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Pasco course invites runners to race 'From the Sun to Pluto'

Local traveling children's museum Investigation Station will hold its annual From the Sun to Pluto race on Feb. 16. The event features a 5K trail walk and run, a kids 1-mile fun run and a new 10K race, all centered around a scaled-down model of the solar system at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

"Hopefully they come out of it with a better understanding of the solar system," said Investigation Station creator Lisa Campos. "This year we added a 10K event for people who needed a bigger challenge, so they'll go through the Sun to Pluto exhibit twice. It's going to be a good day also because people who came to previous fundraising events for the exhibit will really get to see where the money went."

The sign-in table and start line will be at the From the Sun to Pluto exhibit, which is where the bicycle path and the foot path from shelter No. 5 meet. Start time is 8:30 a.m. (on-site registration table opens at 7:30 a.m.). Registration includes T-shirts and breakfast. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each age category, and trophies will be presented to the overall winners. All fun run participants will receive medals and a free kids pizza.

For information, call Campos at (727) 459-7331 or visit investigation to register.

BASKETBALL: Registration will be held Feb. 9 and 12 for a youth basketball league sponsored by Pasco County Parks and Recreation and Pioneer Programs. The league, which is open to children in grades four to eight, features an eight-game season plus a playoff tournament. Games will be held on Saturday mornings starting in April at the James Irvin Civic Center's outdoor courts. Cost is $50 per child. Each child will receive guaranteed playing time, a T-shirt and a water bottle.

Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ebony's Barbershop, 37774 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dade City; and from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at James Irvin Civic Center, 38122 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dade City.

For information, call the Pasco Parks and Recreation at (352) 521-4166 or email league coordinator Nigel Bryant at

SWIMMING: Veterans Memorial Park will host the 2013 Polar Plunge, an event designed to welcome the public to swim in the chilled winter water of the park's pool. The cost is $2 per swimmer; the pool can accommodate up to 50 swimmers. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9. For information, call (727) 861-3033.

FLAG FOOTBALL: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson is accepting registrations for a flag football league that begins Feb. 13, with games on Wednesday nights. Rosters include four to seven players at a cost of $100 per team. Names and date of birth are necessary for all participants. The league is open to players age 18 and over and includes a 10-game season and end of season tournament. For information, call (727) 861-3033.

GOLF: The Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation will host its inaugural "Slice of Life" golf tournament on Feb. 25 to benefit the Center for Women's Health, which will open this spring adjacent to the hospital. The tournament will take place at Tampa Palms Country Club and will include plenty of events.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tournament. Play begins at noon with a shotgun start. The cost for a foursome is $500; or $150 for an individual player. The price includes greens fees, cart, boxed lunch, dinner and prizes.

For information, call (813) 929-5497 or email Connie Bladon at

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at

This article has been revised to clarify the contact information for the Feb. 16 race "From the Sun to Pluto" and the Feb. 25 "Slice of Life" golf tournament. Due to an editing error, the contacts for those events was unclear.

A night for daughters and dads

The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will host an evening of music, dancing and photo opportunities at their Father-Daughter dance. Fathers can bring their daughters age 15 and under for a night of fun and dancing at the center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Door prizes, raffles and refreshments will be available. The cost is $15 per pair and $5 for each additional child with a registration deadline of Feb. 20. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

Pasco course invites runners to race 'From the Sun to Pluto' 01/30/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 1:22pm]
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