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Juneteenth celebration is Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.


Celebrate the Juneteenth festival today

The Juneteenth Historical Festival will be from noon to 10 p.m. today at Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge, 510 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. There will be a memorial ceremony, a barbecue, vendors, live music, narration, poetry and dance as well as cakes, pies, candy and ice cream. Juneteenth celebrates the 147th anniversary of news of emancipation reaching slaves in Galveston, Texas, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. For information, call (352) 410-4108.


Reading With the Rays kicks off

The Reading With the Rays summer program kicks off from 10 a.m. to noon today at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road. The Tampa Bay Rays Street Team will be present with inflatable games and activities. Kids who read books as part of Reading With the Rays will have an opportunity to win prizes. The program is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays in cooperation with the Tampa Bay Times' Newspaper in Education program. For information, call (352) 754-4043.


$800 hand-crafted quilt will be raffled

Tickets are available for a quilt raffle to benefit Lea's Prayers and Postage. The quilt, worth $800, was handcrafted at the Foothills Crafts Shop in Manchester, Tenn. The quilt, donated by Maggie Beck, has never been used and is kept in a Sterilite container. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be July 4. Contact Dee Mills at Visit the website at


Learn about Early Learning Coalition

The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition invites residents to bring their children, ages 8 and younger, to the coalition's van, which will be in the parking lot of the New Song Worship Center, 6001 Deltona Blvd., from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. This is a child-friendly van that the children can check out while parents receive information about the free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program, as well as other resources. For information, call Lillian Rosenzweig at (352) 428-9283.

Today's picks

Flag Day ceremony/event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S Old Floral City Road, Inverness. Free, but donations welcome. (352) 726-0315.

Reception for artist Fred Mannarino: 1 to 3 p.m., Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 556-3984.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St. $5. (352) 397-6088.

Latinos Unidos Social Club Father's Day dinner-dance: 7 p.m., 12528 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $5 for men, $10 for women. (352) 666-0036, (352) 596-8719.

Juneteenth celebration is Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. 06/15/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 8:37pm]
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