Looking for fireworks? Take your pick
If you're looking to celebrate Independence Day with a bang, you've got several good fireworks shows to choose from this year. Main Street Blast will light up Sims Park in New Port Richey on Saturday, along with live music and other attractions. The Angelus House in Hudson also will host a fireworks show Saturday. The Freedom Festival will culminate with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. And the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City will host its annual Sparklebration bash on Wednesday, the Fourth of July proper. For more about these and other patriotic celebrations, see Diversions, page 4.
Recycling gets you extra game time
Got phone books? Stop N Play will hold its seventh annual telephone book recycling campaign throughout July, providing two game tokens for each phone book people bring in. To get the game tokens, drop off your phone books at the front counter of Stop N Play, 10933 U.S. 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays or from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through July 31. Phone books can also be dropped off anytime at the Green Fiber recycling bin in the parking lot. Green Fiber recycles paper products into insulation. According to Stop N Play, over the past six years the recycling effort has saved 670 trees, provided insulation for about 40 homes and reduced landfill space by 130 cubic yards. For information, call Stop N Play at (727) 862-6666.
Get Christmas in July bargains
The Zephyrhills and New Port Richey HPH Hospice Thrift Stores will host Christmas in July sales from July 5 through July 31. Christmas decorations, holiday housewares and gifts will be on sale. The stores are at 4910 Allen Road in Zephyrhills and 6528 Massachusetts Ave. in New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (813) 355-4830 or (727) 841-7356 or visit hph-hospice.org.
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Hospice offers help to bereaved adults
HPH Hospice invites newly bereaved adults or those who are grieving the death of a loved one to participate in a free, eight-week Grief's Journey group session. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from July 24 to Sept. 11 at the HPH Hospice Marliere Care Center Board Room, 6801 Rowan Road. A bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies. Attendance at one of the first two meetings is required to continue with the group. Preregistration is required. To register, call Jill Wiegand at (727) 863-7971.