Earth-friendly tips abound at expo Jan. 10
Are you looking for some eco-friendly tips for the new year? Check out the Green Solutions Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. The event, sponsored by the University of Florida Extension Office and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, will include information about energy-efficient windows and cars, hydroponic/organic gardens, water-wise irrigation choices, use of rain barrels and cisterns and more. Tree seedlings, bags of compost, reusable grocery/tote bags and compact fluorescent bulbs will be available for free while supplies last. There will also be a free dropoff site for household hazardous chemical waste (although there's a $5 fee for TV/computer monitors and a $3 fee for propane tanks). For information call (352) 521-4288 or visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.
Enjoy nature, fun at Conner Preserve
The Southwest Florida Water Management District will hold a grand opening of the Conner Preserve, a 2,980-acre property purchased in 2003, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16. The event includes guided hikes, model airplane demonstrations, children's activities and more. The preserve's entrance is about 3 miles east of U.S. 41 on State Road 52. For information about the recreational opportunities offered on district lands, visit www.watermatters.org/recreation.
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Quitters throw smoke-free party
The Monday Quit Smoking Support Group is hosting a New Year's Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road. Celebrate successes current and future, large and small. For information, call (727) 861-5250, ext. 279.
Habitat seeks help, aspiring owners
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity is looking for families who need help getting into a home of their own. Qualified applicants must be low-income and living in substandard housing. Families that complete the program requirements and volunteer hours are eligible for a new home with a zero-interest mortgage. The organization also needs volunteers for the Habitat office or the Re-Store, a thrift store offering building supplies and furnishings. For information, call the Habitat office at (727) 859-9038, the Re-Store at (727) 843-8786 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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