• The District School Board of Pasco County is having Strategic Plan Implementation Town Hall Meetings throughout the district, co-hosted by School Board members and superintendent Heather Fiorentino.
The public is welcome to discuss the challenges facing Pasco schools, share suggestions for improvements and generate solutions that can be incorporated into updates of the district's Strategic Plan.
Dates are: 6 p.m. today at Trinity Oaks Elementary, 1827 Trinity Oaks Blvd., New Port Richey; 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Gulf Highlands Elementary, 8019 Gulf Highlands Drive, New Port Richey; 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Anclote High, 1540 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday.
• Morton Plant Mease Health Care hosts Fall into Good Health from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity. Activities include a Kids Zone, magician, balloon artists, inflatable games, bounce houses and face painting. There will be free fingerprinting for children. Sleep disorder and sports medicine screening and tours of the imaging center will be offered. The school with the most attendees will win a popcorn and punch party.
• West Zephyrhills Elementary Relay for Life Garage Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 37900 14th Ave., Zephyrhills.
• Freedom Requires Responsibility is a 500-word essay contest for fifth-graders sponsored by Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley and the Pasco Council of Chambers.
The winner will be awarded $500 cash. The second-place prize is four tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game. Third place is a bicycle. Essays will be judged by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Deadline is Oct. 30. For submission guidelines, go to pascovotes.com/pdf/essay.pdf.