Jazz historian, poet will read work at library
Poet and jazz historian Dave Oliphant will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University. Oliphant, who is retired from teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, has written eight collections of poetry, including Backtracking (2006); three books on jazz history, including Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State (2007); and an autobiography, Harbingers of Books to Come: A Texan's Literary Life (2009). A reception and signing will follow the reading. The university is at 33701 State Road 52, 4 miles east of Interstate 75.
Body near gun a suspected suicide
Officers suspect the man found dead in the woods near Oelsner Street on Friday committed suicide. Police were called around 5:30 p.m. with reports that a man was armed and suicidal near Oelsner Street and Limit Drive, Port Richey police Chief Dave Brown said. When officers arrived, they discovered Gerald Lee Martin, who lived on Oelsner Street, laying dead near a shotgun.
Six-week program to quit smoking
Looking to quit smoking? The Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center will host a six-week quit smoking program from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, from this week through Nov. 29, in the Shoreline conference room at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road. To register, call (813) 929-1000, ext. 213.
Seminars to liven kitchen, garden
Pasco County Cooperative Extension will host a pair of seminars next month to bring new life to the kitchen and garden:
• Cultivating and Cooking with Herbs, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 6 in Clayton Hall at the Pasco Cooperative Extension building on the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. This free program will include instructions on how to grow a variety of culinary herbs. Samples will be shared. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Call (352) 521-4288; (727) 847-2411, ext. 4288; or (813) 996-2411, ext. 4288.
• Caring for Holiday Plants, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Learn how to keep holiday plants looking their best. Call (352) 521-4288; (727) 847-2411, ext. 4288; or (813) 996-2411, ext. 4288.