Bands battle onstage at Crews Lake Park
Rock out with the Pasco County Library System at Battle of the Bands XI: Rockus Maximus at 6 p.m. March 28 at Crews Lake Park in Shady Hills.
Different genres of music will be represented and the bands will be judged on stage presence, vocals, songwriting and general musicianship. In addition to the live band competition there are video/online documentaries on each band on the library's MySpace Web page, where bands are competing for votes.
Visit the teen pages at pascolibraries.org; the library's teen blog or MySpace.com/pascolibraries to view and vote for your favorite band.
Call (727) 861-3020.
Childhood issues topic of family conference
The sixth annual Family Conference, "Build a Foundation for Success — One Child at a Time," will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Weightman Middle School, 30649 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel.
Topics include: Internet safety/MySpace, dealing with children's behavior, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder issues, understanding the IEP process/the parent's role, effective parent-teacher conferences, and family literacy strategies for parents (ESOL).
For child care, a translator, disabled access requests or other information, call Holly Rockhill, Communications Department, at (813) 794-2203 in central Pasco; (727) 774-2203 in west Pasco; or (352) 524-2203 in east Pasco.
Art in the Park seeks participants, sponsors
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have Art in the Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 19 at the new Wesley Chapel District Park on Boyette Road.
Artists from all over Florida will be invited. Categories include clay, drawings, graphics, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood. There will be a children's art display and music by local bands and musicians. A cake-decorating contest is planned.
Participants for all categories are being sought. Sponsorships are also available.
Call (813) 994-8534.
March mixer slated for Thursday evening
The March Mixer for the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Synovus Bank, 2145 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel.
Call (813) 994-8534.
School to host two basketball camps
Wesley Chapel High School will be hosting two basketball camps this summer. One will run from June 9-13, and other runs from July 21-25. Both camps are for boys and girls ages 6-13.
The cost to attend each camp is $85 per camper. Each camper will also receive a T-shirt and a miniature basketball.
For more information, please contact Coach Warren Jones by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (813) 794-8700.
Learn warm-weather, Florida gardening
Would you like fresh tomatoes, peppers and greens for supper tonight? Come and learn how to grow these and many other warm weather vegetables.
"Vegetable Gardening" will be the Saturday seminar topic from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 5 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 US 41 (Land O'Lakes Boulevard).
At the same time April 5, "Florida Gardening" will be the Saturday seminar at the Pasco Extension Office, 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City.
There, guest speaker Monica Brandies will discuss gardening in Florida vs. elsewhere, gardening by calendar, what to plant and how to keep gardening easy.
Both are free.
There will be handouts, coffee, refreshments and door prizes.
For more information, call (352) 521-4288, (727) 847-8177 or (813) 996-7341, ext. 4288.
Citizen police class
to start Tuesday
The Citizen Police Academy will host an evening class beginning Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Thursdays in the classroom at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center.
Graduation will be April 22.
Call (727) 834-3239.
Youngsters invited to Jellybean Jamboree
The Pasco County Parks and Recreation and the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce presents its 16th Annual Jellybean Jamboree from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Registration is at 9 a.m.
There will be a coloring contest, jellybean jar guess, games, free hot dogs, drinks and cupcakes and an Easter egg hunt. This is free for infants to age 12.
Call (813) 909-2722.
Chamber of Commerce to host monthly mixer
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce monthly Mixer is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Prudential Tropical Realty, 20537 Amberfield Drive, Land O'Lakes. Call (813) 909-2722.
Thespians present play, dinner show
Land O'Lakes High School Thespians will present the suspenseful drama Guest in the House by Hagar Wilde and Dale Eunson on March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in the school's mini-theatre.
Friday's show tickets are $6. Saturday's show will be a dinner theater to raise money to send the thespians to the State Festival.
Tickets for Saturday will be $12 for the dinner show, or $6 for the show only.
The characters of Ann and Doug Proctor, played by Sarah Adams and Nathan Graves, are a pleasant, happy family until Mrs. Proctor's cousin Evelyn (played by Lauren Parater, who recently won Critics' Choice in duet acting at the district festival) comes to live with them. She has heart trouble and uses her illness to manipulate the family and friends.
The Proctors are such nice people that they do not realize until it is too late how far Evelyn will go to disrupt their family to try to make it her own.
Kristina Alvarez plays the helpful Aunt Martha. Keith Miller is Doug's brother, Dan, who falls for the beautiful, but evil, Evelyn. Ashley Goltermann is the sassy Miriam Blake, who sees Evelyn for what she is. Sean Peters and Seanette Rogers play the Dows, Ann's former boss and his wife. Jeff Ferris is the kindly Rev. Dr. Shaw. Julia Jones and Trixx Martinez are snoopy tabloid reporters. Kyri Bailey and Preston Repman-Ellis play the servants. Pine View Elementary student Katherine Quave and Lake Myrtle Elementary student Anna Goltermann play the Proctors' daughter, Lee.
Ramona Quave directs. Leslie Rosado is the stage manager with the following crew members: Seanette Roberts and Sara Van Spronsen on props; Sara Federico is assistant to directors; script supervisors are Martinez and Barbara Nuzzo; sounds by Ferris and Casey Wrona. Additional crew members include Trish Dragan, Charles Fowler, Dee Dee Khan, Haley Long, Mimi Mubaidin, Juliette Sicard and Robyn Swider.
Retired educators to discuss new officers
The East Pasco Retired Educators Association will meet at the IHOP restaurant, 13100 U.S. 301, in Dade City at 10 a.m. Monday. The program will include a St. Patrick's Day theme and the discussion of officers for next year.
Call Missy Stephens at (813) 788-7168 or Joan Knowles at (813) 788-4980.
Speaker highlights historical society talk
K.T. "Ted" Williams will be the guest speaker when the Pasco County Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. March 28 at the American Legion Hall on Church Avenue in Dade City.
Register now for couples conference
On April 26, couples across North America will receive practical tips for making their marriages stronger from the country's foremost marriage experts live via satellite on Church Communication Network.
Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church is presenting "Couples Conference 2008: Making Good Marriages Great" from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring renowned speakers Gary Smalley, Erwin and Kim McManus, Henry Cloud, and Les Parrott.
Couples Conference 2008 will give couples the keys to building a foundation of trust: a caring, secure relationship where each partner serves the other with love and faithfulness.
The cost for the event is $10 per person, and must be paid by April 19. All are welcome to attend, but advance registration and payment are required.
Register and pay online at www.zhillswesleyan.org.
Boxed lunches will be available for an additional cost, or you may bring your own lunch or visit one of several nearby fast-food restaurants.
Please call the church office at (813) 782-7510 to reserve a lunch or for more information.
Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church is on C Avenue at 20th Street, in south Zephyrhills.
Republican meeting features presentation
Karen Hanzel, wife of candidate for School Board District 2, Peter Hanzel, will be the guest speaker when registered Republicans of the East Pasco Political Club meet at noon Monday at the Fung Garden restaurant, 5118 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.
A representative of Home Safety and Self Defense products will also be speaking and giving demonstrations.
New members will be installed at this meeting.
The East Pasco Political Club meets at noon on the third Monday of every month and welcomes new members.
For information, call (813) 780-7328 or visit the Web site at www.eastpascopoliticalclub.net.
Bowlathon to benefit Relay for Life
Leisure Lanes at 12529 US 19, Hudson, is hosting the Relay for Life Bowlathon at 5 p.m. April 12. The event will raise money for cancer research.
For more information, contact Rose at (727) 992-3301 or Leisure Lanes at (727) 868-0204.