Volunteers, sign up to help with oil spill
The United Way of Hernando County is working with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Section on training volunteers to be available if and when the need arises for assistance with the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill.
Those wishing to be added to the local disaster volunteer list can register on the United Way website at www.united wayhernando.net.
Volunteers, as needed, will be contacted based on the volunteer opportunities that are available and their level of training. Training opportunities will be announced on the website and local newspapers as they become available.
For information, call (352) 688-2026.
Ham radio groups to prepare for emergency
Two local ham radio organizations will conduct emergency communications testing from 2 p.m. June 26 through 2 p.m. June 27 as part of National Field Day for Amateur Radio, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.
• The Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club will conduct its emergency communications test at American Aviation, 2495 Broad St, south of Brooksville (at the Hernando County Airport). Visitors are welcome and can get on the air under the guidance of an experienced ham radio operator. There will be food prepared and served by club members, just as they would do during a real emergency. Also, local restaurants will provide many of the meals and snacks. Contact David Millendorf at (352) 684-3925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Hernando County Amateur Radio Association will conduct activities at Linda Pedersen Park at 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The public is welcome to observe and learn about ham radio. Call Bob Millard at (352) 848-4381.
The local ham radio operators from both groups will set up and operate (for 24 continuous hours) several generator-powered two-way shortwave radio stations. They join FCC-licensed hams throughout the United States who will set up amateur radio stations and will be in contact with one another in a display of emergency communications capabilities. When all other communications are down due to storm or other emergencies, "hams" often provide the only communication to the outside world during the first critical 24-36 hours.
Tickets available for July 3 barbecue
The Regency Oaks Civic Association will host its annual Independence Day Barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. July 3 at the clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd.
Food will be available, including hot dogs for $1.50, hamburgers for $2.50, and soda and water for 50 cents each. Guests should bring side dishes and beverages. ROCA will provide ice, coffee and dessert.
Music will be provided by DJ Rich, the Music Hitman, who will play music from the 1950s and '60s.
Admission is $3 per person. Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance. Call (352) 597-1405, (352) 596-9213 or (352) 597-2988.
Rock, Wii games and more for teens June 29
Youth ages 12-17 are invited to participate in Teen Game Day from 2 to 4 p.m. June 29 at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
Participants will play games such as Rockband, Guitar Hero, Internet games, Dance Dance Revolution and Wii games.
The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. No registration required. For information, call (352) 540-6391.
Kids, meet the balloon guy, reptiles at library
As part of the Florida Library Youth Program, the Hernando County Public Library System will offer the following programs for children ages 5-12:
• Tony the Balloon Guy, 10:15 Tuesday at West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill; and 10:15 a.m. June 23 at East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Tony uses balloon art as a vehicle for comedy, information and a pro-reading message.
• John Storms — World of Reptiles, 10:15 a.m. June 24, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Storms brings along some of his live friends, including snakes, turtles, a crocodile, lizards and maybe a 21-foot python.
• Jiggleman, 10:15 a.m. June 25, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The show includes jumping, joking and juggling, and includes audience participation.
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.
Tickets available for Knights Awards dinner
Knights of Columbus Council 11317 will host its annual Awards Dinner on June 26 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. followed by awards.
The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, coffee and tea. Other refreshments will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $7 each and are available in the parish office and after weekend Masses, or by calling Ed Patane at (352) 684-3349 or Tony Maccaquano at (352) 666-8149.
Food ministry to hold open house/cookout
Angel Food Ministries at Fellowship Community Church will host an open house/cook-out from noon to 2 p.m. June 26 at the church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive.
The cook-out is free. Tours of the delivery and service area for Angel Food Ministries will be available. For information, call (352) 686-4612.
Line dance the night away at clubhouse
The next Brookridge Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 26 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.
A DJ will play music. Guests can bring their own beverages, ice and snacks. The cost is $5 per person.
While no formal lessons will be provided at the dance, an on-site instructor is available to help. For information, call Norma at (352) 397-6088.
Barbecue buffet, dance set for June 26
St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus will host the "Summer Fun Bar-B-Q Buffet and Dance" from 6 to 10 p.m. June 26 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd.
Music will be provided by Larry Greer, who will sing songs from the 1950s through now.
The menu includes pulled pork and chicken, beef brisket, ham, barbecue beans, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert, coffee, soda and water. Guests can bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $12.50. Call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767 or the parish office at (352) 683-9666.