Pasco Briefs for Oct. 27

Published Oct. 26, 2017


NAMI offers ongoing support groups

The Pasco County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two types of support group meetings each month: • The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a structured, closed group open only to those with a mental illness diagnosis. The group is for individuals ages 18 and older who are interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills and being with others who understand the challenges of living with a mental illness. It is facilitated by trained peers. Separate groups meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday and the first and third Thursdays of each month at WellCare in the Southgate Shopping Center, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey; from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Shoreline Cafe meeting room, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. • The Family Support Group is for family members and caregivers of someone with a mental illness diagnosis. Separate groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays at Medical Center of Trinity's West Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. For information, contact NAMI at (727) 992-9653 or visit

Bike run, golf tourneys to benefit Toys for Tots

The Perfect 10 Charity and Make a Difference Inc. will host several events to benefit Toys for Tots:

• Golf scramble, Nov. 4, at the Abbey, 33640 State Road 52, St. Leo. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy.

• Golf scramble, Nov. 11, at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive, San Antonio. The entry fee is $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. A Sonny's BBQ lunch and prizes will be provided. Proceeds will go toward purchasing bicycles for local children.

• Bike-O-Rama, Nov. 25, starting at the Dade City Walmart. There is no entry fee. Sponsors and participants are needed for all events. Sponsorships for all three events are $200 to $500. Hole sponsorships are $50 for the golf events. Donations of gift certificates, services and gift items are needed for the raffles. For details, contact Bill Schroder at or (352) 636-0550, or Cherrie Lowe at or (352) 437-3466. Register for the golf scrambles at

CARES center has volunteer positions

There are a number of volunteer opportunities at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 13417 Clock Tower Parkway. Volunteer positions available include front desk greeters, who answer calls, educate visitors on what CARES offers and assist administrative staff with light office work. Also needed are telephone reassurance volunteers, who are empathetic and patient individuals who can make and document weekly phone calls to home-bound seniors. To learn more about volunteer positions, call (727) 862-9291 or complete a volunteer application online at

Knights to host car show, flea market

Knights of Columbus at St. Michael Catholic Church Council 10377 will host a car show and flea market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the church, 8014 State Road 52. Car registration will begin at 8 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for the Top 20 and five Best of Show entries. Spectator admission is free. The cost to register a car is $20; call Don at (727) 514-0500. The flea market will be indoors. Vendor tables are $10; to reserve a table, call Jacques at (727) 226-2348.


Golf tourney to benefit kids with autism

The Arrows, Oars & S'Mores Golf Tournament will be Nov. 17 at the Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle. The tournament is a benefit for Camp Idlewild of Florida, for children with autism. Registration will be at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and dinner and silent auction at 5 p.m. Tickets are $60 per golfer or $200 per foursome, which includes the scramble, raffle, goody bag, hole prizes and dinner. For information, call (727) 331-2077 or send email to slshuman@

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Schools host Career Exploration Night

River Ridge and J.W. Mitchell high schools are co-sponsoring a Community Career Exploration Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in the River Ridge High School gymnasium, 11646 Town Center Road. Residents are invited to make connections with nearly 50 employers from the Tampa Bay area and learn about career and education opportunities. Guests will learn about industry certification options, education requirements for various occupations, careers in high demand, and wage-earning potential across various career pathways. For information, contact Laurie Peterson at (727) 774-7142 or

Veterans can register for free dental day

Congressman Gus Bilirakis has partnered with Pasco-Hernando State College and the West Pasco Dental Association to host the third annual Stars, Strips and Smiles Veterans Dental Care event on Nov. 3. The event will include basic dental services offered at no cost to veterans, including cleanings, fillings and extractions. Appointments are limited to the first 75 veterans who register. Appointment time and location will be provided upon registration. To schedule an appointment, call (727) 232-2921.

