Hernando County news briefs

News and notes from Hernando County
Published April 8


Literary fest logo contest is underway

The Tampabay Lit Fest has announced it is holding a logo design contest for its first literary festival, which will be Oct. 4-5 at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

Submissions for the logo contest may be sent as a digital image (jpeg/jpg) or a PDF document. If chosen, all formats of the logo will be needed. The winner will receive $500.

The contest deadline is the end of business on April 22. For information and to submit a logo design, email to logo2tampabaylitfest.org or call (813) 694-1444.

The Tampabay Lit Fest is a literary festival that will include workshops, literary readings, performances, screen writing and playwriting workshops. It will include a range of literary concepts such as a short-story contest (2,500 words) and poetry contest (40 lines). The contests will be available on all levels — middle, high school and college students, as well as published authors.

Vendors wanted for several events

Vendors can register to participate in the following upcoming events:

• Springstead Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 and May 4, in the Springstead Theatre parking lot, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10 for two car spaces. The sale benefits the Springstead High School boys basketball team. Call Greg at (352) 683-3528.

• Nature Coast 912 Patriots Flea Market and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27, Hardees Restaurant, 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Set-up begins at 8:30 a.m. For details, contact Jose Lugo at (352) 200-8163.

• Live Oak Theatre Yard Sale and Vendor Fair, 8 a.m. to noon April 27, at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Set up is at 7 a.m. The cost for vendors is $25, as well as a gift or basket valued at $10 or more to be raffled. Spaces are 10-foot by 10-foot. Funds raised will help fund the Live Oak Conservatory Scholarship Fund, as well as programs of the Live Oak Theatre Company. For details or an application, email to KelliSAlexander@yahoo.com.


Jericho needs help with food distribution

Jericho Road Ministries is seeking volunteers to help distribute food supplies to the needy at its food distribution location at Mary’s House, 1163 Howell Ave. Assistance is needed with administrative duties and handing out food.

Jericho is facing pressure due to growing numbers of unemployed and homeless in Hernando County. Help can be as little as one day a week (between 9 a.m. and noon) or more.

Jericho Road Ministries is a Christian-based ministry, and pastoral approval will be required for all volunteers. For further information, contact Jean Vivelo at (352) 799-2912.

Live Oak Theatre hosts Vienna-style benefit

The Live Oak Theatre Company will host the following events at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd.:

• A Night in Vienna, a scholarship fundraiser, will be at 8 p.m. May 4. It is a Viennese experience with entertainment on both levels of the facility. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Continental Catering. There will be coffee, tea and desserts. A cash bar will be available.

In the theater (first floor), there will be DJ music and dancing with Jason Sager, who will play a selection of modern dance music. In the Grand Ballroom (second floor), there will be swing style music and the vocal and musical talent of Live Oak Theatre and conservatory faculty and students. Conservatory members will provide tributes to artists such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban and Harry Connick Jr. Also, Stephanie Barnett Sager and Randi Olsen will perform classical and Broadway tunes.

The event will feature a Viennese cake decorating contest. Members of the community are invited to enter a cake in the contest and provide samples for an audience-choice award. A prize will be given for the audience choice. Cakes will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Tickets are $75 per couple or $40 per person, which includes all appetizers and dessert, coffee and tea. Reservations are required by April 26. A limited number of tickets will be available after that date for $85 per couple or $50 each; if any are available at the door, the cost is $75 per person.

This is a formal event. For those in need of a gown, Live Oak Theatre offers a selection of gowns to rent. For information on tickets, the cake contest and gown/dress rentals, call the box office at (352) 593-0027 or email to liveoakboxoffice@gmail.com. Tickets may be purchased online at liveoaktheatre.org.

Ornithological Society hosts weekend events

The Florida Ornithological Society will host its spring meeting April 27-28 at Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22492 Chinsegut Hill Road.

The Saturday itinerary includes a boat tour of Crystal River and an auto tour of the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, with a focus on red-cockaded woodpeckers. Following dinner, researchers will discuss marsh wrens, seaside sparrows, American oystercatchers and red-cockaded woodpeckers in the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Sunday’s itinerary includes a trip to the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, with a focus on pineland species, and may include banding of Bachman’s sparrows and seeking red-cockaded woodpeckers.

Reservations are needed by April 22. For details and reservations, visit fosbirds.org/style/docs/FOS-Spring-2019.pdf. For information, contact Ann Paul at (813) 624-3149 or apaul@audubon.org.

Spring Hill

Chamber hosts annual Hop ‘n Glow event

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and its foundation, Chamber Education Training Association, will host the sixth-annual Hop ‘n Glow from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Anderson Snow Park Sports Complex on Anderson Snow Road.

More than 20,000 eggs will be sought in age-defined egg hunts. There will be a blacklight dance party and face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, games, food trucks and more.

Advance tickets are $3.50, available on eventbrite.com. Tickets at the gate are $5. Proceeds will benefit the Chamber Education Training Association. To be a sponsor or vendor, contact Lindsay Cacciatore at the Chamber, (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com/pages/hop-n-glow.

Bag proceeds benefits Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for April at the Winn Dixie Store at 2240 Commercial Way.

The program includes two reusable Community Bags with special giving tags attached that allow customers to direct a donation to a nonprofit of their choice upon purchase. As part of the program, the Boys and Girls Club will receive a $1 donation every time one of the reusable bags is purchased during April (unless otherwise directed by the customer).

Depending upon the amount raised, the Boys and Girls Club hopes to send several children to summer camp.

To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, visit facebook.com/bgchernando or bgchernando.org, or call (352) 666-0068.

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.