Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
The accreditation recognizes the hospital's dedication to continue compliance with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
In addition, the hospital, located at 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, was recently awarded the American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Company gold award.
The gold level award recognizes that Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers its employees physical activity support at the worksite; an increased number of healthy eating options; promotes a wellness culture; and embraces at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
For information, visit RMCHealth.com or HeartofTampa.com.
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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce announces that vendors are needed for the 2012 Harvest Festival Business Expo, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The expo is sponsored by the Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
Proceeds benefit the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills and the Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association. The family and faith friendly event is free, and will feature entertainment, food, games, giveaways and exhibits from local churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Vendor set-up is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Vendor registration deadline is Oct. 26. For information, call (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyrhillschamber.org.
Family Medical Doctors and Gulfside Regional Hospice are hosting a community Open House at Family Medical Doctor's new location, 8140 Picton Way, Suite 102, Trinity, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Dr. Bharat Desai, a pulmonologist, is welcoming his son, Dr. Nilesh Desai, to the internal medicine practice. A ribbon cutting, hosted by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 10:30 a.m. The event also includes free health screenings, door prizes and light refreshments. For information, call (727) 807-6900.
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Southern Self Storage will host a yard sale, bake sale and craft sale to benefit the Little Cats Rescue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 7139 Mitchell Blvd., New Port Richey.
The event will include Amore Fresh Slice Pizzeria and Kona Ice of Pinellas County. All Children's Hospital will give a free child seat check from 9 a.m. to noon for those who register at allkids.org/carseats.
A raffle of gently used household items, furniture, tools and gift certificates from local businesses will also benefit Little Cats Rescue. For information, call (561) 775-7393, ext. 815.
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The Greater Dade City, Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel Chambers of Commerce will present the second 2012 East and Central Pasco Candidates Forum on Monday at East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road, Dade City. The meet and greet will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and the forum is from 7 to 9 p.m.
Moderators will be Pasco Times Editorial Editor C.T. Bowen and Pasco Tribune columnist Tom Jackson.
The program will include candidates for County Commission District 3, Kathryn Starkey and Matthew Murphy; and for U.S. Representative District 12, Gus Bilirakis, Paul Elliott, John Russell and Jonathan Michael Snow.
For information, call (813) 782-1913.
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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "How to Market in this Economy," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at West Hernando S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Wednesday for Beazer Homes, in the Sequoia model home at Dupree Lakes, 22813 Cherokee Rose Place, Land O'Lakes. The event includes a wine tasting. For information, visit CentralPascoChamber.com.
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Humana MarketPoint celebrates the Grand Opening of New Center at Zephyr Commons, 7920 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.
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A free business seminar, "How to Develop a Business Owner's Exit Strategy," will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hugh Embry Library, at 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
For information, call Jon Lynn, (813) 774-1862.
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Pasco/Hernando Insurance Professionals and the Central Insurance School will host an education meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey.
Topic: Rate Cyber Crime. The event includes dinner with a choice of chicken Francais or chef salad. The cost is $30 for members/$40 for non-members.
To RSVP, call Jo Mansur at (727) 753-1028 by Tuesday.
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Pasco-Hernando Community College Corporate Training Department in partnership with the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will offer a brown bag lunch and learn three-part series on Practical Leadership from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 2740 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel.
• Oct. 19, Part 1: "Do you have what it takes?" Learn about the different skills it takes to be a true leader. Participants also will be taught how to run an effective meeting.
• Oct. 25, Part 2: "What's your leadership style?" Participants will learn time management tips and strategies.
• Nov. 1, Part 3: "Are you leaving a legacy?" Listening skills and communication techniques will be discussed.
All programs will be facilitated by Lori Bainum, PHCC director of corporate training. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $15 per person per class, or $40 per person for all three classes. For information or to RSVP, call (813) 994-8534.
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San Antonio Pottery at 11903 Curley St., San Antonio, will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a Grand Re-Opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.
The free event will feature pottery student/teacher sale and exhibition, tours, refreshments, and handmade pottery-making demonstrations throughout the day.
Instructors Jack Boyle and Maggie Clark will also be offering their work for sale. For information, call (352) 588-4228.
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Hays Towne Veterinary Hospital in the Publix Plaza at 14751 State Road 52, Suite A109, Hudson, will celebrate its one year anniversary with a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20.
The event is free and open to the public, and includes raffles, demonstrations, refreshments, free microchip scanning, a dog and cat costume contest, animal treats and animals available for adoption.
For information, call (727) 378-9008.
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Dr. Stephen Unger with Florida Wellness and Rehab will host his third annual Family Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 in downtown Longleaf, at 3104 Town Ave., Trinity.
The event includes free hot air balloon rides (weather permitting) as well as entertainment, vendors, giveaways, kids activities, food and music.
For information, call (727) 264-8888.
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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its third annual Pigz in Z'Hills event, a backyard and professional barbecue cookoff competition and blues festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Charles B. Krusen Memorial Field, 4626 Krusen Field Road, near 20th Street and Alston Avenue in Zephyrhills.
The live Blues Stage begins at 11 a.m. with solo artist Ed Wright. Cold Iron returns for the third year beginning at 1 p.m. and Julie Black "Angel for Blues" begins at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., teams gather around the Sonny's Real Pit BBQ Swine Terrace for a trophy ceremony as the judging team announces the results of the barbecue competition.
The event also includes arts and crafts, children's activities, classic car and motorcycle show and a Skydive City skydiving show.
The cost is $5 per person/kids under 12 are free. Lawn chairs welcome. No pets are allowed. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyrhillschamber.org.
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