HERNANDO BEACH CHANNEL CELEBRATION: The Hernando Beach Property Owners Association has scheduled a celebration for the completion of the Hernando Beach Channel dredge at 2 p.m. May 20 at the Hernando Beach boat ramp on Calienta Street in Hernando Beach.
There will be a ribbon cutting, and complimentary hot dogs, chips, soda, water and cake will be served. There will be an open house from noon to 4 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., with free boat inspections and safety checks.
There will also be representatives from Hernando County businesses and organizations. Those wishing to have a booth at the event may call Jennifer Brown at (352) 596-5983.
The event is being organized by the Hernando Beach Property Owners Association, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Hernando Beach Marine Safety and Support Group.
RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP: Hernando County Yards and Neighborhoods coordinator John Korycki will present a rain barrel workshop at 10 a.m. May 16 at the Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Participants will learn how to use rain barrels in their landscapes to reduce dependence on irrigation and supplement rainfall. Each participant will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use and set-up.
The cost for the class is $55, which includes the completed barrel; payment must be by check or money order. Hernando County Utilities Department customers in good standing may be eligible for a $25 credit on their water bills.
Preregistration is required and will be taken on a first-come basis. Call John Korycki at (352) 540-6230.
LITERACY BOOK DRIVE: Communities in Schools of Hernando County is collecting donations of books through June 16 for its Summer Literacy Book Drive.
Needed are educational, inspirational and motivational books in good condition, geared for children and youth, newborn through age 17. Donations may be dropped off at Paul and Jerry's Self Storage, 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
For information or to volunteer with Communities in Schools, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or send email to [email protected]
CHARITY CRUISE-IN BENEFIT: A charity cruise-in to benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will be from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
The event, hosted by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission and Performance, will include door prizes, entertainment, games and raffles.
Registration is free. Spectators are welcome.
Proceeds from raffles and a portion of revenue generated at the restaurant during the event will be given to the Early Learning Coalition.
For information, call Monster Transmission toll-free at 1-800-708-0087.
PERSONAL HISTORY WORKSHOP: The Hernando County Public Library System will offer a "Telling Your Life Stories: Personal History" workshop from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
The free program is for those interested in writing their life stories, whether for family, friends or themselves.
Tips and techniques will be provided, and there will be creative writing exercises and group sharing.
Space is limited; registration is required. Call Robin Bravard at (352) 540-6392.
BOAT NAVIGATION CLASS: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 will offer a two-day Advanced Navigation course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and May 22 at the auxiliary building, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach.
The cost is $20. Group rates are available. For information, call Joanne at (631) 522-9179.
THEATER CAMP FOR KIDS: Live Oak Theater Company will offer its annual summer program June 11-15 and June 18-22 at the Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill.
The camp is open to children ages 7 to 18. Special arrangements can be made for younger children, based on an interview and audition.
Campers will be split into three age groups.
Participants will learn vocal technique, song interpretation, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup and acting skills. The faculty will include Randi Olsen, Myndee Washington, L.A. Chiucchi and Vince Vanni.
Camp will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with an hour for lunch and time for snacks. Children must bring their own lunches and snacks. Arrangements can be made for early drop-off/late pickup on a case-by-case basis.
Tuition is $150 per week or $250 for both weeks. Limited partial scholarships are available.
Space is limited. To reserve a space, there is a $25 nonrefundable deposit. Checks are to be made payable to Live Oak Theater Company and mailed to the Live Oak Theater Company, Randi Olsen, P.O. Box 12285, Brooksville, FL 34603.
For information, visit live- oaktheatre.org or call (352) 593-0027.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR HAS NEW DINNER HOURS: Love Your Neighbor's free weekly dinners are now from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville.
Volunteers should arrive by 3 p.m. For information, call Lisa at (352) 428-9275.
Love Your Neighbor also operates the Donation Station food pantry and "pay what you can" thrift store at 408 W Jefferson St., Brooksville.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays.
Volunteers and donations needed. Contact Jerry at (352) 428-8738.
The organization also needs volunteers and donations of materials to build wheelchair ramps and for emergency home repairs for indigent elderly and disabled people. Contact Rick at (352) 942-4371.