• Monday is Labor Day, no school
• The African American Club of Pasco will host a Fall Program on Creative Arts for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The 10-week program will be held 1-4 p.m. each Saturday beginning Sept. 6 at the former Booker T. Washington School, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. There is no charge for the program, and snacks will be provided. For information, call (727) 849-5582
• Registration is open for Pasco Arts Council fall classes, which start Tuesday and will include offerings in the performing arts as well as visual arts and fine crafts. For a full schedule, go to www.pascoart.org. Registration is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday at 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. To register, call (727) 845.7322. For information, email [email protected]
• Free Family Movie Matinee & Popcorn, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. For information on what movie is showing, call (352) 567-3576. For information on Pasco County Library events held at all branches, go to www.pascolibraries.org. For information on events held at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org.
• Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday is raising money to provide meals for students during the holiday breaks. Almost 90 percent of Gulfside students qualify for the federally funded meal program. During the last school year, 500 meals were served during the winter break and 300 meals were served during spring break. That need will increase because of the weeklong Thanksgiving holiday break. To help, donate at www.gofundme.com/cfo1cs.
• The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Pasco present "Mental Illness in the Classroom," a free workshop for teachers of grades 6-12. The workshop will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at NAMI Pasco, Jallo Plaza, 6480 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Attendees will learn how to recognize the early signs of mental illness and substance abuse in adolescents, understand how best to intervene so that youth are linked with services and use informational text to address difficult topics in the classroom.
There will be presentations by mental health advocates, education professionals and Florida Standards experts; complimentary curriculum supplements and handouts; strategies for close reading, writing activities and document-based questions. Refreshments will be served. Teachers will receive a certificate of attendance. Space is limited. Deadline is Oct. 10. Register now online at tampabay.com/nie.
• Hudson High Parent University/College Planning Night, will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1140 Cobra Way.
• Pasco-Hernando State College hosts College Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the east campus, 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City, and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the west campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. There will be representatives from more than 100 public and private colleges, universities other educational institutions, the U.S. military, technical and trade schools and vocational centers. High school students, their parents and prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend. For information, see your high school guidance staff. College night is free and open to the public.
• Clerk & Comptroller Constitutional Essay Contest, sponsored by the Office of Paula S. O'Neil. Open to students in grade 5, who should respond to the question, "Why is the United States Constitution important?" in 300 words or less. First-place winner receives lunch with O'Neil and a tour of the Pasco County courthouse location of his/her choice. First-, second- and third-place winners will each receive a plaque. Deadline is Sept. 26. For information and submission guidelines, go to www.pascoclerk.com.
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