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March events, classes and contests in Pasco

Hospice volunteer orientation: A two-day HPH Hospice volunteer orientation is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10 and 17 at the Marliere Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Attendance for both days is required and lunch will be provided both days. Volunteer opportunities include visiting patients, working on office projects, answering phones or helping out at special events. Registration is required. Call (727) 848-7160 or visit

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Food safety program: Pasco County Extension will host the UF/IFAS Food Managers Food Safety and Quality Program and ServSafe Certification Exam from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 and April 27 in Room 311 at the Central Pasco Professional Center, 4111 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. The class is a comprehensive food handler training that covers food safety concepts including personal hygiene, food safety hazards, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, current regulations and how to safely receive, cool, serve, store, thaw, cook and reheat foods. The class ends with the ServSafe exam. The training, exam and textbook cost is $165. Preregistration is required. To register, call toll-free 1-888-232-8723 or visit

Yard sale donations needed: Arche Legacy Inc., a not-for-profit organization that helps teenagers, seeks donations of items to sell at an upcoming yard sale fundraiser. The deadline to donate items is March 25. For information, call Robbie Cash at (727) 861-5009 or visit

Journey Bereavement Group: Adults who have recently lost someone or who are coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one are invited to participate in this free eight-week group. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from March 6 to April 24 in the board room at the Marliere Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Preregistration is required. For information, call Jill Wiegand at (727) 863-7971.

Tea party fashion show: Our Lady's Guild has planned a tea party fashion show for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. The cost is $8 per person. For reservations, call (727) 942-2535.

Vendors sought: Vendors are sought for St. Martin's Crafts and Flea Market, to be held March 16 and 17 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19 in Hudson. Rent an indoor table for $15 per day. Bring your own table and rent a space for it for $15 for both days. For information, call Deacon Carl at (352) 277-1289.

Spotlight on Talent: The Heritage Arts Center Association presents its 29th annual Spotlight on Talent final competitions. Shows are at noon and 7 p.m. March 10 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. The early show features 27 single performers and five group acts and the evening show features 25 single performers and five group acts. The cost is $12 for one show or $20 for both, for adults; $6 for one show or $10 for both for students through high school. For information, e-mail or call (352) 567-1720.

Bucs tickets drawing: The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation is selling tickets for its chance drawing, to be held at 8 p.m. March 31 at Chasco Fiesta. The winner will receive two NFL Buccaneers Club Level season tickets, which are collectively valued at $4,100 and include access to several training camp practices, comfortable seating, preferred parking, children's activities, concierge service, premium concessions and two full-service sports bars. Chance tickets are $75 each and 150 will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Children's Hearing Help Fund, which is supported by the Sertoma Foundation. To purchase tickets or for information, call (727) 834-5479.

Poetry contest: Progress Energy Art Gallery is accepting submissions through April 9 for its fifth annual Poetry Contest. Submissions can be poems of any style but must not exceed 40 lines. Each poem must be typed, one per page. A title must be at the top of the page, but do not put your name on the poem. Entries must include a completed and signed entry form, which must include your name and the titles of your poems. The entry fee is $3 per poem, or two poems for $5, no limit on the number of entries per person. Cash prizes and gallery memberships will be awarded. Send the entry form, the entries and a check or drop them off at Progress Energy Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, 34652. To download an entry form, visit For information, call the gallery at (727) 848-6500.

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