Fair offers variety of services to military, veterans
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host his fifth annual Military and Veterans Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. This free event will feature dozens of agencies, groups and organizations that can provide information and help active duty service members and veterans with resources available to them. Information will be available about medical and dental care, veterans claims and services, educational benefits, job placement and employment services, housing services, social services and more. For information, call (727) 773-2871 or visit www.bilirakis.house.gov.
Donation drive will benefit shelters
The Land O'Lakes Woman's Club is seeking donations to help mothers and children staying at the Salvation Army domestic violence shelter and the Sunrise Shelter of Pasco County. The club will hold its donation drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave. NW (just off W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, past the library). Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for $5. Needed items include diapers, baby and children's clothes, small toys and books, socks and underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos and other toiletry items. The shelters could also use gift cards to Walmart (to buy medicine, clothes, gas and other necessities) and McDonald's (to treat children to an outing). Monetary donations are also helpful. For information, call (813) 855-7254.
Coastal Cleanup needs volunteers
Volunteers are encouraged to register now for Pasco's Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 at sites throughout the county. Volunteers are especially needed this year in the Land O'Lakes area. The cleanup is not just for waterways; volunteers pick up trash and debris at school grounds, parks and roads. Volunteers are encouraged to pick a site and reserve a territory to clean up when registering a team. To accommodate people's busy schedules, volunteers are welcome to clean up any day in the week prior to the event and bring the trash collection Sept. 17 to the SunTrust Bank at the corner of State Road 54 and Osprey Lane in Land O'Lakes. Volunteers can register online at pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs or call Betsy Crisp at (813) 996-2411, ext. 2456. Business donations of food, door prizes and so on are also needed. Call Kurt Conover at (727) 861-5141. For information about other cleanup locations across Pasco County, call county recycling coordinator Jennifer Seney at (813) 235-6012, ext. 8041 or (727) 847-8041.