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PHSC offers concert season tickets and other Pasco news

News and notes from Pasco County
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80  |  Tara McCarty]
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]
Published Nov. 17


Home Instead Senior Care is hosting its “Be a Santa to a Senior” program in the west Pasco area, where community members can give a senior a special holiday gift.

“Be a Santa to a Senior” trees are at various locations through Dec. 16. Each tree is decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can select an ornament, purchase the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts in time for the holidays.

For tree locations and information, visit or call (727) 845-5819.

AARP offers driving course for seniors

The AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at the following locations in December. 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 for the course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required. Unless otherwise noted, contact Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908 for class times and to register.

• Dec. 4, at Sun Toyota, 3001 U.S. 19, Holiday. Contact the dealership at (727) 310-3070.

• Dec. 13 at Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes.

• Dec. 16, at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• Dec. 20, at Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave., Zephyrhills.


Elks host membership drive with comedy

Aripeka Elks 2520 is hosting a membership drive, and invites the community to the Jack Whillhite Rock and Roll Comedy Show Dec. 6 at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave. Show time is at 6:30 p.m.

Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (727) 863-2520.


Animal Services offers $5 Fridays

Pasco County Animal Services is offering “$5 Feline Fridays”, which drops the adoption fees for cats to $5 when adopted on a Friday. The promotion does not include kittens younger than 4 months. Adopters will be required to purchase a county license for $5 for their new pet.

Pasco County Animal Services is at 19640 Dogpatch Lane. To learn more about additional services, visit

Kids group host holiday drives

Kids Helping Kids Pasco County is hosting two holiday drives at Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.:

• Thanksgiving food drive, 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Both youth and adult volunteers will collect food donations and prepare and deliver baskets of food to 100 Pasco families.

• Christmas Drive, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. New, unwrapped toys, clothing and shoes will be collected to support local families.

For further details, visit the Facebook page at


ASAP hosts annual brunch

The Pasco Alliance for Substance Addiction Prevention will host their annual brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road. ASAP is a community coalition and invites the community to help celebrate the group’s positive impact in 2019 as they discuss their vision for 2020.

The emcee will be speaker and author Tina Levene. This is a free event, but seating is limited and registration is required. Registration will close Nov. 27. To register, visit

The event will also include a table decorating contest. For those interested in decorating a table for a business or organization, the cost is $50 for nonprofits and $100 for for-profits. The winner will have a chance to win several grand prize items, including advertising for their business with some of our community partners. Those interested can email to

There is no fee to attend the brunch, but donations will be appreciated. Sponsors also are needed for this event, as well as other events held throughout the year. For further details, contact Christine Duncan at (813)-502-9474 or email to

PHSC announces performing arts season

Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation will present the following concerts as part of its 2019-20 season. All performances start at 7 p.m. at the PHSC Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road:

• Turnstiles, Dec. 6. This is a high-energy Billy Joel tribute featuring songs such as You May be Right and It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.

• Hey Tonight, Jan. 10. This is a musical tribute to the greatest hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogarty.

• Beginnings, Jan. 24. This group pays respect to Chicago, with hits such as If You Leave Me Now and Saturday in the Park.

• Pauly and the Goodfellas, Feb. 15. This is a musical journey from sock hops to boogie nights, with songs from the Four Seasons, Temptations, Four Tops and others.

• Celebrate, Feb. 29. This is a tribute to the great vocal bands of the 1960s and ’70s, such as Three Dog Night, the Monkees, Grand Funk Railroad and the Doobie Brothers.

• Good Vibrations, March 21. This is a Beach Boys tribute band, featuring songs such as I Get Around and Help Me Rhonda.

Individual tickets are $30-$35. Season tickets are $153-$178.50. Visit, email to or call (727) 816-3707.

Masons host blood drive, open house

A blood drive with One Blood will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge NO. 146, 6319 Louisiana Ave. Light snacks and beverages will be provided to donors. Also, One Blood will give away a free gift to each donor.

