Doctor is named Outstanding Citizen
Dr. Rao Musunuru, a cardiologist practicing at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was honored with the "2008 Outstanding Citizen Award" by West Pasco Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding service to the public areas of cardiology, community education, charity and advocacy.
Musunuru received the award from Tom Kehoe, the chamber's chairman of the board, at the annual banquet. Musunuru received three national awards from the American Heart Association for his quality service in the past five years — 2003 National Chairman's award, 2005 National Physician of the Year and 2007 National Volunteer Advocate of the Year.
He has been serving as a member of the board of trustees for Pasco-Hernando Community College since 1999. He volunteers for the "CARES" organization, among others.
Fibromyalgia support group to hear speaker
The West Pasco Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its next meeting on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Conference Center behind HCA Bayonet Point Hospital. The speaker will be Lisa Merritt, from the GUQQI Acupuncture & Wellness Center. She will discuss how acupuncture can help the pain of fibromyalgia. The group also will be announcing other social programs it plans to participate in. For more information, call Lori at (727) 863-4738 or Kathy at (727) 863-3439.
Mosquito control group to meet Monday
The Pasco County Mosquito Control Board of Commissioners will be hold its monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Odessa office, 2308 Marathon Rd.
Art classes for kids at Land O'Lakes center
The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will present youth art lessons for children ages 5 to 12. Classes will be held on Tuesdays starting Sept. 9. Ages 5-7 will have classes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m, followed by ages 8-12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The fee is an advance payment of $36 for a 4-week session.
Classes will be held at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For more information, call the community center at (813) 929-1229.
Line dancing lessons set for Wednesdays
The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present "Basic Line Dancing for Adults" at the Land O'Lakes Community center, located at 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. The classes will take place every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for a fee of $3 per class. For more information, call (813) 929-1229.
Land O'Lakes student wins Rotary award
Rotarian Tim Shuler, district governor of District 6950 awarded the S4TL diploma to Taylor Sexton of Land O'Lakes High School on June 21.
The Land O'Lakes Rotary Club sponsored Taylor to the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders, a weeklong training session held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Taylor, a rising senior, was selected from the three high schools in the Land O'Lakes area based on academics, extracurricular activity and his leadership potential.
FBI agent to present program on tactics
Celebrate 100 years of the FBI as special agent Brian Chianella of the Tampa FBI Special Weapons and Tactics team discusses how the FBI uses forensic science to capture criminals and solve crimes. The program is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. Call (727) 851-3040.
Wesley Chapel group plans chamber mixer
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce's "Yes Pasco" will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Times Office, 26242 Golden Maple Loop in Wesley Chapel. The chamber's July mixer is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel, 27944 Wesley Chapel Blvd. There will be food, music and the announcement of the new honorary mayor, deputy mayor and the six members of the board of directors. Call (813) 994-8534.
Music expo for teens set for branch library
Metamorphosis, the Summer Reading Club for teens, presents Change Your Tune, a music expo at 6 p.m. Friday at the Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Call (813) 929-1214.
Pasco history group to get Ybor City program
The Pasco County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave. in Dade City. Emmett Clary will make a presentation on the history of Ybor City. He is a past director and present volunteer with the Ybor City State Museum. A covered dish dinner precedes the program. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share, table service and a drink. Call Eddie Herrmann at (352) 567-2050 or Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.
More reading club programs at libraries
At the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City, Metamorphosis, the Summer Reading Club for teens, will present a "Craft Paper Scissors" program at 6 p.m. July 22. Call (352) 567-3576. The club also will present an International Food Tasting program at 6 p.m. Thursday at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Call (813) 788-6375.
Grandparenting group to meet at library
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road in Port Richey. Call Dorothy at (727) 862-8222.
Hospice host for kids show using puppets
Gulfside Regional Hospice is hosting a Mending Hearts puppet show at 11 a.m. July 25 at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. The show is for children ages 4 through 12 and will focus on families that have recently suffered the loss of a pet or loved one. Refreshments will be served, along with goody bags for each child with a beanie baby and information about grief and loss for children. Call (727) 844-3946.
Counselors available for military families
The Harbor Behavioral Health Care offers a free support network for military members and families.
The support groups led by mental health counselors offer assistance for those experiencing the effects of present military deployment and reintegration into home life following military deployment. The groups meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Thursday at the three locations in Pasco and Hernando counties: 14527 7th St., Dade City; 7074 Grove Road, Brooksville and 8002 King Helle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 420-7943.
Blue Star Mothers is forming area group
A local chapter of Blue Star Mothers is organizing in the Tampa Bay area. The nonprofit group consists of mothers who have, or have had children honorably serving in the military.
Members get together to support each other and their children while promoting patriotism. The group is nonpartisan and nonpolitical. Call Lauren Frazier at (727) 849-2732 after 6 p.m.
Writing class will hear from guest speakers
Every other Wednesday at 1 p.m,. Eva Knapp will teach a writing class at the East Hernando Public Library, 6457 Windmere Road in Brooksville. Knapp and guest speakers will teach participants how to tell a story, write a memoir, do some poetry or even try to write the next great American novel. The next meeting is July 30. Call (352) 754-4443.