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BOATING CLASSES OFFERED: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach, will offer these classes:

• "How to Read a Nautical Chart," 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cost is $35.

• "About Boating Safety," 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The cost is $35.

Special group rates for any of the classes are available. For information, call Joanne at (631) 522-9179.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System will offer preschool screenings for children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten and who might have problems with speech, language, hearing, vision, concepts or motor coordination.

Screenings for the 2012-13 school year will be at the Exceptional Student Education Center, 900 Emerson Road, Brooksville, on the following days: Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 7 and 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1.

The free screenings are by appointment only; early registration is suggested, as space tends to fill up quickly.

Call Linda Kaszuba at (352) 797-7021.

LEARN THE BENEFITS OF RAIN BARRELS: A Rain Barrel Workshop will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The program will be presented by John Korycki of the Hernando County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program. He will discuss how using rain barrels in the landscape can reduce your dependence on irrigation and supplement rainfall when it's dry.

Each participant will receive a completed rain barrel, along with instructions on its proper use and setup. The cost for the class is $55 per completed barrel; payment must be made by check or money order (no cash or credit cards). Hernando County Utilities Department customers who participate may be eligible for a $25 credit on their water bills.

Preregistration is required and will be taken first-come, first-served.

Prior to the workshop, participants are also invited to attend a free microirrigation seminar at the same location, starting at 10 a.m.

For information or to preregister, call John Korycki at (352) 540-6230.

FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING SIGN-UPS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program is registering participants for the coming season on the following days at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

• Sign-ups with mini-camps will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Sign-ups only will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30.

The program is open to children age 5 to 15. The mini-camps are free for those who pay in full; otherwise camps cost $10 per child.

The cost for either football or cheerleading is $195. The cost includes the football uniform with name and number or cheerleading uniform top, skirt, bloomers and shoes.

For information, call Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524.