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Pasco briefs for Sept. 21


Calendar photo contest deadline nears

Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care is holding its annual public photo contest to find at least 13 photos to feature in Gulfside's 2019 printed calendar. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

Contestants may submit up to five photos, but a maximum of two winning entries per person will be used in the calendar. All photos must be taken in Pasco County and be sizeable for horizontal printing at 12 inches wide by 9 inches high. Photos that are black and white, vertical, date-stamped, digitally manipulated or mobile phone photos will not be considered.

Winners will be notified by Oct. 15. Each winner will receive five printed calendars, plus a gift certificate redeemable at any of Gulfside's six thrift shops. Winning photos also may be featured throughout the year on Gulfside's Facebook page.

For further information, or for a copy of complete guidelines and requirements, contact Anne Kibbe at (727) 845-5707 or

Transportation survey available to residents

Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough county residents can share how they envision the future of the Tampa Bay region in a new survey available through the end of September. The "It's TIME Tampa Bay" survey is available at

The survey is to help three county Metropolitan Planning Organizations create the first joint ;long-range transportation plan. The survey asks for thoughts in three transportation and growth scenarios: one focused on technology, another on transformative roads and highways, and the third on transit. Survey participants also are asked about their feelings on land use and neighborhood preservation.

For further details, contact Amy Elmore at or call (727) 847-2411, ext. 7560.


Chambers to host candidate forum

The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Candidate Forum Oct. 15 at East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road. The event will kick off with a meet and greet at 6 p.m., with the forum starting at 6:30 p.m.

The chambers will provide a timekeeper and moderators to ask the candidates questions.

All candidates who are listed on "Pasco Votes" are invited. For information, call the Dade City chamber at (352) 567-3769 or the

Zephyrhills chamber at (813) 782-1913.

Golf tourney to benefit Pioneer Museum

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village is seeking golf teams, hole sponsors and donations of door prizes and silent auction items for the annual Robert D. Sumner Golf Tournament, which will be Sept. 29 at Silverado Golf and Country Club in Zephyrhills.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Florida's pioneer heritage. The tourney was named after Sumner, who was a trustee at the museum for many years and who served as a fundraising chairman for the museum.

The tournament will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. It will be a four-person scramble. The cost is $50 per player. There will be prize packs available. The event will also include a silent auction, door prizes, 50/50 tickets and more.

For further details or to sign up, stop by the museum, off U.S. 301 at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; visit the website at, visit the Facebook page or call (352) 567-0262.


'Happy' group meets Wednesdays at CARES

A new group, Color Me Happy, now meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway.

The program is for older adults who meet for relaxation, socializing and creative activities. No artistic experience is required. The cost is $3, with some supplies included. Proceeds benefit CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc), a nonprofit agency. For information, call (727) 863-6868 or visit

Diabetes discussion offered Sept. 28

Florida Family Primary Care Center will offer its "Discussions with a Doctor" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. The topic will be on diabetes.

Those attending will learn how diabetes education is important to help reduce the risk of complications and improve quality of life. Spanish interpreters will be on hand.

There is no cost to attend. For information, call Michelle at (813) 324-0344.


Sweet potato market set for Oct. 6

New Port Richey FarmNet will host the 2018 Sweet Potato Round-Up and Fall Farming Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St. There is no cost to attend.

The event will feature hundreds of pounds of locally-grown organic sweet potatoes offered by FarmNet growers, including Grand Gardens, which is sponsored by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms and Fare. There will be several varieties of sweet potatoes available. The cost will be $3 a pound, $5 for two pounds and $10 for five pounds. Samples and recipes will be available.

For information, contact Sylvia Spencer at (727) 269-1786 or Dell deChant at (727) 849-1626.

New classes offered at CARES Elfers

Community Aging and Retirement Services, Inc., has announced the following new programs at the CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive:
CARES garden club, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Participate in the design, development and upkeep of vegetable, herb and butterfly gardens. The cost is $3.
Ballroom dance classes, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays. Learn and master a series of basic dance patterns, such as cha cha, rumba and waltz. Singles welcome. The cost is $6 per person.
Computer classes for Mac or PC, tablets and cellphones, are offered by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $15 per one-hour class, or eight hours for $100.

All proceeds from classes benefit the nonprofit agency. For information, call (727) 847-1290 or visit

Arts center hosts workshops, art show

The Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, will offer the following workshops and events:
Life Drawing Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Taught by Pat Roguz.
Handmade Paper-making with Ernesto Blaco, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. This paper-making workshop utilizes dyed paper pulp and natural fibers.
Hobo Hieroglyphics, a fundraising art show sponsored by the arts center, along with the Daughters of Penelope Eros Chapter 356 and Metropolitan Ministries, will be Oct. 16-Nov. 10. A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. The show brings attention to the under-served in Pasco County. It features the works of local artist Patrick Stickney, based on the symbols developed during the Depression era.

For further information or to register for one of the classes, visit the website at or call (727) 845-7322.

Grand opening set for museum and library

The West Pasco Historical Society will host a fall grand opening celebration of the new Rao Musunuru Museum and Library in Sims Park at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Peace Hall, adjacent to the museum. Sims Park is at 5547 Main St.

The program will be presented by Jeff Miller, museum historian and library director. He will discuss Pasco County from the 1800s to today, and will include videos of Pasco's early days. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the museum and library, which is at 6431 Circle Blvd.

Tickets are a $5 donation to support the nonprofit museum. For information or tickets, call Judith at (727) 842-6821 or Annie at (727) 777-2217.

Marine Corps is now a donations drop-off site

Marine Corps League Detachment 567, 7241 Baillie Drive, is now a collection point for nonperishable food items, bottled water and monetary donations to support homeless veterans and their families.

All food and money donations go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and CARES for distribution. Donations can be dropped off at the league. Monetary donations can be given to the bartender. For information, contact Mike Lattuca Jr. at (727) 505-2971.


Register for golf clinic for the blind

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will be participating in the first Blind Golf Clinic in honor of National Blind Sports Day. The event will be at 22:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Tarpon Woods Golf Club, 1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor.

No golf experience is needed to participate. Pasco residents interested in participating in the free event can register at the Lighthouse, 8610 Galen-Wilson Blvd., or by calling Diane at (727) 815-0303.


New pet-loss support group to meet

Gulfside Hospice is offering a monthly pet loss support group that will have its first meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills, 5760 Dean Dairy Road. Additional meetings are scheduled for Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27.

The group is being offered in conjunction with Gulfside's Pet Peace of Mind Program, which keeps pets and people together during hospice care. To learn more, call toll-free 1-800-561-4883 or visit

Contact Phyllis Day at or call (727) 869-6235.