Hospice workshop: HPH Hospice is offering a free pet loss workshop for adults who are grieving the death of a loved pet. The workshop is 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 20 at the office, 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. The interactive workshop will be facilitated by experienced HPH bereavement counselors who are also animal lovers. Carolyn Hodges, owner of Faith Friends Pet Cremation in Zephyrhills, will share her personal experience with loss. Pre-registration is required. Call (727) 863-7971.
Lifeguard classes: Registration is being accepted for lifeguard classes beginning on March 15 at New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. $85 per participant. For information call (727) 841-4560.
Poetry contest: The Pasco Arts Council celebrates National Poetry Month in April with its seventh annual Jacaranda Poetry Festival.
All poets are invited to enter the contest. Poems must be original and unpublished; there is a submission fee of $3 per poem, with no limit on the number of entries. Send three copies of each poem, one including name, address, phone number, and email address, and the other two with no identification for the judges.
Entries must be postmarked by April 3, or hand-delivered to 5744 Moog Road, Holiday, 34690-2354, Attention: Jacaranda Poetry. All awards and prizes will be announced at the Jacaranda Poetry Reading at 1 p.m. April 20 at the arts center.
Winners will be given the opportunity to read their poetry. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (727) 845-7322, or visit pascoart.org.
Summer day camp: Registration opens next month for families who wish to attend summer day camp at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.
City residents may register starting at 8 a.m. March 11; non-residents may register starting at 8 a.m. March 18. Camp is for ages 6 to 12 years, and will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 17 through Aug. 9 (except for July 4).
There will be eight weeks of indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, games, field trips, special events, movies, swimming and more.
Cost for residents is $400 for eight weeks or $120 for two consecutive weeks. Cost for non-residents is $480 for eight weeks or $140 for two consecutive weeks.
Call (727) 841-4560, or visit the rec center at 6630 Van Buren St. to register.