St. Martin's Church will hold yard sale
St. Martin's Church will host its annual spring yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the church parking lot, 15801 U.S. 19.
People may drop off donated goods from noon to 4 p.m. today and Thursday (large appliances and mattresses not accepted). Or they can reserve a spot to sell their own items at the sale. Rent an outside booth for $15 for both days, or reserve an indoor table for $15 a day to sell clothing, jewelry and crafts only.
For questions or to reserve a spot, call Carl Crump at (352) 293-4882. The church may be reached by calling (727) 863-8560.
Wine tasting, auction to benefit jobs group
A wine tasting and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday to benefit Connections Job Development Corp., a nonprofit organization that provides skills training, computer courses, interview clothing and other assistance at no cost to people looking for jobs.
The event will be held at the Wine Loft at 7813 Mitchell Blvd., in the Trinity Commons plaza. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple in advance; $30 per person or $45 per couple at the door. Admission includes tasting tickets for three types of wine plus a 10 percent off coupon for wine at the Wine Loft.
The silent auction will include art prints, brand name handbags, jewelry, gifting catalogs and stained glass.
Sponsorships are available. Gift certificates, in-kind donations and cash donations are also welcome.
For information, call Connections executive director Judith Tilton at (727) 849-4724.
Flow Yoga will host workshop, concert
Flow Yoga will host a Tibetan Bowl workshop and concert on Saturday at the studio, 7711 Grand Blvd.
Robert Austin will teach people how to play the Tibetan Bowls from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants may bring their own bowl, or borrow or buy one at the event. The workshop cost is $25.
The concert will follow that evening from 7 to 8:30. Cost is $20, or free with the purchase of a Tibetan or Crystal bowl during the workshop. Admission to both events is $35 if reservations are made in advance.
For information call Flow Yoga at (727) 848-7283 or visit flowyoga.biz.
Gospel group to be at Agape Baptist Church
The Withlacoochee River Boys, a gospel music act, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Agape Baptist Church, 39735 Chancey Road.
A love offering will be taken. The WWJD Food Ministry will collect nonperishable food items at the door.
For information call (813) 788-3330 or (813) 788-3366.
Veterans fair to focus on benefits, support
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has organized a veterans fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to provide information on benefits and resources for residents who have served in the armed forces.
The event will be held at Charles Rushe Middle School, 18654 Mentmore Blvd., with dozens of organizations on hand to offer assistance to veterans.
"Our service men and women honorably answered the call to defend our great nation," said Brown-Waite, whose 5th Congressional District is home to more than 116,000 veterans. "We have a responsibility to make sure they have access to all of the benefits they are entitled to."
Lecture set on women in Catholic Church
Saint Leo University will host a lecture on the role of women in the Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, featuring Phyllis Zagano, a Catholic scholar and visiting professor of theology and religion.
Her talk, "Rome, Women and the End of Catholicism," will be held in the browsing area of the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. The university is at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). Admission and parking are free.
The lecture will focus on the roles women have held in the Catholic Church in the past, what roles they hold now, and what positions they might occupy in the future. The lecture will also pose the questions of how women can further Catholicism's goals, and what will happen if women cannot participate more fully.
For information, visit saintleo.edu.
Libraries to offer help for job search on Web
Pasco County libraries will offer hands-on job searching workshops this spring, providing one-on-one assistance as people search the Web for job listings, fill out online applications and prepare online resumes. Space is limited, so registration is requested. The remaining workshops are slated for:
• 2 p.m. April 17 at Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. Call (813) 929-1214.
• 6 p.m. April 22 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 861-3049.
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Hospice plans two memorial services
Gulfside Regional Hospice will host two community memorial services in April to honor local residents who recently died.
The first memorial will be held at 3 p.m. April 16 at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19 in Hudson. The second memorial will take place at 3 p.m. April 23 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel.
Gulfside Regional Hospice holds community memorial services twice a year to honor patients through song, readings and stories. The community memorial services are open to the public, and refreshments will be served after each service.
For information about either the memorial services or the bereavement services, call Gulfside's bereavement department at (727) 844-3946 or toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.
AARP sets several safe driving courses
The AARP will offer several safe driving courses next month. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Please call the numbers listed to register. The classes will be held:
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 and 14 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Charlie Fisher, (727) 863-5792.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 and 16 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Call Al Fleri, (727) 856-9939.
• 9 a.m. to noon April 22 and 23 at the New Port Richey Police Department, 6739 Adams St., New Port Richey. Call Lenore Frontczak, (727) 372-1495.
• 1 to 4 p.m. April 29 and 30 at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. CallFrank Hoerner, (813) 949-7340.
