Public opinions sought on 4-day school week
The task force exploring whether Pasco County schools should adopt a four-day week will begin collecting public comments tonight by holding the first of three forums. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Pasco Middle School auditorium. The next sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rushe Middle School, and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the River Ridge Performing Arts Center. The task force doesn't plan to present any of its findings during these forums, but rather will listen to residents' views on the idea of the four-day school week. One other Florida district, Marion County, has been considering the concept, but it found the savings would not be as high as expected.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Dentists to offer free care for a day
A couple of area dentists will offer a day of free dental care to patients who cannot afford these services. Grand Dentistry of New Port Richey, at 4530 Grand Blvd., will offer free care starting at 7 a.m. Friday to adults 18 and over. Patients will have their choice of a free cleaning, filling or extraction. The practice will serve 200 patients on a first come, first served basis. For information call Grand Dentistry at (727) 849-4246. On Feb. 24, Dr. Randall Diez will provide free emergency dental care at his practice, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, 5010 Gunn Highway, Tampa. This event is for adults 18 and over who need a free extraction or other palliative care. Treatment will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. For information, call Diez's office at (813) 960-5869.
Pancake breakfast helps folks in need
The next free pancake breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 5850 K of C Drive, behind the Honda dealership at U.S. 19 and Ridge Road. The monthly breakfast, hosted by the Volunteer Way, IHOP, the Knights of Columbus and Cornerstone Community Church, is open to families in need or anyone who would like to help them. The Pasco County Health Department will provide flu shots, which are free for people on straight Medicare or Medicaid; $25 for all others, including people with a Medicare HMO. The church will have face painting and crafts for the children. Donations are welcome but not necessary. Any funds raised will go to buying food for the Volunteer Way food bank. For information call (727) 815-0433 or visit www.thevolunteerway.org.
Country gospel event to aid needy
A free country gospel concert will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday to collect donations for His Storehouse Outreach, which provides food, clothing and household items to people in need. Steve Jeffris will perform at the Zephyrhills Woman's Club, 38549 Fifth Ave. A love offering will be collected, and people may bring nonperishable food items for the outreach pantry. For information call (813) 783-2141 or visit www.hisstorehouse.org.