NEW PORT RICHEY
Lighted boat parade slated to sail Dec. 4
The Gulf Harbors Yacht Club's Christmas Boat Parade is scheduled for Dec. 4 in the North Channel beginning at sunset.
Boaters can decorate their boats and join the lighted parade. Meet at the yacht club about 5:30 p.m. to line up behind the lead boat, once again piloted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Don't have a boat? Spectators can watch from the clubhouse at 3926 Marine Parkway.
Dinner will be available after the parade. Reservations are required. Menu and prices will be available by calling Cathy at (727) 944-5727 before Nov. 30.
Visit A Vet day needs volunteers
The Plaza Restaurant needs volunteers and donors to help with its Visit a Vet day on Dec. 14 at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.
The restaurant is collecting items such as soaps, robes, pajamas, slippers and toiletry items, as well as cookies and cakes.
It also needs volunteers to help drop off the items. Teens are welcome. The idea is to spread some joy to those who have defended America's freedom.
The Plaza Restaurant is at 15427 U.S. 19. Call 697-7328.
Church offers silent communion service
The First Christian Church is starting a new Thanksgiving eve tradition. The church at 6040 E Eighth St. will hold a silent communion service from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, open to all.
There will be no service, no scripture, no prayers, no hymns, no sermon. People are welcome to meditate and give thanks for their blessings, then serve themselves at the communion table.
Dress is casual. Call (813) 355-3804 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Double the fun at Community Center
The second annual "Traditions on the Green" joins the new Saturday Market at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on Dec. 12.
Bands from Land O'Lakes High and Pine View Middle schools will perform holiday concerts on the green in the afternoon. Other local school bands and choirs are encouraged to sign up for earlier performance times.
The market will feature local singing groups from Candlewood Community and Keystone Community churches. There will be a Kid's Christmas Corner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children's activities include crafts, letters to Santa, bean bag toss, coloring contests, face painting and more. The award-winning teenage puppet troupe, PFC, from Van Dyke United Methodist will perform three backlight musical shows inside the Community Center building.
The event is free for the community. Any person or organization interested in participating should call Sandy Graves at (813) 996-3011.