Zombiefest set Saturday, but walk called off
The undead parade slated for Saturday is, well, dead. Organizers of Pasco's first Zombiefest have pulled the plug on the zombie walk portion of the event after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office raised safety concerns about having so many people walking near traffic, event founder Chris Coffey said. Judging by advance ticket sales and hits on the event website, organizers are expecting hundreds of ghoulishly dressed guests, and it was too late to seek a permit to temporarily close the streets from the Oasis Coffee Spot to the Cinema 6 Movie Theater. "I knew zombies were gaining in popularity," Coffey said Wednesday. "I didn't realize we were going to be handling so many people." But the rest of Zombiefest is still on: People can come to the coffee shop at 9213 Little Road starting at 2 p.m. Saturday for "zombification" (makeup artists and supplies available) and live music. The other festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the movie theater, 9510 U.S. 19, featuring a brain-eating contest, the Thriller dance, zombie tag and the screening of favorite zombie movies. For information, visit zombiefest.net.
Deadline today for luncheon tickets
Today is the deadline to order tickets for a luncheon Sunday honoring women who make a difference. The luncheon, hosted by the Democratic Executive Committee of Pasco County, starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Pines Country Club, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd. Baked salmon filet, London broil and chicken marsala will be served. Arrive at noon for a mimosa reception. The reception is $30, and the luncheon is $60. For information or to order tickets, call (727) 364-5666.
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Bowling benefit for disabled kids' camp
Pasco Association for Challenged Kids Inc. (PACK) is hosting a Bowl-a-thon fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lane-Glo Bowl, 8631 Old County Road 54. Cost is $12 and includes two games, shoe rental, a T-shirt and raffle ticket. People can bowl or just come for the raffle. You do not have to be present to win. Lane sponsorships are also available. Funds raised will go to next year's tuition to provide a summer camp experience for children with disabilities. There are still 10 slots available for this year's camp, held July 9 to 27 at Genesis School, 6609 River Road. Cost is $80 per week and children may attend for two or three weeks. Those interested should call (727) 372-9516 or email pasco firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner will benefit Friends of the NRA
The Friends of the NRA is hosting its annual dinner May 10 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35, and children 16 and under are $10. For tickets, call Bill Bunting at (727) 862-1063 or visit the Ol' Time Gun Shop, 10038 State Road 52, Hudson.