Pasco County news briefs

News and notes from Pasco County
Published March 18


Pasco youth need ‘Big’ mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientation 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:

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 26, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd.

• 10:30 a.m. to noon April 6, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 15, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

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

Reservations are not needed. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at [email protected] or (813) 997-6881.

Dade City

Children’s theater group has new home

Arts in Motion, the nonprofit children’s theater group, has its own building at 13921 Seventh St. To celebrate, an open house and ribbon cutting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 2.

The open house will include some of the Newsies cast members performing, tours of the facility, as well as wine, coffee and desserts.

Arts in Motion also will host an evening of bingo from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the new facility. There will be 10 rounds of bingo; a pack of 10 bingo cards is $10. There will be a selection of gift baskets awarded. Pizza, baked goods, sodas, beer and wine will be available for purchase. All funds raised will benefit the upcoming production of Newsies, which will be presented May 17-19 at Pasco Middle School.

For details, visit or call (352) 834-1246.

Seminar offered on pasture health

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a “Spring Cleaning” pasture improvement seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 28 at the Extension office in Clayton Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52.

The seminar is designed to teach livestock owners how to keep their animals safe from potentially poisonous weeds, and to improve growth and maintenance forages. Participants will learn to identify poisonous weeds, weed-control methods, pasture management and soil testing for proper fertilization.

The seminar is free. To register, visit For information, call (352) 518-0156.

Museum to host Easter fest

The annual Jelly Bean Fling will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road.

This spring festival will include an Easter egg hunt, face painting, games, a petting zoo, make-your-own Easter bonnets, rock painting, food, vendors, live entertainment and Easter bonnet parades with special host Mr. Tommy. Prizes will be awarded to the top three bonnets. Mr. Tommy will perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available. There will also be a bounce house and slide and barrel train rides.

Admission is $10 adults, $5 students and free for ages younger than 5. Children 12 and younger will be given an Easter basket while supplies last. For information, visit or call (352) 567-0262.

Turkey Federation hosts chapter banquet

The Sonny Maggard Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its chapter banquet May 3 at the Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 adults, $25 for children, which includes membership. Sponsorships are also available starting at $275. For details, contact Randy Maggard at (352) 567-6224 or [email protected] Visit


Musicale to present season’s final concert

The Thursday Musicale will present its final concert of the season at 2 p.m. April 4 in the worship center at Hudson First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19.

The concert will feature guest performer Jason Ensor of Tin Pan Alley Productions. Also performing will be the Thursday Musicale’s newest scholarship winner.

A goodwill offering will be collected, which is used to support the group’s scholarship program. For information, contact Linda Stuff at [email protected] or (813) 415-7085.

New Port Richey

Chasco Fiesta needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help at 2019 Chasco Fiesta, which will be March 29-April 6.

There are a variety of opportunities to help, such as the information booth greeter, or selling concert tickets and event T-shirts. Also needed are people to assist with event set up and take down, arranging barricades, grounds operations, beer sales, back stage coverage and event safety.

To become a volunteer, contact Tina at (727) 809-1816, [email protected] or on the Chasco website at

Local Relay for Life set for March 29-30

The Relay for Life of the Suncoast will be March 29-30 at JW Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road. Teams and individuals can still sign up to participate. Visitors are welcome.

This is an all-night event that will include fundraising booths, teams that walk the track, a luminaria ceremony to honor those lost and those still fighting, games and fun contests throughout the night. The relay kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and concludes at about noon on Saturday.

This is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. For information on the local Relay, contact Missy Muzzillo at [email protected] or call (727) 643-4715.

Relay event needs teams, sponsors

Investigation Station will host its fourth-annual Pot of Gold Relay Race at 10 a.m. March 29 at Mitchell High School’s football field, 2323 Little Road. The event will be held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life. The relay is free to participate in and is not limited to the Relay for Life walkers.

As in past Pot of Gold relays, the event requires teams of four to complete activities to earn pieces of gold to deposit in each team’s respective pot on the opposite side of the field.

