High-flying fun to celebrate Thanksgiving
It's almost time for turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and ... skydiving? Yes, SkyDive City is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Boogie and Turkey Meet, which means flocks of daredevils are gathering in Zephyrhills for dives, coaching and a little holiday merriment. A 10-way speed competition begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at SkyDive's Hard Dock Cafe. Skydiving will continue through the weekend at SkyDive City, 4241 Sky Dive Lane, and anyone who donates a pint of blood at the bloodmobile Saturday gets a free jump ticket. You must be a licensed skydiver to use the jump ticket.
For information call (813) 783-9399 or visit www.skydivecity.com.
Offices to close Thursday, Friday
All Pasco County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. All county libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and reopen at their regular times Dec. 1. There will be no transit service on Thanksgiving, but regular service will resume Friday. Recreation complexes will be closed Thursday, then operating on a holiday schedule of 1 to 9 p.m. Friday. Community centers will be closed both days.
Letter carriers collecting toys
The Toys for Tots Annual "Letter Carriers" Toy Drive will take place Dec. 6 in all counties throughout the Tampa Bay area. Residents are requested to place new, unwrapped toys next to their mail box. The letter carriers delivering the mail will return the toys to the Toys for Tots Program.
Poets get a chance to read their works
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its third annual Fall Celebration of Poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 in Room A139 at the North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to listen and participate in an open-mike poetry reading. Poets who would like to read one or two of their works during the program are advised to sign up in advance by calling Professor Richard Downing at (352) 797-5132 or Professor Kay McKamy at (352) 797-5109. If time permits, attendees who have not signed up in advance may also have the opportunity to read their own works or works by their favorite poet.
New Port Richey
It's time for Main Street Holidays
Greater New Port Richey Main Street will hold Main Street Holidays 2008 on Dec. 6, 12, 13 and 14. The highlight on Dec. 6 will be the River Lights Boat Parade on the Cotee River at 6 p.m., starting at the Crab Shack and floating south to Sims Park. During the day, there will be entertainment by students from local schools, photos with Santa, hayrides and a children's art show. After the boat parade, the Gotta Dance troupe will entertain in Sims Park.
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