Using hook to add post carousel to Blog page section of Woothemes Scholar theme.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer this query. I would like to add a post/page carousel or a similar widget (Event Expresso Upcoming Events) to a section of the Homepage template of the Woothemes Scholar Canvas Child Theme (for example the Featured Courses section or the Blog Posts section which list respectively, Featured Sensei courses and recent blog posts) and to only display this widget/carousel at the center of the section where the blog posts would otherwise be displayed. I would also like to add a signup button to the hero section of the Homepage template. I understand that I might be able to do the above using hooks but am not savvy enough yet to begin working with hooks right off the bat. I would be grateful for any assistance on the matter.

Many thanks,