Paddling Pasco will visit Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Paddlers can explore the mangrove shoreline along Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park at 1 p.m. March 30.

TERRY TOMALIN | Times

Paddlers can explore the mangrove shoreline along Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park at 1 p.m. March 30.

Paddling Pasco will stage its next paddle on March 30 from Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park.

The trip, organized in conjunction with the Salt Springs Alliance, will paddle through a "chute" or narrow passage through mangroves, and then in a big loop through mangrove bayous with a short stretch in open water before returning to the launch location.

"We have a great group, great conversation, great camaraderie among some committed paddlers for these events," said Pasco Parks and Recreation director Rick Buckman said.

"When tides change, the current in the chute is swift and provides a wild ride. The loop we will be paddling is generally all pristine mangrove shoreline and islands, and an array of bird life and sea life often times will greet you along the path."

The trip is planned to be one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on the wind, and will launch at 1 p.m. March 30.

Participants can register by sending an email to fbuckman@pascocountyfl.net or call (813) 929-2760.

All participants will need to review and sign a waiver before launch.

SOFTBALL: Fivay High School will have its third annual staff versus students Fly "Ball" Softball Tournament to raise money for the Flo Massaro and Justin Kunick memorial scholarships at the school. The event will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. May 1. For information, email Brian Borusso at bborruso@pasco.k12.fl.us.

GOLF: The 2013 Saddlebrook Annual Invitational Golf Tournament to support the Benedictine Sisters of Florida and its good works in the community will take place April 5. Registration and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and an awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. The event fee is $175 and includes a putting contest, a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one, lunch, dinner, raffle prices and a silent auction. For information and registration, call Faith Pridmore at (352) 588-8320 or send her an email at hnmdevelopment@saintleo.edu.

MORE GOLF: The Honor Society of American Veterans is sponsoring the Veterans Helping Veterans Golf Tournament on April 7 at Magnolia Valley Golf Course. There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m.; cost of $40 per person includes cart fees and lunch. All proceeds go to helping local veterans. For information, contact Howard Hoover at (727) 232-6669 or Michael Peterson (813) 966-8421.

EVEN MORE GOLF: The third annual Veterans Elementary PTA Golf Tournament will be held April 20 at the Lexington Oaks Golf Club. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help the PTA purchase a playground shade covering, new technology, classroom supplies and equipment for the school.

This tournament is open to up to 144 participants of all skill levels, both men and women. Entries accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration (before April 7) is $65, which includes 18 holes of golf with riding cart, dinner, awards and prizes. After April 7, the price increases to $75 per player.

Registration and payment may be completed at veteranspta.com or mailed to: Veterans Elementary School, attention: PTA; 26940 Progress Parkway, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.

Registration must be received by April 16.

For information email veteranspta1@gmail.com.

To submit items on community sports events, contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

Paddling Pasco will visit Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:32pm]

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