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BRANCH OFFICE TEMPORARILY CLOSING: The Spring Hill office of the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, 7443 Forest Oaks Boulevard, will be closed from June 25 through July 6, 2012, for staff training and election preparation. Voters may find information online at www.hernandovotes.com or at the main elections office at 20 N. Main St., Room 165, Brooksville.

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY: The following events are planned in celebration of Independence Day:

Olde Tyme Celebration, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 30, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.

The event, hosted by the Hernando County Fair Association, will kick off with a pancake breakfast, followed by water games, vendors, a cakewalk, a food and ice cream sundae bar and carnival games. There will also be a corn hole tournament in which participants will have a chance to win $500.

The event will wrap up with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Parking is $5 per carload. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 796-4552.

Patriotic Evening, 5 to 10 p.m. July 3, Liberty and Wallace Brook parks in downtown Inverness.

Opening ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Suzanne Smith and Co., Southern Charm and Grounded for Life. Activities will occur throughout the evening, along with concessions sales and children's activities. There will be a fireworks show over the lake between the two parks.

Parking and admission are free. For more information, call the city of Inverness at (352) 726-2611 or send email to administration@inverness-fl.gov.

Machine Gun Shoot, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4, Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

Those who own machine guns can participate for $20. Several cars, trucks and assorted targets will be destroyed. Spectator admission is $2; those younger than 15 will be admitted free. For details, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

High Point Community July Fourth Parade, July 4. The parade lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. at the community bus stop near Cortez Boulevard.

The parade starts at 9 a.m., ending at the community center at 12249 Club House Road. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in various categories. Following the parade, the Golf Club, located next to the community center, will have food and beverages available, along with musical entertainment by John Conroy.

To enter the parade, complete and return the registration form, available at the guard house, by Monday. For more information, call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006.

Regency Oaks Civic Association Independence Day Barbecue, 2 p.m. July 4, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. Food will be served buffet style and will include hot dogs, burgers, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans and toppings. Dessert, coffee and ice will be provided. Guests may bring their own beverages. Music will be provided by DJ Rich. Tickets are $12. Call Joyce at (352) 597-1405, Terry at (352) 596-9213 or Shirley at (352) 597-2988.

NOMINATE AN ADOPTION ANGEL: The office of U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent is accepting submissions for this year's Angels in Adoption program.

To nominate an individual or organization, submit a letter to Nugent's office at 16224 Spring Hill Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34604. Nominees must be residents of the 5th Congressional District. Submissions must be received by July 24.

The winner will be invited to attend the Angels in Adoption gala later this year in Washington, D.C. The winner will be responsible for airfare and accommodations.

The Angels in Adoption campaign is a national movement to raise awareness about adoption. For information, call Shirley Anderson at (352) 799-8354.

JUNIOR LIFEGUARD CAMP: The Hernando County Family YMCA will offer a YMCA Junior Lifeguard Camp from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 to 13 at the YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The class is for youths ages 8 to 15 who are able to swim the length of the pool — 25 yards. Youths ages 14 and 15 are eligible for YMCA aquatics safety assistant certification upon completion of the class.

The class is designed to train individuals in the knowledge and skills necessary to help prevent and recognize aquatics risks and emergencies.

The cost is $200, which includes lunch. Space is limited.

For more information, visit suncoastymca.org or call (352) 688-9622.

EARLY LEARNING COALITION ENROLLING CHILDREN INTO VPK PROGRAM: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is enrolling children in the 2012-13 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program, which is offered free for all Florida children who are 4 on or before Sept. 1.

To enroll, parents should bring the child's proof of age (birth certificate, original shot record or passport) and a current proof of residency (driver's license, utility bill). The registration process should take between 10 and 15 minutes.

ELC has two offices in Hernando County: The Spring Hill office is at 15506 County Line Road; call (727) 233-8291. The Brooksville office is at 26 S Brooksville Ave.; call (352) 754-5068. For Pasco County locations or further information, visit the website at phelc.org/vpk.html.

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