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Pasco Briefs for Nov. 3


Driver safety class offered to seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program class will be offered at several Pasco County locations during November. The course is open to drivers ages 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required. For class times, contact the instructor. • Nov. 10, Zephyrhills Library, 5347 8th Ave., Zephyrhills; call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908. • Nov. 14, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills; call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908. • Nov. 17, Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O Lakes; call Eugene Pool, (813) 949-8585. • Nov. 20, Meadow Pointe I Community Center, Bldg. A, 28245 County Line Road, Wesley Chapel; Dennis Smith, (813) 994-9832.


Extension office closed to walk-ins Nov. 6-8

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service office will be closed to walk-in customers from Nov. 6 to 8 due to traffic associated with the Florida Department of Children and Families' Food For Florida event at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. During this time, extension staff will answer phone calls, but will not accept walk-in appointments. The extension office, at 36702 State Road 52, will resume regular business hours at 8 a.m. Nov. 9. For information, call (352) 518-0156 or visit the website at

Veterans invited to Senior Circle event

In celebration of Veterans Day, Bayfront Health Dade City and Gulfside Hospice invite veterans and their guests to attend a Senior Circle event at 8 a.m. Nov. 10 at Bayfront Health, 13100 Fort King Road, in Medical Plaza I, Classroom 108. The event includes a complimentary breakfast and a pinning ceremony for all veterans in attendance, provided by Gulfside Hospice as part of the We Honor Veterans program. The event will also include a moment of silence in remembrance of all fallen veterans. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. To RSVP, call (352) 518-1087 with name, branch of service, length of service, contact phone number and number of guests attending.


CARES offers 'Living Healthy' workshop

Local seniors are invited to participate in a free six-week "Living Healthy" workshop that starts this week at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. There are two classes from which to choose: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 3 to Dec. 8, and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 4 to Dec. 16 (no class on Veterans Day). This is a chronic disease self-management program for those with conditions such as hypertension, COPD, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Participants will learn about tools to help them live a fuller, more comfortable life and how to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation. Participants will also learn appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; how to communicate effectively, and how to evaluate new treatments. A healthy snack will be provided during each class. There is no cost to participate, but reservations are required. Call (727) 863-6868.

Free dental day set to assist veterans

Mai Family and Sedation Dentistry, 7214 State Road 52, will host its second annual Saluting Our Veterans Dental Day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. Dr. Thanh Mai and his staff, along with other dental professionals, will volunteer their services to give either a cleaning, filling, extraction or denture/partial repair to the first 150 active, reserve and retired military members and their immediate families. No appointments will be scheduled; the service will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is recommended to assure a spot in line. Military ID and a photo ID are required. For information, call (727) 869-4747.


County to host sinkhole meetings

Pasco County government will host two meetings to discuss future options regarding the sinkhole site on Ocean Pines Drive. The meetings will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Pasco County public safety and public infrastructure staffers will present options for the site, based on feedback from the Pasco County Commission, University of South Florida geologists and county engineering staffers. Lake Padgett Estates residents and other county residents are invited to attend one of the meetings and provide input. Information gathered from the meetings will be considered as the County Commission makes a final decision on how to proceed with long-term recovery efforts at the sinkhole site. For comprehensive information on the sinkhole, visit For information, call (727) 484-3076.

Golf tourney to benefit military families

The seventh annual Paxton's Veterans Day Golf Tournament will be at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Military Families, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. The cost to play is $35. Sponsorships are also available. For details, contact Jim or Sandy Paxton at (813) 996-1489 or


Two-day Veterans Day fest includes parade

Veterans Alternatives will host a Veterans Day Freedom Fest from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 2 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St. The celebration will include entertainment, food vendors, patriotic arts and crafts, resources for veterans, a kids zone and other activities. Friday's festivities will include a Freedom Fighters Feast for invited veterans and dignitaries. Saturday's activities will include a parade starting at 3 p.m. (starting at intersection of Gulf Drive and Grand Boulevard, heading north on Grand around Orange Lane, and ending on Bank Street). A Veterans Day Boxing Throw-Down will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday (tickets are $30 for civilians, $25 for veterans). Admission to the festival is free. For information, call (727) 939-8387 or visit

Crafters, vendors needed for craft fair

Crafters and vendors are needed for the Rosary Altar Society's fourth annual craft and vendor fair, which will be Nov. 11 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 5340 High St. The cost is $15 for an 8-foot table and two chairs. For details, call Carol at (727) 776-7487 or (727) 807-6382, or Gerry at (727) 849-4899.

Food drive to benefit Pasco's homeless

The New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board is participating in National Homeless Awareness Month by hosting its seven annual food drive. Along with raising awareness of the plight of homelessness in the area and seeking donations of nonperishable food items, the youth board is staging a Cardboard Camp Out to showcase the plight of homeless youth. Members will sleep rough for a night, experiencing firsthand the difficulties of eating and sleeping as a homeless person. Food donations may be brought to the Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., or to participating downtown restaurants until Nov. 12. All donations will stay within the New Port Richey community.


Bilirakis to speak at Vets Day ceremony

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will speak at Saint Leo University's annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 in Dempsey Plaza on campus, 33701 State Road 52. The community and local veterans are invited to attend the free event, which will include student veterans, music and addresses by Bilirakis and university president William J. Lennox Jr., a retired Army lieutenant general and former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. For information, call (352) 588-8482 or send email to


Lions Club to host bowling benefit

The Wesley Chapel Lions Club will host Bowling for Sight from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Pin Chasers, 6816 Gall Blvd. Food will be served from 1:15 to 2 p.m., with bowling starting at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the best theme, and door prizes will be given to individuals who excel at team spirit. The cost is $20 per player for teams of five bowlers. Sponsorships are available for $50 and the donation of a door prize or silent auction item. For details, visit