Annual Greek festival set for Nov. 3 to 5

The 33rd annual Greek-American Festival will be Nov. 3 to 5 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road. Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight each day, except Nov. 5, when hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. There will be Greek food, music and dance, as well as drinks, vendors, amusement rides and pony rides. Also, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will provide free Pasco Safe Kids Total ID Systems (DNA and fingerprint kits). Parking and admission are free. For information, call (813) 600-0727.

PHSC to honor veterans with concert

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation will present its fourth annual Salute to Veterans performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the PHSC Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road. The show will feature the Florida Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, which will perform selections from various genres as well as a tribute to the nation's heroes with a song and color guard presentation. Tickets are $10; $5 for veterans. Call (727) 816-3707 or visit

Wine tasting to help hearing impaired

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida will host its eighth annual wine tasting and auction from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. The evening will include entertainment, games and hors d'oeuvres. Baskets donated by the community will be auctioned during the evening, including silent auction items from Disney, Sea World/Aquatica, and Southwest Airlines. Dress is business casual. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Pasco and Hernando counties. For information and tickets, call (727) 853-1010, send email to or visit

Grand opening set for SmileFaith clinic

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration for the SmileFaith Veterans Community Dental Clinic will be at noon Nov. 10 at 5400 School Road. SmileFaith is a nonprofit, faith-based charity that has helps under-served residents, including veterans, through its Smile Makeover Program, providing comprehensive dental care, life coach counseling and other healthy living resources. This newest state-of-the-art dental clinic was made possible through the sponsorship of Healthcare National Marketing of New Port Richey. For information, call (352) 281-0701 or email to Visit the website at


Touch-a-truck event set for Starkey park

A touch-a-truck event will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the new Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive. The event is for kids of all ages, who can get hands-on experience with more than 100 different vehicles, including military, police, fire and construction. The Kids Zone will include inflatables, carnival games, face painting and other activities. Admission is free; parking is $5 per vehicle. For information, call (813) 925-9777.e_SClBTRINITY

Fashion show to benefit hospice

A charity fashion show to benefit Gulfside Hospice will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. The fashion show will feature guest emcee Deiah Riley, morning anchor at ABC Action News. Fashions will be presented by Belk. Tickets include lunch, the fashion show and a vendor expo. Tickets are $35 per person and $250 per table of eight if purchased by Oct. 31. Starting Nov. 1, the cost will increase to $275 per table. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $75. For information, contact Carla Armstrong at (727) 845-5707 or


Vendors needed for Harvest Festival

Vendor spaces are available for the Harvest Festival that will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. Booths are available for $50 for the first and $40 for any additional; nonprofit organizations pay $35 for the first booth, $25 for an extra. Proceeds will benefit the Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association and Samaritan Project. Booth payments must be received by Oct. 27; make checks payable to ZWCMA.

Call (615) 440-2044 or send email to LEO

Holocaust scholar to speak at university

Victoria Barnett, a scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will give a presentation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Barnett will discuss "Theologian Against the Nazis: New Questions, New Findings about Dietrich Bonhoeffer." Bonhoeffer was an influential Christian thinker, author and operative in a cover resistance movement against the Third Reich. His resistance activities were eventually discovered, and he was executed by the Nazis. Barnett's appearance is to commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," a series of violent attacks against Jewish temples, businesses, properties and individuals that launched in Germany on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. The attacks were considered the start of the Holocaust. The presentation is sponsored by the Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. There is no cost to attend. For information, for parties of 15 or more, and for guests who need assistance getting from their vehicles to the boardrooms, RSVP to

Annual breakfast set for Sunrise of Pasco

Sunrise of Pasco's 14th annual Peace Breakfast will be Dec. 7 at Saint Leo University's Greenfelder Boardroom, 33701 State Road 52. Registration, networking and breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., with the program from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. A hot buffet breakfast will be served. Contributions or pledges will be requested and accepted during the fundraising event. Businesses and community leaders are encouraged to sponsor tables and invite friends to attend the free breakfast, where they learn about Sunrise and its programs that deal with domestic violence. Those interested in sponsoring a table or attending are asked to RSVP by Nov. 18 to