Baby ingests grandparents' medication
A 1-year-old boy was flown Tuesday to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg after overdosing on his grandparents' prescription medicine, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The boy, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition. Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said it appears that the baby was able to reach from his crib to a cabinet where the medication was stored. Emergency responders were called shortly after noon to the grandparents' house on Panama Avenue. "At this point, we don't know how much medication" the child ingested, Tobin said. "It appears to be nothing but a tragic accident at this point," he added. "At the same time, it is a clear reminder to all caregivers to make sure prescriptions and medications are out of reach of infants and young children."
Free breakfast set for Saturday
The Volunteer Way, IHOP and the Knights of Columbus will host the next free pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 5850 K of C Drive (behind the Honda dealer at U.S. 19 and Ridge Road). The Cornerstone Community Church will provide many activities for children, such as face painting and crafts. Information and applications for Florida KidCare, which offers health insurance for children through age 18, will be available. The event is open to everyone, including needy families and the homeless, as well as those who want to help them. Donations are accepted, but not necessary. All funds collected will be used to buy food for the less fortunate. The Volunteer Way Food Bank assists more than 10,000 Pasco County families in need. For information call (727) 815-0433 or visit thevolunteer way.org.
Children's choir to hold auditions
The Nature Coast Children's Chorale will hold auditions for its 2011 spring session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Middle School at 4100 Barclay Ave. The chorale is a nonprofit community children's choir open to public, private and homeschooled students in grades 4-12 in Pasco and Hernando counties. The chorale is under the direction of its founder, David Pletincks, who is also choral director at Powell Middle School. The chorale has been accepted to perform in June at the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans and will join with many other children's choirs from around the country to present a Mass choir performance at the historic St. Louis Cathedral. For information call (352) 442-7060 or visit naturecoastchildrens chorale.org.