Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

Applications open for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

COUNTYWIDE

civil rights hall of fame Nominations

The Florida Commission on Human Relations is seeking nominations for the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame and will accept submissions through July 1. The judges are looking for people who have made significant contributions to and provided leadership in Florida's progress and achievements in human and civil rights. Contributions of nominees can include community empowerment, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building, authored publications, organizational leadership, private and governmental entity diversity efforts and multicultural educational initiatives in any area of human and civil rights or related areas. For additional rules and information, visit tinyurl.com/FCHR-nominations.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Miss Fire Cracker applications open

The Miss Fire Cracker Pageant is planned for 5:30 p.m. June 30 at Sims Park. The pageant is an official preliminary pageant for the Miss Florida U.S. International, Miss Florida Teen, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Florida pageants. Babies through women in their 50s are invited to participate and applications will be accepted up to the date of the pageant. For information on applying, call (352) 256-9959 or email [email protected]

SHADY HILLS

Donate old bras for cancer awareness

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8681 have planned a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness in October. As part of the fundraiser, the organization will display a chain of bras on County Line road in Pasco County. Women are encouraged to donate old bras in any condition. Drop bras off at the post, 18940 Drayton Street. For information, call (727) 856-1860 or (352) 610-2215.

HUDSON

Caribbean cruise church fundraiser

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church has planned its annual fundraising cruise from Nov. 4 to 11 leaving from Fort Lauderdale to stop in Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Grand Turk on the Ruby Princess, a Princess cruise line ship. Rates start at $895, which includes a Bon Voyage luncheon, transportation to and from the port, taxes and fees, gratuities and baggage handling. Reservations will be accepted through August. For information, call (727) 862-3595.

COUNTYWIDE

Orientations for hospice volunteers

Gulfside Regional Hospice will hold several orientation sessions for new volunteers. Orientations are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 and 12 at Gulfside's west Pasco administrative office, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, for all new volunteers in west Pasco; from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 14 and 15 at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills for new patient care volunteers in east and central Pasco; from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 23 at Gulfside's Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 21780 State Road 54; and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 28 at the Dade City Thrift Shoppe, 37925 Sky Ridge Circle, for new Thrift Shoppe volunteers. Reservations are required. In west Pasco, call (727) 845-5707 and in east and central Pasco, call (813) 780-1235 for the east and central Pasco orientations.

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