NEW PORT RICHEY
FUNDRAISERS ON TAP FOR BRAIN CANCER PATIENT
Kaitlyn Jenkins, the 7-year-old daughter of Pasco County Sheriff's Lt. Stacey Jenkins, was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Several events are scheduled to benefit the Jenkins family. The AMVETS and Riders of Post 48 have planned a barbecue for 1 p.m. Saturday at the post, 4629 Bartelt Road, Holiday. Live music will be provided by the Sons of Eros. For more information, call (727) 943-5863. Another fundraiser is from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rotary Pavilion in Safety Town, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. The cookout includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction of a fishing charter, autographed sports memorabilia and other items for a $5 minimum donation. Pasco Lodge 29 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Tampa Bay chapter of the Road Dawgs of the U.S. have planned a ride followed by a country music concert the next Saturday, Feb. 19. Rider registration starts at 9 a.m. at Pappas Ranch Restaurant, 11345 State Road 54, Odessa. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. for an escorted ride to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 4420 Land O'Lakes Blvd. The band Wiley Fox plays at 11:30 a.m. at the lodge. Cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. The cost for non-riders is $10 at the lodge door. For more information, visit online at pascofop.com.
Applications for choice accepted
The Pasco school district is accepting school choice applications through March 1. Unlike past years, parents seeking to send their children to schools outside their assigned attendance zones must apply online at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/studentservices/school_choice/registration/. The district is making computers available at schools for families that do not have access to the Internet. Student services director Lizette Alexander said the move away from paper applications aims to reduce the time between submitting a request and receiving an answer. It also is intended to eliminate data entry errors. Alexander said parents who used choice to enroll children in schools that have new boundaries for 2011-12 must reapply. She noted the district also will be more strict in requiring proof when medical conditions are cited as the reason for switching schools.
Thrift shop items discounted Feb. 14
All items at the Gulfside Regional Hospice Thrift Shoppe locations will be 25 percent off regular prices for Valentine's Day on Monday. The stores are at 12154 U.S. 19 in Bayonet Point, 3601 Universal Plaza in New Port Richey, 36504 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, 37925 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City and 21780 State Road 54 in Lutz. For information, call (727) 845-5707.