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Ride for Hospice is March 31

More than 100 saddled up for a good cause at the third annual Ride for Hospice on Apr. 16, 2011.

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More than 100 saddled up for a good cause at the third annual Ride for Hospice on Apr. 16, 2011.

Young anglers can throw a line Saturday morning at the 21st annual Anclote Kids Fishing Tournament at Anclote Gulf Park.

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The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is sponsored by the J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex. All local children ages 5 to 16 are welcome but must bring their own fishing gear and be accompanied by an adult.

Children ages 13 to 16 will register at 8 a.m. and fish from 9 to 10 a.m. Children ages 9 to 12 will register at 9 a.m. and fish from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Children ages 5 to 8 will register at 11 a.m. and fish from noon to 1 p.m.

There is no cost to participate in the fishing tournament, though there is a $2 parking fee at Anclote Gulf Park. The public is invited to watch from areas off the pier.

For information, call (727) 934-4198 or (727) 942-7439.

RUNNING: The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida is partnering with Oakstead Elementary to hold the second annual Spring Sprint for Autism 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on March 17.

Last year's inaugural race attracted more than 600 runners in addition to hundreds of spectators and volunteers.

This certified, chip-timed race starts near the Shoppes at Sunlake Centre on Sunlake Boulevard and finishes in the Sunlake High School football stadium in Land O'Lakes where there will be a DJ, food, giveaways and awards for race winners.

Packet pick up will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 16. For event information, contact Christine Rover at (813) 974-9264 or by email at

PASCO CHALLENGE: The 2012 Pasco Challenge will take place at 8 a.m. March 10 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. Competitive events include 5K, 10K and half marathon races. Non-competitive events include a one mile run/walk and 25K, 50K and 100K bike tours.

Registration will be held from 6:15 to 7:45 a.m. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children, except for the half marathon, which is $40.

Registration is available at or by calling (727) 848-8888.

YOGA: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will host an eight-week adaptive yoga camp for special needs children ages 3 to 22.

The program will follow the basic principles of yoga as well as enhance bilateral integration skills, motor coordination skills, core strengthening, flexibility, attention/focus, organization of activity level, hand-eye coordination, balance, following multi-step directions, and peer and social interaction.

This camp will be led by licensed, insured and experienced occupational therapists who have been trained in adaptive yoga for children with special needs. The camp will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays in April and May and cost $250 per four-week session.

For information call occupational therapist Angela Hill at (813) 469-2021. To register, call the recreation complex at (813) 929-1220.

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

HORSES: The Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse will hold its fourth annual Ride for Hospice on March 31 to benefit Gulfside Regional Hospice. The event takes place at Diamond B Ranch in Dade City and includes a three-hour trail ride through the ranch, pony rides, kids' games, live music, horseshoe tournament and lunch. Prizes will be awarded to the rider who raises the most money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. All riders must provide their own horse. If you do not have a horse, you can still participate in the many events at the ranch throughout the day. For information or pre-registration visit or call (813) 220-8459.

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