carols, Christmas tunes and old-time dulcimer favorites. The players hold “musical jams” every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Central Ridge Library community room, 425 W Roosevelt Blvd, Beverly Hills. The performance dates are:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, noon to 2 p.m. Homosassa Library Christmas Open House

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 to noon, Inverness Library Holiday Cheer

  • Friday, Dec. 6, 6 to 8 p.m. Floral City Candles and Carols, outdoor performance in Greg and Sandy Cross' front yard, corner of 48 and Carmen.

  • Monday, Dec. 9, 3 to 5 p.m. Central Ridge Library, Beverly Hills 

  • Monday, Dec. 16, 1 to 3 p.m. Central Ridge Library Christmas Open House. 

Grief workshops offered during Holidays

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is offering a “Surviving the Holidays” workshop/memorial for anyone who has experienced a loss and would like to discover new reasons to enjoy the holidays again. This free workshop will be 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast in Homosassa Springs, 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane, (gold building on right). Information and reservations: 352-249-1470. 

Attend a bat viewing in Dec.

Attend a bat viewing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road, Inverness. Meet at the pavilion. It is advised to wear closed-toed shoes. Park entrance fee is $3 per vehicle. At sundown, attendees can watch as the bats leave their house for their nightly flight and meal. It is suggested to bring water, insect repellant, flashlight and a camera. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Information: 352-726-0315 or penny.wilson@floridadep.gov

Attend a “Five Wishes” workshop

Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast will present a “Five Wishes” Workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane, Homosassa Springs. It is the gold building on the right. Attendees will detail their medical wishes, including personal, emotional and spiritual needs. There is no charge for this event. To register: Jonathan Beard, 352-249-1470.

Holiday indoor market set at mall

The Crystal River Mall will host an Indoor Arts and Crafts Market throughout the month of December, located at 1801 NW U.S.19. The market will feature handcrafted items, housewares, jewelry, woodworked items, plants, baked goods and more and will be held at the following times:

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Saturday, Dec. 14,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Sunday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A portion of vendor fees is contributed to Citrus County Blessings and the Mission in Citrus. Information: Linda Sojka, lsojka@tampabay.rr.com or 352-302-1084.

All are welcome to free pancake breakfast

The First Presbyterian Church of Inverness will host a free, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 206 Washington Ave., Inverness. There will be pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and live entertainment. The breakfast is sponsored by the church outreach committee. All are welcome. Information: 352-634-4216.    

Ditchfield Family Sings in Dec.

The Valarie Theater is hosting the Ditchfield Family Singers to sing Christmas songs at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 207 Courthouse Sq. Inverness. Tickets are $30. For information, visit valerietheatre.org.

Breakfast fundraiser supports dance

Support dance students at a breakfast fundraiser, hosted by the Citrus Academy of Dance Arts, from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Inverness Applebee’s, 1901 W. Main St. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and choice of drink, all served by the dance team. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased through the dance team or by calling 352-400-1886. Proceeds go towards dance competition travel expenses. 

St. Anne’s hosts Children’s Christmas Party 

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will host a Community Children’s Christmas Party noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9870 West Fort Island Trail Crystal River. A movie will be played and pizza will be served. There will be games and a scavenger hunt. A special guest will be present for kids. Information and RSVP: church office, 352-795-2176 ext. 105. To sponsor the party or provide food, email stannescommunications@gmail.com or call the church office. 

Community Choir Concerts in Dec.

The Citrus Community Concert Choir will host their Fall/Winter Music Concert, “Joyeux Noël!" under the direction of Karen Medrano from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 206 Washington Ave., Inverness, and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Faith Lutheran Church, 935 S. Crystal Glen Drive, Lecanto. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Information: 352-634-3927 or visit www.citruschoir.com

Attend human trafficking forum

Melissa Bowermaster, MSW will give a presentation on human trafficking 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 7633 N. Florida Avenue, Citrus Springs. The presentation will answer questions and provide an introduction covering the basics and a foundational knowledge of the topic of human trafficking. All are invited to this free event. Information: ldwright@bellsouth.net.

Visit the Brooksville Wetlands Dec. 7

The Hernando Audubon Society will host a trip to the Brooksville Wetlands 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Participants should meet at the southwest retention pond at Walmart, 7305 Broad Street, Brooksville, at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Wiscon Road. Information: Linda, 352-428-2629, text only or email lindalark85@gmail.com.

Service dog seminar in Dec.

New Life Medical Service Dogs is hosting a seminar on owner trained service dogs 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Learn who is eligible, how a service dog can help a person with a disability, and the requirements of a highly trained service dog team. Information: 352-410-8050 or servicedog4u@outlook.com

Take your picture with Santa

Santa Claus will be taking photos with children, family members and pets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Tractor Supply, 3826 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. All pets must be on a leash. This event is sponsored by Precious Paws Rescue. Information: 352-726-4700.

Attend a “Cookie Walk” 

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

Christmas Social on Dec. 8

Senior Friends for Life will host a Christmas Social at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Harbor Lights Restaurant, 907 County Road 439B, Lake Panasoffkee. There will be a buffet dinner and party, including a gift exchange. Bring a $5 gift marked for a male or female. All are welcome. 

Hadassah meeting in Dec.

A Hadassah meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at Kellner Auditorium, 102 Civic Circle Beverly Hills. Potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream will be served in honor of Chanakah. A representative from the YMCA will be guest speaking. All are welcome. Information: Miriam, 352-746-0005.

Women’s Club hosts Christmas brunch

All are invited to attend the Homosassa Christian Women’s Club’s Christmas brunch 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Southern Woods Clubhouse, 1501 Corkwood Blvd., Homosassa. There will be a Christmas sing-along and Pam Jones will present an inspirational message. Brunch reservations: Carol, 352-382-5233.

