Golf team needed for fundraiser
A golf tournament will be held Saturday at Triple S Golf Ranch, 17751 U.S. 301, to raise money for Marco Martinez, who needs $6,000 for an operation to remove a tumor from his spine. Last month the Times featured the plight of Martinez, 35, who is a husband and father of four. A native of Mexico, Martinez recently earned his U.S. work permit and has been taking on all the work he can to save up for his surgery. Various community groups have pitched in with fundraisers. Organizers need at least one more golf team in order to have enough participants for Saturday's tournament. The event starts with registration at 8 a.m., shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost for a four-person team is $160 and includes golf cart, prizes and dinner. There will also be a corn toss tournament at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, $25 per team; and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. For information, call Martinez's wife, Sonya Slover, at (352) 999-0162; or call the golf course at (352) 567-6622.
Free hugs at mall on Day of Peace
You can get some cuddles with your retail therapy on Friday evening at the Shops at Wiregrass, where volunteers from Sunrise of Pasco County will offer free hugs as part of the International Day of Peace. The Know Your Peace Team from the domestic violence shelter will offer free hugs from 5 to 9 p.m. in front of JCPenney and Blondie's Cookies at the mall, 28211 Paseo Drive. Anyone who wants a hug can get one from a human or from Lola the pug. For information, call (352) 521-3358.
Tai chi program in Anderson Park
CARES plans to observe National Fall Awareness Day by sponsoring Tai Chi in the Park at 10 a.m. Saturday in Anderson Park — Shelter 1, 39699 U.S. 19 N. The one-hour demo promotes the free programs CARES offers at Pasco and Pinellas locations. Attendees will learn how tai chi improves balance, mobility and flexibility. For information, call Pat at (813) 788-0471 or visit caresfl.org.
Academy seeks soccer coach
Academy at the Lakes is looking for a boys soccer coach, athletic director Tom Haslam said Wednesday afternoon in an email. The Wildcats finished 4-8 last season and lost to Tampa Prep in the district quarterfinals. Interested candidates can contact Haslam at (813) 948-7600 or THaslam@academyatthelakes.org.