Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

County's roving medical van helps the needy

Pasco County's Mobile Medical Care Unit is a medical van that travels to homeless shelters and outreach centers to provide basic health care to the homeless (no Medicare or Medicaid recipients).

Physicals and free prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications are given.

The unit's next stops are: 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at Holy Ground, 8835 Denton Ave., Hudson; 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at St. Vincent de Paul, 8014 State Road 52, Building M5, Hudson; 12:30-3 p.m. Sept. 6 at Jericho Thrift, 8924 State Road 52, Hudson; 9 a.m. Sept. 11 at ACTS, 12515 U.S. 19, Hudson; 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at Volunteer Way, 10002 Moon Lake Road, New Port Richey; and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at Impact Ministries, 5533 River Gulf Road, Port Richey. For information, call (727) 847-8100 or email [email protected]

Seminar to offer tools to help smokers quit

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Offers Free "Tools to Quit Smoking" Program: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center have partnered to offer a free two-part seminar to help tobacco users quit.

The program is open to anyone in the community and includes optional free nicotine replacement therapy including patches, lozenges or gum.

The program is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health. Part one of the seminar is from 2-4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and part two is from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Wellness Center Conference Room at Florida Hospital, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, FL 33541. To register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.

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do you have talent?: Hernando and Pasco residents who would like to audition for the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent contest can sign up now. The first 100 people to enter will have the opportunity to audition, and entries must be received by Sept. 6. Information, registration forms, and rules and guidelines are online at tampabay.com/hastalent.

new bridge club: A new ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club kicks off with registration, table assignments and convention cards at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 10 at the San Antonio Civic Center, 11609 Boys Village Lane, San Antonio. Game begins at 2 p.m. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Membership through Dec. 31, 2013 costs $20. To RSVP, email [email protected] by Sept. 6.

school board member to speak: Joanne Hurley, a newly re-elected Pasco County School Board member, will speak over lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. The cost is $20. Reservations must be made before Sept. 4. To make a reservation, call (727) 597-3727 or email [email protected] Checks for tickets should be made payable to the Pasco Federated Republican Women's Club and sent to PO Box 377, Land O'Lakes, 34639.

 

hospice volunteer orientation: Gulfside Regional Hospice seeks volunteers and has planned several volunteer orientations: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10-11 at Gulfside's West Pasco Administrative Office, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, for all new volunteers in west Pasco; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, for new patient care volunteers in east and central Pasco; 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 at the Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 21780 State Road 54, for new Thrift Shoppe volunteers; and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Dade City Thrift Shoppe, 37925 Sky Ridge Circle, for new Thrift Shoppe volunteers. Reservations are required. Call (727) 845-5707 for west Pasco orientations or (813) 780-1235 for east and central Pasco orientations.

 

safe driving course: An AARP safe driving course for drivers 50 and older is from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 10-11 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Many insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who take the course. Registration is required. Call George Kloss at (727) 372-3977.

 

dancing with the local stars: The Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey has planned its fourth-annual Dancing with the Local Stars fundraiser for 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Spartan Manor. This year, a community member can compete with the local stars. Auditions for community members are by appointment Sept. 13-14 at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 34930 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. No dance experience is necessary to audition. The selected participant will be paired with a professional dance partner, and six free dance lessons will be provided. Proceeds from Dancing with the Local Stars benefit the Junior Service League scholarship fund and other supported West Pasco non-profit organizations. To make an audition appointment, call (727)786-2224. For information, email Tina Shelton at [email protected] or Angel Cook at [email protected]

 

vegas entertainer: Las Vegas comedian, impressionist, ventriloquist, vocalist and instrumentalist Homer Noodleman performs a show at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Kontos Hall at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $20 and include the show, one bar drink, Greek appetizers and dessert. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 16. For information, call (727) 842-5725 or (727) 943-7839.

gong show fundraiser: The Alzheimer's Family Organization has planned its annual gong show fundraiser for Feb. 2, 2013, at the Jewish Community Center in Port Richey. The organization seeks people to serve as committee members to help coordinate the event. For information, call (727) 848-8888.

'save the ta-ta's': The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8681 seeks donations of bras and money for a "Save the Ta-Ta's" fundraiser. In an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer, the ladies will create a bra chain along County Line Road on Oct. 20. Drop bra donations off at the post, 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills. Send monetary donations to LAVFW Post 8681 at the same address, and to the attention of Judi Christensen. Call (352) 610-2215 for information, or to volunteer to help make and hang the bra chain.

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