Pasco Briefs for Oct. 19

News and Notes from the Pasco community.
Published October 15 2018
Updated October 18 2018


Home instruction program for tots offered

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties has partnered with the Pasco County School District to manage and lead the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Program.

The coalition will begin serving families of 3-year-old children in Hudson and Dade City through funds acquired by the HIPPY USA grant. HIPPY instructors provide support during at-home sessions with parents. The program is free, and materials and books are provided.

For information or to sign up, contact Kim Williams at [email protected] or (727) 569-1004.


VFW ladies host fashion show benefit

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 10167 will host a Bon Worth Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the VFW Post, 4619 Bartlet Road.

The event will include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, lunch and new fashions from the Bon Worth collection.

Tickets are $15. Funds raised will go toward providing a Christmas for children. For information, call Judy at (727) 255-0781.

Holiday tent for needy now open

Metropolitan Ministries has set up its holiday tents for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Families in need can register to receive assistance for food and toys.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Metropolitan Ministries campus at 3214 U.S. 19. For details, visit For information, visit the website or call (813) 209-1070.


Senior expo, health fair set for Oct. 23

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will host a Senior Expo and Health Fair Oct. 23 at the church, 14236 County Line Road.

The event kicks off with a continental breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. Following will be a walk-through of exhibits, then an informational lunch on Coping with Dementia, presented by OPIS Senior Service Group.

Exhibits include the Florida Department of Health, Pasco County's free hepatitis C testing, Meals on Wheels, Terlep Chiropractic with free 10-minute massages, Chambers Law Firm with family guidance and will and trust planning. Snacks will be available.

The event is free. Reservations are required for the luncheon/dementia seminar. Call (914) 645-7567.

Thursday Musicale kicks off new season

The Thursday Musicale, a nonprofit women's chorus, will present its first concert of the season at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at its new venue, First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19.

The concert will be a tribute to veterans and first-responders. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated.

The chorus is directed by Bruce Galbraith, with accompanist Karen Pudlewski. The group is part of the music ministry at the church. Other concerts include Dec. 13, Feb. 14 and April 4. Also, a fundraiser concert is scheduled for Jan. 31 with John Timpanelli at the Heritage Pines Clubhouse. The Thursday Musicale also is available to perform at events and parties.

Women who would like to join are welcome. The group sings in three-part harmony, and openings are available in all three sections (soprano, second soprano and alto). Those interested should be able to read music and have experience singing at church or in other groups. Rehearsals are on Tuesday mornings at the church. For further information, call Linda at (727) 819-0675.

Boating safety class offered Oct. 27

The Hudson Flotilla 11-7 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the About Boating Safely course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at its training facility, 9135 Denton Ave.

Successful completion earns the Florida Boating Safety Education Card. The cost is $40 per person, $20 for additional family members. The fee includes a digital manual and processing. For advanced registration, email [email protected] or call (727) 697-8013.

Land O' Lakes

Florida Orchestra to perform in park

The Florida Orchestra will present a Brass with a Beat concert at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.

The concert, hosted by the Heritage Park Foundation, features the Florida Orchestra's brass and percussion sections performing a variety of favorites.

Sponsorships are available. For information, call the foundation at (813) 817-3011.

New Port Richey

Women can trace American Revolution roots

The Pithlochaskotee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a free genealogy workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road.

DAR members will help guide individuals in researching their Revolutionary War ancestors. Participating women are asked to bring documents to help begin their search. For information, call (727) 785-3587.

CARES hosts annual marketplace

The annual ELFers Merry Marketplace will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive.

Vendors will be selling arts, crafts and specialty items among holiday displays and Christmas trees. There will be a silent auction and gift basket prizes with entertainment throughout the day. Snacks will be available.

For information, call Rita at (727) 847-1290 or visit

Wine tasting event to benefit deaf services

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida will host its 10th-annual Wine Tasting and Auction from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd.

There will be entertainment, games and hors d'oeuvres provided. Also, numerous items will be auctioned during the event, including silent auction items and baskets for ticket drawings.

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50. All proceeds benefit programs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing in Pasco and Hernando counties. Call (727) 853-1010, email to [email protected] or visit the website at

City hosts annul Puppy Paddle

The City of New Port Richey and Parks and Recreation Department will host the fifth-annual Puppy Paddle Oct. 27 at the Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. The event starts with dogs 18 inches and smaller having the pool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; larger dogs will have their swim time from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

There will be costume contests for both size categories, as well as vendors, a photo zone, agility course and a number of fun activities for dogs.

The entry fee is $5 per dog. People can enter for free. Proof of vaccinations are required for all pets. Call (727) 841-4560.

Paint-off to support upcoming festival

The West Pasco Art Guild will host a Paint Off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in the parking lot at 6206 Jefferson St., in support of the upcoming CARES Beach Chair-ity Festival and Auction.

The Paint Off is open to both guild members and nonmembers, who will be painting chairs for the CARES event. Chairs will be provided at no cost by event sponsors. Participants are to bring their own materials. Artists who paint chairs for the Beach Chair-ity event will be given a free 10- by 10-foot vendor space at the festival, which will be Dec. 15-16 at Sunwest Park in Hudson.

To participate in the Paint Off, reserve a chair by calling (727) 992-2249.

Knights host memorial tourney

The Knights of Columbus Council 8155 will host the third-annual Memorial Golf Tournament Nov. 3 at the Golf Course at Timber Greens, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

Food and prizes will follow the tourney. Golfers pay $75 each. Sponsors are welcome. For details, call (727) 267-6990.

Styx cover to perform in park

The City of New Port Richey and the Parks and Recreation Department will host a concert with Forever Styx from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Sims Park, 6431 Bank St.

The Styx tribute band will perform hits such as Come Sail Away, Babe, Lady and others.

The concert is free. Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

Free vision screenings offered

Healthy Vision Institute will offer comprehensive eye screenings at 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive. Screenings will be for the detection of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

The screenings will be performed without pain or dilation, using a portable retina imaging system. There is no cost. For information, call (727) 847-1290.

San Antonio

Dedication set for Herrmann markers

A dedication of historical markers honoring Joe and Eddie Herrmann will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the San Antonio City Park, 12202 Main St.The father and son are part of the Herrmann family, who have been an important part of the local history of San Antonio.The dedication is organized by the Pasco County Historical Society. The public is welcome. For information, contact Glen Thompson at (352) 467-0050 or [email protected]


Parade, car show to celebrate Veterans Day

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 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, JROTC 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 or call (813) 780-1414.

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.