top teacher to be announced at Jan. 28 event
Three Pasco County teachers have been named finalists for the district's annual Teacher of the Year competition. They are: Carla Nolan, reading, Sunlake High School; Christina Page, science, Pasco High School; and Janet Tolson, math, Seven Springs Middle School. The winner will be announced at the Pasco Education Foundation's celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at River Ridge High School. She will be eligible to vie for the state teacher of the year honor.
Birthday bash for cougars turning 21
Little Girl and Big Sister are turning 21. That's a big deal for "the girls," two cougars who live at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary for Wildlife, as cougars typically live about 17 to 20 years in the wild, and rarely make it to their teens in captivity. The nonprofit sanctuary will hold a birthday party for the all-grown-up cougars from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $2 for children, plus refreshments available for purchase. The sanctuary is at 22005 Bowman Road, off U.S. 41 just a mile south of County Line Road. For information call (352) 799-2334 or visit www.soswildlife.org.
Dealership to have Child Safety Day
Child Safety Day will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jim Browne Patriot Chevrolet, 10741 U.S. 301. This free event includes child car seat inspections, child IDs by the Pasco Sheriff's Office, face painting, hula hooping, gun safety and more. Doves will be released at 11 a.m. Food donations will be accepted for the "Love One Another" Food Bank. For information call (352) 567-1222
Democratic club to meet, talk politics
The Heritage Pines Democratic Club will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the clubhouse at 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd., off County Line Road. The meeting will feature a presentation on the 2012 legislative session and a roundtable discussion on the presidential election. The meeting also kicks off the club's annual membership drive; dues are $10 for individuals and $15 per couple. For information call Dr. Lynn Lindeman at (727) 697-3052.
Kids agency seeks WEDU award again
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. is competing against top nonprofit organizations and companies within the Tampa Bay region in the hope of winning the "Be More Humble" award for the second time in the past three years at the WEDU "Be More" Awards. The award is driven by an online poll held in the WEDU viewing area in November and December. Winners will be announced at a Feb. 9 awards luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. The agency oversees Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program for local children as well as programs that provide assistance with child care costs for lower income working families.