Baker House in west Pasco reopens in time for holidays

Holiday

In time for holidays, Baker House reopens

The oldest "cracker" house in west Pasco is reopening its doors in time for the holidays, with tours, decorations and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The historic Baker House, located on Moog Road next to the Pasco Arts Council and the Centennial Park Library, was built in 1882 and restored in the early 1990s. It opened to the public as a museum in February 1993, but due to a lack of volunteers to staff the building, the doors were closed about two years ago. This year, members of the Elfers Centennial Garden Club offered to clean the house and get it ready for the holidays. Another open house is scheduled for Jan. 23. Garden club president Carol Azbell said volunteers hope to hold one open house each month. To learn more, visit www.westpascohistoricalsociety.org or call Azbell at (727) 372-9954.

Countywide

Grant wishes for Santa's Angels

The Santa's Angels Program, a nonprofit organization that provides gifts and necessities for local kids, needs help from more elves. Wish lists for children in need are still hanging from Christmas trees at the following locations:

• Beall's, 12103 U.S. 19, Hudson

• Beall's, 7201 State Road 54, New Port Richey

• Winter Paradise Travel Park, 16108 U.S. 19, Hudson

• Great Clips, 13712 Little Road, Hudson

The program also has bins for general donations of toys, nonperishable food items and clothes at Great Clips, 13712 Little Road, Hudson, and Dollar General, 14184 U.S. 19, Hudson, and a jar for monetary donations at Do It Best Hardware, 14110 U.S. 19, Hudson. The organization also accepts gift card donations and working TVs and computers. For more information, call Marsha Snow at (727) 868-2413.

New Port Richey

Holiday celebration continues today

Greater New Port Richey Main Street Holidays continues today with a breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9 to 11 a.m. in Sims Park and holiday family photos from 9 a.m. to noon by Life Long Studios. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be an arts and crafts village, river boat rides, kayak and canoe rentals, pony rides, children's activities, festival food and commercial vendors. From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be entertainment on the main stage in Sims Park; and from noon to 9 p.m., a carnival and midway.

Land O'Lakes

School policy overhaul online

The Pasco County School Board has completed its first major policy manual revision in decades. Before it adopts the overhauled version, it must hold two public hearings to give residents their say on the proposed changes. Want to participate? The manual is for the first time available online for your review. To see it, go to www.neola.com/pasco-fl/. The first public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the School Board meeting room, Building 3, 7205 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes.

Baker House in west Pasco reopens in time for holidays 12/12/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 13, 2009 11:16pm]

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