Pasco Briefs for June 15

Published June 11, 2018


Tax office collecting donations for CARES

The Pasco County Tax Collector's Office is collecting donations for Community Aging and Retirement Services throughout June. Donations will benefit CARES, specifically the CARES Senior Health Clinic to provide limited primary care services to adults 55 and older who are facing illness, uninsured and are with limited resources.

The CARES Senior Health Clinic has been operating for more than eight years without state or federal support. It is run entirely through doctors, nurses and other caring people who volunteer their time and expertise.

Donations will be collected at all five tax offices in Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land O' Lakes, New Port Richey and Gulf Harbors. For information about CARES or the CARES Senior Health Clinic, contact president and CEO Jemith Rosa at (727) 863-6868 or visit For information about the tax collector's charitable giving program, contact Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at (727) 847-8179 or, or visit

Kids First launches Oral Health Navigator

Through a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation, Pasco Kids First is launching a new bilingual oral health navigation program benefiting children and families in Pasco and Hernando counties.

The new program has a bilingual Oral Health Navigator who will provide in-home education visits with families in the Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando program, as well as guidance to families seen at the Children's Advocacy Center.

The navigator provides free education about oral health and the importance of establishing a routine of caring for teeth at a young age, and will link parents and children to appropriate dental providers for prevention visits and needed treatment.

Pasco Kids First is partnering with Premier Community HealthCare and the Pasco County Health Department to provide assessments and treatment for kids and their parents at no cost to the families.

The three-year grant is more than $283,000, which will allow the navigator to provide assistance with treatment costs as well as transportation to appointments, when necessary, by providing bus passes or scheduling Uber rides.

For information, visit or call (727) 835-7962.

Nominations taken to win a free roof

As part of a nationwide program, 1st Choice Roofing is accepting nominations for its "No Roof Left Behind" campaign, which provides free roofs to local community members in need.

Nominations will be accepted through July 27 at

Anyone can participate and nominate a friend, neighbor or family member that is in need of a new roof.

Four finalists will be chosen for the final online public voting campaign.

The four finalists' stories and photos will be displayed on the website. Voting will be from Aug. 6 through Oct. 1.

The winner will be revealed online on Oct. 15. Nominees must own the home they are living in and be a resident of Hernando or Pasco counties. Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his or her mortgage payments.


PHSC to host youth basketball camp

Pasco-Hernando State College will offer a Summer Basketball Camp for youth from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18-20 at the PHSC West Campus Physical Fitness Center, 10230 Ridge Road. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17, with players grouped according to age and ability.

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The entry fee is $100, which includes a camp T-shirt. For information, contact PHSC Head Coach Michael Jones at (727) 816-3340 or

Bowling event to help pet food program

The fourth annual "Let's Fill the Pet Bowl-ing Tournament and Fundraiser" benefit will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at Lane Glo North, 6935 Ridge Road. The event will include three hours of bowling, lunch, raffles, door prizes and gift bags.

Proceeds will benefit Raffle Rescue, Pet Food Assistance Program of Pasco County. The cost is $35 for individual bowlers, $100 for a team of four. Business sponsorships are available for $200. For details, visit (click on Events) or call (727) 697-7034.


College hosts a day of music and festivities

Saint Leo University will host a Summer Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at its main campus, 33701 State Road 52. Prospective students and families can enjoy a day of music, food and various activities. Some opportunities include activities on Lake Jovita, painting in the art studio, relaxing at the pool and more.

The event is free and open to students, prospective students and those who may be interested in attending the college in the future, as well as friends and family. To register, visit


New bereavement group meets weekly

Gulfside Hospice's Bereavement Support Services has started a new grief support group that is open to the public. The group meets at 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road. This will be an open group format, with up to 12 members to join the weekly sessions. Participants will be encouraged to share information, experiences and emotional support. Meetings emphasize discussion and participation while focusing on various aspects of grief and the healing process.

To join this group, call counselor Dody Santana at (727) 845-5707. To learn about other bereavement services offered through Gulfside, call toll-free 1-800-561-4883 or visit

SummerFest to include early market

The fourth annual SummerFest will be from 4 to 9 p.m. June 23 at Zephyr Park, 5039 Fourth St.

The event will include more than 10 food vendors, watermelon-eating and dance contests, a family play area, a patriotic stroll (starts at 7 p.m.), bounce houses and face painting. DJ Express and other entertainers will play music. Festivities conclude with a fireworks display over the lake at 9 p.m.

Prior to the event will be a Morning Makers Market, a craft and vendor event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SummerFest is free; there are no entry or parking fees. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event will benefit the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills and Gulfside Hospice. For information, contact Simply Events at (727) 674-1464.