NEW PORT RICHEY
Event will offer dental services free to needy
Dr. Vincent Monticciolo figures he and his crew have saved thousands of smiles for free over the past nine years, and on Friday they plan to fix at least 500 more. Monticciolo and about 100 volunteers will provide free dental care Friday to anyone who needs it, as part of the annual Dentistry from the Heart event. The services will be available first-come, first-served at Monticciolo General and Sedation Dentistry, 4530 Grand Blvd. Patients who need ongoing care will be referred to community clinics. Last year, people began lining up a day in advance and braved freezing overnight temperatures to secure a spot. For information, visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.
Run for Haiti set at Al Lopez Park
Starbucks of Wesley Chapel and the Tampa Bay for Haiti Coalition, in collaboration with the nonprofit Haitian Education Project, have organized the Run for Haiti on Saturday. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a 5K walk/run and a 1-mile fun run at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. Mayor Pam Iorio will be the speaker, and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be there with giveaways. All race proceeds will go to relief efforts in Haiti. To register visit haitianeducationproject.net. Early registration is $20; after Thursday it's $25. On-site registration will start at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Food, T-shirts, and ribbons will be provided. Call (813) 453-7885 or (352) 437-4941.
Goodwill opens huge thrift store
Goodwill Industries opened a 25,000-square-foot thrift store Monday on State Road 56 just east of Interstate 75. The store, which is having its grand opening Saturday, sells everything from clothes for all ages to shoes, toys, books, movies, toiletries and housewares. The atmosphere is more like a retail center than thrift store, with chic lighting, shopping carts, signs marking each department, a drink machine and a long line of cash registers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Sales at the Wesley Chapel store and 14 other Goodwill retail stores in west central Florida support services for people with disabilities or other special needs.