Hudson Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-7 will hold a safe boating course in Hudson at the Conference Center on Yosemite Drive at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point on July 12 at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
You will receive a book, certificate and ID card. The cost is $35. Bring additional family members for $10. You will learn boat handling, towing, charts, federal regulations, weather and more. This course fulfills state requirements for boaters under 21.
A safe boating course not only improves safety on the water, it can sometimes save money on boat insurance.
For more information, call Tom Wilson at 727-376-4298 or Billy Pfaff at 727-869-0784,
Want to quit tobacco? Here's some help
The Pasco County Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program offers four Freedom From Smoking Clinics a year to help smokers who want to quit. The next one will be July 14 from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. and will continue to meet the same time every Monday through August 25. An additional session is scheduled for July 31. The clinic will be held at 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey and be facilitated by Lisa Sloan.
The clinic fee is $30. Low income participants may be eligible for a reduced rate. Each student receives a student workbook, relaxation CD, incentives and optional nicotine patches. This eight-week quit smoking program was researched and developed by the American Lung Association.
Clinic participants learn to strengthen their determination to quit; learn to handle situations that trigger their smoking; identify healthy substitutes for smoking; develop individual plans for dealing with the physical, social and emotional aspects of quitting.
To register, call Lisa Sloan at (727) 861-5250, extension 161.
Program helps you improve driving skills
The CARES Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson, will host the American Automobile Association Driver Improvement Program. This six-hour course is comparable to the 55 Alive and AARP Safe Driving courses. The courses will be offered on July 16 and July 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Completing a driver improvement class often qualifies attendees for reduced insurance rates.
The fee is $15 includes all materials and instruction. Advance registration is required. Register at the center any weekday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by calling (727)863-6868.
Hospice bereavement counseling is free
Hernando-Pasco Hospice will host two free community bereavement support groups for any adult who has recently experienced the death of a family member or close friend. People are welcome regardless of whether or not their loved one was under hospice care.
A bereavement counselor will lead the group, which is designed to help people better understand and cope with the grieving process through sharing, take home exercises and education.
Advance registration is requested so that the groups can remain small.
Register by calling (727)863-7971. The sessions are:
• 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 23 to Sept. 22. Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. No Labor Day meeting.
• 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 28 to September 15. Sponsored by Hernando Pasco Hospice at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson.