Black history in Florida is focus of free lecture
Clifton P. Lewis, curator of the L.B. Brown House and Museum in Bartow, will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday about "Trends in Preserving African American History in Florida." The speech, which is part of Pasco-Hernando Community College's 2009 Black History Celebration, will be held in Room E-130 on the Dade City campus, 36727 Blanton Road. "Black history programs at PHCC aim to shed light on some of the missing information in American history," said Imani D. Asukile, district coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs and Equity Services. "There is much that is now known about the contributions, struggles and victories of the black American experience." The presentation is scheduled to last approximately one hour, including questions and answers. For information, call Asukile at (727) 816-3192.
Memory tests help detect disorders
Can't remember where you put the car keys or what you had for breakfast? The Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Loss, in partnership with CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc.), is offering free memory screenings from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 at CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D., Enrichment Center 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. Memory loss is typically the first sign of Alzheimer's disease — the most common cause of mental decline or dementia. Memory screenings take about 10 minutes. Screenings consist of questions and tasks to assess memory that can help lead to the early detection of memory disorders. For information, call the center at (727) 863-6868.
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Learn about park's variety of activities
Pasco County will celebrate its "March for Parks" event from noon to 4 p.m. March 14 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Road. Visitors can stroll among tables featuring park-related information, including hiking, biking and kayaking. Learn more about recycling and rain barrels or try your hand at painting a wooden snake, identifying that mystery bird or planning a native plant garden. There will be a native plant sale, parks photo contest and information on services for the deaf and hard of hearing, conservation and habitat planning, spaying and neutering pets or adopting pets, and birding on the new Bluebird Trail. For information, call (727) 834-3474.
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