Pasco Briefs for Sept. 14

Published September 10, 2018
Updated September 11, 2018


Plans set to clean land and waterways

Pasco County and Keep Pasco Beautiful have joined efforts to help clean up local roads, public lands and waterways as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 15.

Teams will gather and work from 8 a.m. to noon to clean up at various locations throughout Pasco County, including: Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday, Port Richey, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Hudson Beach, Lacoochee, Dade City, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel.

Trash bags and water will be provided, and T-shirts will be given to volunteers while supplies last. Those wishing to volunteer for the cleanup can contact Kristen King at (727) 856-7252 or Visit

Tax office taking donations for ROPE

The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office is collecting donations for the ROPE Center throughout September. Donations will be collected at all five tax offices in Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes, New Port Richey and Gulf Harbors.

The Rope Center is a transitional center in Hudson that provides shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing and other needs of single men and women who are homeless. The facility offers a 90-day program that houses up to 24 people, and plans are underway to expand the shelter with an additional 40 beds.

For information on the ROPE Center, visit the website at or call Pastor Sue Campbell at (727) 255-2353. For information about the tax collector’s charitable giving program, contact Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at (727) 847-8179 or, or visit

Vendors wanted

Vendors are needed for the following events:

• Fall Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20, Regency Park Association building, 10240 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey. Inside tables are $20 per 10-foot table. Rental proceeds and funds raised from the raffle auction will benefit SOLVE (Saving Our Lives volunteers Everywhere). Call (727) 863-0196.

• Lady Queen of Peace Craft, Gifts and Vendor Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, 52340 High St., New Port Richey. This will be inside the church hall. Hosted by the church’s Rosary Altar Society. Table spaces are $15. Call (727) 776-7487 or (727) 849-4899. Visit


• Women’s Club of Lake Jovita Art and Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, Lake Jovita Golf Clubhouse, 12330 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. Vendor fees are $75 for a space 8-10 feet long by 5-8 feet wide. The cut-off date for vendor applications is Nov. 1 or when space runs out. For information or vendor application, email to Teresa Overbeck at

• Arts and Craft Fair at Hudson First United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. Held by the Scholarship Committee. Vendor tables are $35 each. Applications are available at the church office or at For information, stop by or call (727) 868-6178.

• CARES Health and Wellness Expo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15, at Hudson First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. Vendors for healthcare, wellness and medical equipment may apply. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit CARES Senior Health Clinic. Contact Gisela Dalnoky at (727) 505-7967 or

• Elfers Merry Marketplace, Nov. 3, CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, New Port Richey. Vendors for arts, crafts, seasonal items and handmade merchandise may apply. Indoor spaces are $40, outdoor spaces $35. Proceeds benefit Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc. Call Rita at (727) 847-1290 or email


Seminar teaches winter cattle care

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Winter Supplementation for Cattle seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 in Clayton Hall at the Pasco County Extension office, 36702 State Road 52.

Those who own one cow or own a full-scale working ranch can learn how to take proper care of cattle during winter months in this program that will be conducted by multi-county livestock agent Laura Bennett. The seminar will include information on forage management, protein/energy needs, winter annuals and managing body condition.

The program is free, but preregistration is requested. Visit online at, or call (352) 523-5023 or (352) 518-0156.

Watson Park garden plots are available

The Dade City Watson Park Community Garden, located at 19th Street and Main Avenue, is leasing community garden plots at no cost for the upcoming fall gardening season.

Vacant plots are available starting Sept. 17. Pre-planted pots featuring vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes, radishes, carrots and beans will be available. The vacant and planted plots are first-come, first-served (inventory is limited).


Free vegetable gardening classes will be taught on site to help beginners. There will also be nutrition, wellness and composting classes. Free plants are available while supplies last (only for those using plots in the Watson Park garden).

For information, or to reserve a plot, contact Eden Santiago-Gomez at or (352) 521-1255.


Event to celebrate girl’s cancer remission

Hudson resident Rea Paterson, 6, is celebrating her fourth year in remission from cancer. To celebrate, a "Rockin’ & Rollin’ with Rea" bowling event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Admission is $10 per person, which includes two games of bowling, shoe rental and two raffle tickets. There will be complimentary refreshments, an emcee and a photo booth by DJMC Brownie.

There will be dancing to music provided by Jeff Betskins and character appearances by Gem Princess Parties. There also will be raffle prizes and a silent auction.

Advanced registration is requested and can be done by emailing to; visit the Facebook event page at 4th Annual Rockin’ with Rea, or call (727) 505-8740.

Rea was diagnosed with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the nerve cells, in April 2014. By September 2014, scans showed no signs of disease, but treatment continued for 10 more months. Every September, the Paterson family, with support from the community and local businesses, throws the ‘Rockin’ with Rea’ remission party.

The annual event raises awareness and money for research and support programs for children’s cancers.


Clay shoot to aid Dream Fund


The Children’s Dream Fund will host a "Clays for Kids" sporting clays tournament Oct. 5 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff. Registration starts at 2:15 p.m., mandatory safety procedures at 3:15 p.m., and the tourney begins at 3:30 p.m. A "Bourbon and BBQ" dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m.

The cost for individual participants is $150; teams of four are $500. Various sponsorship levels are available, starting at $750. Funds raised will help make dreams come true for seriously ill children in West Central Florida. For information, visit or call (727) 896-6390.


Martial arts offered to health professionals

Pasco-Hernando State College will offer a Martial Arts and Self-Defense course for health care professionals from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Oct. 9, at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

This is a series of six classes by martial artist master James Rivera, who will teach health care professionals how to protect themselves and safeguard their clients. Health care professionals will receive 1.2 continuing education credits. Caregivers and community members can also participate.

The cost is $72. To register or for information, call (727) 816-3123 or email to


Church hosts annual golf tourney Sept. 29

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will host its seventh-annual Golf Tournament and Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Road.

The cost is $75 per golfer, which includes the tournament, prizes and dinner. Preregistration is required. Call (727) 849-7521.

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