Sunday, February 18, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco nonprofits team on services for elderly


Nonprofits team on services for elderly

CARES and Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care have formed a community outreach and education partnership called "The Circle of Care." The partnership is a marketing relationship because both community nonprofit organizations provide services designed to improve the health and quality of life of the elderly in Pasco County. The partnership is intended to provide a "continuum of services." The organizations will host Circle of Care Health Fairs designed to provide seniors and their caregivers with a greater understanding of the services that CARES and Gulfside Hospice offer. The events also will feature speakers discussing wellness programs, advance directives, adult day care and disease self-management. The next Circle of Care Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Hampton Inn, 13215 U.S. 301, Dade City. For information, call toll-free 1-800-561-4883.


Apply now for youth leadership program

Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center will host its third annual Summer Youth Leadership Institute from June 27 to July 1 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo.

The SYLI's goal is to develop student leaders who will work with peers to visualize and create a community where all people are valued, honored and respected. Students will be role models and leaders in preventing interpersonal violence in their schools and communities and will acquire the skills needed for peer support, advocacy and community action.

Students who participate in the SYLI also will receive a holistic introduction to the college experience. Students will have the opportunity to tour Saint Leo University, to work with members of the Saint Leo University community and to stay in student dorms.

The institute is open to entering freshmen, sophomores and juniors who will be students at Pasco, Zephyrhills, Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes or Wiregrass Ranch high schools in the fall.

The cost is $250 per student (scholarships are available). Students will be selected through an application and interview process. Applications are due May 27. For information or applications, contact Alexis Watson at (352) 521-3358 or [email protected] or visit

Yard debris disposal: The city will supply dumpsters 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 5016 Eighth St., Zephyrhills, for disposal of residents' yard debris in an effort to improve the appearance of neighborhoods. No hazardous items will be accepted. For information, call (813) 780-0202.

Golf tournament: The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village will host the inaugural Robert (Bobby) D. Sumner Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Silverado Golf and Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive, Zephyrhills. Sumner was a museum fundraising chairman and trustee who was instrumental in moving the museum to its present location. The tournament, which will benefit the museum, will be a four-player scramble. The cost to participate is $50 per person and includes lunch. For information, call (813) 788-1225.

Senator addresses club: Sen. Wilton Simpson will speak at a meeting of the Republican Club of Central Pasco at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Simpson will update the club on the accomplishments of the last legislative session and legislative issues for 2017. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Steve Graves at (813) 996-3011.

Candidate to speak: Barry Horvath, candidate for Pasco County commissioner (District 3), will speak at a meeting of the Trinity Democratic Club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Dinner is available at 5 p.m. For information, contact the club at (727) 482- 8709 or [email protected]

Boating safety class: Hudson Flotilla 11-7 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the host for the state-mandated "About Boating Safely" class on the fourth Saturday of each month at its training facility, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. The next class is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28. Successful completion of the class earns a participant the Florida Boating Safety Education Card. The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional family member and includes the class, a digital manual and processing fee. Group rates and private classes can be arranged for groups of five or more. For information, contact the Flotilla at (727) 697-8013 or [email protected]

Democratic Club meets: The West Pasco Democratic Club will meet at 11 a.m. May 28 in the Recreation Room at the Cottages, 5905 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Guest speaker Dionne Blessings, Esq., of Bay Area Legal Services, will discuss family and children's issues. Dues for 2016 will be collected. Refreshments will be available. For information, call (727) 845-7100 or send email to [email protected]

Learn to swim: The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey, will be host for the American Red Cross swim lesson program this summer. Registration for city residents is May 30 to June 12 and for nonresidents June 6 through June 12. Classes are Tuesdays through Thursdays June 13-16 and June 21-23. The schedule is:

• Water Babies/Parent & Child and Preschool Beginner, 8 to 8:30 a.m.

• Preschool Intermediate and Preschool Advanced, 8:40 to 9:10 a.m.

• Learn to Swim Level 1 and Learn to Swim Level 2, 9:20 to 9:50 a.m.

• Preschool Beginner and Preschool Intermediate, 5:10 to 5:40 p.m.

• Preschool Advanced and Learn to Swim Level 1, 5:50 to 6:20 p.m.

• Learn to Swim Level 2 and Learn to Swim Level 3, 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Membership at the center is not required. For information, call Chris Bornfleth at (727) 841-4560 or visit

Meet with commissioner: Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore will have "off-site" office hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. He also has regular office hours weekdays at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City.

To schedule a meeting with him at either location, call Senior Secretary Terry Ewing-Chow at (352) 521-4111.

Festival vendors sought: Vendors are being sought by the African American Club of Pasco for its Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival, to be held noon to 5 p.m. June 18 on the grounds of the former Booker T. Washington School, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Events and attractions will include a petting zoo, face painting, dancing, a wrestling exhibition, a magic show, live music by Fearingstar Band, a car wash, health screenings, voter registration, food and other refreshments. Admission is free. For information or to sponsor the event as a vendor, call Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.

Council marks anniversary: The Father Felix Ullrich Knights of Columbus Council 5869 will host a celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary on June 18 at its hall, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. In its 50 years, the council has supported and raised funds for numerous charitable organizations, veterans' groups and youth programs. Tickets are $25 and include food, music, door prizes and raffles. For information, call Pete Graffagnino at (727) 457-1618.

PHSC career camps: Pasco-Hernando State College will host academic, career-themed summer camps for middle school-age students. The sessions, which will provide opportunities for students to explore career programs offered at PHSC, run for four half-days each and cost $110. They are:

East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City

• Survival Career Camp, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 18-21

• Fire Science Career Camp, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 25-28

• Aviation Career Camp, 1 to 4:30 p.m. July 25-28

North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville

• Nature/Environmental Studies Career Camp, 9 a.m. to noon June 27-30

• Health Career Camp, 9 a.m. to noon July 18-21

• Photography Career Camp, 1 to 4:30 p.m. July 18-21

West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey

• EMS First Aid and Safety Career Camp, 9 a.m. to noon June 27-30

• Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing Career Camp, 9 a.m. to noon July 18-21

• Digital Photography Career Camp, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 25-28

Each camp session is limited to the first 15 students to register. To learn more on the camps and to register, call (727) 816-3257 or visit

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Published: 02/17/18