Hernando and Pasco Briefs for Nov. 2

Community News and Notes
Published October 29 2018
Updated November 2 2018



Voters can get a free ride to the polls

Pasco County Public Transportation will offer free bus rides to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 throughout the county. For poll locations, contact the Supervisor of Elections office toll-free at 1-800-851-8754 or visit the website at bit.ly/PrecinctsPasco. For Pasco County Public Transportation bus schedules, visit pascocountyfl.net/246/Routes-Schedules or call (727) 834-3322.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientations for those interested in becoming mentors. The orientations will provide prospective adult mentors with information on the children the organization serves, the requirements to become a "big," volunteer commitments and expectations, how to handle cultural differences and the variety of programs offered through the organization. Upcoming sessions include:

• 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 3, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. Another orientation at this location will be Dec. 1.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Another orientation at this site will be Dec. 10.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m.Nov. 27, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd.

For a complete list of orientation dates and locations, visit bbbstampabay.org and follow the "volunteer" links. Contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or debk@bbbstampabay.org.

Driver safety class offered to seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program class will be offered at several Pasco County locations during November. The course is open to drivers ages 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. For class times, contact Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

• Nov. 9, Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes.

• Nov. 16, Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave., Zephyrhills.

• Nov. 30, Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• Nov. 30, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

NAMI offers ongoing support groups

The Pasco County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two types of support group meetings each month:

• The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a structured, closed group, open only to those with a mental illness diagnosis. This group is for individuals 18 and older who are interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills and being with others who understand the challenges of living with a mental illness. It is facilitated by trained peers. Separate groups meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at WellCare in the Southgate Shopping Center, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• The Family Support Group is for family members and caregivers of someone with a mental illness diagnosis. Separate groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Medical Center of Trinity’s West Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

Contact NAMI at (727) 992-9653 or visit namipasco.org.


Traveling exhibit at resource fair

Pasco County will host a Veterans Resource Fair and Memorial from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in Higgins Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52.

The event will feature the Remember Florida's Fallen exhibit, a traveling photo memorial of Florida service members killed in action since Sept. 11, 2001. The display spans more than 100 feet and contains personal messages and tributes.

A ribbon-cutting will be at 10 a.m. Participants in the resource fair include Pasco County Public Services' Veterans Services and Senior Services, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, Pasco-Hernando State College, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital's Transition and Care Management Team, American Legion Post 15, Pasco County Sheriff's Office and others.


Club Wildwood hosts park dedication

A dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Park at Club Wildwood is planned for 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at 7700 Parkway Blvd.

The event will include speakers U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano and Joe Battle from the Tampa Veterans Administration. Local businesses who donated time and materials to the memorial will be recognized, as well as veterans who live in Club Wildwood. Local first-responders and a representative from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will be in attendance. Flags representing the five service branches and the Canadian service will be raised.

Hot dogs and musical entertainment will follow the dedication.

The memorial park project was the brainchild of a group of Vietnam veterans who started a support group a year ago for veterans living in the park. In February, Sun Communities, owners of Club Wildwood Mobile Home Park, donated land for the planned site.

The site includes a flag for each branch of service: Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force, as well as a Canadian flag for those who fought alongside the U.S. in many conflicts. Engraved pavers are available to purchase. The memorial is for all veterans, not only those in Club Wildwood. Visit the Facebook page (search Veterans Memorial Park at CW). For information, email to homespuncl@att.net.


Alzheimer's forum set for Nov. 16

The Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, will host an Alzheimer's Community Forum from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway.

Guests will learn about dementia and share thoughts on how the Alzheimer's Association can better serve the community. To register, call toll-free at 1-800-272-3900.


Flags to adorn veterans' graves

The West Pasco Board of Realtors' Civic Affairs/HoP Committee will be distributing flags to veteran grave sites at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Meadowlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 4244 Madison St.

Rob Fleege, a representative from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis' office, will speak. Junior ROTC cadets from area high schools will help distribute the flags.

Art Guild hosts holiday sale

The West Pasco Art Guild will host its annual Holiday Celebrations Boutique Nov. 13-Dec. 20 at the guild, 6206 Jefferson St.

