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Pasco County girls need help to afford prom dresses


Help a girl dress up for high school prom

Pasco County high school girls who have no budget for prom this year can once again receive fashion assistance from some real-life fairy godmothers.

The Cinderella Project, which returns for its sixth year, provides new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to young women who have financial need. Donations of prom-style dresses, shoes, purses, costume jewelry and other accessories may be dropped off at any high school.

"Boutique events," in which the girls may try on and pick out their dresses and accessories, will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 and 24. The west Pasco boutique will be at 6321 Grand Blvd. in downtown New Port Richey. The location for the east Pasco boutique will be announced. A school I.D. badge is required at the boutique events.

For information or to make a cash donation, call (727) 858-1281 or (727) 389-3112.


Confidential free oral HIV testing offered

The Pasco County Health Department will provide free oral HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and April 29 at Spirit of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road. Testing is confidential.

For information call and leave a message for Pat at (727) 861-5260 ext. 172.


Wine tasting, auction will aid Sunrise Center

A wine tasting and silent auction will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday to benefit the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center.

Time For Wine will present limited production wines from around the world not readily available in Florida. Sunrise will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from wines ordered that night. The silent auction will feature many items including a round of golf at Saddlebrook, karate classes from Spivey Karate, and a three-night stay at the TradeWinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach.

The event will be held at a private home in the historic Church Street neighborhood. The event is limited to 100 people; tickets are available for $50 by calling Sunrise at (352) 521-3358.


Salute the troops and see military hardware

Southern Crafted Homes will hold a Military Appreciation Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday to pay tribute to veterans and current military service members. The event will be at the Stonegate community on State Road 54, one mile west of Land O'Lakes Boulevard.

The day will feature static displays of military equipment such as a Black Hawk helicopter, Humvees, and an armored personnel carrier. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be present to answer questions and conduct demonstrations.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will also be present with the Lightning Bug mascot, the Lightning Girls and displays from the Stanley Cup-winning team.

Donations for Treats for Troops, an organization that ships care packages to troops overseas, will be collected. For information contact Jim Deitch at Southern Crafted Homes at (813) 751-0210 or jdeitch@


Poet will read from her works at Saint Leo

Gainesville poet Lola Haskins will read selections from her work at Saint Leo University at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, 33701 State Road 52 (four miles east of Interstate 75).

Haskins has published both prose and poetry, and writes frequently about nature. She is the author of Still, the Mountain, a collection of poetry due to be published in 2010, as well as eight earlier collections.

Haskins also teaches writing in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Her Web site,, offers further details.

For more information on this and other literary events at Saint Leo, contact Carol Moon at Cannon Memorial Library at (352) 588-8261 or by e-mail at


Sign up now for online job search workshops

Pasco County libraries will offer hands-on job searching workshops this spring, providing one-on-one assistance as people search the Web for job listings, fill out online applications and prepare online resumes. Space is limited, so registration is requested.

The workshops are slated for:

• 6 p.m. April 6 at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Call (727) 834-3204.

• 2 p.m. April 17 at Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. Call (813) 929-1214.

• 6 p.m. April 22 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 861-3049.


Submit entries now to annual poetry contest

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, the Progress Energy Art Gallery is accepting entries for its third annual poetry contest.

Poems may be of any style but may not be any longer than 40 lines. There is a $3 entry fee per poem, or $5 for two poems. All poems must be received by April 9. Poems and checks may be mailed or hand delivered to the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

Entry forms are available on the gallery Web site at Cash prizes will be awarded in a ceremony at the gallery on April 24. For information, visit the Web site or call (727) 848-6500.


Wesley Chapel art show seeks exhibitors

Calling all artists! The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce seeks fine artists and craftsmen to participate in its third annual Celebration of the Arts show, slated for April 10-11 at the Shops of Wiregrass.

The two-day event will feature live entertainment and music by DJ Joey Jam, "Entertainer to the Stars."

Participating artists receive complimentary beverages and snacks, booth sitters and food runners, onsite security, check-in and setup available on Friday evening, driveup loading and unloading at booth site, discount room rates with participating hotels, onsite parking and RV parking, limited electricity, and clean indoor rest rooms. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For information, visit or call Laura at (813) 382-8412 or Cindy at (813) 5050-3065.


PACE breakfast on schedule for April 28

The Seventh Annual Friends of PACE Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. April 28 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave.

The theme for this year's event will be "The Dawn of a New Day," representing the opportunity the PACE program gives young girls who have dropped out of school or are at risk for doing so.

The program, which opened in 1998, now serves about 40 girls in the day program, with 197 others receiving followup services through the transition program.

To make a reservation or for sponsorship information for the PACE breakfast, call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.


'Arthritis and Roses' topic at club meeting

The West Pasco Rose Society will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the CARES Hudson Bayonet Point Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. This month's topic will be "Arthritis and Roses."


Enter photo of your pet and help a good cause

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 is sponsoring a photo contest. Send a $5 entry fee and a picture of your pet to P.O. Box 113, New Port Richey, 34656. Photos can also be e-mailed to

All entries must be received by April 30. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Patriots program, which trains guide dogs for disabled veterans. For information, call (727) 484-8944.

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