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Early learning opportunities and pioneer-style camp experience offered

VISIT EARLY LEARNING COALITION VAN: The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition van will be in the parking lot of New Song Worship Center, 6001 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children 8 and younger can browse through the child-friendly van while parents receive information about the free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and other resources.

The visit will be held in conjunction with the Reading Is Fun summer youth program provided by Behind the Stone Ministries and Communities in Schools of Hernando County. Volunteers will read to children of all ages and provide them with books to take home or exchange each week.

For information, call Lillian Rosenzweig at (352) 428-9283.

PIONEER DAY CAMP: Dade Battlefield Pioneer Day Camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 3 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell.

Youths aged 8 to 12 may participate in the camp, which takes a step back in time to the 1800s. Children will learn about early Florida life and receive hands-on experience in historical living arts, such as soap making and cow milking, as well as making pioneer toys and outdoor crafts. There will also be historical period character re-enactments.

The cost is $65 per child, which includes lunches and a T-shirt. Space is limited; applicants will be accepted on a first-come basis.

Call (352) 793-4781 or visit

FISHING PROGRAM AT LIBRARY: The Hernando County Public Library System will host a fishing program, "Conservation and Florida Fishing Laws," at 5:30 p.m. July 17 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Participants will learn how to handle fish when practicing catch and release. Best practices in keeping fish fresh will also be covered.

The free program is part of the Uncle John's Fishin' School summer programs for all ages. The final program will be "Captains Table," which will be Aug. 21.

Professional inshore and offshore charter captains will be on hand to answer questions.

The programs are sponsored by ANDE Monofilament, DOA Lures and MirrOlure. For information, call (352) 754-4043 or visit the website at

BENEFIT CARDS, BILLIARDS TOURNAMENTS: Compassion for All His Creatures will have its fourth annual Texas Hold'em and 8-ball Tournament fundraiser at 1 p.m. July 21 at Capone's Billiards, 10463 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Doors open at noon.

More than $1,500 in donations will be given away, with prizes going to the top six finishers in each category. There will be raffles and door prizes throughout the day.

The cost is $15 to enter the pool tournament and $10 for the poker tournament. Call Peggy at (352) 754-9692.

SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ELKS DINNER SHOWS: The 2012-13 season has been announced and tickets are on sale at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson.

Individual shows cost $32 for prime seating and $30 for regular seating. All six shows are $186 prime and $174 regular. Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at the lodge or by calling the secretary's office at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

All shows include dinner at 6 p.m.; showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

The shows include:

Oct. 13: Sounds of Soul, comprising six singers who have recorded with Capitol Records, Big Apple Records and R&S Records. They do a mix of Motown classics.

Nov. 17: Singer Paul Tanner will do tributes to Elvis, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Dec. 8: The Christmas Show, featuring the Marlins — brothers Gary, Jack, Rick and Robert — who have been performing together for more than 25 years.

Jan. 26: Phil Dirt and his band will present "Surf's Up," a musical tribute to the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Hondells and Ronny and the Daytonas.

Feb. 2: Changes in Latitudes, a tribute to singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Singer Steve Kareta performs.

March 9: Singer/musician Jimmy Travis brings his Las Vegas/Branson show to Hudson, doing original comedy and songs, as well as musical favorites.

WORKSHOP FOR LANDOWNERS: The Conservation Trust for Florida will host a workshop, "Planning for the Future of Your Family Lands in North Central Florida," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the Citrus County Cooperative Extension Office, 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto.

Participants will gain an understanding of their assets and estate, and learn about the use of conservation easements, as well as potential income, estate and property tax benefits as an estate-planning tool.

The workshop will be taught using an interactive, small-group format. Landowners with more than 40 acres are best suited for the workshop, due to the specific nature of the conservation tools and benefits.

The cost is $10 to attend the workshop, which covers the price of lunch.

To register, call (352) 376-4770 or send email to People may also register on the Web at

The Conservation Trust of Florida is a nonprofit land trust, with a mission of protecting the rural landscapes of Florida.

Early learning opportunities and pioneer-style camp experience offered 07/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 6, 2012 9:07pm]
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