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Things to do: volunteer, see the college, send kids to camp and more

VOLUNTEER WITH HOSPICE: HPH Hospice is recruiting volunteers to help in the kitchen at its Sturgill Hospice Care Center, as well as volunteers to visit patients in their homes in the Brooksville area.

Those interested are invited to attend a two-part orientation from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 18 and 21 at the care center, 12242 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Attendance both days is mandatory. Lunch will be provided.

There is no cost, but registration is required as seating is limited. Call Anne Clarke or Jacquie Lambert at (352) 597-1882.

PHCC OPEN HOUSES: Pasco-Hernando Community College will host the following open houses:

• June 18 — 1 to 4 p.m. at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City.

• June 20 — 3 to 6 p.m. at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

• June 27 — 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.

Faculty and staff will provide information about associate in arts and associate in science degree programs, career and certificate programs, as well as online and traditional classroom courses.

Visitors considering attending PHCC in the fall will learn more about admissions, financial aid and student support services. Tours of the campus grounds, classrooms, teaching-learning centers, libraries and computer labs will be available.

For details, visit or call toll-free 1-877-879-7422.

SUMMER CAMP AT WILDLIFE PARK: Two weeklong Wildlife Ranger Camps will be offered in June and July at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

The first camp, for children ages 8 and 9, will be offered June 17 to 22; the second camp, for ages 10 through 12, will be July 15 to 20. Each camp will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with an overnight starting at 4 p.m. Friday, ending with a graduation at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Camp topics include mammals, birds, reptiles, manatees, the ocean, sea turtles and saving energy through alternative sources. Indoor and outdoor activities include nature hunts, visiting wildlife areas in the park and other scientific activities.

Each program is limited to 20 campers; the cost is $65 per child and includes a T-shirt and supplies. Applicants will be asked to write a short essay on an animal that lives in Florida and why the animal is important. The essay is to be attached to the application.

Applications are available at the park's visitor center. For information, call Tricia Fowler at (352) 628-5343, ext. 1002.

SAFE BOATING CLASSES: Coast Guard Auxiliary 15-08 will offer the following safe boating programs this month at its facility at 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach:

• Basic Kayaking and Canoeing Practices, 9 a.m. to noon June 15. This is a safety program for paddling enthusiasts. Topics include entering and exiting a canoe or kayak safely, hull designs, boating emergencies and legal requirements. The cost is $20 and includes a text.

• Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 18. Designed for those not generally at the helm, this program will help prepare participants in case of an emergency. The cost is $10 and includes printed materials.

• About Boating Safety, 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 25, 26 and 27. This is a beginner program that covers safe boating practices, the use of safety equipment, navigation and Florida law. Completion satisfies the requirement to obtain a Florida Boating Safety ID. The cost is $35 and includes a text.

Registration for each program starts a half-hour before the first class. For information, call Jeff Hoff at (352) 397-5417.

BABYSITTING COURSE OFFERED: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The class is for youth ages 11 to 18.

The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Topics include caring for children and infants, being a good leader and role model, making good decisions and solving problems, keeping children and sitters safe, handling emergencies, such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents, and writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.

The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in baby-sitting, CPR and general first aid basics, good for two years. Participants are to bring a bag lunch.

To get information or to register, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit

THEATER SUMMER CAMP: Spaces are still available for the annual Live Oak Theatre Company summer camp, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 to 28 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 18. Special arrangements may be made for younger children based on an interview and audition. Campers will be split into three age groups.

Campers will learn various concepts of musical theater, including vocal technique, song interpretation, movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup, acting skills and set/costume theory and technique.

Campers will have a lunch break and time for snacks. Children must bring their own lunch, drinks and healthy snacks. Arrangements can be made for early dropoff/late pickup on a case-by-case basis.

The cost is $150. Reservations may be made with a $25 deposit, payable to Live Oak Theatre Company and mailed to the company in care of: Randi Olsen, artistic director, at P.O. Box 12285, Brooksville, FL 34603. For information, call (352) 593-0027 or visit

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