CHRISTMAS PARADE ENTRIES SOUGHT: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host the 2016 Magical Night Christmas Parade on Dec. 2. Applications for seasonal floats, bands and walking units are available at the chamber's office at 14112 8th St., Dade City, or by visiting dadecitychamber.org and clicking on "chamber events/Christmas Parade."
DAY OF SERVICE: Cheryl M. Burbano, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial Services, will participate in the company's National Day of Service by supporting Feeding America Tampa Bay. From now until the end of November, Burbano's office, at 28943 State Road 54 in the Westbrook Professional Center, Wesley Chapel, will be collecting nonperishable food items (no glass containers) to help provide hunger relief. For information, call (813) 994-1190.
PHSC APPOINTS NEW ADMINISTRATORS: Pasco-Hernando State College recently named Kevin O'Farrell as provost of the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Patricia Campbell as dean of arts and sciences, Billie Gabbard as dean of nursing and health programs and Sonia Thorn as associate dean of academic affairs and institutional accreditation.
O'Farrell most recently served PHSC as the associate dean of academic affairs and institutional accreditation, in addition to holding the position of interim dean of arts and sciences before beginning his new role on Oct. 10.
Campbell previously served six years as associate dean of academic affairs at Broward College in Davie.
Gabbard, a registered nurse, previously served as the dean of nursing at Fortis Institute and the associate dean of nursing at PHSC from 2009 to 2014.
Thorn previously was associate dean of academic affairs and retention services at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.
MANUFACTURERS HONOR COMMISSIONER: The Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association recently honored Pasco County Commission Chairwoman Kathryn Starkey with the Distinguished Manufacturing Service Award during the group's fourth Manufacturers Dinner. The award "goes to someone who has shown a lot of grit, passion and perseverance in improving manufacturing training in the region," said Jerry Custin, the association's director of business, manufacturing and education.
JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS: Pasco-Hernando State College is hosting a series of job search strategy workshops from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays during November in Room A205 at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The series is free and open to the public, and is designed to help job-seekers overcome the challenges of finding employment and refine interviewing skills.
• Resume Tips, Nov. 14.
• Interviewing Skills & Tips, Nov. 21.
For information, call Jacqueline Eden at (727) 816-3334.
COUNTRY FAIR: Women's Connection of New Port Richey will present its annual Country Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The fair will be followed by a luncheon. The event includes music, door prizes, baked goods, a dollar table, a silent auction and raffles. The speaker will be Barbara Hatterner. The cost is $15 and includes the fair and luncheon. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• Legal Issues for Small Business, 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Zephyrhills Branch Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills.
• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
To register and for information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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