NEW PORT RICHEY
Rally against Citizens' rate hike set Tuesday
State Sen. Mike Fasano and Policyholders of Florida will hold a rally from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to protest the proposed increases in sinkhole insurance by Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Residents are invited to bring signs to the rally along Little Road in front of the Pasco County Government Center, 7530 Little Road. The proposed increases would raise the average sinkhole premium in coastal Pasco County from $1,270 to $3,598. "It is time for our governor, chief financial officer, many of my colleagues in the Legislature and the decision makers at the Office of Insurance Regulation to get the message that people can't afford the outrageous premiums Citizens is seeking," Fasano said in a prepared statement. For information, call Fasano's office at (727) 848-5885 or Policyholders of Florida at (813) 229-1000 ext. 226.
Free seminar on hibiscus Saturday
The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will host an "Unbelievable Hibiscus Seminar," from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Learn about flowers the size of dinner plates, shades that are almost incandescent and more. The seminar is free. For information, call the extension office at (352) 518-0156, (813) 996-2411 or (727) 847-2411.
Dinner to benefit cats rescue charity
Sweet Tomatoes will host a "Fun-Raiser" dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 to raise money for the Little Cats' Rescue. The restaurant at 10156 U.S. 19 will donate 20 percent of its proceeds when diners present an invitation flier at the restaurant. The invitations can be downloaded at www.TheLittleCatsRescue.org or www.facebook.com/TheLittleCatsRescue. The rescue service offers pet adoption services in Holiday, Hudson, New Port Richey, Odessa, Palm Harbor and Trinity.
Concert of spiritual music planned
Crossfire will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Zephyrhills First Nazarene Church, 6151 12th St. Dean Johnson, Phil Sarlo, Lauren Harvey and Brad Williams will provide gospel and traditional bluegrass music. Donations collected at the concert will benefit the Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center.
Runners sought for high school teams
The Land O'Lakes High School girls and boys cross country teams are training for the upcoming fall season. The program is practicing five days a week at various locations. Please contact Karen DeHaas at (813) 406-5730 for the girls team and Kris Keppel at (813) 996-2824 for the boys team.