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Register now for Hernando County church summer camps

With the school year soon coming to an end, several local churches and a Christian school are registering children for summer camps and programs.

There will be indoor and outdoor activities offered to children 4 years of age through sixth grade from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays from June 11 through Aug. 20 at First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Planned activities include chapel services, Water Day, Pizza Day, library trips and story times. There will also be swim parties and local trips for older children.

There is a $25 registration fee per child. Weekly rates are $75 for the first child, $70 for the second child and $65 for each additional child. Daily rates are $25.

For information or to register, call Pat Wolfarth at the church office at (352) 683-2600.

All current sixth- through 12th-graders and their parents are invited to the annual Summer Kickoff from 6 to 9 p.m. June 12 at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill.

"We'll have an incredible time together as we celebrate the conclusion of another school year and launch into the summer," said Jeff Dye, minister of students at the church.

The free event will offer inflatable games, including jousting, bungee runs and boxing. There will also be carnival-type games where students can win raffle tickets toward prizes, which will be given out at the end of the day. Other items will also be given away.

"For the first time ever, we will also be having a live band playing great music during the event," Dye said.

Free food and drinks will be available throughout the day.

Parents should not bring younger children. Registration will be taken upon arrival.

Call (352) 683-5882 or visit for information.

Spring Hill Christian Academy, a ministry of Spring Hill Baptist Church, is offering a program for children in K4 through sixth grade from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays June 14 through Aug. 13. A $50 registration fee, which will be applied to the first week, is required to secure a place in the program. The cost is $85 for a full week, $55 for three days or $40 for two days. There is also a one-time supply/activity fee of $30. A discount of $5 will be given if the fee is paid by Friday.

A hot lunch and cold breakfast are included.

Campers are asked to purchase a Summer Bridge book at a local store or through the school office.

Weekly activities will include skating, bowling, indoor and outdoor games, Wednesday field trips and Friday special events.

"Children who attend Spring Hill Christian Academy's Summer Day Camp will experience all the fun of a summer program within a Christian environment," said Mike Willis, principal of the school. "In addition to the activities, games, and weekly field trips, children will have Bible lessons and song time. They will also work through the Summer Bridge book to keep them mentally and academically prepared for the next school year."

The school is at 3140 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Registration forms are available at the office or at Call (352) 683-8485.

Live Oak Theatre Company, a nonprofit division of Youth With a Mission of Tampa, is offering a program for children ages 8 through 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 to 23 and July 26 to 30 at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 5338 Freeport Drive, Spring Hill.

Children will learn various concepts of musical theater, including vocal technique, song interpretation, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup and acting skills.

Tuition is $150 for either weekly session or $250 for both. Limited partial scholarships are available.

The faculty will include Randi Olsen, Ellen Sanborn, Wayne Cordova and Vince Vanni.

"All participants will have the unique opportunity to learn and rehearse original productions. They will learn and have the opportunity to develop a character from scratch and be able to learn how to shape a production," Vanni said.

Those who wish to reserve a place for their child should send a $25 nonrefundable deposit, payable to Live Oak Theatre Company, to Live Oak Theatre Company, c/o Art Sanborn, CFO34077 Eiler Blvd., Webster, FL 33597. The balance will be due on or before the first day of camp.

Special arrangements may be made for younger children, based on an interview and audition.

For information about the program or to inquire about sponsorship, call Olsen at (352) 799-5767 or send e-mail to For information about Live Oak Theatre Company, visit

Register now for Hernando County church summer camps 05/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2010 6:34pm]
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