CLOSINGS for THANKSGIVING, and weekend
Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices and the courts, will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. The Pasco County Tax Collector will be closed Saturday as well. All government offices and the courts will reopen Nov. 28. Pasco County Libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and will reopen Saturday at their regular times. County recreation complexes will be closed Thursday and Friday, but parks and beaches will remain open to the public. Pasco County Public Transportation will not provide transportation services on Thursday and Friday. Bus service will resume Saturday. The county's Resource Recovery Facility and East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed Thursday and open only to licensed commercial haulers on Friday. Both facilities will resume normal hours Saturday.
Pet food drive to help needy owners
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is conducting a pet food drive through the end of December at its ReTAIL Outlet and Adoption Center at Gulf View Square mall. Everyone who donates either canned food or dry dog or cat food will receive a coupon for 10 percent off any nonsale item in the reTAIL store. The food will go to Cindy's Pets, which works with Meals on Wheels in order to provide homebound folks with help feeding their furry companions. To learn more about Cindy's Pets: www.cindyspets.org. The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is a no-time-limit, no-kill shelter for homeless, neglected and abused animals. For information about the organization, call (352) 796-2711; www.humanerescue.org.
For survivors, support available
Gulfside Regional Hospice will host bereavement seminars this fall to help family members and other loved ones through the holidays, which can be particularly difficult for survivors. People are welcome to attend any of the sessions offered. Some upcoming seminar dates and locations include:
• 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey
• 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Gulfside's Thrift Shoppe, 21780 State Road 54, Lutz
• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Gulfside's Bereavement Center, 6224 Lafayette St., New Port Richey
• 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at West Winds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills
"The goal of all Gulfside's bereavement programs is to assure the long-term mental and physical well-being of survivors by helping them adjust to their loss and learn new skills for living. This is especially true during the holiday season," said Sonia Quinones, director of bereavement and volunteer services for Gulfside. For information about the holiday seminars or to RSVP, call Shirley Bever at (727) 844-3946.