The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will host a mental illness awareness program at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, who at age 14 was kidnapped and held hostage for nine months. Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent will also speak. There will also be a silent auction, and the NAMI Iris Award will be presented to Circuit Judge Richard Tombrink Jr. Individual and business sponsorships are available. Visit www.namihernando.org or call (352) 686-0004 or (352) 683-1350.