eight BANDS BATTLE FOR PRIZES FRIDAY
The 15th annual Rockus Maximus: Battle of the Bands will take the stage from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Rotary Pavilion at the Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road (off State Road 52, a quarter-mile west of the Suncoast Parkway). Eight local bands will compete for the ultimate prize: a 10-hour recording session at Morrisound Studios and $1,000. Admission is free to the event, which is sponsored by Pasco Libraries. The event also includes concessions, T-shirts, cotton candy, ice cream and a 20-foot inflatable slide. People can also vote online for their favorite band's video. For additional information, visit rockusmaximus15.com or search for Rockus Maximus: Battle of the Bands on Facebook or Twitter.
Help Big Brothers Big Sisters
If you've been looking for an opportunity to show off your corn toss skills, here's your chance. Big Brothers Big Sisters will host two corn toss tournaments in Pasco County next month to raise money for the program that provides caring adult mentors to children in need. The agency currently has 550 children in Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco counties waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. The first event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. April 21 at Beef 'O' Brady's, 14136 Seventh St., Dade City. Register a team of two for $25. Winner receives $50, a Beef's gift card and entry into the Shops at Wiregrass Corn Toss Tournament, which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Brass Tap, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Registration for that event is $40 for a team of two. Winner receives $100. Having a mentor makes it more likely that kids facing adversity will succeed in school and avoid contact with the juvenile justice system. For additional information on the event, contact Jan Roberts: (813) 769-3614; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entertainment at kids' safety event
Bounce Party, a bounce house facility at 16617 U.S. 19 just south of Little Road, will host a free children's safety event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event includes children's fingerprinting, safety tips with McGruff the Crime Dog and play time in the bounce houses (children must wear socks). For information: (727) 857-6969; www. bouncepartyfl.com.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Have coffee with the city manager
Residents are invited to "Coffee With the City Manager" from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 28 in the meeting room of the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. City Manager John Schneiger will discuss issues and listen to residents' questions and concerns. Coffee and snacks have been donated by Starbucks and the Friends of the New Port Richey Library. This free event is open to everyone. For additional information, call (727) 853-1279 or (727) 853-1021.