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CARES' new lineup includes Tampa tour and dolphin cruise.

It's basic supply and demand.

The bus trips have become so popular among the seniors at the CARES Elfers Center that the nonprofit has launched a new lineup of outings from its Hudson/Bayonet Point senior center.

"Right now, many people are turned down for some trips (at Elfers) because the bus is full," said Caryl Melancon, CARES public relations coordinator.

Adding more trips was the obvious move, especially because it will generate more revenue for the nonprofit agency, she said. Community Aging and Retirement Services, better known as CARES, receives no government funding, so it relies solely on activities, donations and other revenues to cover its operating costs.

Considering the fact some travelers come from northwest Pasco, it made sense to add the trips at the Hudson location, she said.

"Some participants at the Hudson Center have been taking trips with Elfers, which led to the thinking that maybe the Hudson Center, also, should offer trips," Melancon said.

The inaugural lineup from CARES' Hudson travel club includes:

- Sept. 22: Seaport Adventure, a narrated tour of Tampa Bay, with lunch, at your own expense, at Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City. Cost is $20. Bus leaves 7:45 a.m.

- Oct. 3: Pasco Aging Network Harvest Ball, Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey, featuring music of the '30s, '40s and '50s. Cash bar, dinner and dancing. Cost is $31. Bus leaves 4:30 p.m.

- Oct. 7: Dolphin Cruise, includes transportation, shopping and lunch at your own expense at St. Petersburg Pier before a 1 p.m. cruise to see the dolphins. Cost is $32. Bus leaves at 9 a.m.

- Oct. 15: Hard Rock Casino. Cost is $20, which includes a $25 gambling voucher and a $5 lunch voucher. Bus leaves at 9 a.m.

- Oct. 24: Mount Dora. Visit antique shops galore and then take the shuttle bus to the fairgrounds. Lunch is at your own expense. Cost is $22. Bus leaves at 8 a.m.

The pickup location for all trips is the CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson.

For information or to register for any trip, call the center at (727) 863-6868.