The lodge will also hold an open house from 5 to 6:30 Dec. 5. All those interested are invited.

A call for artists

The Pasco County Fine Arts Council is seeking 3-dimensional artists to participate in the “Art in 3-D” Art Competition and Exhibition scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Pasco Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive. The exhibit will feature all forms of 3-dimensional art.

For further information and entry forms, visit or call (727) 845-7322


Exercise classes offered to seniors

Pasco County Senior Services has partnered with the YMCA of the Suncoast to offer Enhance®Fitness, a free, 16-week senior fitness program that began Nov. 18 at the Galen Wilson Senior Center, 8600 Galen Wilson Blvd. Classes are offered from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through March 20.

Designed for adults 55 and older, the moderate-impact exercise classes include cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises while fostering social relationships among participants. Participants train at their own pace and can use chairs for support, if necessary. The program teaches simple, easy-to-learn movements and exercises that are sensitive to the needs of those with chronic conditions, such as arthritis. To reserve your spot, call the Galen Wilson Senior Center at (727) 834-3340.


Reservation deadline nears for Peace Breakfast

The 16th-annual Peace Breakfast to benefit Sunrise of Pasco County will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52. The program will feature speaker Jessica Criswell, who will share her story of life after abuse.

Reservations must be made by Nov. 27. RSVP to or call (352) 521-3358.


  1. The new Maydell Drive Bridge will be a multi-use bridge to cater to cars, bicyclists and pedestrians with travel lanes, 8-foot shoulders, and a barrier-separated 5' sidewalk & 10' trail. [Hillsborough County]
    Hillsborough County closed the bridge in December 2015 after an independent engineering study found it was structurally unsound.
  2. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. [JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer]
    The School Board will consider a $2.2 million package at its Dec. 17 meeting.
  3. New Port Richey City Hall  ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
    The revamped Sims Park is being used more by daily visitors and events drawing thousands. The New Port Richey City Council discusses how to protect its investment.
  4. Brett Griest, 61, and his wife, Shannon, are the proprietors of the East Main Street Coffee Shop & Sandwich Shop in New Port Richey. The coffee, specialty sandwiches and a neighborly feel keep customers coming back. [Michele Miller]
    Three years in, the East Main Street Coffee and Sandwich Shop is making a go of it.
  5. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. [Courtesy of Lynn Cristina]
    If it helps to pull some good behavior out of my youngest, it will be $29.95 well spent.
  6. Island Fin Poké Company offers freshly prepared and customizable Hawaiian style poké bowls.
    Diners can build their own bowls by choosing from seven proteins, over 25 toppings, house made sauces and mix-ins.
  7. An administrative judge previously said a Pasco County ordinance allowing solar farms in agricultural districts did not violate the county's comprehensive land-use plan. On Tuesday, the county rejected a settlement offer from the litigants who challenged the planned solar farm. [Times]
    Two residents proposed a $165,000 payment to end litigation over a planned solar farm in Blanton.
  8. The Legendary Sirens will perform Dec. 14 and 15 at Weeki Wachee State Park. The nostalgic show features performances by Weeki Wachee Mermaids from the 1940s to the '70s. [Handout]
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
  9. An artist's rendering of the planned Encompass Health Corp.'s regional office in the Bexley by Newland Communities in Land O' Lakes. [Pasco Economic Development Council]
    The company receives a $983,000 incentive package for the relocation
  10. Rooker Properties of Atlanta plans to build at least 400,000 square feet of industrial and office space at what is now county-owned land on Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Pictured is Rooker's Spartan Ridge Logistics Center, a 273,000-square-foot, Class-A industrial building in Spartanburg, S.C. It was constructed in 2018, and the company said the buildings planned for the Pasco County site will closely resemble this. [Rooker Properties]
    The inventive package includes a $3.7 million forgivable loan to Rooker Properties.