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Recreation center hosts membership sale

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The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center is offering a 20 percent discount for people buying or renewing their annual memberships before the end of January.
The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center is offering a 20 percent discount for people buying or renewing their annual memberships before the end of January.
Published Dec. 9, 2019


Hog hunt permits will be available online

Southwest Florida Water Management District is hosting a series of hunts to help reduce the feral hog population. The district has a three-phase hunting system. The first phase is underway; registration for the second phase will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 17, to participate in six hunts that will be held in January and February.

The single top producer from each Phase 1 and Phase 2 hunt will be asked to participate in as-needed hog management activities for Phase 3, which may occur between March and October 2020. All hunts adhere to the hog-dog format. No still hunts will be available.

The district-managed properties will be temporarily closed to the public during the hog hunts. Only permitted hunters will be allowed access. To register, visit Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $75. For information, call (813) 985-7481.

Scholarship applications being accepted

The Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships program is accepting applications from Tampa Bay area high school seniors for its 2020 college scholarships. The application period runs through March 1.

The awards are worth $20,000 over four years, renewable annually for students who remain in good academic standing. Applicants should be high-achieving high school seniors in Pasco, Pinellas or Hillsborough counties who have overcome significant obstacles in life and who plan to attend a public university in Florida for their undergraduate studies.

Up to 10 scholarships are expected to be awarded. Winners will be notified in April. Students may apply online at

The awards are sponsored by the Godbold Foundation of Tierra Verde. For information, contact scholarship administrator Nancy Waclewek, at


Recreation and Aquatic Center hosts membership sale

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department is conducting its holiday sale for annual memberships at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatics Center, 6630 Van Buren St. A one-day sale Dec. 6 will offer 30 percent off the annual membership. From Dec. 15 through Jan. 14, memberships will have 20 percent off.

The Dec. 6 sale requires new members to be present to receive the offer. Those who stop by will be treated to free food, merchandise giveaways and tours of the facility.

Membership includes access to a fitness center, lap pool (winter schedule), two gymnasiums, exclusive classes and child watch services. Membership also includes early access (two hours before) and late access (two hours after) normal hours of operation to access the fitness center.

To receive the 20 percent discount, stop by the center during regular hours during the month-long sale. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Artists can enter 3-dimensional competition

The Pasco Fine Arts Council will host a “Call To Artists” 3-D Art Competition and Exhibition Show Jan. 10-25 at the West Pasco Fine Arts Gallery and Art Center, 4145 Fairford Drive. Receiving of artwork will be on Jan. 7. All forms of 3-dimensional art are welcome. For entry forms and further details, visit the website at or call (727) 845-7322.