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Pasco planning strategy wins regional award
Pasco County on Friday won an award for its planning strategy that seeks to direct future growth to densely populated areas. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council gave Pasco the inaugural "One Bay" award during a luncheon in Tampa. The award seeks to encourage bay-area governments to create a sustainable plan for growth in homes and employment. Pasco's "market area" plan was developed from a 2008 study by the Urban Land Institute. The plan splits the county into five areas and encourages new growth along the U.S. 19 and State Road 54 corridors.
Kayak trip set for Saturday launch
The Salt Springs Alliance will host a kayak trip at 9 a.m. Saturday at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. The trip is free for members, $5 for all others. The trip will launch from the park at 9120 Old Post Road, Port Richey. Participants may bring their own kayak or canoe. Kayaks also can be reserved and rented in advance from Makai Kayak at (727) 534-1336. Proper attire and safety equipment is required. No flip flops. Reservations can be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (727) 816-1890.
Artist, Christian writer to speak
Saint Leo University will present an evening with artist and Christian writer and thinker Makoto Fujimura at 7 p.m. March 29, in Selby Hall on the university campus. Fujimura will speak on "Faith and Art." Admission is free and the public is invited. Fujimura's work will be featured in an upcoming release of a an illuminated, English Standard Version of The Four Holy Gospels. Fujimura illustrated the first page of each of the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and created special lettering and embellishments for the volume. In addition to being a painter, Fujimura is also a cultural commentator who has written about his faith in Christian magazines. He was born in 1960 in Boston, Mass., and educated in the United States and Japan. He graduated from Bucknell University and received the master of fine arts degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Art. He is also the founder of the International Arts Movement and a presidential appointee to the National Council for the Arts.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Volunteers needed to sell beer, wine
The Sertoma Club is seeking volunteers to help sell beer and wine at the Chasco Fiesta from 5 to 10 p.m. March 31 and April 1 and from noon to 10 p.m. April 2. For details, call Craig McCart, executive director of the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, at (727) 834-5479.
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