Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Pasco events for Oct. 21 through 27

21 Friday

Fall plant sale: Held by the New Port Richey Gardening Club. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 484-6741. Continues during the same hours on Saturday.

Friends of the Library biannual book sale: Funds raised will support library programming. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214. (Note: This event continues during the same hours on Saturday.)

Sydney Has a Sister golf tournament: Tee-off is at 1 p.m. Includes lunch and awards. Benefits the Sydney Has a Sister scholarship fund for high school seniors who have been impacted by a sibling with autism. Registration starts at noon. $125 per player; $450 per foursome. The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa. (813) 920-6681. sydneyhasasister.com.

22 Saturday

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk: The 3K walk will help raise money for the American Cancer Society. A Jazzercise team will assist warm-ups, and entertainment and light snacks will conclude the walk. Derlie Records recording artist Jordan Denise Williams, 12, will sing the national anthem. 7:30 a.m. Free; donations through sponsorships. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 949-0291. makingstrideswalk.org/pasco.

About Boating Safely: Provided by the Hudson Flotilla 11-7 Coast Guard Auxiliary. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $40; $20 for each additional family member. Includes the class, a digital manual and processing. Hudson Flotilla Training Facility, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

Native Plant Sale: Sponsored by the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (727) 207-1853. pasconativeplants.org.

Rhino's Wino Festival: Celebration of the life of Clayton Verge Jr., presented by the San Ann Artisans and Florida Estates Winery. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. (813) 996-2113. sanannartisans.com.

UFO workshop: Historian, author and UFO researcher Richard Dolan will present "Six Reasons Why UFOs Should Matter to You." Registration required. 1 to 4 p.m. $25. New Beginning Oneness Center, 4004 Bonita Road, Holiday. (727) 441-2270.

Bridges to Safer Communities: This domestic violence awareness event is hosted by Asage Solutions and Color Me Abstract. Those attending can learn the signs and what to do in domestic violence situations. 2:30 p.m. Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1220. icolormeabstract.com.

Las Vegas casino night: This fundraiser, hosted by the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation, will benefit the Children's Hearing Help Fund. 6 to 9 p.m. $35; includes beverages and appetizers. West Pasco Board of Realtors, 5409 Sunset Road, New Port Richey. (727) 312-3881. www.familyhearinghelp.org.

'Light Their Path' candlelight vigil: The event is in honor of Brook Lynn Peck, who went missing under suspicious circumstances a year ago. 6 to 8 p.m. Parking Lot next to Wing House, 6411 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. (727) 364-2876.

23 Sunday

Barktoberfest: Featuring a dog costume contest and an adopt-a-thon with local rescue groups. Prior to the festival, a Barking Bash 5K and Fun Run will take place at 7 a.m. Sign up at mayorandprincess.com. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 375-7070.

Zephyrhills Womans Club Halloween bunco party: Includes refreshments, raffles and prizes. Proceeds will benefit local and national charities. For ages 16 and older. 1:45 p.m. $20; tickets must be purchased in advance. Woman's Club of Zephyrhills, 38549 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 997-6211.

24 Monday

Hearing clinics: Includes earwax checks, earwax removal, hearing screenings, and cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants who wear hearing aids will receive one free package of batteries. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868. caresfl.org.

Charity golf tournament: The four-person scramble with a shotgun start will include lunch, dinner, an auction and contests for a hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to the pin and beat the pro. Benefits Gulfside Hospice. 11 a.m. $125. Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Toll-free 1-800-561-4883. firstgiving.com.

World Polio Day Event: The Rotary Club of Hudson, in conjunction with Pasco County leadership and Rotary Clubs of Pasco County, will host this event that will include a reading of a special resolution by County Administrator Michelle Baker. 11 a.m. SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. (727) 992-8344.

NAMI Family and Friends Support Group: 6:30 p.m. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. (727) 834-5630.

26 Wednesday

P.O.W. Support Group: 10:30 a.m. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868. caresfl.org.

Community Career Fair: Open to students, graduates and the community. Those attending will have access to career experts and employers who are currently hiring. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., Land O'Lakes. (813) 435-3601. rasmussen.edu/student-life/events/careerfair.

General Cancer Support Group: Meets biweekly. Anyone touched by cancer is welcome. 6 p.m. Florida Cancer Affiliates , 3611 Little Road, Trinity. RSVP to (727) 326-2646.

Community Harvest Expo: Hosted by the Trinity Positive Business Network. Proceeds will benefit the Disability Achievement Center (visit disabilityachievementcenter.org). This will be a trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat event. Kids will be able to collect candy while parents meet with local businesses. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Volunteer Way. 6 to 8 p.m. Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. (813) 388-8726. trinitypositivebusiness.net.

Trinity Democratic Club: Kent Bailey, group chairman of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, will speak. 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served prior to the meeting at 5 p.m. Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10500 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. (727) 482-8709.

27 Thursday

'Pizza and a Health Major': The panel discussion will cover courses required to go into different health majors, as well as what it looks like in the real world, what makes someone succeed in the health career area and other topics. Complimentary pizza will be served after the discussion. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Pasco-Hernando State College, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3334. pizzahealthmajorwest.eventbrite.com.

Lawyers in Libraries: Bay Area Legal Services will be on hand to introduce the pro bono services the agency offer. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

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