Pasco County news briefs

News and notes from Pasco County
Published April 1


Survey to be sent to select older residents

The Pinellas Community Foundation and Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas are joining forces to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of the aging community within Pasco and Pinellas counties. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of residents in Pinellas and Pasco are older than 60 years. The goal of the assessment is to gather feedback from residents 60 and older to identify unmet needs.

The Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults will be sent to 10,000 randomly-selected households in every Pinellas and Pasco zip code. The surveys will be sent the week of April 8. Residents will receive a postcard in advance, as well as instructions with the survey.

Results of the survey will be available in July. Those who have questions may contact the Area Agency on Aging at (727) 217-8111.

Senior Services centers closed April 5

All Pasco County Senior Services center locations throughout the county will be closed on April 5 as the division recognizes registered clients at an off-site event. Meals will be furnished in advance for home-bound clients and registered congregate seniors.

All six centers will resume regular hours on April 8.

Summer camp registration to begin

Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will begin online-only registration for summer day camp at 10 a.m. April 6. The seven-week camps for elementary and middle school children run from June 10 to July 26.

The first day of registration is for Pasco County residents only, and space is limited. It is recommended that parents or guardians create or update their account information prior to registration opening; visit

Camps will be offered weekdays at the following locations: Centennial Middle School, J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, James Irvin Civic Center, Land O’ Lakes Community Center, Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, Odessa Park Community Center, Rushe Middle School, Shady Hills Community Center, Starkey Park (Nature Camp) and Veterans Memorial Park.

Children can be registered for the entire summer or specific weeks. Fees, ages and times vary at each location. Payment is due in full at time of registration. A free lunch and snack will be available at qualifying summer day camp locations. For details, visit or call (813) 929-1229.


Sponsors wanted for youth rally

The Florida State Fraternal Order of Eagles will host the 16th-annual Youth Rally from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway.

The organization is seeking sponsors to help offset the cost of park admission and food; the free event is expected to host between 750 to 1,000 children for a day of fun, music, food, interactive games, carnival rides and more.

For further information, visit or visit the Facebook page for Fraternal Order of Eagles, Florida State Youth Rally; call (727) 858-6384 or email to

New Port Richey

Yacht club to host Easter brunch

An Easter Sunday brunch will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway. A full brunch, with carving station, will be offered, as well as a complimentary champagne cocktail.

The cost is $19.95 for members, $25.95 for nonmembers, and $8.95 for children 10 and younger (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are required. Call (727) 849-4559.

Masons host dinner event

A “100 Mason Night” will be held at 6 p.m. April 22 at Pearl of the West Lodge 146, 6319 Louisiana Ave.

The event will include dinner and Masonic education. All Masons are invited.

The cost is a suggested $8 donation. For information, email to Shawn Abel at


Hospital to host car show

Medical Center of Trinity will host its annual “Start Your Engines” event on April 13 at the hospital, 9330 State Road 54. Car registration will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The car show will have an expected 200 entries. The event will include “Ask the Doctor” education stations, and a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny (from 10 a.m. to noon).

Admission is free. The cost is $15 to enter a car in the show. For information, call (727) 514-0500. For other information, call (727) 834-5630.

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