Historical Society welcomes author
The Pasco County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave. in Dade City.
Dorothy Smiljanich will share excerpts from her award-winning book Then Sings My Soul: The Scott Kelly Story. Copies of the book will be available.
This is a covered dish meeting and people should bring food, table service and a beverage.
Call Eddie Herrmann at (352) 567-2050 or Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.
Book and gift fair aids Relay for Life
A book and gift fair is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Shoreline Cafeteria of the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson.
A portion of each sale will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Hospital campus to go smoke-free
After Nov. 1, patients, physicians, vendors, guests and employees of Pasco Regional Medical Center will not be permitted to smoke or use tobacco anywhere on the property, including all outdoor areas, such as parking lots.
This effort is a partnership of the Florida Department of Health and all Pasco County hospitals. The goal is to become tobacco-free for better health.
Vital statistics office open for business
The Pasco County Health Department has added a vital statistics location in Land O'Lakes.
Birth certificates are now available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Health Department at 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd.
Birth certificates from 1917 to the present will be available for $12 for the first copy and $8 for each additional copy of the same record.
Call (813) 558-5173, ext. 133.
Take course, deliver speech confidently
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is offering a course in public speaking at five weekly sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays beginning April 13.
Taught by Vince Vanni, who has been in sales, marketing and public speaking for 35 years, the classes will be at the Capital City Bank Conference Room, 14203 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill.
Topics covered include dealing with fear, preparing and delivering a speech, and projecting confidence. This will be a hands-on course.
Cost is $60 for chamber members and $120 for others. A certificate of completion will be awarded. Call (352) 796-0697, ext. 18, to register.
New Port Richey
Bring nursing home concerns to meeting
The Pasco-North Pinellas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the meeting room of Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
The goal is to improve the quality of life and care of residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care home and skilled nursing units in area hospitals.
The public is invited to bring their concerns or issues about long-term care facilities. Call toll-free at 1-888-831-0404.
New Port Richey
Bring canned goods to Chasco Fiesta
Chasco Fiesta and the United Way of Pasco County have joined forces to conduct a food drive, Stock the Shelves, during the two weeks of Chasco.
People are asked to bring canned goods when they attend any of the events. Twenty-three pantries in Pasco County will benefit from the food collected. There will be a food collection tent located by the information booth at Sims Park staffed by food pantry and United Way volunteers.
The Salvation Army will take on the responsibility of sorting and distributing the food.
Run-walk benefits Mary's House shelter
Jericho Road Ministries is taking registrations for the second annual 10K/5K/1 Mile Charity Run-Walk for Jericho Ministries: Mary's House, a shelter/recovery residence for homeless women. Participants are asked to recruit sponsors to pledge money in their name to Jericho Road Ministries.
The event is at 7:30 a.m. April 18 in River Country on U.S. 19, Spring Hill.
Awards and refreshments will presented after the run-walk. Entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race. Children under 12 can register for $3. Call (352) 597-9383.
Leadership Pasco now accepting applications
Leadership Pasco is taking applications for the Class of 2010. Tuition fee is $700 and applications are due on or before June 1.
The program includes topics on leadership skills, history of Pasco County, education, health care and social services, law enforcement and criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.
Classes are held on the third Thursday of the month beginning in September and ending in May.
Call (727) 844-5247 or toll-free at 1-866-783-1122, or visit www.leadershippasco.com.
New Port Richey
Find Chasco Fiesta vendors in new spot
The 2009 Chasco Fiesta Sale moves to downtown New Port Richey this year.
The First United Methodist Church of New Port Richey will sponsor the Chasco Fiesta Flea Market, Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Retail Sale on March 21 and 22.
The sale will take place on Central Avenue and vendors selling flea market items will be at the Flea Market Village on the parking lot of the former First Baptist Church at the corner of Central Avenue and Circle Blvd.
Other vendors will be along Central Avenue.
On March 22 the annual Car, Truck and Bike Show will take place on Central Avenue.
Call (727) 849-4004.
K of C offers bingo, dinner, dancing
The Knights of Columbus Father Farrell Council 6476 offers bingo at 11 a.m. each Sunday at the Family Life Center, St. Vincent de Paul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road in Holiday.
Refreshments are available.
Ellis Hale will play for the dance Friday at the Family Life Center. Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. and dance is from 7 to 10 .m. Cost is $11 for both or $5 for the dance only.
Call (727) 934-8025.
Run run and walk benefits area schools
The Rotary Club of Hudson is making plans for the Annual Hudson 5K and 1-mile fun run and walk on April 25. The race and walk will start at 7:30 a.m. along Hudson Beach at 6325 Clark St.
There will $500 in cash prizes for winners in a variety of categories.
Advance registration is $20; cost is $25 on race day. There will be a postrace party.
Call (727) 868-9212 or (727) 819-2117 for registration forms.
Proceeds will be used to support local programs and activities at Hudson schools.