Crafts, movie, balloons, magic at libraries
As part of the Florida Library Youth Program, the Hernando County Public Library System will offer the following programs for children ages 5 to 12:
• Create a Sea Craft, 10:15 Tuesday at West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Participants use their imaginations making crafts.
• Kids Movie Day: Planet 51, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. American astronaut Chuck Baker lands on Planet 51 and finds it inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a "white picket fence" world, reminiscent of 1950s America. Animated film.
• Tony the Balloon Guy, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Tony uses balloon art as a vehicle for comedy, information and a pro-reading message.
• Magician Cesar Domico, 10:15 a.m. Friday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The show includes laughs and illusions. Suitable for the whole family.
All programs are free and no registration is required. Early arrival is recommended. Parents/guardians must remain on library premises. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
HPH Hospice hosts volunteer orientation
HPH Hospice will host a two-part volunteer orientation for adults and teens 14 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 and 22 at the office at 698 S Broad St. Volunteer opportunities include answering phones, filing, working on office projects and visiting patients in their homes. This team serves the eastern portion of Hernando County. Hospice is a nonprofit organization that cares for individuals affected by a life-limiting illness.
Advance registration is required. Call Anne Clark at (352) 796-2611. Information is available online at hph-hospice.org.
Nature Center lists July programs
Chinsegut Nature Center will host the following events and programs in July:
• Incredible Edibles Collection and Preparation Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Collect wild plants and learn the process of food preparation with wild foods.
• Spider Prowl, 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. Biologist Mark Stowe will give a talk and lead the prowl. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
• Schoolyard Wildlife Project, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10. This environmental education program for educators teaches how to turn your school grounds or back yard into an effective outdoor classroom and provide important wildlife habitat.
• Florida Snakes, presented by Jim Mendenhall, 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 13. Natural history information will be provided and live snakes will be available.
• Map and Compass Class, 9 to 11 a.m. July 17. This is an introductory course to map and compass use.
• Birds of Prey, presented by Homosassa Wildlife Park volunteers, 10 a.m. to noon July 20. Includes live birds and natural history information.
• Big Pine Wildflower and Tree Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. July 27. Meet at the Big Pine Tract on Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville.
• Growing Up Wild educator workshop, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 29. Includes a nature-based early childhood curriculum. In-service credit available.
• Night Walk Interpreter, 8 to 10 p.m. July 30. This is for individuals who enjoy being out at night in the woods. The nature center is in need of additional night walk interpreters. This program will train those interested.
Unless otherwise specified, programs are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Reservations are required. Call (352) 754-6722.