The Brooksville Academy of the Arts has changed its name to the Brooksville Dance Academy, and Leslie Ann "LA" Chiucchi-Dysart has taken over as sole owner.
Chiucchi-Dysart is a third-generation dance instructor. She began dancing at the age of 2 1/2 and brings 16 years of teaching experience to the academy.
In addition to being owner, instructor and choreographer at Brooksville Dance Academy and Kicks & Co., Chiucchi-Dysart is a teaching artist for the VSA (Very Special Arts) of Florida, and she is resident choreographer for the Live Oak Theatre Company in Spring Hill.
The studio is at 22293 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. For information, call (352) 799-2614.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is accepting nominations and sponsorships for its 2012 National Philanthropy Day awards.
Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving at the National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.
The event, sponsored by the Nature Coast Chapter and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, along with media sponsor the Tampa Bay Times, will honor community leaders in six categories: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy and Youth in Philanthropy.
The nominating process is open, and all nonprofit agencies are encouraged to participate by completing a nomination form available online at afp-naturecoast.org. The deadline is Sept. 4.
For sponsorship or ticket information, email Becky Bennett, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando program manager, at [email protected] or call (727) 967-7509.
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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
Dr. Reut Bardach, an obstetrician and gynecologist, has joined the staff of My Gynecologist, 11175 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
Bardach is also a surgeon who utilizes the minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery system.
Bardach completed her residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit after receiving her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles. She received her master's degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida.
For information, call (352) 686-8888.
Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill, will be the site of a fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Family Organization beginning at 11 a.m. today.
Ten percent of customers' bills will be donated to the Alzheimer's group. The event will be hosted by Forest Oaks, the Grande and Spring Oaks.
For information, call (352) 593-4114.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.
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Bill's Bistro on Broad, 4 N Broad St., Brooksville, will host a Bash Breast Cancer event from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Ten percent of restaurant sales will go to Brooksville teacher Nichelle Mohre-Cassidy, who will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure breast cancer awareness event in October.
For information, call the restaurant at (352) 593-8211 or Mohre-Cassidy at (419) 212-3021.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Travelin' Dreams Travel, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Shandelle Johnson, (352) 683-9077.
• Eckerd Youth Challenge Program, 201 Culbreath Road, Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Robert Patterson, (352) 799-5621.
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SCORE Chapter 439 will present a free seminar, "How to Really Start Your Own Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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Career Central will host the Spring Hill Healthcare Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, at 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be 20 employers in attendance with multiple health care job openings available, ranging from entry level to highly skilled.
The event is open to any Hernando or Pasco county resident or employer in the health care industry. People attending are encouraged to bring resumes, dress for success, and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.
To register, contact Dianne Perkins, business relations specialist, at (352) 200-3020, ext. 3122 or (813) 841-5381.
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Hernando County Business & Professional Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the pool house at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.
This month's speaker will be Alice M. Pirola, an independent senior director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, who will speak about the DiSC Profile, a self-scored behavioral assessment.
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Dinner is $15 for members and $20 for guests. For information, contact Karen Lund, president, at (352) 686-2891, ext. 201, or [email protected]
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The Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.
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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will play host to its monthly charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.
The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is on the first Tuesday of each month, benefiting different charities. September's charity is the Alzheimer's Family Organization.
The event is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit monstertrans.com.
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The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. New members are welcome. Call Ross Keith at (352) 596-2649.
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The Florida Public Relations Association Nature Coast Chapter will have its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando.
In lieu of a professional development program, the group will have a general membership meeting, install officers, vote on a change in the bylaws and introduce a new member.
The cost is $15 for association members and $18 for nonmembers. To RSVP, call Katie Mehl at (352) 344-6501.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Sept. 11 in the Medical Arts Building conference room at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
A complimentary dinner and networking will begin at 5:15 p.m.; the meeting will be at 5:45. The program will be "Pearls of Working Accounts Receivable." The speakers will be Diana Brijbag and Becky Davey.
The association is dedicated to the professional development of its members in health care practice management. Interested practice managers are invited. To RSVP, call Dee Suber at (352) 596-3338 by Sept. 6.
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Arts and craft vendors are needed for Cadence Bank's Fall Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the bank's Spring Hill office, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, off Applegate Drive.
The vendor fee of $10 will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 666-5200.
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