Waterways cleanups need volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the Annual Coastal Cleanup and Central Pasco Waterways Cleanup scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 20. Site captains are Betsy Crisp, Pasco County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences faculty member for the University of Florida, and Kurt Conover, director of business development for Regional Medical Center of Bayonet Point. Call Crisp at (727) 996-7341, ext. 4288, or Conover at (727) 861-5141.
Chamber will hold its monthly mixer
The monthly mixer of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce is at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Lifesource Chiropractic, 1722 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.
Chambers to hold forum for candidates
Wesley Chapel, Central Pasco, Dade City and Zephyrhills chambers of commerce will have a Meet Your Candidate forum at 6 p.m. Monday at Pasco Middle School, 13925 14th St., Dade City. Candidates for the School Board and sheriff will be there. Panelists are C.T. Bowen of the St. Petersburg Times and William Yelverton of the Tampa Tribune. Call (352) 567-3769.
Totes: red, white, blue but really green
Friends of the Library are selling tote bags as a fundraiser. The bags are lightweight, multi-functional and have a removable insert and extra long shoulder straps. The red, white and blue bags are good for toting books, shopping goods or beach gear and are a green alternative to plastic bags. The bags are available at any branch of the Pasco County Library System for $5 including tax. Call (727) 861-3020.
Bingo without smoke Sundays at K of C
The Knights of Columbus Father Farrell Council 6476, 2040 Grand Blvd. in Holiday offers non-smoking Bingo each Sunday at 1 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Each Friday the council offers a dinner dance with dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $11 for both or $5 for the dance. On Friday, Ellis Hale will play. Call (727) 934-8025.
Pasco High graduate finishes Navy training
Navy Seaman Recruit Sutin J. Dee, son of Debbie A. and Michael J. Dee of Dade City, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Dee completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. Dee is a graduate of Pasco High.
Blood donor center temporarily closed
Florida Blood Services' Wesley Chapel Donor Center will be closed from today through Sept. 14, while it is being expanded and remodeled. To prevent blood shortages, a bloodmobile will be stationed on the following days in the Village Market Plaza parking lot at 5319 Village Drive: Tuesday through Sept. 13 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bloodmobile also will be on site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 1. Prospective blood or platelet donors can walk in or book an appointment online at www.fbsdonor.org, using the Blood Center code TB032. All lifesaving donors will receive a free movie ticket, as well as a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening.
Purple Heart Order helps veterans groups
The military order of Purple Heart East Pasco Chapter 705 of Zephyrhills presented a donation of $800 to the Boldomero Lopez Veterans Home in Land O'Lakes.
The money will be used for the personal needs of the veterans at the home and the funds were made available by the Military Order of the Purple Heart National Service Foundation. Cmdr. Trevor Gray announced that, in addition to the Boldomero Lopez Home, the chapter has made donations to other veterans groups in Zephyrhills such as The American Legion Post 118; The Building Fund of the DAV Chapter 87; United Veterans Group for Memorial Day Flags at the Cemetery; the Veterans Support Group at James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa; and the Fisher House in Tampa.
The chapter also offered a $500 scholarship program for East Pasco High School seniors. Anyone interested in membership or helping with donations can call Chaplain Bob Dehaven at (813) 788-5606 or mail donations to M.O.P.H. Chapter 705, 7145 Ashland Drive, Zephyrhills, FL 33540.
Oakstead to hold a Meet the Teacher Day
Oakstead Elementary Orientation day, also known as "Meet the Teacher Day," will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Parents are invited to bring their students to school to meet their teachers, pay supply fees, get bus and car loop information, pay for lunch, join PTA and purchase school spirit shirts. Students who will be new to school or are entering kindergarten in August are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Paperwork needed to register kindergarten students and students coming from out of state or private schools includes: original birth certificate and Social Security card (we will make copies), proof of residency (ex. utility bill), current immunization records, physical (not more than a year old from the date school starts), and custody papers, if applicable.
Students who are transferring from another Florida public school should bring their final report card, proof of residency, and custody papers, if applicable. Supply lists are available in the office or on our Web site at otters.pasco.k12.fl.us.