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Pasco Briefs for Oct. 13

Published Oct. 12, 2017


AARP to offer driver safety classes

The AARP Driver Safety Program class will be offered at several Pasco County locations during October. 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 for the course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required. For class times, contact the instructor. • Oct. 18, Brookdale Assisted Living, 414 East Chapman Road, Lutz. Lunch provided. Call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908. • Oct. 20, Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes; call Eugene Pool, (813) 949-8585. • Oct. 24, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. Call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908. • Oct. 26, Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City; call Jack Martin, (352) 588-2802. • Oct. 27, Zephyrhills Library, 5347 8th Ave., Zephyrhills; call Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

Seat available on tourism council

Pasco County's Office of Tourism Development (Visit Pasco) and the Pasco County Commission are accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Tourism Development Council. The council includes elected officials and tourism industry professionals and is responsible for providing oversight on the use of revenue from the county's tourism tax, also known as the bed tax. Council members are volunteers who serve staggered, four-year terms. The council typically meets on a monthly basis. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 20. To fill out an application online, visit For information about the council, including current members and the meeting schedule, visit Call the tourism office at (727) 847-8129.

County bus hours extended along U.S. 19

Pasco County Public Transportation has extended evening bus service hours on its U.S. 19 route. Passengers may now ride buses until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays. To learn more about PCPT, including information regarding bus routes, transportation news and schedules, visit the website at or call (727) 834-3322.

Tax offices collecting for hurricane victims

During October, the Pasco County Tax Collector's Office is collecting monetary donations for victims of Hurricane Irma. Money that is raised will be used for relief. Donations will be collected at all five tax offices: Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes, New Port Richey and Gulf Harbors. For information about CARES and the Pet Project, contact Jemith Rosa at (727) 863-6868. For information about the tax collector's charitable giving program, contact Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at (727) 847-8179 or, or visit

PHSC to host Peace Week events

Pasco-Hernando State College will host speakers, lectures, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, and peace and religion festivals during the 10th annual Peace Week, Oct. 16 to 20. The theme this year is "Mindfulness." The opening ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 on the PHSC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The ceremony will feature speaker Hector Marcel, who will present "Stepping into an Incredible Future." Numerous other presentations and lectures will be held throughout the week on all four campuses, including the West Campus, East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel and Spring Hill Campus. Also, at the West Campus, Buddhist monks will create a sand mandala, a circular mural created from colored sand. There will be mindfulness festivals with drum circles, exhibits and displays at each campus. Those interested in expressing ideas about peace may enjoy creating crafts, including tie-dye and sand art. For a daily agenda of activities with times and locations, visit or call toll-free 1-855-669-7472. All events are free and open to the community. Peace Week is sponsored by PHSC's Student Life and Leadership Department.

United Way seeks help for tax season

The United Way of Pasco County's Prosperity Camp is seeking volunteers to help with its free tax return preparation for county residents. The program is a partnership among the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, AARP's Tax-Aide program and the United Way of Pasco County. There are several volunteer roles from which to choose, and no tax experience is necessary. Volunteers receive full IRS training and become certified to prepare basic returns. Other opportunities include greeters, site volunteer schedulers, and technology/computer setup assistance at various sites. The tax preparation service will be offered from January through April. To learn more, visit the website at (click on the "Volunteer" tab) or call (727) 835-2023.

Big brothers needed for Pasco's youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay's "100 Men in 100 Days Campaign," the purpose of which is to enroll more male mentors, continues through Nov. 25. To be a "big," one must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers are screened and trained before being matched with a child. There are two programs: a school-based mentoring program and a community-based program. Volunteers are asked for a minimum of a 12-month commitment in the school-based program and a 15-month commitment in the community-based program. There is also a Sports Buddies program for men who have a particular interest in sports; the program is supported by the Tampa Bay Rays. Big "couples" are also encouraged to participate. Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to attend an orientation and training session. Sessions offered in include: • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd. • 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 4, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. For a complete list of orientation dates and locations, visit and follow the "volunteer" links. Contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or


Event set to celebrate National Chess Day

In recognition of National Chess Day, the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., will host a chess event starting at 11 a.m. Oct. 14. Those interested are invited to play a game of chess. Prizes will be awarded. There is no cost to participate. Additional parking is available in the judicial courthouse lot, northeast of the library. For information, call (352) 567-3576.


Free dental day will assist military, vets

Mai Family and Sedation Dentistry, 7214 State Road 52, will host its second "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.


Commissioner to offer off-site hours

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore will offer off-site office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Pasco County Utilities, in the Crystal Springs conference room, 19420 Central Blvd. Moore's regular office hours are weekdays at the Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City. For information or to schedule a meeting with Moore, call his executive assistant, Terry Ewing-Chow, at (352) 521-4111, ext. 4682.


Registration open for classes at arts center

Registration is open at the Pasco Fine Arts Center for a number of art classes that will be offered through December, including the Children's Saturday Art Classes. All classes are at the center, at 4145 Fairford Drive. For class schedules and details, visit the website at or call (727) 845-7322.

Session to focus on revolution genealogy

The Pithlachascotee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a free Revolutionary War genealogy workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. The workshop is to help individuals research their Revolutionary War ancestors. For information, call (727) 785-3587.


Medical information available for women

The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host its annual Girls Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17. This is an interactive and educational event that will include physicians who will provide information on a range of subjects of interest to women, including tips for surviving menopause, a virtual tour of the anatomy of the breast, blood pressure screenings, back and neck pain, lung disease, signs of gallbladder problems, bone density screenings, surprising symptoms of depression, wound care and 3D mammography. There will be a variety of activities and vendors. Local restaurants will provide samples of their signature items. The event is free, but reservations are required; call (727) 834-5630.