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Briefs: ChairScholars to award scholarships at festival

ChairScholars set to award scholaRships

The ChairScholars Foundation Inc. will award 52 full tuition scholarships and three vocational training scholarships at the 12th Annual ChairScholars Festival between 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the foundation's headquarters, 16101 Carencia Lane in Odessa. The theme for this year's Festival is the "ChairScholars Olympics" in honor of the upcoming Paralympic Games in Beijing. U.S. Paralympian swim team member Elizabeth Kolbe will share her personal story of triumph over trauma. Other activities feature a performance by REVolutions Dance Company, adaptive Olympic-style games, arts and crafts and a dinner. The highlight of the day will be the awards ceremony, which is sponsored in part by the following: the Don & Erika Wallace Family Foundation; the Rooms to Go Children's Fund; Publix Supermarket Charities; Raymond James Financial; First Citrus Bank; Northern Trust Bank; the Junior League of Tampa; CVS Caremark; and Outback Steakhouse. To date, the ChairScholars Foundation has awarded 591 scholarships. For information, visit the Web site or call (813) 920-1981.

Workshop focuses on business plans

Learn how to write an effective business plan for small businesses during a free SCORE workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at the Hudson Regional Library. The workshop stresses how an effective and comprehensive business plan is the key to a successful business operation. It provides an ongoing manual to guide a company's daily operation to accomplish established goals and objectives. SCORE counselor Bill Brydia will cover the basics of writing a plan that answers the key questions. The Hudson Regional Library is at 8012 Library Road. For reservations or information, call the library at (727) 861-3040 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638, or go to

Genealogical group plans presentation

The Pasco County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly education program Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 9016 Fort King Road in Dade City. Speaker Debra Sandstrom Fleming will review the history of property transfers from grants and deeds and everything in between. She also will explore the terminology of deeds and discuss why the will is just the tip of the probate iceberg and can reveal secrets hiding in your ancestors' divorce dockets. Fleming has been a practicing genealogist for eight years and is the Study Group Leader for the University of South Florida OSHER Lifelong Learning Center. For information, visit the Web site

Peace rally planned in Hibiscus Park

There will be a peace demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Hibiscus Park at South Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue. Bring a brown bag lunch to the gathering held to promote peace and awareness. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to bring signs or to use those provided by the organizers. For information, contact Colleen, Liz, and Meg at

Swim under stars at recreation complex

Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present Swim Under the Stars, a once-a-month night swim accompanied by music, games and water activities. It takes place the third Friday of the month (June 20, July 18, and Aug. 15) from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex. All ages are welcome. The regular admission prices are $2 for children (2 to 17 years old) and $3 for adults (18 and older). For information, call 813-929-1220.

Retired educators invited to meeting

The East Pasco Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. today at the IHOP restaurant, 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City. Marie Grein, president elect, will speak about her trip to Antarctica. Guests include Glen Kelm, district director. All retired school personnel are welcome. Call (813) 788-7168 or (813) 788-4980.

Academy offers Spanish class, credit

The Renaissance Academy will offer a Spanish I immersion class this summer for any high school student who would like to earn a full credit. The course is June 9 through July 2, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $250. Call (727) 992-6445. The school is at 8431 Corporate Way in New Port Richey.

Dance, dine Friday, play bingo Sunday

Bingo is held at 1 p.m. each Sunday during April at the Father Farrell Council Knights of Columbus, 2040 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Smoking is not allowed. Dinner-dances are from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. each Friday at the cost of $11 for both or $5 for just the dance. Shelly Brady will play Friday. Call (727) 934-8025.

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