News that'll have Canners Pickled pink
The Little Rock Cannery has reopened. The facility, now managed by Auro Community Cannery LLC, is at 15487 Citrus Way, north of Brooksville. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Residents are welcome to can their fresh fruit, vegetables and meats. Beginners and experienced canners are welcome. A day pass is $5, associate membership is $50, and social group membership is $125. For information, call (352) 799-4226.
Roll out the barrel for better irrigation
A rain barrel workshop will be presented at 10 a.m. Friday at Hernando County Utilities, 21030 Cortez Blvd. The program will be provided by John Korycki, coordinator of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program in Hernando County. Participants will learn how using rain barrels in their landscapes can reduce dependence on irrigation and supplement rainfall during dry spells. Each participant will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use and setup. The cost is $55 per rain barrel; Hernando County Utilities customers who participate can receive a $25 credit on their water bills. Space is limited. To register or get information, call Korycki at (352) 540-6230.
Open-mike poetry night is Friday
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its Celebration of Poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Students, faculty, staffers and community members are invited to participate in this open-microphone poetry reading. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Those interested in reading one or two poems may sign up at the door. The event is coordinated by professors Richard Downing and Kay McKamy. For information, call McKamy at (352) 797-5109.
Presents, gift cards to help children
The Christmas Angel Program of Hernando County is seeking sponsors to help fill wish lists for local children in need. Donations of gift cards are also needed for clothing, perishable food for food baskets, and gifts for teenagers. The program has filled its quota of children participating and is no longer accepting applications for this holiday season. For information, call Mary or Bill at (352) 596-1552.
Feast of Christmas concerts planned
The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their Christmas concert at 3 p.m. today at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way. The chorus will perform selections from Handel's Messiah and other holiday pieces. There is no cost to attend, but an offering will be collected to support the group's scholarship program. Additional concerts will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive, both in Brooksville. For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.
Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $12. (352) 754-3082.
VFW Men's Auxiliary breakfast: 9-11:30 a.m., VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $7. (352) 596-9236.