NEW PORT RICHEY
Help Cinderella find the right dress for prom
In six years, the Cinderella Project has provided prom dresses to 1,000 high school girls in financial need. Organizers are once again asking for donations of formal dresses and accessories (shoes, purses, costume jewelry) in excellent condition and contemporary, appropriate styles. They can be dropped off at any Pasco County high school. Cash donations to the Cinderella Project are accepted and are used to purchase new dresses when sizes are not available in the donated inventory. Girls can try on and pick out their dresses and accessories on two Saturdays: March 26 and April 2, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A school ID badge is required at the boutique events. Locations are 5642 Meadow Lane, New Port Richey, and 14150 Sixth St. in downtown Dade City.
Health fair to help end tobacco use
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host a tobacco health fair from 4 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 28 at its headquarters at 15506 County Line Road. The event is being done in partnership with the Pasco County and Hernando County health departments and will offer information about community resources and strategies to quit smoking. In addition, participants will learn about second-hand smoke and how to educate others. The agency's board of directors voted in January to ban tobacco use inside and outside all coalition buildings and in vehicles. "This event complements our plans to implement tobacco-free grounds effective July, 1 2011, at all four of our locations" coalition executive director Jim Farrelly said. The coalition is one of 31 in Florida and oversees subsidized child care for low-income families as well as the state's voluntary prekindergarten program open to all 4-year-olds.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Chasco Ball slated for March 25
The 26th Annual Chasco Coronation Ball will be March 25 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The highlight of the event is the Royal Coronation of the 2011 King Pithla and Queen Chasco, nominated by community groups and not-for-profit organizations for their commitment to the community. This year's nominees for king are Perry Bean, Kim Bogart, Thomas Dobies, Paul Friedlander, John Gillis, Chuck Grey, Jimmy Koutses, John Klawikofsky, Jeff Lucas, Bob Memoli, David Parris, Derek Pontlitz, Tim Sherrell, Vish Singh and Marty Smith. Nominees for queen are Victoria Barley, Becky Bennett, Wendy Brenner, Judy DeBella-Thomas, Gigi Evans, Cindy Ewald, Tina Farrell, Candace Glewen, Judith Koutses, Chris Masseo, Courtney McCoy, Danielle Mercer, Jamie Mick, Tina Shelton, Sero Singh, Marsha Starkey, Sandra Testo-Michaud, Penny Turner and Toni Weidman. Proceeds from the Chasco Coronation Ball benefit the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. For more information on the Lighthouse, visit www.lvib.org or call (727) 815-0303.
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