Hospital's Wellness center debuts
The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will celebrate its grand opening with a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to tour the 50,000-square-foot facility and enjoy activities such as a healthy food truck rally, prizes, entertainment and presentations by local Olympian Chris Colwill. The center's integrated programming is based on programs such as the American College of Sports Medicine's "Exercise is Medicine" concept. The facility includes two pools, a cushioned walking and running track, TechnoGym equipment that Olympic athletes use for training, and more than 50 classes and wellness programs per week. A "Kids' Club" will be staffed by a certified elementary teacher, and the "Fit Fresh Café" will offer gourmet menu items, a smoothie bar and organic coffees and teas. The Health & Wellness Center opens to the public on Monday and is adjacent to Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel at 2700 Healing Way. For membership information, call (813) 929-5252 or visit www.FHWCwellness.org.
Time left to recycle Christmas trees
Pasco's Christmas tree recycling event wraps up this weekend, with nine locations accepting trees at no charge to be chipped into mulch for county facilities. Remove all ornaments, tinsel and hooks first; then drop off your tree by Sunday at any of the following locations:
• Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
• Anclote Gulf Park, 2305 Baillie's Bluff Road, Holiday
• Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey
• Elsie Logan memorial/Shady Hills Park, 15840 Green Glen Lane, Spring Hill
• West Pasco Class III site, 14230 Hays Road, Shady Hills
• Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes
• Wesley Chapel Regional Park (north end at Overpass Road), 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel
• John S. Burks Memorial Park, 1322 Gene Nelson Blvd., Dade City
• Sam W. Pasco Recreational Complex, 9835 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills
Democratic women to meet Jan. 12
The Democratic Women's Club of Pasco County will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Jasmine Lakes Civic Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. Barbara Letvin from Connections Job Placement Services will be the guest speaker. Elaine Togneri will be collecting donations for the Gulf Coast Homeless Shelter for Women and Children. Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact June Keener at (727) 372-9321.
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Kids' togs wanted for hurricane zone
Diane's Devotion, a charitable initiative in memory of the late co-founder and vice president of Discovery Point, is collecting sweatshirts and coats for children displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Donations will be accepted at any of Discovery Point's many locations, including the child care center at 8700 Trouble Creek Road. Donations will be collected until Jan. 15.
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