Bus passes available at clerk's offices
Pasco County Public Transportation is partnering with the Pasco County clerk and comptroller to sell bus passes, in an effort to make it easier for residents and tourists to utilize county buses. The Clerk and Comptroller's Office now offers several PCPT bus pass options. Reduced fares require a photo ID pass. All passes and IDs are available for purchase at the clerk's offices in the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey and the East Pasco Government Center in Dade City. For details, visit ridepcpt.com.
Plans set for cleanup of roads, waterways
Pasco County is partnering with Keep Pasco Beautiful in an effort to help clean up roads and waterways. As part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup, several teams have formed to clean up areas of the county from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 16. Trash bags and water will be provided, and T-shirts will be given to volunteers while supplies last. For information, contact Kristen King at (727) 856-7252 or [email protected] For information about Keep Pasco Beautiful, visit the website at keeppascobeautiful.org. To join a team, contact one of the following team captains: • Anclote Gulf Park in Holiday; contact Kristen King at (727) 856-7252. • Dade City; contact Erika Cordoba at (352) 523-5050 or [email protected] • Cotee River and downtown New Port Richey; contact Elaine Smith at (727) 841-4560 ro [email protected] • Crystal Springs Preserve; contact Jerry Slagle at (813) 713-7782 or [email protected] • Hudson Beach Yacht Club; contact Patti Woja at (727) 819-8125. • Lacoochee; contact Richard Riley at (352) 583-4994 or [email protected] • Land O'Lakes; contact Lottie Kelley at (727) 856-2917, ext. 201, or [email protected] • Werner-Boyce State Park, Port Richey; contact Michael Faustini at (727) 816-1890 or Michael.faustini2dep.state.fl.us. • Wesley Chapel; contact Paul Firmani at (813) 388-0846 or [email protected]
Program offers help for chronic pain
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will offer its free CARES chronic pain self-management program from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, in the Shoreline Conference Room at the hospital, 14000 Fivay Road (Entrance A). The six-week program is designed to help those who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain such as musculoskeletal pain of the neck, shoulder and back; fibromyalgia; whiplash injuries, or repetitive strain injury. It will also benefit those with conditions such as persistent headaches, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy or multiple sclerosis. Participants will learn techniques to deal with a variety of problems. For information or to register, call (727) 869-5498.
Inaugural Chair-ity Festival scheduled
The first CARES Beach Chair-ity Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway. The festival will include food vendors, beach games, bands, crafts, draft beer and fireworks. Admission is free; parking is $5. The Sept. 23 entertainment schedule includes DJ Jeremy Elvis, country artist Rob Cellucci, and Jimmy James and the '70s Band. There will be fireworks at dusk. The Sept. 24 schedule includes Barefoot Bob and the Hope and the CARES Beach Chair-ity Auction. The auction will include sponsors' one-of-a-kind painted Adirondack chairs, which will be judged and auctioned to the highest bidders. Proceeds will benefit CARES, a nonprofit agency that helps seniors, caregivers and families in Pasco County. For information, visit caresfl.org/chair or contact Brenda Martyniak at [email protected] or (727) 992-2249.
Fashion show to benefit scholarships
Color Me Abstract will host a Fifty Shades of Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. The event will feature everyday women's clothing by local designers, including Quennay Price, Yronne Louis and favorites from LuLaRoe. Admission is $20 per person; child care is available for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Dynamic Mom Scholarship Fund. For information, send email to [email protected] or visit facebook.com/colormeabstract.
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Classes forming at nonprofit music school
Mullins Music, 5736 Missouri Ave., a nonprofit community music school, is offering several new classes: Jazz Combo, for ages 12 and older with at least one year of experience, begins Sept. 7; Rock Band, for musicians ages 12 and older with at least one year experience, begins Sept. 11; 55+ Beginner Ukulele, for seniors ages 55 and older, begins Sept. 8; Beginner Ukelele, for students ages 12 and older, begins Sept. 9; Beginner Guitar, for ages 12 and older, begins Sept. 9. For complete details, contact Mullins Music at [email protected] or (727) 856-0263.
Master Gardeners open plant clinic
The Pasco County Master Gardeners have opened the West Pasco Plant Clinic at Marchman Technical College, 7825 Campus Drive, Building 5, Office 0008B. Master Gardeners will staff the clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday. Visitors can receive information about soil testing, fertilizers, fruits and vegetables, ornamentals, turf problems, insect identification and other topics. Residents are also welcome to visit the Pasco County Extension Service at 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City. The clinic will observe the college's scheduled breaks for holidays. For information, visit the website at bit.ly/2iB6040 or call (352) 518-0156.
Registration open for bowling fundraiser
The West Pasco Business Association will host its annual Bowling for Boobs at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Lane Glo Bowl South, 8631 Old County Road 54. Along with teams of bowlers competing, there will be a Memory Board to honor loved ones affected by breast cancer. Photos can be placed on the board for $10. Spectator admission is $15, which includes food. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. For details, contact Maria Jones at [email protected] or (727) 934-0940, or visit wpba.biz.
Presentation will address palliative care
Pasco Palliative Care will provide a free community presentation focused on helping those living with a chronic illness. The presentation and an "Ask the Experts" panel discussion will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gulfside Hospice's West Clinical Office, 6117 Trouble Creek Road. The presentation will be given by Dr. Charles Suggs III, a board-certified physician at Pasco Palliative Care. It will include information about palliative care, including the criteria for receiving care, what qualifies as a chronic condition and how palliative care can work with one's current doctors. The panel discussion will follow at 2:30 p.m. Free living wills will be given to everyone in attendance. The event is free, but seating is limited, and reservations are required by Sept. 15. Contact Kirsty Churchill at (727) 845-5707.
Local author to sign books at library event
Local author Valerie Faulkner will have a book signing for her new book, I Must Be in Heaven: Knotholes in the Windowsill, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. The novel is a sequel to her first book, I Must Be in Heaven: A Promise Kept, which won the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award in 2007. Both books are true stories about Faulkner and her family's struggles. Call the library at (727) 853-1279
Dinner, discussion planned with Bilirakis
The Bay Area Manufacturers Association will host a discussion with U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis on Sept. 21 at Seven Spring Golf Club, 3535 Trophy Road. Registration will be at 5 p.m., announcements and an Italian buffet will be at 5:30 p.m., and the discussion will be at 6 p.m. The discussion will focus on what to expect from Congress and the president, and how that applies to manufacturing. Bilirakis, a Republican, serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is vice chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. The cost for nonmembers of the association is $45. Visit bama-fl.org/event-2619556 or call (727) 536-5809 or (727) 954-8354.
Conference to address substance abuse
The sixth annual Substance Abuse Prevention Conference will be Sept. 21 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way. The conference is hosted by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and BayCare Behavioral Health. The theme is "Strengthening Our Communities: Opportunities for Action." Mark Fontaine, executive director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, will give opening remarks, and Circuit Judge Shawn Crane will emcee. The keynote speaker will be Andy Duran, executive director of LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs) and the SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition. There will be a panel discussion focusing on the needs of people in recovery and how to prevent relapse. Panelists will include Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco; county Commissioner Mike Moore; Brian Prescott, coordinator of prevention and intervention programs with Pasco County Schools, and Erica Smith, a manager of behavioral health services with BayCare. The panel will also include two adults and a student in recovery. There will be a number of breakout sessions. There will also be vendors andexhibitors. Registration is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Lunch is included. Visit pascoasap.com/annualconference.