HERNANDO HIGH: The School Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. Call Marianne Bennett at (352) 797-7015, ext. 406.
NATURE COAST CHILDREN'S CHORALE: The group will present its spring program, "Music of Nations," at 7 p.m. today at DaySpring Presbyterian Church, 6000 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The concert will feature folk songs from Ireland, Japan, Brazil, America and other countries. It's free.
• The chorale will hold auditions for its upcoming fifth season. Contact the children's chorale at [email protected] to set up an audition. The chorale is open to children in grades 4 to 12. It is under the direction of David Pletincks, Powell Middle School's choral director and chairman-elect of the Florida Vocal Association for middle school choirs.
SPRINGSTEAD HIGH: Ford Motor Co. and Flammer Ford are partnering to help raise up to $6,000 for Springstead High School with its Drive One 4 UR School Program. The companies will donate $20 to Springstead for every person who test drives a 2012 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid or Sport, Fiesta, Mustang, Edge and F150 between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 1 at Springstead's bus loop. Call (352) 797-7010. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. Limit of one test drive per household.
STUFF THE BUS: Hernando County teachers interested in benefiting from the United Way of Hernando County's 6th annual Stuff the Bus school supply event are invited to visit unitedwayhernando.net and click on the Stuff the Bus logo to register. The event will be July 27-29. Deadline for teachers to sign up is July 13.
WIDER HORIZONS: The school is offering three special summer programs: Language Arts Enrichment for children ages 3 to 8, Elementary Engineering and Robotics for elementary-age students, and Middle School/High School Academic Enrichment and Skill Building. For information about costs, times and dates, call (352) 686-1834.
WINDING WATERS K-8: The school will participate in the Big Lots 2012 Lots2Give program. Participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program and will also have the opportunity to put their creativity to the test in an online video contest, where they could win a share of $120,000 in cash prizes. Now through July 8, customers can help Winding Waters K-8 by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores. All donations will go to participating schools. Voting for the video contest runs from June 11 to July 8. Members of the public can vote for their favorite video (limit of three votes per day). The winning video will be based on the number of votes received. For information and a complete list of participating stores and schools, visit biglots.com/lots2give.
Kindergarten roundup: Winding Waters K-8's will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Friday. To register a student, parents or guardians must provide the child's original birth certificate; immunization records and evidence of a recent physical (completed no earlier than Aug. 1 of the prior school year); proof of residency, such as a utility bill, and parent/guardian identification, such as a driver's license.
SUMMER VOLUNTARY PRE-K: Hernando County School Services is offering a free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program during the summer for children who were 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011. The program will be from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 11 through Aug. 3.
Registration requires certificates of eligibility from the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties and the children's health and immunization records. The Early Learning Coalition's two offices are at 15506 County Line Road, Suite 103, Spring Hill, (727) 233-8291, and at 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville, (352) 754-5068.
The sites for the program are: Bright Beginnings Preschool & Daycare, 3013 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, (352) 686-8070; Great Beginning Preschool and Daycare, 10155 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, (352) 592-4441; Boys and Girls Club, 885 N Broad St. (Brooksville Elementary), Brooksville, (352) 797-7014, ext. 257, and Mrs. B's Preschool and Daycare, 13238 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, (352) 688-4792.
For information, call the Hernando County School Services Department at (352) 797-7051.
YOUTH INITIATIVE: The Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Hernando Youth Initiative job skills program from 7:45 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. June 15, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. June 16 and from 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 23 at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Youth age 18 to 24 are invited to send an application with a $10 money order by May 31 to be considered for the course. Make the money order payable to Communities in Schools of Hernando County and send it to Frank Cassara, 4066 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606. First come, first served. The program is limited to the first 50 who apply and are qualified.