Attend a Christmas luncheon 

All are invited to attend the Crystal River Christian Women’s Club’s Christmas luncheon 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 present an inspirational message. Luncheon reservations: Kate, 352-419-8453.

Lunch and learn meeting Dec. 10

The Art Center of Hernando has invited the League of Women Voters of Citrus County to their Lunch and Learn meeting, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave, Hernando. There will a presentation by motivational speaker, Michele Conley. A luncheon will be served. All are invited. A $10 donation is requested. The members of the Art Center of Hernando are asked to donate $5. RSVP: 352-746-0924 or 352-637-9623.

Fishing Club hosts holiday party

The monthly Pine Ridge Fishing Club meeting will not take place in Dec. Instead, a holiday party will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 5690 W. Pine Ridge Blvd., Beverly Hills. Club membership is open to all. You do not need to reside in the Pine Ridge Community or own a boat to become a member.

Wisconsin club to meet Dec. 11

The Wisconsin Social Club will meet 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Crystal Point clubhouse, 7820 Summertree St., Crystal River. All in attendance are asked to bring canned food items to be donated. Members can enjoy socializing and card games. There are no annual fees and this group meets the second Wednesday of each month. Information: Joyce, 352-860-1292.

CCLL registration opens in Dec.

Central Citrus Little League will host early registration for Spring 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Joy and Praise Fellowship, 6670 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills. Early registration offers a discounted rate. Information: visit centralcitrusll.com

Lifestyle changes seminar in Dec.

The Royal Dalton House will host Suncrest Omni Home Health of Crystal River presenting Incontinence Management at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at 5445 West Oak Park Blvd. Homosassa. Attend to learn about lifestyle changes that can help calm the bladder, diet suggestions and pelvic floor strengthening exercises. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. RSVP: 352-765-3259.

ELF showing at Valerie theater Dec. 13

The Valerie theater will be showing ELF at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Tickets are available at the box office on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Limit is 4 tickets.

Mended Hearts to meet

The Mended Hearts of Citrus County will meet 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 in the Gulf Room of Citrus High School on the CMH campus, 502 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness. A Christmas potluck will follow the meeting and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and an unwrapped gift for a child. These gifts will be donated to the Family Resource Center to be distributed Citrus County children in need. Mended Hearts offers education and support to Citrus County cardiovascular patients and their families. Information: Gail Grangerat, 352-795-7742.

Participate in Christmas Bird Counts

Hernando Audubon Society is hosting two Christmas bird counts. Every year, volunteers count birds within designated areas, providing important data to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action. The bird counts will be conducted on the following dates:

  • The Brooksville bird count will occur Saturday, Dec. 14, and will count the quantity and variety of bird species within a circle with a 7.5-mile radius from Bystre Lake. For meeting times and to be assigned to a team, contact Linda at 352-428-2629 or lindalark85@gmail.com

  • The Aripeka-Bayport bird count will occur Monday, Dec. 23, and will count all the birds from Pine Island in Hernando County to Crews Lake in Pasco County. For meeting times and to be assigned to a team, contact Bev at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com.

Knights of Columbus host breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will be host their monthly breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Parish Center, located behind St. Scholastica Church, 4301 Homosassa Trail, Lecanto. The breakfast will consist of sausage, eggs, hash browned potatoes, French toast, pancakes, fruit bowls, orange juice and a bottomless cup of regular or decaf coffee. Admission is a $6 donation. Information: Les, 352-503-2653.

Wreaths to honor Veterans

American Legion Riders Chapter 237 will honor veterans and their families by placing 750 wreaths at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Sunday, Dec. 15. To participate, meet 11:30 a.m. at 6726 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills. This is done to honor the fallen every year by placing wreaths in an area that receives little attention to make sure they are not forgotten. All vehicles are welcome to join. Information: 352-897-4776.

Play military cards with WSW

Women of Sugarmill Woods (WSW) will host their monthly Military Card event at noon on Monday, December 16, at the Sugarmill Woods Country Club, 1 Douglas St. Homosassa. A potluck will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the game begins at 1 p.m. Cost to play is $12 per player. If you have a foursome you want to play with, notate on your registration. If you don’t have a table, you’ll be teamed with other players. Military Cards can be learned quickly; we will teach you. Payment and registration may be dropped in the WSW Mailbox #4, now located at the U.S. 19 entrance to Sugarmill Woods. Details: Dina Bishop, mistywhale13@gmail.com or 602-513-6743. 

Audubon hosts Christmas Party

The Audubon Christmas Party will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E. Hartford St., Hernando. A cash bar will be available until 6:30 p.m., when dinner begins. There will be door prizes and tickets are $25. Checks can be mailed to CCAS, Po Box 527, Lecanto, FL, 34460. 

Attend the “Old Time Radio Christmas Show”

The Art Center Theatre will be presenting “Old Time Radio Christmas Show,” from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando. Cost is $10 per person. For the event lineup, visit artcenterofcitruscounty.org. Information: artcenterofcitruscounty@gmail.com or 352-746-7606. 

Attend “Friday Night Thunder” this Dec.

Sellstate: Next Generation Realty will present “Friday Night Thunder,” Friday, Dec. 20 at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. There will be Christmas music, a Christmas tree and an appearance from Santa. 

Birding for beginners

Learn to identify birds at feeders during a short walk with the Hernando Audubon Society 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27 at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Binoculars and bird books will be provided. Information: Linda, 352-428-2629, text only, or lindalark85@gmail.com.

Editor's Note: These items were submitted through the Chronicle’s online calendar. To submit your event to the calendar, visit chronicleonline.com/calendar and click “Submit an Event.” For help signing up or logging in to your account, call 352-563-5655.

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