NEW PORT RICHEY
Celebration set monday to honor king
Residents are invited to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an event Monday in downtown New Port Richey, sponsored by the city and the African American Club of Pasco. The crowd will gather at 11 a.m. Monday at Community Congregational Church at 6533 Circle Blvd., then march to the Rao Musunuru M.D. Museum of the West Pasco Historical Society at 6431 Circle Blvd., where the honor guard of the Chester McKay VFW Post will raise the flag and lead the pledge of allegiance. Participants will then cross into Sims Park for a program, including a speech by Florida State University professor Ben Green, author of the biography on Florida's first civil rights martyrs, Harry and Harriette Moore. The couple's daughter, Evangeline Moore, will attend. New Port Richey police Chief James Steffens, college student Jarius Knight and civil rights activist Maxine Walker Giddings also will speak. In addition, there will be a musical program featuring the Gulf High School band, the youth group Fearingstar, soloist Angela Simpson, and the choirs from Union Missionary Baptist Church and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. For more information, call African American Club president Darryll Stevenson at (727) 495-3206, or club secretary Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures
Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices, courthouses, libraries and recreation centers, will be closed Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will be no bus service on Pasco County Public Transportation, and the Animal Services shelter in Land O'Lakes will be closed as well. County parks and beaches will remain open from dawn till dusk.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Lions Club starts paper recycling
Round up your recycled paper for a good cause. Starting today, the Cotee River Lions Club invites the public to recycle newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office paper and shredded paper at the Cotee River Lions Handicapped and Braille Trail Park, 8320 Plathe Road. Recycling will be held every Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will be used to provide eye exams, eyeglasses and optical surgeries for those in need in west Pasco. For more information, call Ken Huber at (727) 863-6070.
Pet bereavement workshop slated
HPH Hospice will host a pet loss workshop for adults from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Humana, 7920 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The workshop is facilitated by experienced HPH Hospice bereavement counselors, with special guest Carolyn Hodges of Zephyrhills, who will share her personal experience with pet bereavement. Refreshments will be provided. Because of space limitations, pre-registration is requested by Monday. Call Jane to pre-register, 1-800-486-8784.