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Pasco County news briefs for Sept. 13

Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]
Published Sep. 9

COUNTYWIDE

Tax office collecting for Humane Society

The Humane Society of Pasco County is the featured charitable giving organization for September at the offices of the Pasco County Tax Collector. Donations are being accepted at all tax office locations (note: the Gulf Harbor’s office is closed for renovations).

The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter run solely by volunteers and community donations. Donations help toward the care and health of animals at the shelter.

For information on the Humane Society of Pasco County, visit the website at humanesocietyofpasco.org or contact Shelter Director Christine DePaulo at (727) 856-6762. For information on the Pasco County Tax Collector’s charitable giving programs, contact Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179 or visit pascotaxes.com.

Volunteers needed for coastal cleanup

Pasco County, in partnership with Keep Pasco Beautiful, is seeking volunteers to help clean public lands, roads and waterways as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 throughout Pasco County.

Teams will be cleaning up at locations throughout the 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 New Port Richey.

Those interested in volunteering can register online at keeppascobeautiful.org/coastal-cleanup.

Trash bags will be provided and T-shirts will be given to volunteers while supplies last.

Learn about solar co-op movement

The Pasco Unit of the Hillsborough League of Women Voters, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Sierra Club Adventure Coast and Suncoast Chapter have partnered with Solar United Neighbors to launch a Solar Co-Op in Pasco County.

An informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, Activity Room 1, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes; and at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Alice Hall, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.

The solar co-op is free to join, and joining is not a commitment to purchase solar panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

Homeowners and small businesses in Pasco County interested in joining the co-op can sign up at solarunitedneighbors.org/pasco.

Youth art contest deadline nears

Medical Center of Trinity is hosting its annual “Expressions of Thanks” youth art contest through Sept. 20.

The contest is open to youth in kindergarten through 12th grades to celebrate the service of U.S. military veterans, those who currently serve and their families.

Students can submit artwork, poetry or an essay. Rules include: artwork must be on an 8-1/2 by 11-inch sheet of white paper; work must be original and hand-drawn/written; students can use color with paints, pens, pencils, crayons and markers; the piece should depict the student’s idea of thanking veterans and members of the military; artwork should be original, free-hand creations and must have the student’s name, grade and name of school (or homeschool contact) printed on the back.

All submissions must be received by Sept. 20 by mailing to Medical Center of Trinity, Attn: Youth Art Contest, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 34655; or in person at the information desk at the main entrance of Medical Center of Trinity, as well as its locations at the Citrus Park Emergency Room in Tampa, and emergency room locations in Lutz and Palm Harbor.

Participants and their families will be invited to a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7, when certificates and prizes will be awarded, and all artwork entries will be on display. First-place winners in each grade will receive a $25 gift card. Four grand-prize winners will receive their choice of a bicycle or Family Plus membership to Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park Zoo for one year.

For details, call (727) 834-4868 or email to medicalcentertrinity@hcahealthcare.com.

HUDSON

Festival features floating lanterns

The Spring Hill Water Lantern Festival will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway. The event is part of a national movement to connect cities throughout the U.S.

The event will include food, games, activities, vendors and music. The highlight will be the launch of lanterns onto the water, carrying letters of love, hope and dreams.

Adult tickets to the event are $30 if purchased by Sept. 30, $35 Oct. 1-11 and $40 at the festival (includes lantern kit, commemorative drawstring bag, marker and wristband). Tickets for youth ages 8-14 are $12 and include a lantern, marker, LED flashlight and wristband. Admission is free for children with no lantern kit. Additional lanterns are $15. Tickets limited and are expected to sell out. Visit www.waterlanternfestival.com/springhill.php for details.

Blood donations needed for East Coast

Due to operations closing down for several days on the East Coast of Florida due to Hurricane Dorian, the need for blood supplies has increased. To help, a blood drive with Oneblood’s “Big Red Bus” will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road. The mobile lab will be parked in the employee parking lot adjacent to the cafeteria screen porch.

