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Hernando Briefs for March 17


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SunTech receives full accreditation

The Hernando County School District's career and technical center, Suncoast Technical Education Center, or SunTech, recently received confirmation that it has earned full accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education. After earning candidacy in February 2016, SunTech was allowed three years to complete a self-study and apply for full accreditation — a process it was able to achieve in eight months. Under the leadership of Sophia Watson, supervisor of adult and technical education for the school district, and Nicola Barlow, manager of career enhancement, SunTech expanded the number and quality of programs and also opened an additional location at Central High School, all while satisfying accreditation requirements.


Registration open for NAMI 5K event

The NAMI 5K Run, Walk or Roll will begin at 8:30 a.m. April 8 at Pasco-Hernando State College's North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. The entry fee is $30 for adults, $15 for students and free for children aged 12 and younger. The deadline to register is March 31. Proceeds will benefit NAMI on Campus, the North Campus Human Services Club, NAMI of Hernando and the Vincent Life Skills Center. Prizes for the top three male and female finishers, as well as top three wheelchair finishers, will be awarded. To register, visit For information, send email to Eddie Williams at

Tickets on sale for 'Wizard of Oz'

Tickets are available for Live Oak Theatre's The Wizard of Oz, to be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 31 and April 1, 7 and 8, and at 2:30 p.m. April 1, 8 and 9, at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. The role of Dorothy will be shared by three Live Oak veteran performers: Holly Frendberg, Lexi Allocco, and Gwyneth Mitten. The cast also includes Vince Vanni in the title role of the Wizard and veteran performer Terry Edwards in the role of the Tin Man. Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for students ages 13 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket, and include dessert and coffee or tea. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For information, call (352) 593-0027 or visit

Event pairs blueberry wines with dinner

The public is invited to enjoy an evening of gourmet food served over five courses, each accompanied by a unique wine pairing. Papa Joe's Blueberry "Festa Amore" Five Course Wine Pairing, the premiere event leading up to the annual Florida Blueberry Festival, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event benefits the Arc Nature Coast. Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. The private event with limited seating is open to individuals ages 21 and older. To RSVP, call (352) 799-3904 or visit

Brooksville Cycling Classic set for April 1

The seventh annual Brooksville Cycling Classic will be April 1 in downtown Brooksville. This year's event will include cycling, a fitness expo and spectator activities. The classic, a series of downtown criterium races that has taken place in Brooksville since 2010, is part of the Sunshine Grand Prix, a weeklong series of Tampa Bay-area races.

• Good Neighbor Leadership Ride: Beginning at 10 a.m., Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and other local leaders will spearhead an out-and-back ride to the end of the Good Neighbor Trail, starting from Russell Street Park. The 8-mile, no-stress rolling community ride promotes exercise and safety, and is perfect for families and those new to cycling. The ride is free.

• Lake Lindsey Spin: The casual 22-mile group ride begins at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. and follows a route north from the end of the Good Neighbor Trail to Lake Lindsey Road. Includes a rest stop at the Lake Lindsey Mall. The cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt, bag and sag stops. To register, visit

• Croom Forest Metric Century: Also beginning at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Hernando County Government Center, the ride includes some of the most scenic roads in Hernando and a seldom-explored leg through the lake country of Citrus County. Riders will travel from the end of the Good Neighbor Trail north to Croom Road, east through the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, and to points north. Distance: 63 miles. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt, bag and sag stops. To register, visit

• The Pro 1-2: The 70-minute race begins at 1 p.m. on Liberty Street. Spectators will enjoy the excitement of watching top-flight riders race through the streets of downtown Brooksville in hopes of winning a $3,000 purse.

• Brooksville Main Street Fitness Expo: The community is invited to enjoy music and food, booths for health- and fitness-related vendors, including gyms, bike shops and nutrition professionals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Historic Hernando County Courthouse.


Yacht club to host Blessing of the Fleet

The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host its 38th annual Blessing of the Fleet on April 1 at the club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. The land ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the fleet blessing and wreath laying at Marker 58, honoring those lost at sea. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Those who wish to have their boats blessed should motor their boats to the dock area behind the club before 3 p.m. After the ceremony, there will be a dinner with live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. For information or tickets, call Patti Nelson, yacht club fleet captain, at (206) 919-8921.

Anglers' fishing event for kids will be April 1

The second annual Kids Fishing Extravaganza, hosted by the Weeki Wachee Anglers and Hernando County Parks and Recreation, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd. The free clinic, sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is intended to educate kids ages 5 to 15 about the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystem and to teach kids the fundamentals of saltwater fishing. Advanced registration is required. To complete an application, visit by March 28. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Vendors will be on site to provide entertainment, food and information about fishing in Florida waters. For information, call Marvin at (906) 458-1486.


Recognition banquet seeking sponsors

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and its foundation, the Chamber Education Training Association, will host the 43rd annual Student Recognition Banquet at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. This year's event will recognize 56 students from local high schools for their achievements in several categories, including academics, community service, entrepreneurial, leadership, career/technical and the arts. To sponsor a scholarship or a student, call Dawn Badami, event coordinator, at (352) 796-0697 or visit


Learn about dementia at free workshop

Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, will present "The ABCs of Dementia" from 3 to 5 p.m. March 24. The free Alzheimer's and dementia awareness and care-giving workshop will be conducted by Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia, with a presentation by Katrina Butler from Meridien Research. To RSVP, call Ana Raposo at (352) 263-2300.

Suncoast Harmony to give free performance

Suncoast Harmony Chorus, the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, invites the community to attend a free dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. March 21 at Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane. The performance will be the group's last rehearsal prior to its annual competition in Daytona Beach. Refreshments will be served. For information or to RSVP, call Cindy at (352) 597-4376.


Dinner-dance will help fund scholarships

Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will host its annual scholarship dinner-dance April 8 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Music will by Angelo Rifino Jr. from 7 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and include a buffet dinner and dancing. The event will include raffles for gift baskets. Donations accepted. For tickets, call Julie at (352) 686-3865.

Las Vegas Night will benefit charities

The Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee will host its annual Rockin' thru Vegas: Las Vegas Night from 6 to 10 p.m. March 25 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The event will feature casino games, live music, an Elvis show, dancing, prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a cash bar and hot hors d'oeuvres. Those attending may dress in their favorite decades attire and compete in the costume contest. Tickets are $50 per person and includes $100 in gaming chips. Additional chips will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the club's children's charities. For information or tickets, call (352) 428-4714 or (727) 243-4084.

Library to host annual edible book contest

The Hernando County Public Library System will host its fourth annual Eat Your Words edible book contest from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 18 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants may use their imagination to create an edible book — an edible work of art, based on a book, author or anything else book-related. Entries may be made from anything that is edible, as long as it can sit out for an hour or two. One entry per person. The contest is sponsored by Friends of the Library of Hernando County, and winners will be awarded gift certificates for the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore. For information or to register, call (352) 754-4043.

Wine tasting to benefit library system

The third annual Friends of the Library Wine Tasting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 25 at Strong Tower Vineyard, 17810 Forge Drive. The fundraiser, which benefits the Hernando County Library System, will include a wine tasting, homemade appetizers and desserts, live music, a wine basket raffle, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and other activities. Tickets, available at local libraries and at the door, are $15 per person, $25 per couple. For information, call Regina at (727) 271-4163.

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