The show and sale will include paintings, jewelry, crafts and other original gift items. A reception for the show will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. For information, call (727) 841-7732.

'Salute to Veterans' kicks off concert series

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation will kick off its 2018-19 concert series with the fifth=annual Salute to Veterans performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road.

The show will feature Victory Belles, a vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s. Singing in three-part harmony, the Victory Belles will sing songs from the World War II era that were sung to GIs and those on the home front. They also will sing patriotic classics and a musical salute to each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; veterans pay $5. Get tickets at phsc.tix.com or call (727) 816-3707.

Benefit for local woman with cancer

A fundraiser for Justine Rice will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ordinance One and Pete's Grand Central on Main Street in downtown New Port Richey. There will be giveaways, a 50/50 drawing, raffles and gift baskets.

Rice, who has been a staple in the New Port Richey animal rescue community, was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She has volunteered with Bailey's Rescue and other local rescues for numerous years, assisting with adoption events and finding homes for many pets.

Funds raised will benefit Rice as she continues cancer treatment.


Saint Leo signs pact with law school

Saint Leo University has signed an agreement with Barry University School of Law that will allow qualified Saint Leo undergraduates to begin studies at Barry Law once they complete three years at Saint Leo, in an accelerated course of study. The program, called the 3 + 3 Accelerated Law Program, is for students who are sure, as incoming freshmen, that they want to attend law school after college.

The program allows students to save one year of undergraduate tuition at Saint Leo by enrolling at Barry Law after their junior year. Once students complete their first year at Barry Law, they receive their bachelor's degree from Saint Leo, then continue with their final two years at Barry Law for the Juris Doctor degree.

There is no added financial cost to students who participate in the 3 + 3 program. However, admission is competitive. Seven undergraduates are enrolled in the 3 + 3 program at Saint Leo. For details, visit saintleo.edu.


Fashion show to benefit Hospice

The second-annual Charity Fashion Show to benefit Gulfside Hospice will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway.

The show will feature guest emcee Deiah Riley, morning anchor at ABC Action News. Fashions will be presented by Dillard's of the Shops at Wiregrass.

Tickets include lunch, the fashion show and a vendor expo. Tickets are $35 each and $250 per table of eight when purchased by Nov. 15; after that the table price is $275.

All proceeds support Gulfside Hospice and help provide hospice care for patients and bereavement services for families and the community. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For details, or to purchase tickets, contact Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707 or leesa.fryer@ghppc.org.


Vets Day celebration set for Nov. 10

The City of Zephyrhills and Main Street Zephyrhills will host the 2018 Veterans Day Parade and Classic Car Cruise In from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 in the historic downtown area. The parade will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. along Fifth Avenue.

This patriotic parade will feature senior military officials, active-duty and retired military units, veteran groups, local high school marching bands, military organizations, decorative floats, Junior ROTC units and others.

There will be a remembrance ceremony at 11:11 a.m. in Zephyr Park. There will be classic cars, food and merchandise vendors and DJ entertainment. For information, visit mainstreetzephyrhills.org or call (813) 780-1414.

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Bird Box Buildathon set for Nov. 17

Hernando Audubon Society and Chinsegut Conservation Center will host a Bird Box Buildathon at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the conservation center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. This is a family-friendly event, open to ages 3 and older, and will include a variety of birding activities.

There will be guided bird walks and a 2 p.m. "Cooking for Wildlife" on making suet and other feeder food. For information or to pre-order a nest box to assemble with assistance on site, call Chinsegut at (352) 754-6722.

Water Awareness class offered

Hernando County Utilities Department will offer the next class in its Water Awareness Series, "Turf Talk," from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 at the Utilities Office at 15365 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

Pasco County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Manager Jim Moll will explain why lawn care is not as easy as one may think. Participants will learn what lawns in the area need to thrive without using too many ecological or economical resources.

The class is free. Register online at hernandowas2019.eventbrite.com or by calling (352) 754-4705.

German club hosts 'Schlachfest'

The German American Club of Spring Hill will host a "Schlachfest" dance Nov. 16 at the Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., west of Brooksville.

