NEW PORT RICHEY
Rotarians offer opportunity to travel abroad
The local Rotary district is looking for people interested in traveling abroad for the 2010 Group Study Exchange, a unique program that allows professionals to experience other cultures and see how their vocations are practiced elsewhere. The locations for this year's exchange are Concepcion, Chile, from April 17 to May 16, and Curitiba, Brazil, from May 8 to June 6. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40, live or work in Rotary District 6950 (which spans Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties), not be a Rotarian or related to a Rotarian, be fully employed with at least two years of work experience, and be able to take a month off work and the time to prepare for the trip. The application deadline is Dec. 31. To submit an application, contact Chuck Warrington at (727) 562-4901 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For an online brochure about the program, visit tinyurl.com/GSEprogram.
Swiftmud plans controlled burns
The Southwest Florida Water Management District will conduct controlled burns over the next two months in the Upper Hillsborough Preserve in Pasco and Polk counties. About 600 acres will be burned in small, manageable units in the preserve, which is located about 5 miles east of Zephyrhills. The scheduled burns are meant to mimic natural fire cycles. The goal is to avoid uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area's natural conditions by maintaining ecological and wildlife habitat values. Officials plan to make every effort to ensure the smoke does not affect homes or highways. But drivers should exercise caution in case smoke leads to any reduced visibility on the roadway. Call Swiftmud toll-free at 1-800-423-1476.
NEW PORT RICHEY
AARP offers safe driving courses
The AARP will offer two driver safety training courses next month in west Pasco. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The classes are:
• 10 a.m. Jan. 13-14 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Al Fleri at (727) 856-9939 to register.
• 9 a.m. Jan. 14-15 at the New Port Richey Police Department, 6739 Adams St., New Port Richey. Call Lenore at (727) 842-9780 to register.
• 1 p.m. Jan. 27-28 at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Call Ray Hally at (727) 937-0291 to register.
AARP is always looking for volunteers to help with the program. Call Frank Hoerner, west Pasco coordinator, at (813) 949-7340.
Facility watchdogs to meet Jan. 14
The Pasco and North Pinellas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at the meeting hall of St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Ave. The council is made up of ombudsmen whose goal is to improve the quality of life and care of residents at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care homes and skilled nursing units in local hospitals. The public is invited to address any issues or concerns. Call toll-free at 1-888-831-0404 or visit ombudsman.myflorida.com.
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