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Hernando County news briefs for May 3


Survey wants views on health

Residents, health care providers and business leaders are invited to share their views on health and healthcare in Hernando County by taking a 10-minute survey. WellFlorida Council is conducting surveys on behalf of the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County through May 26.

The survey is available at Residents who take the survey may enter to win a $30 gift card. Survey results, along with research and health-related data, will be used to assess the region's most pressing health needs. The information will be made available in the fall report, Hernando County Community Health Needs Assessment.

Those who wish to receive a printed version of the survey, or for additional information, contact Chris Abarca at cabarca@wellflorida.orgor (352) 727-3767.

Donate to Goodwill, get Dino World coupon

Throughout May, people who make a donation or who "round up" a purchase at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast will receive a coupon for a free children's ticket to Dinosaur World for each paid adult admission, up to two free admissions; that is a savings of up to $23.90.

Dinosaur World is a 20-acre theme park and outdoor museum with more than 200 life-size dinosaurs in Plant City. Goodwill Superstore is located at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Pasco County locations include: 2390 Willow Oak Drive, Wesley Chapel, and 11462 State Road 54, Trinity. For a list of all Goodwill-Suncoast stores, visit


Arc to host annual 10K, 5K runs

The Arc Nature Coast will host the annual Spring Lake Memorial Classic 2M, 5K and 10K race on May 25. The event, which kicks off at the Arc Nature Coast, 5283 Neff Lake Road, will include a 10K starting at 7:15 a.m., a 5K run starting at 7:45 a.m., and a 2-mile fun walk/run starting at 8 a.m.

All three courses, with chip timing, take participants along shaded tree-draped roads and over challenging hills and beautiful vistas.

The event will include a post-race food festival, and prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age group. Registration is $35 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K, and $25 for the fun walk/run. The event benefits the Arc Nature Coast, a nonprofit charitable organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hernando and Pasco counties.

Sponsors are still needed for the event. For information, call (352) 544-2322. To register, visit

Hernando Beach

Fly fishers host casting challenge

The Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers will host its Spring Time Casting Challenge May 4 at Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and casting begins at 120:30 a.m.

There will be three events: The short cast for 25 feet target; a four target speed casting event; and the Master Blaster Caster distance event. The grand prize for the distance event is a Tarpon fly fishing charter with Capt. Lowell Bebout.

There is no cost to participate. For details, call Bob at (352) 263-4070.

Dinner to benefit cancer patient

A benefit dinner for Tim Goodman will be from noon to 5 p.m. May 11 at VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. There will be food, raffles and a 50-50 raffle. The dinner will include salad, spaghetti and meatballs, and dessert.

The cost is $10, with all money raised donated to Goodman, a post auxiliary member who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. For information, contact the post at (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

Arts council to discuss its communications

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council Communications Committee will meet at 4 p.m. May 6 in the community room at Capital City Bank, 14302 Spring Hill Drive.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss consistency in branding of communications from the Arts Council, issuance of media releases and updating the council's website and social media sites.

The public is welcome. For information, contact Beth Putnam at or (352) 573-8208.

Access offers free health lectures

Access Health Care Physicians will offer the following free lectures:

• "Sharper Brains Are Not Cluttered: How to Help Sparkle Those Neurons in Your Head," 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9, at the Access main office, 5350 Spring Hill Drive. Presented by Maria Scunziano-Singh, MD, whose practice focuses on combining traditional medicine with holistic treatments. To register, call (352) 688-8116, ext. 4344.

• "Emergency Management of Diabetes," 1 p.m. May 13, at the Access office at 5382 Spring Hill Drive. This lecture is part of a diabetes mellitus education series presented by Verna Pedersen Runyan, a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. Seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to (352) 200-2190.

Acting workshop available for youth

Stage West Community Playhouse will offer an Acting Workshop for Young People June 3-7 at the theater, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. Two sessions will be offered each day from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 through 3:30 p.m.

The workshop is open to children ages 8 to 16. Session topics include: Introduction to acting, introduction to movement, finding your voice, stage makeup, selecting a song and interpreting music, stage combat and auditioning techniques and tips.

The cost is $20 per child, per session, or $35 per day (both sessions). Those who sign up for the entire day will receive a drink and snack during session break, but participants are expected to bring their own lunch. The cost for those who sign up for all 10 sessions is $150.

Class size is limited and registration is required, with a $25 non-refundable deposit (payable to Stage West, Inc.) due with the registration form. Tuition balance is due by May 22.

For information and registration packets, stop by the box office during regular box office hours, or email to Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

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