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New Port Richey endodontist's campaign gives away free trees


2,000 pine tree seedlings to be given away

Dr. Garland Forbes, a local endodontist, will hand out 2,000 free trees to the public starting at 1:30 p.m. Friday outside the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. After a ceremonial tree planting, people may pick-up seedlings to plant themselves. The first-generation Longleaf pine tree seedlings are between 10 and 16 inches tall. Forbes is providing them as part of his annual "Plant 1,000 Trees Before You Die" campaign. Over the past three years, Forbes has distributed more than 10,000 trees that have been planted in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando and Polk counties. For information on the campaign, visit


University plans Christmas concert

Saint Leo University will hold its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Abbey Church of the Holy Cross, directly adjacent to the campus at 33701 State Road 52, 4 miles east of Interstate 75. Free parking is available on campus. In addition to performances by the Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, this year's concert features the talents of several student groups. The Saint Leo Jazz Ensemble, University Chorus, the Voices of Christ choir and Totally T.A.B.S. vocal group will participate. Musical selections include classical pieces, well-known carols and modern popular songs. This festive event is free and open to the public. After the concert, the audience is encouraged to join in with the members of the Voices of Christ as they sing carols and stroll by candlelight from the church to Dempsey Plaza, located between the Student Community Center and the Student Activities Building. All will gather around a Christmas manger, which will be blessed, and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree will follow.


Holocaust speaker takes on deniers

Pasco-Hernando Community College will host Holocaust speaker Ephraim Kaye on Dec. 10. His presentation, "Combating Holocaust Denial — the Challenge for Educators," will be offered at 2 and 7 p.m. at the conference center, Room R-151, on the New Port Richey campus at 10230 Ridge Road. Kaye holds degrees in modern Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He taught in the Israeli high school system for 23 years. The public is invited to attend either lecture, which is free of charge. For information, call toll-free 1-877-879-7422 or visit


Guild plans night of art and music

The Suncoast Harmony Chorus and the West Pasco Art Guild will host an evening of art and music from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Guests may shop for unique gifts of arts and crafts at the gallery's holiday boutique as the members of the Suncoast Harmony Chorus serenades the audience. The West Pasco Art Guild is at 6206 Jefferson St. For information, call Beverly Heller at (727) 861-7017.

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