All donors will receive a cafeteria meal ticket, a free Cancer Awareness T-shirt and keychain, as well as a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Photo ID is required. Donors must be at least 16 (those under 16 must have parental permission).

Appointments may be made online at www.oneblooddonor.org (use sponsor code #12280). Walk-ins are welcome.

LAND O’ LAKES

Preserve to host radio-controlled fly-in

The Bay City Flyers, a local radio-control flying club, will present a Golden Era Fly In from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at Conner Preserve, 22500 State Road 52.

The event, sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, will feature model aircraft from 1919 through World War II taking to the skies. There will be a fun-fly for children, to include small balsa wood gliders, rewards and candy for the kids to take home.

There will be a food concession available and pavilions. Admission is free; donations are appreciated but not required. For information, contact Mike Diesu at (813) 995-0545 or mdiesu2tampabay.rr.com.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Art series introduces polymer

The Pasco Fine Arts Council will offer an Introduction to Polymer, a five-week class, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays, Oct. 4-Nov. 1, at the Fine Arts Center at 4145 Fairford Drive.

The instructor is Ann Larsen, who has worked in polymer for many years, and has an extensive display of work from jewelry to sculptured 3-dimensional creations. Instruction will cover start-up basics and explore the creative possibilities of polymer clay.

The cost is $70 for members and $95 for nonmembers; there is a $20 materials fee due the first class.

Registration is required no later than one week before the first class. For information or to sign up, visit pascoarts.org or call (727) 845-7322.

Movie Night return to Sims Park

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will again offer its free Family Movie Nights, starting with Bumblebee at 8 p.m. Sept. 21, at Sims Park, 5547 Main St. The film is rated PG-13.

The outdoor event will include a Bumblebee bobble head or art set give-away to the first 150 children (child must be present to receive giveaway). Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Area restaurants and shops will be open, and concessions may be available.

Additional movie nights include: Goosebumps 2 on Oct. 26 and The Grinch on Nov. 16. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

Bowling fundraiser to fight breast cancer

The West Pasco Business Association will host its sixth-annual Bowling 4 Boobs event Sept. 24 at Lane Glo Bowl South, 8631 Old County Road 54. It begins at 5:30 p.m. for registration and practice, and bowling begins at 6:30 p.m.

The event will include food donated by local restaurants. There will be a chance drawing and a spirits table. There will be team costume contests and awards.

The team entry fee is $200. Spectator tickets are $15 if purchased before the event and $20 at the door. Sponsorships are also available. For information, contact Maria Johnson at maria@wpba.biz or (727) 934-0940. Visit the website at wpba.biz/bowling-4-boobs.

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 dechant@usf.edu or call (727) 849-1626 for details. There will be space for up to 10 posters.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Two-day military parachute event planned

The Phantom Airborne Brigade will host a celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden and MIA/POW Day Sept. 20 and 21 at SkyDive City, 4241 Sky Dive Lane.

Operation Market (the airborne element of Market Garden) commenced on Sept. 17, 1945, and ended Sept. 25, 1945, when the surviving British Airborne troops were recovered by crossing the Rhine, after three Airborne Divisions (more than 41,600 troops) were landed by parachute or glider to seize key bridges.

The event will begin at noon Sept. 20, with more than 60 paratroopers assembling to prepare to jump from C47 Skytrains, which took part in the 1945 operation. All troops will be jumping round (military) parachutes and all have served as paratroopers or Special Forces soldiers in the U.S. and Allied military. At about 5 p.m., the C47 will drop multiple loads of paratroopers from a low level.

There will be further military jumps starting at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21, followed by civilian skydivers (square chutes) that will be jumping throughout the day. There will be an international round canopy accuracy competition throughout the day, including a team from Canada.

Church school registration begins

Registration for Thursday School 2019-20 has begun at Zephyr Christian Church, 5940 Dogwood St.

The school is held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and is open to children ages 3 and 4, who must be potty-trained. There is no cost, but space is limited. For further details or for registration form, visit the website at zephyrhillschristianchurch.org or call the church at (813) 782-8893.




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