NEW PORT RICHEY
Those barricades that the city put up in Sims Park for Monday's visit by Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will stay up a little longer. Now officials are prepping for a possible Saturday morning visit by the other vice presidential nominee, Republican Sarah Palin. City Manager Tom O'Neill had two meetings Tuesday with campaign officials interested in bringing Sen. John McCain's running mate to the riverfront park. "It's a possibility," said O'Neill. "It's not a definite thing." Campaign officials are also scouting other locations, he said. And Palin may have a little competition: Calvary Chapel Worship Center has already received city permits to host a fall festival at Sims Park on Saturday. O'Neill said Palin's people are talking with the church, to see if they could coordinate the two events.
New shops hand out freebies, prizes
The Shops at Wiregrass is hosting a variety of events to celebrate the grand opening on Thursday and Friday. The complex is at State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs in Wesley Chapel. Macy's Newest Star Makeover is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Center Court. Laura Geller has been creating beautiful faces in Hollywood for 25 years, and at 10 a.m., she will make a speech during the grand opening ceremonies. At 11 a.m., she will greet the public and, as part of the event, complementary makeovers will be given by several cosmetic companies. Appointments are required by calling (813) 975-2200. Participants can enter to win $1,000 in Macy's wardrobe, cosmetics and fragrance packages. Dillard's Designer Runway Show is set for Saturday with a cocktail hour at 4:30 p.m. at the Brass Tap and Fashion show at 6 p.m. in Center Court at the Shops of Wiregrass. Rebecca Weinbert, stylist to the stars and Emmy award-winning costume designer, will host the show. The fashion show is free, but for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society, fans can attend the cocktail hour, watch the show from premier seating and take home a bag and a $10 gift certificate to Dillard's. Call (813) 949-0291. Guests can enter to win a $1,000 Dillard's shopping spree. Stroller Spook is set for 9 a.m. Friday in Center Court at the Shops of Wiregrass. Children should be dressed in Halloween costumes. There will be prizes for best costume, goody bags, refreshments and door prizes. Register at www.strollerstrides.com.