Slow down, some kids are still at school
It may be summer, but those flashing yellow school zone signs aren't a mirage or a mistake. Hundreds of kids are attending summer programs at various Pasco County School District campuses on Mondays through Thursdays, so some school zones are still active. Drivers are required by law to slow down to the posted speed when the yellow lights are flashing. And remember, speeding fines are doubled in school zones.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Caring for kids with mental illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness Pasco County will host a NAMI Basics education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained teachers who are parents or other caregivers of people who developed symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13. The program focuses on the fundamentals of caring for yourself, your family and your child with a mental illness. It provides practical insight for the family, including dealing with the trauma of mental illness, the biology of mental illness, diagnosis, research, challenges, coping skills and solutions. The course is free and meets from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks starting July 5 at Trinity Medical Center West Campus (Community Hospital), 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Registration is required and seating is limited. Call (727) 992-9653.
District 17 forum is Wednesday
The Republican Club of Central Pasco will have a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Participants will include State Rep. John Legg, crisis management consultant John Korsak and former state representative and engineer Rob Wallace, all candidates for the District 17 state Senate seat. For information, call (813) 326-8802.
Elks Lodge is place to donate blood
Florida Blood Services will host a blood drive from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave. For information, call Dave Taylor at (727) 819-3379.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Half off church's thrift shop items
The Thrift Shop at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., has scheduled a half-price sale for July 2 through 6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shop will be closed July 4. For information, call (727) 846-1378.