SPECIALTY FURNITURE SHOP TO OPEN: Gulfside Hospice has announced that starting in mid October, its newest thrift store, the Gulfside Zephyrhills Furniture Shoppe, 36504 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, will open. The specialty store will be an extension of the five existing Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes and will showcase furniture, art, home furnishings and appliances. The store will accept donations of furniture, home furnishings, artwork and appliances during store hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, visit GHPPC.org.
LOCAL COMPANIES RECEIVE RECOGNITION: Three Pasco County companies — Gator Cleaning Solutions, RISA and X-Link Medical Software Interfacing — were recently selected for Florida Companies to Watch, a statewide program managed by the economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. The three companies are among 50 statewide that will be publicly recognized on Nov. 3 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando for the significant growth they are expected to see over the next several years. For information, visit pascoedc.com.
WRIGHT'S NUTRIENTS SUPPORTS NON-GMO PROJECT: In support of the Non-GMO Project, Wright's Nutrients, 6630 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, will offer the first 50 shoppers who spend $45 or more, a free Non-GMO Project canvas shopping tote beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. In addition, 5 percent of every sale Friday will be donated to the project. For information, call (727) 848-5140.
CHARITY EVENT HELPS LOCAL TEENAGER: Pulse Salon & Spa, 3756 Turman Loop, Suite 101, Wesley Chapel, will host a charity event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to benefit a local teenager who suffers from intractable, debilitating seizures. Fifty percent of all proceeds will benefit the teenager and help his family buy a seizure response dog. Call to schedule an appointment at (813) 428-6917. For information about the teenager, visit youcaring.com/joe-soueidan-619193.
GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS GULFSIDE HOSPICE: Wells Fargo Advisors of Trinity will host its third annual golf tournament to benefit Gulfside Hospice on Oct. 24. The four-person scramble will be at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $125 for individual golfers and $500 per foursome, which includes lunch, dinner, auction and golf. There will be a hole-in-one prize and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin and beat the pro. Pre-registration is available at firstgiving.com/GulfsideHospice/golf2016 or call Carla Armstrong toll-free 1-800-561-4883. Tournament sponsorships start at $200.
CAREER FAIR: A career fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., Land O'Lakes. Attendees are encouraged bring multiple copies of their resume, dress professionally and be ready to network. The event is free, and all interested local job seekers are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 246-7617. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/career-expo-tickets-27733068354.
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FLAPJACK 5K RUN: Runners, volunteers and sponsors are needed for the 23rd annual Flapjack 5K Race in Memory of Kris Keppel on Dec. 11 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. The event will honor Keppel, the longtime race director. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the 5K race starting at 8 a.m. and a 1-mile fun run at 8:45 a.m. Those who register by Nov. 18 will receive a T-shirt. The pre-registration fee for 5K is $25 for adults and $17 for students; the fun run is $15. After Dec. 7, registration is $30 for any age or race. Sponsorships start at $50. For information, visit centralpascochamber.com or call Tina at (813) 909-2722.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• Understanding a Franchise Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• Grant Writing for Nonprofits, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Colier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
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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