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Pasco news briefs for Sept. 6

News and notes from Pasco County


Gulfside photo contest deadline nears

Gulfside Healthcare Services is holding its annual photo contest to find at least 13 photos to feature in Gulfside’s 2020 printed calendar. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 15.

Contestants may submit up to five photos, but a maximum of two winning entries per person will be used in the calendar. All photos must be taken in Pasco County and be sizeable for horizontal printing at 12 inches wide by 9 inches high. Photos that are black and white, vertical, date-stamped, digitally manipulated or mobile phone photos will not be considered.

Winners will be notified by Oct. 15. Each winner will receive five printed calendars, plus a gift certificate redeemable at any of Gulfside’s thrift shops. Winning photos may be featured throughout the year on Gulfside’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

For further information, or for a copy of complete guidelines and requirements, contact Tanika Tucker at (727) 845-5707 or

Shoe and sock drive continues

Pasco County Government and Constitutional Offices staff are competing to be the top collectors of new footwear for students in Pasco County Schools during the fourth-annual Two Good Soles Shoe and Sock Drive, which continues through Oct. 25. Collection boxes are at offices countywide.

Last year’s record-setting drive resulted in more than 2,200 pairs of shoes and 6,600 pairs of socks donated. Since 2016, the drive has collected 4,511 pairs of shoes and 11,452 pairs of socks.

Collection boxes are located in Pasco County Government and Constitutional offices throughout the county.

Despite the growing numbers of donations, the shoes and socks are all gone within a few months. All donated shoes and socks will be presented to Pasco County Schools at a ceremony later this year at Wendell Krinn Technical High School in New Port Richey.

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Benefit golf tourney needs sponsors

The annual Holes for Hope Golf Tournament to benefit Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center will be Oct. 7 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. A shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsors and teams are needed for the event. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, purchasing a hole sign or signing up a foursome, contact Sunrise at (352) 521-3358 or


Flotilla to offer safe boating course

The Hudson Flotilla 11-7 Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Florida-mandated “About Boating Safely” class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the training facility at 9135 Denton Ave.

The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional member. It includes the class, digital library and processing fee. Those who complete the class will receive the Florida Boating Safely Education Card.

The class is offered on the fourth Saturday of each month. Group rates are available, and private classes can be scheduled for groups of five or more. Advance registration is appreciated. To register for the class or for information, send email to or call (727) 697-8013.

Organ donors, recipients honored

West Central Florida’s organ donor families and transplant recipients will come together for the inaugural “Remember and Rejoice” Interfaith Ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52.

The candlelight ceremony will include donor and recipient speakers, medical professionals and community spiritual leaders. There will be inspirational music and a special dedication to donors and their families, where donors’ names will be read aloud and white roses distributed.

The event is for donor families, living donors, transplant recipients, those waiting for a donor, medical professionals and first responders. No tickets or reservations are needed. For further information, email to or, or call (727) 819-5103.


Pavement project to start along parkway

The Willow Bend Parkway Pavement Rehabilitation Project is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 9. The paving project includes the eastbound and westbound lanes of Willow Bend Parkway, from Land O’ Lakes Boulevard to Collier Parkway. The roadwork will include milling and resurfacing of the existing roads, as well as new pavement markings and re-striping.

Work will be done from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Motorists can expect single-lane closures with message boards directing traffic. Ajax Paving Industries of Florida is the contractor for this Pasco County Public Works Department project.

The work is projected to be completed by Sept. 30, depending on weather conditions. To see a map of the project area, visit

Rotary hosts memorial unveiling

The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel will host a one-mile Memorial Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive, in commemoration of events that transpired on Sept. 11, 2001. Following the run/walk, at 8:46 a.m. — memorializing the time the Twin Towers’ North Tower was struck — will be the unveiling and dedication of Pasco County’s first permanent 9/11 Memorial.

The unveiling will include local dignitaries and other prominent representatives. For information, call the Rotary at (813) 333-0333 or visit


Summit to address food sovereignty

An Urban Food Sovereignty Mini-Summit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.

The program will include an address by Professor Will Schanbacher of the department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, who is a leading scholar of food sovereignty. He will share insights from his newly-published book, Food as a Human Right: Combating Global Hunger and Forging a Path to Food Sovereignty.

There will be other speakers, as well as presentations from individuals and organizations engaged in food sovereignty and food justice projects.

Proposals for poster presentations are welcome. Contact Dell deChant at or call (727) 849-1626 for details. There will be space for up to 10 posters.

Chamber hosts fashion event

The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host a Fall Fashion Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Road. There will be mimosas, live music, lunch, a fashion show, celebrity models and prize drawings.

The event is to benefit clients of the Connections Job Development Program, a nonprofit organization that connects job seekers with area employers.

Tickets are $15 each; group discounts are available. Call (727) 849-4724.


Country jam offered weekly

A Country Music Jam, presented by Sonny Oden, is offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at King of Kings Church, 10337 U.S. 19.

All musicians are welcome. The cost is $3 per person. For information, contact Oden at (727) 741-7470.

Community meet-and-greet planned

The Port Richey Citizen’s Advisory Committee will host its quarterly “Meet Your Neighbor” event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Thee Pirate Bar, 5430 Treadway Drive.

Residents are invited to come meet their neighbors. The establishment has a full bar available. For information, call Claudia Smith at (727) 215-7034.


Downtown fest features bikes and brew

The 15th annual-Music and Motorcycles event will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 in historic downtown Zephyrhills.

The free event will include a live band, a 10-class, ride-in bike show with first- and second-place trophies awarded, as well as Best in Show (awards presented at 8:30 p.m.). There will be beer, wine and other beverages, food and merchandise vendors, and a lot of motorcycles to view. For details, visit