Workshops look at changes to floodplains
Has your property shifted into the floodplain? The Southwest Florida Water Management District, which is in the process of updating the flood insurance rate maps, will provide its early findings for central Pasco at several upcoming workshops:
• Open house on the Anclote watershed, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sunlake High School 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Land O'Lakes.
• Two open houses on the Cypress Creek watershed, 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 18 and April 2 at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. Affected residents will receive a notice in the mail indicating which session they should attend.
• Open house on Trout Creek watershed, 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 25 at Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.
For information or to find out which watershed you live in, visit www.WaterMatters.org/floodrisk or call the district at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297. Swiftmud is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update the flood maps, which it says have become outdated due to natural and physical changes caused by land use, development and erosion.
Cinderella Project needs gowns, cash
The Cinderella Project is once again collecting new and gently used prom gowns and accessories, so that young women in financial need can look like a million bucks without spending a penny. Dresses should be in excellent condition and contemporary, appropriate styles. Needed accessories include shoes, purses and costume jewelry. Donations can be dropped off at any Pasco County high school. Cash donations are also accepted. Last year the project supplied dresses and accessories to more than 150 girls. "Our goal is to be sure no young lady here misses out on her prom because of a lack of funds," said organizers Alison Crumbley and Laurie Weiss. "The only thing we can't help them out with is a date, but we cover the rest!" Cinderella "boutique events," in which girls can try on and pick out their dresses, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28 and April 4 at two locations: 4745 U.S. 19 in Community Plaza in New Port Richey (south of Gulf Harbors, on the west side of the highway), and 7715 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills (next to Amscot). A school ID badge is required. For information or to make a cash donation, call (727) 858-1281 or (727) 389-3112.
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Free oral test checks for HIV
The Pasco County Health Department will offer free oral HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at Spirit of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road. Testing is confidential; results can be obtained on April 16. For information, call and leave a message for Pat at (727) 861-5260, ext. 172.