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Pasco news briefs for Sept. 27

News and notes from Pasco County
Pasco Kids First president and CEO Robert Wolf. [Becky Bennett/Pasco Kids First]
Published Sep. 23


COUNTYWIDE

AARP offers safe driving course for seniors

The AARP Safe Driver Course will be offered at the following Pasco County locations in October. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Call Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908.

• Oct. 4 at Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes.

• Oct. 18 at Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave., Zephyrhills.

• Oct. 21 at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

Vacancy needs filling on Planning Commission

Pasco County is looking for a volunteer to join the Planning Commission. Ideal candidates will represent diverse knowledge and expertise in the areas of engineering, planning, real estate, surveying, property management, architecture, construction and/or other related fields.

Planning Commission members review and make recommendations to the Pasco Board of County Commissioners on proposed comprehensive plan amendments, zoning amendments, conditional-use permit applications, development orders, development agreements, operating permits and other development applications. Other responsibilities could include hearing and issuing final determinations on variances, alternative standards, appeals and special-exception applications.

Applications are being accepted through Oct. 11. To fill out and submit an application online, visit bit.ly/2G3IqUH.

Libraries offer fall concert series

Pasco County Libraries is offering a tour of musical genres this fall with the free Passport Concert Series. The cultural event brings live concerts and features a diverse mix including jazz, classical, bluegrass and Latin.

Admission is free and all performances will be held at 3 p.m. on Sundays:

• Sept. 29, Richey Community Chorus at Centennial Park Library (Popular)

• Oct. 6, Point6 at Hugh Embry Library (Latin)

• Oct. 13, Stillhouse Shakers at Land O’ Lakes Library (Bluegrass)

• Oct. 20, USF Flute Ensemble at Regency Park Library (Classical)

• Oct., Disco Freak at South Holiday Library (Disco)

• Nov. 3, Wayne Pearson Trio at Hudson Regional Library (Jazz)

The concerts are funded by the Friends of the Library with additional funding provided by the Otis G. Pike Charitable Trust. For information, visit the website at pascolibraries.org.

DADE CITY

Old Timers’ Picnic set for Oct. 5

The annual Pasco County Old Timers’ Picnic, a covered dish/fish fry, will be Oct. 5 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 U.S. 52. This year’s event has been moved to the Madill Building at the top of the hill near the cattle barn.

Anyone who has lived in Pasco County for 20 years or longer is considered to be an “old timer” and is encouraged to participate, along with their families. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Fried fish, dinnerware, ice tea and lemonade will be provided.

The food will be served starting at noon, but guests are encouraged to come as early as 11 a.m. to visit and socialize.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including the eldest gentleman and eldest lady, the couple married the longest, the person who traveled the greatest distance to attend, and the family with the greatest number in attendance.

For further information, call Sam Sessa at (352) 588-3553.

HUDSON

Hospital offers classes

The following classes will be offered at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road:

• Matter of Balance, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Oct. 2-25, in the Shoreline Cafeteria. There is no cost to participate, but reservations are required. Call toll-free 888-741-5119.

• Tools to Quit Smoking, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Conference Center at the back of the hospital. This cessation program has limited space and registration is required. Call (813) 929-1000.

LAND O’ LAKES

Spooktacular to kick off Halloween festivities

Pasco County Parks and Recreation will host a Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway.

The community event will include games, candy, music and inflatables. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for children. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pasco Kids First names new CEO

Robert Wolf has been named the new president and CEO of Pasco Kids First, a nonprofit organization that serves Pasco and Hernando counties with services addressing child abuse and neglect.

Wolf brings more than 35 years in higher education, most recently serving as president of the Tampa Bay Campus of Galen College of Nursing. He also served 16 years as the senior vice president of Hillsborough Community College.

Wolf can be contacted at Pasco Kids First at rwolf@pascokidsfirst.org or (727) 845-8080.

Knights to host bikes blessing

Our Lady Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 11680 will host its fifth-annual Blessing of the Bikes from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 12 in the parking lot of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 5340 High St.

The blessing will be offered by the Rev. Sebastian Earthedast. All two-wheeled vehicles are welcome to receive the blessing. Light refreshments will be available. For information, email William Shustowski, Jr. at wshustowski@gmail.com.

PORT RICHEY

Two communities host health fairs

The following health fairs will be held:

• Regency Fall Healthfair, 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 1, at Regency Apartments, 6711 Embassy Blvd.

• Banyan Fall Healthfair, 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 3, at Banyan Senior Apartments, 11390 U.S. 19.

Both health fairs are free and will include healthcare and wellness exhibits, health insurance options, blood pressure checks, vision screenings, captioned phones for the hearing impaired, vascular screenings and giveaways. For information, call (727) 825-0018.

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