NEW PORT RICHEY
Smokers get free help to kick the habit
Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center has partnered with the Pasco County Health Department to offer a free program to help anyone interested in quitting smoking or other tobacco use. The next program will be offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pasco County Health Department Education Center, 10841 Little Road. The program includes free nicotine replacement therapy including patches, lozenge or gum. It is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health. For information about the "Tools to Quit" or "Quit Smoking Now" programs, or to find a tobacco cessation program near you, call (813) 929-1000 or visit www.gnahec.org.
Float to light up at cookie party
A generator failure shut off the lights for Farrell Roofing's Sesame Street float during half of the holiday parade last Saturday. So they want to make it up to kids and their families. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Farrell Roofing will host a free Christmas Cookie Party at Tanglewood Learning Center, 8410 Sycamore Drive. The Sesame Street float will be there, complete with working lights and all of the Sesame Street characters. For information, call Regan Weiss at (727) 845-8326.
Jewish center hosts gong show
Tickets are on sale for the Alzheimer's Family Association Gong Show, slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive. Tickets are $25, $30 and $40 (preferred seating). This event is BYOB, with soft drinks provided, and will feature a gong show, door prizes, auctions, raffles and snacks. Dinner will be catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Call (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Library presents holiday tales
The New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., will have several holiday events to celebrate the season:
• "Winter Holiday Tales" with Katie Adams will be at 6:30 p.m. today, featuring holiday folk tales from around the globe.
• "Every Christmas Story Ever Told: And Then Some" will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The performance features all the Christmas stories you've heard (and others you've never heard) told in rapid succession by three guys with costumes, funny hats and silly songs. Recommended donation: $10. For information call (727) 853-1279.
Sign up to adopt senior by Dec. 18
Eyeglass World is collecting donations for the third annual Share the Spirit Adopt a Senior for Westbrooke Manor drive. They will provide gifts for 40 senior residents who may not receive anything else this holiday season. All gifts must be in by Tuesday. To sign up to adopt a senior, call (813) 715-0093, or visit Eyeglass World, 6844 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.