Pow Wow at the park on Friday, Saturday
The Mother's Day Native American Pow Wow will take place Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd. Everyone is welcome, and camping is available. All drummers and dancers are invited. Admission is $2 for an adult and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call Mittie Wood at (352) 583-3388, Withlacoochee River Park at (352) 567-0264 or Sharon Thomas (after 5 p.m.) at (352) 521-3012.
to benefit family
A benefit karaoke event for the Johnson Family from Lacoochee will take place at the Withlacoochee RV Park & Canoe Rental, 39847 SR 575, today from 2 to 7 p.m. Hot dogs, potato chips and coleslaw will be available for $3 a plate. An auction will start at 6 p.m. and donations for the auction are welcome. All proceeds will go to benefit the Johnson family, whose house burned April 12. For more information, call Larry at (352) 583-2152 or (931) 627-3692, or Jacqui at (352) 583-4778.
Land O'Lakes Garden Club meets Tuesday
The Land O'Lakes Garden Club members and their guests will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Sunset Dining Restaurant, 18450 U.S. 41, at the corner of Crystal Lake Boulevard in Lutz, for their annual luncheon and installation of officers for the new year. The club meets once a month from September through May. New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information, call Marie Woody at 813-961-2697.
Tea Time for Ladies set for Saturday
Tea Time for the Ladies is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road in Lutz. Cost is $12 and includes tea, food, desserts and an accessories and handbag show, entertainment and prizes. Sponsored by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and Hawley and Hawley Dental Associates, proceeds will be donated to the Miss Central Pasco Scholarship Fund Pageant. Call (813) 909-2722.
Double Branch sets pre-registration dates
Double Branch Elementary School will hold its countywide kindergarten pre-registration on Thursday from 4:30 until 7 p.m. and on May 5 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the school. Students must be 5 on or before Sept. 1 to qualify for registration. For any questions regarding the registration process, call (813) 346-0400. Florida law requires that the following be provided to the school for registration: original birth certificate; Social Security card; proof of residency; health exam within one year of Aug. 8, 2008, on DH Form 3040; certificate of immunization on DH Form 680. All kindergartners are required to have the completed hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations. The Pasco County Health Department offers free immunizations. Call (813) 558-5173.
Miss Wesley Chapel invites girls ages 4-19
Girls ages 4 through 19 are wanted to participate in the annual Miss Wesley Chapel Scholarship Pageant at 4 p.m. May 11 at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, cash scholarship and other prizes will be awarded to all age groups. Call (813) 994-8534.
Dog park offers obedience sessions
The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department and Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will present obedience focus sessions for dogs taught by Courteous Canine Inc. Four different focus sessions will include: Rowdy Rover, Feisty/Fearful Fido, Really Reliable Recall and Totally Tricks/Dog Acting. The classes start Thursday and run from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the recreation complex dog park, 3032 Collier Parkway. Cost is $25 per session. For more information, call (813) 929-1220.
local watercolor artist
Watercolor artist Margaret Nazarko is the artist of the month for May at Alexandria Art Gallery. She will host a party from 6 to 8 p.m. May 2 at the gallery at 2149 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. She is a long time resident of Land O'Lakes and a full-time postal worker. Call (813) 948-4447.
Chamber golf tourney starts at 1 this Friday
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Golf Tournament is set for Friday at the Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd. in Land O'Lakes. There is a noon check-in with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team and includes greens fees and cart, range balls, door prizes and goody bags, trophies and prizes and a chicken dinner. Call (813) 909-2722.
Fact-packed seminar on business loans
Sponsored by the New River Branch Library, the free SCORE seminar, "How to Successfully Obtain a Business Loan," covers the key process of obtaining a business loan, credit report, and the importance of business plan organization. Existing businesses as well as new business start-ups seeking financing will benefit from this fact-packed presentation. Veteran SCORE counselors Hap Fairman and Howard Smith will cover how business and SBA loans are obtained, the terms and conditions of business loans, as well as the importance of credit reports and scores and how to determine the best bank for your specific needs. This free SCORE seminar will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, in Zephyrhills. For more information and advance reservations, call the library at (813) 788-6375 or the SCORE Office at (727) 842-4638 or go to www.score439.org.
Rummage sale will benefit Red Cross
There will be a rummage sale to benefit Pasco County American Red Cross on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sweetbay Parking Lot (the corner by the 7-Eleven on Old Pasco Road and SR 54). Gently used toys, furniture, appliances, and other household items are needed — call (813) 469-5499 to donate any items.
Leadership group taking applications
Leadership Pasco is taking applications for 2008-09. This program explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities. It is open to anyone interested in community involvement. Classes are held on the third Thursday of each month beginning in September and ending in May. Topics covered include leadership skills, history of Pasco County, health care and social services, law enforcement and criminal justice and government. Tuition is $700. Call (813) 783-1122 or (727) 844-5247 or visit the Web site at leadershipPasco.com. Applications are due June 1.
Bingo for nonsmokers every Sunday at 1
Nonsmoking bingo is held at 1 p.m. each Sunday during April at the Father Farrell Council Knights of Columbus, 2040 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Dinner dances are from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. each Friday at the cost of $11 for both or $5 for just the dance. Call (727) 934-8025.