Free citizens Academy begins march 22
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens Academy, which will be offered Thursdays, March 22 through April 26, in the Frank W. Bierwiler Emergency Communications and Operations Center on the Sheriff's Office campus, 18900 Cortez Blvd. Those interested have the option to participate in afternoon or evening sessions; each session is three hours. There is no cost to participate. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday. Visit the website at hernandosheriff.org (click on "Programs" menu, then "Citizens Academy"). Call BarBara Renfroe at (352) 754-6830.
Groups schedule food giveaway
Shiloh Problems Solvers will team up with Feeding America Tampa Bay and the United Way of Hernando County to feed 500 local families. Food will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 in the parking lot at Louie's Bowling Center, 1691 E Jefferson St. The only requirement to receive food is to be a Hernando County resident. Volunteers and donations — food or monetary — are welcome. For information, call the Rev. Clarence Clark at (352) 345-9596 or (352) 540-6005.
Rotary Club needs contest sponsors
The Rotary Club of Spring Hill is seeking sponsors for the 20th annual Rotary of Spring Hill/Kevin Coit Middle School Brain Bowl, which will be March 31 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics. Sponsorships help provide T-shirts, door prizes, awards and a pizza lunch for the students and their families. The Brain Bowl is an academic competition among all Hernando County public middle schools. Students buzz in to answer math, science, English and geography questions. For information, call Carol McElroy at (352) 684-6840.
Vendors sought for show, swap meet
Saturday is the deadline for vendors to participate in the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County Car and Truck Show and Swap Meet. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 17 at the Boys and Girls Club, 5404 Applegate Drive. There will be a kids fun area with games and a bounce house, auto and craft vendors, food, door prizes, a 50-50 drawing and trophies. Vendor spaces are $20. The cost to register a vehicle in the show is $10. For information, call (352) 232-2502 or (352) 666-0068.
Hernando County Aviation Authority, 3:30 p.m., Hernando County Airport office, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.
Relay for Life bingo benefit: 7-9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 6383, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Must be 18 or older. $20. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Music Man' opens at Stage West: 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $15; $8 for students. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net/mainstage.htm.