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Pasco Briefs for Oct. 6



Relief fund set to help Puerto Rican people

The Cake Girl, a Wesley Chapel company, has set up a Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for the people of Puerto Rico. Cake Girl owner Kristina Lavallee, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and still has family there, is taking donations and has set up an online fund to help hurricane victims. Items needed include nonperishable foods, baby items, toiletries, batteries, first aid kits and pet food. Monetary donations may be made online at For further details, contact Lavallee at [email protected] or (321) 438-2981.

No-interest mitigation loans available

Pasco County Community Development is accepting applications for the Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program, which is designed to help homeowners prepare for potential hurricanes. Funding for the program will be provided through a zero-interest mortgage placed on the homeowner's property. There is no income cap to be eligible for the program. The maximum household value, according to the Pasco County property appraiser, cannot exceed $350,000. Money can be used for the installation of roofing, gable end bracing, truss or rafter-to-wall connections, impact-resistant doors, window storm shutters and/or impact windows. All items must be installed or verified as existing to meet program requirements. Loan terms will be determined by the amount of assistance provided and the homeowner's ability to repay the loan. Residents living in unincorporated Pasco County, as well as the cities of Dade City, Zephyrhills, New Port Richey, and Port Richey, are encouraged to apply. To request an application, contact the Community Development Department at (727) 834-3445.


Scarecrow Festival adds new activities

The annual Scarecrow Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road. This year's event will include new activities, such as Knockerball Soccer of Tampa Bay, which combines the game of soccer with the contact of football and the safety of a giant inflatable ball. There will be a Scarecrow Build, where folks can use one of 500 outfits to create their own scarecrows; all supplies will be provided. There will also be rock climbing, a petting zoo, carnival games, a bounce house, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, face painting, barrel train rides and touch-a-truck. Mr. Tommy will entertain, and there will be more than 40 vendors and a variety of food trucks. Overflow parking will be available at the Pasco County Courthouse with complimentary bus shuttles every 30 minutes. No pets, coolers or outside food and beverages will be allowed. Admission is $5, with children ages 4 and younger admitted free. Many activities are free, but some have minimal costs. For information, call (352) 567-0262 or visit


Commissioner to host town hall meeting

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey will host a town hall meeting Oct. 12 at Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 U.S. 19. There will be presentations from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Topics of discussion will include an update on the coastal trail, the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, paving assessments, Premier Healthcare, the United Way's "211" program, the U.S. 19 beautification program and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. For information, call (727) 847-8109.


Pumpkin patch to open at local church

A pumpkin patch will be open daily from Oct. 7 to 31 at Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52. Pumpkins and gourds of all sizes and prices will be available. The patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. School groups can make reservations for weekdays. On Oct. 28, there will be Family Fun Time from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., including games, hayrides, face painting and children's activities. It will be followed by a Trunk 'R Treat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for children ages 12 and younger. Non-scary costumes are encouraged. For information, call the church at (727) 856- 5000.


Class of 1977 organizing reunion

The Land O'Lakes High School Class of 1977 will have its 40th reunion Oct. 27 and 28. Events include the Land O' Lakes homecoming game Oct. 27 and a dinner party Oct. 28. The cost for the dinner party is $25. Reservations and payment are due by Oct. 14. For details, send email to [email protected] or visit the Facebook group page: Land O' Lakes Class of 1977 Alumni.


Arts center to host painting party

The Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, will host a "Painting Party" from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 20. The cost is $35 per participant, which includes all materials. Funds raised will help support the organization's Kids N Art programs for 2018. For information, call Susan at (727) 845-7322 or visit the website at The Pasco Fine Arts Center is also accepting registration for art classes, including the children's Saturday art classes. Call for details or visit the website for a complete list of classes.

Event to mark White Cane Awareness Day

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will observe White Cane Awareness Day from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the West Pasco Government Center, at Little Road and Citizen Drive. Visually impaired Lighthouse staffers and clients will take blindfolded members of the public across the street to simulate the experience of being visually impaired. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about pedestrian safety and the white cane law. Florida law states that drivers must come to a full stop when there is a pedestrian using a white cane or guide dog while crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway. For information or to RSVP to participate, call the Lighthouse's Port Richey office at (727) 815-0303.

NAMI to offer program for parents of ill youth

The National Association on Mental Illness/NAMI Pasco will offer its six-week NAMI Basics program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 10 to Dec. 6 (no class during Thanksgiving week) at Medical Center of Trinity Behavioral Health, 5637 Marine Parkway. The free program is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents ages 17 and younger who are living with mental illnesses. The classes are provided by peer instructors. Reservations are required; materials will be supplied. For information and registration, contact NAMI Pasco at (727) 992-9653 or the instructors, Rich and Sandee, at (847) 494-0456.

