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Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Miss Zephyrhills Scholarship Pageant, which will be held at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Zephyrhills High School Auditorium. This year the pageant has grown to include three titles, Miss Zephyrhills (ages 17-24) open to Zephyrhills residents only. Miss Friendly City (ages 17-24) and Zephyrhills Jaycees Outstanding Teen (ages 13-17), open to residents of Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando and Hillsborough counties.

All titleholders will compete at the 2008 Miss Florida pageant held in St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theater in June. Contestants can e-mail Diane Kennedy at to request an application and additional information on becoming a contestant.

The deadline to enter the pageant is March 1. Anyone wishing to place an ad in the program book or provide a scholarship donation may do so by contacting the pageant co-director Ruth Johnson at or the Jaycees president Nick Latvys at Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

Mardi Gras celebration planned for Thursday

The last entertainment for the Zephyrhills Gem Estates season is at 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be a Mardi Gras celebration with the Music City Brass. Cost is $7. Call (813) 780-1012.

Black heritage to be focus of program

The Zephyrhills Historical Association meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Depot Museum, 39110 South Ave. in Zephyrhills.

The program Black Heritage will be presented under the director of program chairman Irene Dobson and will be held at 7 p.m. after the business meeting.

Craft Day at the Depot is at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 and the theme is "Buttons and Bows." Learn techniques for making bows and share ideas for decorating with old buttons.

Bring button boxes and left over ribbon. The 10th Fighter Squadron Reunion and second annual Bivouac and Barracks are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17.

There will be World War II encampments, military vehicles, vintage aircraft, weapons on display and demonstrations. Call Margaret at (813) 782-4495 or the depot at (813) 782-0067.

Retired federal workersto mark Valentine's Day

Chapter 390 of the National Active or Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will celebrate Valentine's Day at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at the First Christian Church, 6040 8th St. in Zephyrhills.

There will be a business meeting and a program by the Zephyrhills Hospital. Cake and cookies will be served. Call Doris South at (813) 788-3391 or Donald Whitlock at (813) 782-8521.

Port Richey

K of C Auxiliary lunch set for Valentine's Day

The Ladies Auxiliary Knights of Columbus Council #8155 will hold their annual luncheon and card party at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at St. James the Apostle Church, 8400 Monarch Drive in Port Richey.

There will be sandwiches, homemade salads, desserts and door prizes. Cost is $7. Call Grace at (727) 842-6239 or Ann Marie at (727) 849-2464. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Dade City

Workshop planned onconservation projects

The Pasco County Greenways, Trails and Blueways Advisory Committee and the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program will have a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave. in Dade City. There will be brief presentation and roundtable work groups. Call (727) 856-4823 or (813) 929-1260.

Civic center offering various leisure classes

Classes in cheerleading, self-defense, karate and Kubudo System and Country Western line dancing are offered at the James Irvin Civic Center, 38122 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Dade City. Call (813) 864-8805 for times, dates and costs. These classes are sponsored by the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department.


Harmony and Rhythm focuses on youth

Harmony and Rhythm, a youth performing group that focuses on musical growth and self esteem through singing, acting and dance instruction is offering 45 minute classes for ages 3 to 12, beginning Monday and Tuesday at Odessa Park, 1627 Chesapeake Drive in Odessa.

Nina Bartleson is the instructor. Cost is $40 a month. Call (813) 926-1141 for times and age groups. This is sponsored by the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department.

Wesley Chapel

AFLAC sponsoringmonthly breakfast

The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce February Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Oaks Golf Club. The sponsor is AFLAC and the speaker is Anna Trefethen, CEO of the American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter. Free to chamber members and $10 for others. Call (823) 994-8534 to reserve a place.


Bingo, Valentine's Day dinner planned

The Knights of Columbus, Father Farrell Council 6476, offers nonsmoking bingo at 1 p.m. today. Lunches are available as the doors open at 11 a.m. The hall is at 2040 Grand Blvd., in Holiday.

A dinner/dance with the theme of Valentine's Day is set for Friday. Dinner is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the dance is from 7 to 10 p.m. Richie V will play. Cost is $11 for both or $5 for the dance only. Call (727) 934-9025.

New Port Richey

Lama will teach aboutTibetan Buddhism

Drupan Sangye Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama, will teach and discuss Tibetan Buddhism from 7 to 9 p.m. at the west Campus of Pasco-Hernando Community, College, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey.

He will also be teaching from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Queen of Peace Hall, 6433 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 for the public talk at the college and $30 for day-long sessions. Call Ralph Testa at (727) 809-0867 or (727) 868-8189.


Bike rally has different levels of riders

The Tour de Trilby Bike Rally will begin at the Trilby Community Center at Trilby Road and Trail Crossing Saturday. Intermediate and advanced riders will start at 7 a.m. and amateurs begin at 8.

The trail is a 47-mile-long one-way trip for pros (94 miles round trip from Trilby to Dunnellon, above Inverness in Citrus County).

A 10-mile round trip from Trilby to the Ridge Manor/ SR 50 Pavilion is good for amateurs or regular riders and runners.

There will be a $29 entry fee and children under 14 must have adult supervision to participate. Mail checks and registration to The Greater Trilby Community Association, P.O. Box 33, Trilby, FL 33593, or e-mail Go to for more information.


Elks Lodge in Hudson will host blood drive

A blood drive is scheduled from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave. in Hudson. Donors must be 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and have photo identification. Call toll-free 1-800-683-5663.

Land O'Lakes

Seminar will teachbusiness plan writing

A free seminar, by the Pasco-Hernando Chapter of SCORE, on how to write an effective business plan for small businesses is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes.

Bill Brydia will cover the basics of a plan that answers the key questions of what data is required, what are the techniques used to acquire it and how to use this input to determine realistic goals and objectives to assure profitable business growth.

Call Ann Coppola at (727) 861-3040 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or visit the Web site at