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March events in Pasco County

Glaucoma screening: The Cotee River Lions Club hosts glaucoma screenings today at the offices of Drs. Gordon Thomas and Mark Mathews, 8319 Embassy Blvd., Port Richey. The first exam is at 10 a.m. and the last exam is at 2 p.m. For information, call (727) 863-6070.

Baby shower donations: MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Victorious Life Church have planned their 13th annual baby shower, called Baby Share, for March 13. Approximately 200 women from lower income communities, or who were referred by Tampa Bay area crisis pregnancy centers, who are either pregnant or have had a baby recently, have been invited to the shower, which includes a buffet-style luncheon and guest speaker.

MOPS still seeks donations of new or gently used clothing up to size 3T, cribs, high chairs, strollers, car seats, bedding, bouncers, toys, bath items, formula and other baby items to be given to the shower's guests. Donations can be dropped off through the end of the week at Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. For information, call the church office at (813) 973-2230.

Books for sale: Used books are on sale indefinitely at Kratz Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 8202 Washington St., Port Richey. The books cost between $1 and $2 each and proceeds benefit Good Samaritan Health Clinic. For information, call (727) 819-1610.

Safe driving course: An AARP Safe Driving Course will be held from 1-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Wesley Chapel Toyota, 5300 Eagleston Blvd, Wesley Chapel. Most insurance companies offer discounts to people who complete the course. The course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Advanced registration is required. To register, call Lloyd Shaw at (813) 395-8376.

Library's long-range plan: The New Port Richey Library seeks people to participate in upcoming focus groups to help the library create a long-range plan. Such a plan is required by the state in order for the library to continue receiving grant funding.

Teens are invited to be part of a group to meet from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday. Participants will be asked to share what they would like library services to be.

Friends of the Library and representatives of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are invited to be part of a group from 6-8 p.m. April 2. Participants will discuss the library's adult services.

Parents, caregivers, day care providers and representatives of public, private, charter and home schools are invited to discuss the library's youth services from 6-8 p.m. April 9.

Elected officials, library board members, funding administrators and library administration are invited to be part of a group from 6-8 p.m. April 30. Library staff and volunteers are invited to be part of a group from 2:30-4:30 p.m. May 11.

After all the focus groups have met, the library will review findings and draft a plan. This plan will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Board, sent to City Council for adoption and forwarded to the state.

To RSVP for a focus group, visit the front desk at the library, 5939 Main St.; call (727) 853-1263; or e-mail

Dine Out Club dinner: The Jewish Community Center of West Pasco has planned a Dine Out Club dinner for 5 p.m. March 14 at Catches, 7811 Bayview St., Port Richey. For information, call (727) 847-3814.

'Blooming Art' Flower Show: The Dade City Garden Club will hold "A Plant Affair," an art show featuring "Blooming Art," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 in three separate locations.

An exhibit at the HiBrow Art Gallery, 14125 Seventh St., will feature "floral interpretations" of the gallery's works of art. An exhibit at Betty Cakes, 37941 Meridian Ave., will feature table designs. A set of horticulture and educational exhibits will be on display at the Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St.

The public is invited to enter horticulture in the show. For information, call Patti at (813) 340-7744.

Radio 'Hamfest' planned: The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club has planned its 16th annual Hamfest for March 17 at Ridgewood High School, 7650 Orchid Road, New Port Richey. The gates will open at 6 a.m. for table and tail gate set up; event starts at 8 a.m. A Talk-In is planned on the club's repeater, WA4GDN 146.670 MHz, with no tone. $6 per ticket. For information call (727) 869-0784.

Bereavement group sessions: HPH Hospice invites newly bereaved adults or those who are coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one to participate in its free, eight-week Grief's Journey group sessions.

An HPH Hospice bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies.

Grief's Journey will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays from March 29 through May 17 at the HPH Hospice North Pasco office, 12029 Majestic Blvd., Suite 1, Hudson. Preregistration is required. Attendance at one of the first two weeks' meetings is necessary to continue with the group.

To register, call (727) 863-7971. For information, visit

Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade: The 2012 Ferman Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade is set to sail on the Pithlachascotee River through downtown New Port Richey at 1 p.m. March 31. This year's theme is "Great Inventions," in honor of each boater's favorite invention, such as the automobile or the airplane. Decorated boats will compete for prizes ranging from $75 to $2,500. The cost to register a boat for the parade is $25. For information about registration, contact Mike Beam at (727) 846-1000 or

March events in Pasco County 03/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 5:55pm]
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