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Dade City Rodeo Arena to host toy drive

Holiday light show at Shops at Wiregrass

Symphony in Lights is scheduled every night through Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Shops at Wiregrass, State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs in Wesley Chapel. This is a holiday light show and is free. It features 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Dade City rodeo arena is holding toy drive

The Smokehouse Creek Rodeo Arena in Dade City will host a Toys for Tots drive at 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6. This year the need is much greater, and no family in the area should go without on Christmas. The entry fee to the event is $10 per person and a new, unwrapped gift. Kids ages 12 and younger get in free. The entry fee entitles you to all activities for the day, including food. There will be a chili, wing and barbecue cookoff, with a $100 entry fee for each team participating. There will also be a greased pig contest for children, a "bouncy house" and live entertainment all day long. To learn more, check the Web site at

Golf tournament to benefit hospice

The Italians of American Heritage Club of Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club in San Antonio will hold a benefit golf tournament at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Pebble Creek Golf and Country Club. The event will benefit Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Registration is $40, which includes an 18-hole scramble followed by a spaghetti and meatball dinner at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club in San Antonio. All levels of golfers are invited. There will be a hole in one Contest with a $10,000 prize, as well as putting, closest to the pin, and closest to the line contests for both men and women for tee gifts and prizes. For information or to register, contact Greg Mancini at (813) 312-6810.

Prayer breakfast to help Open Doors

The 2008 YMCA of the Suncoast West Pasco Prayer Breakfast is from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Dec. 2 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey. Keynote speaker is Dewey Mitchell and the breakfast is sponsored by State Sen. Mike Fasano and Brighthouse Networks. Fasano and Sheriff Bob White will host the event. Cost is $25 per person with proceeds benefiting the YMCA's Open Doors Program. Call Melissa Cameron at (727) 375-9622.

Letter carriers to help out Toys for Tots

On Dec. 6, the Toys for Tots Annual "Letter Carriers" Toy Drive will take place in all counties throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Residents are requested to place new, unwrapped toys next to their mail box. The letter carriers delivering the mail will return the toys to the Toys for Tots Program.

Chamber sponsors Festival in the Park

The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce second annual Holiday Festival in the Park is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Wesley Chapel Regional Park, intersection of Boyette and Overpass roads. There will be a Christmas tree lighting, free hot dogs and chips, the It's a Magical Christmas children's parade, bounce house, coloring contest, musical performances, Santa Claus on a fire truck and pictures with Santa. Children are invited to dress up or decorate their bike, wagon or stroller for the parade. Prizes will be awarded in categories including Holiday Spirit, Elfin Magic, Knock Your Stockings Off and Jingle Bell Rock. Donations of new unwrapped gifts will be collected for Toys for Tots and Trinkets for Teens. Vendors should decorate their booths or tents with a Magical Christmas theme. Call (813) 994-8534.

Knights of Columbus offers dinner, dancing

Knights of Columbus Father Farrell Council 6476, offers a dinner-dance with dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday in the Family Life Center at the St. Vincent De Paul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road in Holiday. This Friday Mario Deleon will play. Dinner/dance is $11 or dance only $5. The Ladies Auxiliary Monthly Card Party is set for Tuesday. Lunch is at 11 a.m. with cards at noon. Cost is $6. Call (727) 934-8025.

A holiday party for fourth-graders

Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, 4575 Pet Lane, will host the Toys for Tots Annual Veterinary Holiday Party for 25 fourth-grade children from Lacoochee Elementary School Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The children will tour the clinic and uniformed marines will act as Santa and the children will open presents. Lunch will be provided by Publix and Projects of Pasco Inc.

Dade City Rodeo Arena to host toy drive 11/22/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 23, 2008 8:11am]
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