Magic shows to aid wheelchair mission

Give Mobility, a fundraiser for Free Wheelchair Mission, is hosting two events to raise funds to purchase wheelchairs for the needy in developing countries. A gourmet dinner and comedy/magic show will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd. Tickets are $80 each or $125 for two. An afternoon comedy/magic show will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Pasco Performing Arts Center, 11646 Town Center Road. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 14 and younger, or $50 per family (two adults and up to six children). The show will feature magician Fred Moore. For tickets and details, visit or call (727) 244-6480.

Baha'i founder's birthday to be marked

Baha'is of West Pasco County will host a Light of Unity Festival dinner and presentation at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Verizon Events Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road. The event will observe the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith. There is no charge, but reservations are required by Oct. 9. RSVP to [email protected] For further information, call Linda at (813) 591-8775.


Brewfest to benefit Gulfside Hospice

Gulfside Hospice will host its Fall Brewfest for Hospice fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 5200 Airport Road. The outdoor beer festival will feature craft beers from local breweries, live music, vendors and food trucks. Some of the participating breweries include the Brew Bus Tampa Bay, Escape Brewing Co., Florida Avenue Brewing Co. and Zephyrhills Brewing Co. The event is open to adults ages 21 and older. The cost is $25 per ticket, $45 for two tickets or six for $125. All event proceeds will benefit Gulfside Hospice, a local nonprofit organization that serves Pasco County residents facing life-limiting illnesses. Visit or contact Christina Miller at (727) 845-5707 or [email protected]

Church to welcome fall with festival

Zephyr Christian Church will host a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at 5940 Dogwood St. The free family event will include games, bounce houses, raffles, a petting zoo and food. There will also be someone on hand to pray with or pray for those who want it. For further information, call (813) 782-8893.

Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

LAKELAND — The game — and the season — were supposed to be over.Lakeland was set to exact revenge. The Dreadnaughts had the lead and the ball in the final three minutes and were heading for a field goal. Then it happened. The magic continued.Plant’s ...
Updated: 23 minutes ago

Region football: Venice 48, Tampa Bay Tech 17

VENICE — Tampa Bay Tech not only had to stop a hot receiver in Friday night’s Class 7A region final against Venice, but a hot running back as well. That proved to be too much.Indians receiver Jaivon Heiligh caught 14 passes for 193 yards and three to...
Updated: 25 minutes ago

Region football: Armwood 31, Ocala Vanguard 17

SEFFNER — Armwood appeared to be on its way to yet another rout through the first 24 minutes of football Friday night.James Miller delivered a crunching hit on the opening kickoff. The defense looked suffocating, holding Ocala Vanguard to a mere 23 y...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Region football: Immokalee 42, Lakewood 14

IMMOKALEE — The final score wasn’t truly indicative of what transpired on Friday night.Lakewood fell to a dynamic Immokalee squad 42-14 in a tough environment in a Class 5A region final.The Spartans (9-2) forced three turnovers and held Immokalee (12...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

CLEARWATER — Stocked with a wealth of Division I-A commits and prepared by a heavy-duty schedule, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna spent three months building for Friday night’s Class 3A state semifinal game.The Lions played at another level against top-s...
Updated: 2 hours ago

State semifinal football: Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 38, Cambridge Christian 0

TAMPA — Hialeah Champagnat Catholic was well on its way to a third unanswered touchdown, but the Lions just couldn’t stop blocking their own path. In one second-quarter drive during Friday’s 2A state semifinal against Cambridge Christian, Champagnat ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

WASHINGTON — You don’t often sense frustration in captain Steven Stamkos’ voice, at least not this season. With the Lightning off to its best start in franchise history, there haven’t been many reasons to chide. Every criticism seems nitpicky. But af...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Falcons: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

The Bucs face the defending NFC champion in its new home Sunday in Atlanta.Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Tampa Bay’s 1 p.m. game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:MATTY ICE-FOLLIESRick Stroud, @NFLStroud: T...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

Freshman quarterback leads Pitt to 24-14 upset over No. 2 Miami

PITTSBURGH — Miami spent the better part of 13 months cultivating the nation’s longest winning streak behind a series of comebacks that returned the swagger to "The U" in all of its "Turnover Chain" glory. Sluggish through the first half against Pitt...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Florida-Florida State: What’s really riding on Saturday’s game

Florida-Florida State: What’s really riding on Saturday’s game

GAINESVILLE — If misery loves company, at least the Gators and Seminoles have each other.That’s about the only positive in the least-appealing Florida-Florida State showdown in decades. Both enter Ben Hill Griffin Stadium today 4-6 — only the second ...
Updated: 3 hours ago