AARP is always looking for volunteers to help with the program. If interested call Frank Hoerner, West Pasco coordinator, at (813) 949-7340.
Covanta Pasco will observe Earth Day
Covanta Pasco will host its 14th annual Earth Day celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 with a native plant sale, rain-barrel demonstrations, eco-friendly crafts, educational activities and more.
People who bring mercury-containing thermometers or thermostats will receive a $5 gift card per item.
The event at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, will also feature Croc Encounters, the Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad trains, an antique car show and a Honda hybrid car display.
To honor Earth Day, Covanta releases more than 10,000 ladybugs, aiding Florida's environment. Earth Day is held in cooperation with the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department.
For information, call Lottie Kelley at (727) 856-2917 ext. 201.
Dog walkathon will benefit Spay Pasco
Spay Pasco will hold its first "Tails n' Trails" dog walkathon on April 24 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave.
Registration is at 8 a.m.; walking begins at 8:30. Walkers should find sponsors to raise money for Spay Pasco, a nonprofit organization that promotes the neutering and spaying of animals — both pets and strays — in an effort to reduce euthanasia.
For information visit spay pasco.com.
NEW PORT RICHEY
PACE breakfast theme is new beginnings
The Seventh Annual Friends of PACE Breakfast will be 8 a.m. April 28 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave.
The theme for this year's event will be "the Dawn of a New Day," representing the opportunity that the PACE program gives to young girls who have dropped out of school or are at risk of doing so.
The program, which opened in 1998, now serves about 40 girls in the day program, with 197 others receiving follow-up services through the transition program.
To make a reservation or for sponsorship information for the PACE breakfast, call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Aquinas ministry lists speakers for forum
St. Thomas Aquinas Social Justice Ministry will hold its seventh forum on April 29, featuring three speakers on "Hope and Healing: Within the Culture of Life."
The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the parish hall at 8320 Old County Road 54 (a quarter-mile west of Little Road). The presentations will include:
• "A Positive Approach to Crisis Pregnancies" by Cindy Patazan, director of the West Pasco Pregnancy Center.
• "Adoption: A Choice" by Joan Woody, project director of Catholic Charities Adoption, Diocese of St. Petersburg.
• "Healing for Women and Men," by a representative of Project Rachel: Hope After Abortion.
Written materials and light refreshments will be available. For information contact Robert Kealey, Ed.D., at (727) 372-7157 or email@example.com.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Free HIV testing to be offered at church
The Pasco County Health Department will provide free oral HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at Spirit of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road. Testing is confidential. For information call and leave a message for Pat at (727) 861-5260 ext. 172.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Photo contest to aid Paws for Patriots
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 is sponsoring a photo contest. Send a $5 entry fee and a picture of your pet to P.O. Box 113, New Port Richey, 34656. Photos can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All entries must be received by April 30. Proceeds benefit the Paws for Patriots program, which trains guide dogs for disabled veterans.
For information, call (727) 484-8944.
Dinner and dance will raise funds for blind
Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, which serves Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, will hold its inaugural "Dining in the Dark" dinner and dance event on May 16 to raise money for programs for babies and children who are blind.
The event will be held at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane in Brooksville, with the theme "celebrating the senses." Guests will be treated to velvety darkness, delicate scents, textures and a special selection of music to deepen their senses — while also providing a simulation in blindness that increases awareness of the abilities of persons who are visually impaired and blind.
Tickets are $100; sponsorship opportunities are available. For information or reservations, visit lighthouse-pasco.org, call Patty or Sylvia at (727) 815-0303, or e-mail Sylvia at email@example.com.
College ceremony for future campus
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host a sign unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday to celebrate the future central Pasco campus.
The 30-minute ceremony will be held at the campus site, adjacent to Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd. The event will include a welcome from PHCC president Katherine Johnson and remarks from state Rep. Will Weatherford, Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, PHCC Foundation vice chairman Gus Guadagnino, PHCC district board of trustees vice chairwoman Judy Parker, and members of the Porter family.
The college received approximately 60 acres as a donation from the Porter family, owners of Wiregrass Ranch. The new campus will be named the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.
The college hopes to break ground on the new campus in early 2012, with doors opening in the fall of 2013.
RADIO-CONTROLLED PLANES ARE COMING
Some of the best 3D aerobatic pilots from Florida and Georgia will showcase their maneuvers this weekend to raise money for the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.
The pilots will fly their large-scale radio-controlled aircraft at Can-Am Flyers Field from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m., and parking is $3.
To reach the field, take State Road 52 east of Interstate 75; turn south on McKendree Road, which is a dirt road; turn east on Tyndall Road. The entrance to the field will be on the left.
For information,call (352) 346-2609 or visit planeaddicts.com/Z3D-event.shtml.