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By Times Staff Writer
Published December 9, 2007
The second annual Zephyrhills TUBACHRISTMAS will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Clock Square, Fifth Avenue, Zephyrhills, as part of the Main Street Festival of Lights.
Tuba and euphonium players are invited to come to downtown Zephyrhills and join in the fun of this special Christmas Concert, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills and Zephyrhills Main Street, with the support of the city of Zephyrhills.
Registration and practice will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Cooper Hall at First United Methodist Church, 38635 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.
Russell Schmidt, Zephyrhills High School music director, will conduct the ensemble in this local variation of a national annual event taking place throughout the country this season. Players pay a $5 tax-deductible registration and receive a commemorative TUBACHRISTMAS button. Music books, Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas, containing 33 titles of traditional Christmas music, will be available at registration for $12.
Players are encouraged to bring music stands or lyres and wear festive dress. Special TUBACHRISTMAS scarves will be on sale.
In case of inclement weather, the performance will be in First United Methodist Church.
TUBACHRISTMAS concerts are public performances featuring tuba and euphonium players of all ages who honor the heritage of their chosen instruments. Alec Wilder arranged Christmas Carols for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, held in 1974 in Rockefeller Center, New York.
For information about the local TUBACHRISTMAS, call John R. Wheeler at (813) 788-7408.
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The music department of Sunlake High School will present a concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of the Charles S. Rushe Middle School. Raymond Diaz, instrumental director, will lead the concert band, the percussion ensemble and the jazz band. Fremont Ogle, choral director, will direct the mixed chorus, the mixed quartet and the all-county chorus members.
This is the first concert for the Sunlake High Music Department. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge.
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Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club will host its inaugural 5K Reindeer Run, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, to benefit East Pasco Habitat for Humanity. The racecourse will take participants through the rolling hills of Lake Jovita.
Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The pre-race registration fee of $20 per person covers race entry, event T-shirts, prizes and a post-race party featuring snacks, drinks and family fun. The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday. Registration on the day of the race will be $25.
Race packets will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the race and can be picked up at the Lake Jovita Clubhouse, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd. All participants should arrive by 7:30 a.m. in time for the prompt 8 a.m. start.
Four overall prizes will be awarded. In addition, males and females placing first through third in each of 11 different age categories will receive awards.
For information, call the Lake Jovita Fitness Center, (352) 588-2233, ext. 316, or visit www.lakejovitagolfcc.com. Lake Jovita is on State Road 52, 5 miles east of Interstate 75.
Recently the sounds of the '50s filled the Dade City Business Center at "Rock 'N Roll Review," a fundraiser for East Pasco Habitat for Humanity. More than 300 guests walked through the door of "caring" - a facade of a Habitat Home created by Harold Wagner of Gator Transport and Setup Construction Division. The door was designed so guests could jump back in time to the '50s when the opportunity to have a Habitat Home wasn't possible. Musical performances, a roller skating demonstration by Skate World Skaters of Tampa, and silent and live auctions created a lively night.
Money raised from the event will go to building more homes for families in need. East Pasco Habitat's 50th home is under construction, and a celebration of 15 years and 50 homes will take place in early 2008.
Habitat's Women Build Home is nearing completion and is scheduled for dedication at 10 a.m. Saturday. Congratulations go to Natalie Sotomayor, construction contractor, and all the women builders.
The continuing building efforts of East Pasco Habitat are made possible because of the volunteers and donations raised from events such as "Rock 'N Roll Review."
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