What’s Happening

12/08/2019 – Tree lighting

AdventHealth Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will host its 35th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. There will be more than 50 trees. Santa will arrive by horse-drawn sleigh at 3 p.m., with toys and treats for kids. An evening program will start at 5:30 p.m., with entertainment for all ages, bounce houses, food trucks and fireworks. Guests should bring a blanket or lawn chair. For information, visit AdventHealth.com/hospital/adventhealth-zephyrhills.

12/10/2019 – Make a basket

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a basket class on Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can make a pine needle basket. All materials will be provided. Registration is required by calling (352) 567-3576.

12/10/2019 – World holidays

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host “Holidays Around the World” on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m., as part of its Tinkering Tuesdays program. Participants can explore holidays in many different cultures through crafts and STEAM activities. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

Aviation exhibit

The Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery, on the Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, will host “Eye of the Beholder” exhibits. From Oct. 16 to Dec. 11, the featured artist will be Gabriel A. West (#AVGeek), currently training as a pilot. West is a four-time winner of contests hosted by major international airports in South Florida. Gallery visitors can view West’s passion for aviation, aerial photography and rare airplane models. Admission is free. For information and viewing times, call (727) 816-3231.

Christmas book sale

The Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a Christmas Book Sale from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13. There will be Christmas-themed books, including cooking, crafts, fiction, children’s and more. Cash or checks only. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

History through bricks

The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., in Tampa, will present a “Brick History” exhibit now through Feb. 16, featuring key figures from Mozart to Martin Luther King, scientific discoveries from the Big Bang to DNA, and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings. Events will come to life through the use of Lego bricks, featuring 28 crafted models, each depicting a person, moment or discovery that altered world history. Tables also will be set up for kids and adults to make their own Lego brick creations. Tickets start at $10.95 for children age 7 and older; and free for children age 6 and younger. For information, call (813) 228-0097, or visit TampaBayHistoryCenter.org.

Holiday tree display

The Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host a Holiday Tree Display through Dec. 14. Money raised from the event and silent auction will go to the center’s Tom Jones Tuition Assistance Fund, which makes art accessible to low-income families. Admission is free. For information, visit CarrollwoodCenter.org.

Santa’s Tree

The San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union (SACFCU) is partnering with local charities for Santa’s Tree, a Giving Tree, to benefit families in Restored Hope, the Samaritan Project, and The Thomas Promise program. Stop by any of the credit union offices and choose a give tag, purchase the gift, and return the gift and tag to the credit union by 5 p.m., Dec. 9. Gifts will be distributed by the SACFCU staff. For information, visit SACFCU.org.

Santa’s Tree

The San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union (SACFCU) is partnering with local charities for Santa’s Tree, a Giving Tree, to benefit families in Restored Hope, the Samaritan Project, and The Thomas Promise program. Stop by any of the credit union offices and choose a give tag, purchase the gift, and return the gift and tag to the credit union by 5 p.m., Dec. 9. Gifts will be distributed by the SACFCU staff. For information, visit SACFCU.org.

Watercolor exhibit

Pasco Fine Arts Center will exhibit the work of Lionel Sanchez, entitled “My World Through Watercolor,” through Dec. 20 at 4145 Fairford Drive in New Port Richey. Admission is free. There will be a reception on Nov. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For information, visit PascoArts.org.

Winter Village

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa is hosting the 2019 Winter Village and ice skating rink now through Jan. 5. The family friendly village includes the outdoor ice skating rink, local shops, food, holiday light displays choregraphed to music, the Winter Village Express on the TECO Line Streetcar, and special events. For information, visit WinterVillageTampa.com.

Youth theatre program

The Carrollwood Cultural Center is launching a theater program inspired by William Shakespeare’s work, for those ages 5 to 13. The center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will introduce kids to Shakespeare’s literary work. The program will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 14. The deadline to register is Oct. 26. Admission is $85 for the center’s members and $100 for non-members. Register online at CarrollwoodCenter.org, by calling (813) 922-8167 or by visiting the Cultural Center. For information, email Katie Castonguay at .