NEW BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU MEMBER: SMARTstart Dade City Business Incubator member Access Computer Training has met the accreditation standard required for membership by the Better Business Bureau.
The business provides hands-on, comprehensive computer training to people of all ages and skill levels. The company sought BBB accreditation to let potential students know that Access adheres to high ethical standards and has made a commitment to live up to BBB principles, according to owner/president Kristin Pelletier.
Visit accesscomputertraining.com or call (855) 953-2764 for information.
RUNNERS, SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RACE: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the Suncoast Credit Union's 22nd annual Flapjack 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
The race will honor the memory of the event's longtime director, Kris Keppel. Registration on the day of the race will be at 7:30 a.m. There will be free flapjacks for every runner; $5 for non-runners. Santa will attend and photo opportunities will be available. Students who participate can give credit to their school when they register; the school with the most entries will win a trophy.
To preregister for the 5K, the cost is $25 for adults or $17 for students. To preregister for the Fun Run, the cost is $15 for everyone. On the day of the day of the race, the cost for both races is $30. To register in advance, visit active.com or centralpascochamber.com.
CHAMBER 2015 LIGHTING CONTEST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce invites residents, businesses, park clubhouses and assisted-living facilities to participate in the annual 2015 Holiday Lighting Contest.
Judging will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 to 13. Those participating should have their lights on during the specified hours to be eligible for judging. Winners will be announced and recognized at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 at the chamber's office.
The deadline to enter is Dec. 7. Entries are limited to the areas bound by Morris Bridge Road on the west, Kossick & Otis Allen on the north, U.S. 98 on the east and Crystal Springs on the south. Entry forms are available on the chamber's website at zephyrhillschamber.org.
DOCTOR RECOGNIZED FOR PATIENT-CENTERED CARE: Access Health Care Physicians has announced that Dr. Jennifer Laman has received Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 2 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
Laman's office is at 13235 State Road 52, Hudson.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Registered nurse Anna VanZyl, who works in the pre-admission testing area, was named Employee of the Month for September at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.
CHRISTMAS MIXER: The East Pasco Networking Group will have its Christmas mixer at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Blackstones Reef and Grill, 38361 County Road 54 East, Zephyrhills.
A 50/50 raffle will benefit Resurrection House Mission and Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City. For information or to RSVP, call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.
CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its December Business Breakfast, hosted by Zephyrhills Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.
TRINITY MARKETPLACE: Local small businesses will gather to showcase and sell their products at the Trinity Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Trinity Meeting Center, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106, in the Trinity Commons Plaza, New Port Richey.
The free event will take place on the first Saturday of the month through March. For information, call (727) 375-9700 or send email to events@TrinityMeetingCenter.com.
BODY LANGUAGE SECRETS: The Pasco Economic Development Council's SMARTstart program will present "Secrets of Body Language to Improve Success" from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at SMARTstart New Port Richey, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
The event is free, and will be presented by Jacqueline Eden of Pasco-Hernando State College. To RSVP, call (727) 478-0670 or (352) 437-4861, or visit pascoedc.com/pen/events/2015-12/.
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BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Pigz in Z'Hill BBQ & Blues Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave., Zephyrhills.
The event features a barbecue competition and blues music. Visitors will be able to sample culinary creations by professional and backyard competitors.
There will also be concessions, vendors, childrens rides, classic cars and plenty of barbecue.
Though the event is free, parking is $10. The music will start at 11 a.m., with a lineup including Coldiron, Wendy Rich & the Soulshakers, the RJ Howson Band and Damon Fowler.
Visit zephyrhillschamber.org for sponsorships and vendor information.
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