Doors open at 4 p.m., food served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner includes smoked pork, wurst, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes with gravy and roll. Dancing will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for members, $22 nonmembers, and must be purchased by Nov. 8. The dress code is club casual (no shorts or jeans). Call Lisa Yaskulski at (352) 688-3744.


Port Authority meeting rescheduled

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Hernando County Port Authority meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Linda Pedersen Park/Jenkins Creek Recreation Building, 6340 Shoal Line Blvd. The meeting was originally scheduled for Nov. 21.

For further information, call the Hernando County Department of Public Works at (352) 754-4060.


Concert to benefit neighbors in need

A free concert, "Spend an Evening With Clay" featuring Clay Kirk, will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the High Point Community Clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Kirk will be singing a variety of favorites to include country, rock n' roll and gospel.

Donations will be appreciated for the event to benefit the High Point Neighbors Helping Neighbors. For information, call Sheila at (352) 597-9887 or Jackie at (352) 777-2692.


Event to benefit fire-damaged center

A quilt auction and craft sale will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 at the River Ratz Restaurant, 29295 Lake Lindsey Road, Nobleton.

Funds raised will benefit the TriCounty Community Center, which has severe fire and water damage from a fire earlier in April. For further details about the fundraising event, call (352) 587-4014.


Wine tasting to benefit pets at shelter

The second-annual Wine Tasting Event to benefit Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Strong Tower Vineyard, 17810 Forge Drive.

The event includes wine tasting, dessert, cheese and crudité (appetizers) platters. There will be a silent auction, raffles and door prizes.

Operation Kindness is a nonprofit group that helps fund adoption events, and provide for additional needs of the animals at the county shelter that the county budget does not cover. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple. Call (352) 799-7612. Visit operationkindnesshcas.org.


Barbershop chorus to present concert

The Hernando Harmonizers mixed a capella chorus will present their annual concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The theme is "Broadway to Hollywood," featuring chorus quartets and the chorus singing songs from Broadway and the movies in traditional barbershop harmony. Headlining will be Main Street, the gold medalist world champion quartet from Walt Disney World.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For information, contact Jay Gettig at (352) 684-5267 or (352) 428-9010, or jgettig39@gmail.com.

Knights host silent auction

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus will host a silent auction Nov. 17 in Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. The hall opens at 4:30 p.m., dinner will be at 6 p.m., with the raffle auction immediately following.

The cost is $15, which includes the chicken dinner and a sheet of 25 raffle tickets. There will be about 200 prizes awarded. The value of standard prizes will be $15-$45. High value prizes range from $50 to $200, and have separate raffle tickets.

Attendance is limited to 250 people, and tables for eight or more can be reserved. For tickets or information, call the church at (352) 683-9666, Bob Jost at (352) 345-1826 or Paul Dellea at (352) 346-0227.

Holiday food drive now underway

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, in cooperation with the Brooksville VA Clinic's Social Services Department, is collecting food and funds to help less fortunate veterans, their families or surviving spouses with traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.

Food items can be dropped off in the red shopping cart in the canteen at the post, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. Suggested items include frozen 10- to 12-pound turkeys, 5- to 8-pound hams (or 3-pound canned hams), canned vegetables, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, instant mashed potatoes and cake/corn muffin mixes. For information, contact Mike of the Honor Guard at the post, (352) 796-0398.

American Legion Auxiliary hosts yard sale

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd.

Vendor spaces are available for $10 ($5 for members). Proceeds will benefit veterans and their families. For information, call Fran at (352) 686-1820 or Millie at (352) 799-1545.

AARP hosts several events

AARP Chapter 5445 will gather at noon Nov. 6 at Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. Rocco Maglio will discuss the Hernando Sun.

The local chapter will host a picnic Nov. 10 at Linda Pedersen Park in Hernando Beach. For details, call Bob Howell at (352) 683-9361.

Jazz society performs songs of America

The Hernando Jazz Society will perform "Songs Across America" at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd.

Admission is free for Society members; nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. A cash bar and optional buffet will be available for purchase. Season tickets are available for $50. For information, call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.