This year’s event includes a partnership with Rock Avenue Escape Room, which will create the puzzles for the race. Each member of the team is responsible for one leg of the race.

Corporate sponsors are needed to help keep this family-friendly relay free to participants. Volunteers and teams are also wanted.

Funds raised from the event will benefit Investigation Station, which provides interactive exhibits to the Pasco County community to experience at their leisure and at no cost. Investigation Station’s current project to create an educational splash pad in Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. A splash pad is a series of fountains and water features where children cool off and play. Its next project, currently in its early stages, is a geographic app that will guide visitors through the geologic ages as they walk, including Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic.

For further information, visit or contact Lisa Campos at [email protected]

Drawing held to win Bucs season tickets

The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation is holding a drawing during Chasco Fiesta for a chance to win two NFL Buccaneers Club-Level season tickets. The season tickets are valued at $4,100 and include two pre-season and eight home games. The package includes reserved stadium parking and other amenities.

Chance tickets are $75; only 150 will be sold. The drawing will be at Chasco Fiesta in Sims Park at 8 p.m. April 6. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hearing Help Fund, supported by the Sertoma Foundation. To purchase tickets, call the foundation office at (727) 312-3882.

Sertoma’s BBQ held during Chasco

The West Pasco Sertoma Club is selling tickets for its 48th–annual BBQ in Sims Park, which will be March 29 through April 6, during the city’s Chasco Fiesta event.

From 1980 to 1995, the club held the Guinness World record for the largest number of people served barbecue at a single event.

At this year’s event, the club will serve barbecue chicken, chopped pork and beef, and ribs, as well as beer and wine. Serving schedule is as follows:

Beef and ribs — noon to 10 p.m. March 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 30 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31. Chicken and ribs — 5 to 10 p.m. April 5 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 6. Beer and wine — 5 to 11 p.m. March 29, April 4 and April 5; 1 to 11 p.m. March 30 and April 6; and 1 to 10 p.m. March 31.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door. For advance tickets, contact Jeff Montgomery at (727) 457–4140.


Girls acrobatics, tumbling clinic offered

Saint Leo University’s new acrobatics and tumbling program will host an Acrobatics, Tumbling and Cheerleading Clinic for girls 9 to 18. The clinic will be from 1:30 to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 52.

The clinic will be tailored to all skill levels. Participants will receive hands-on instruction to learn proper progressions and techniques used throughout the sport of acrobatics and tumbling, and cheer. It will be taught by three coaches.

The cost is $40 per participant. A 10 percent discount is available to high school seniors and dependents of Saint Leo employees and alumni. Contact head coach Allie Williams at [email protected] or (352) 588-7253.


Democrats host PolitiFact speaker

The Trinity Democratic Club will host its annual Club Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway.

The keynote speaker is Jon Greenberg, senior Washington bureau correspondent for PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking nonprofit news service known for its independent journalism and its “Truth-O-Meter.”

The brunch will include a breakfast buffet with chef-attended omelet station. Tickets are $30 each, and paid reservations are required by April 2. Credit card payments may be made online at the Trinity Democratic Club’s Facebook page shop. For information, or to pay by check, email to [email protected] or call (727) 844-3367.


Festival celebrates community volunteers

Appreciate Pasco — Good Deeds Day Festival 2019 will be from noon to 5 p.m. April 7 at Florida Trailer Solutions, 36822 State Road 54.

There will be entertainment, arts and crafts, food, prizes, business vendors and giveaways.

The event is part of Good Deeds Day and to kick off Volunteer Appreciation Week in Pasco County, and is hosted by United School Employees of Pasco-Retired, Florida Trailer Solutions and Make a Difference. The purpose is to recognize and thank groups and organizations, as well as volunteers.

Admission is free. Sponsors and vendors can still participate. To learn more, or to RSVP for the event, visit For vendor opportunities, contact Elise Mysels at (813) 956-8661 or [email protected]

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