Health Center wins grant to offer pap tests
Premier Community HealthCare Group, a federally qualified health center in Pasco County, has won a $55,000 federal grant to ensure a minimum of 700 women are screened for cervical cancer. The centers are among 810 nationwide that received grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help them become "medical homes" that will coordinate patients' care. According to DHHS, patients seen in community health centers get more preventive services, including cervical cancer screening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that cervical cancer kills more than 4,000 women a year in the United States. Screenings are free to women ages 21-64 without insurance. The Pap test and the human papilloma virus test are used to detect pre-cancerous changes. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Premier at (352) 518-2000.
No classes for schools Monday
Monday morning commuters just got a break from traffic as Pasco County public school students will not have classes Monday. The day is scheduled for teachers to plan lessons, as well as complete grading reports from the first quarter, which ended Friday. Schools and district offices will be open for business during regular work hours. Classes will resume Tuesday.
Teachers can get free craft items
North Trinity Self Storage and the RESORCE Recycling Club will hold their next "Re-use Factory" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to provide free craft materials to teachers from local public schools, private schools, preschools and day cares. The last event provided about 60 pounds of recycled materials ranging from clean and dry yogurt containers and coffee containers to leftover wrapping paper and old greeting cards, among other items. "We have seen so many teachers leave happy and grateful," said Ken Bates, manager of North Trinity Self Storage. The event will be held at North Trinity Self Storage, 4134 Little Road. Call (727) 375-0222.
Church's yard sale benefits missions
First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 W Lutz Lake Fern Road, will hold a community-wide yard sale for Saturday to benefit international missions. The cost to vendors is $25 per space, and table rentals are $10 each for those who need them. Sellers may keep all profits, but are invited to donate any portion to the church missions program. Call Nancy Gray at (813) 963-5225 by noon Thursday to reserve a spot.
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Church thrift shop will slash prices
A half price sale is Nov. 5-9 at the Thrift Shop at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (727) 846-1378.