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Pasco County news briefs for May 17


Senior centers close May 17 for training

Pasco County Senior Services will temporarily close its six senior centers to the public on May 17 for an annual team training. Meals will be furnished in advance for homebound clients and registered congregate seniors.

For further information, call (727) 834-3340.

Position available on tourism council

Pasco County's destination management organization, Experience Florida's Sports Coast, is seeking a tourism industry professional to serve on the Tourist Development Council.

The Tourist Development Council is an advisory council to the Pasco Board of County Commissioners, comprised of elected officials and tourism industry professionals who provide recommendations to the staff of Experience Florida's Sports Coast on promotional/partnership proposals, marketing opportunities and oversight of tourism tax expenditures.

Positions on the Tourist Development Council are volunteer four-year terms. Meetings are held monthly, alternating between New Port Richey and Dade City. Applicants must live and be registered to vote in Pasco County, and be actively involved in the tourism industry.

Applications will be accepted online through May 25 at For information about the council, including current members and the 2019 meeting schedule, visit For questions, contact Kolby Kucyk Gayson at


Rubio hosts mobile office hours

The office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will conduct mobile office hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 22 at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave.

Residents can meet local staff and learn about the services Sen. Rubio's office can offer, including: immigration, Medicare, IRS/banking, military/VA, Social Security and legislative issues.

For information, call Rubio's Gulf Coast Regional Office at (813) 853-1099 or email to

Camp teaches kids garden harvesting

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a "Farm-to-Table Summer Youth Camp" for children ages 8 to 12 at the One Stop Shop Building, 15029 14th St. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3-7.

Campers will learn how to grow their own food while studying the importance of healthy eating habits and environmental conservation. Hands-on activities include classroom and garden lessons, with daily vegetable harvesting, healthy snack-making, solar oven construction and more.

The cost is $35 per child, which covers all activities. Children must bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. Space is limited to 20 participants. To register, visit For questions, contact Eden Santiago-Gomez at (352) 521-1255 or


Flotilla to offer safe boating course

The Hudson Flotilla 11-7 Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Florida-mandated "About Boating Safely" class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 at the training facility at 9135 Denton Ave.

The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional member. It includes the class, digital library and processing fee. Those who complete the class will receive the Florida Boating Safely Education Card.

The class is offered on the fourth Saturday of each month. Group rates are available, and private classes can be scheduled for groups of five or more. Advance registration is appreciated. To register for the class or for information, send email to or call (727) 697-8013.

Free tutorials devoted to trauma awareness

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host the following Tuesday Tutorials focusing on trauma awareness. Both programs will begin with registration and a complimentary lunch at 11:30 a.m., with the tutorial starting at noon at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive (back campus of the hospital):

• May 21, "Life Link-Organ Donation," presented by Ashley Moore, the senior manager of public relations and vice chair of Donate Life Florida.

• May 28, "Pre-Hospital Care in Pasco County," presented by Tim Reardon, rescue division chief with Pasco County Fire Rescue.

There is no cost, but seating is limited and reservations are required. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 869-5498.

New Port Richey

Award-winning chef to share grilling secrets

Award-winning cookbook author Warren Caterson will give a presentation and cooking demonstration on grilling from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 24 at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St.

The popular chef will share tips and hints on grilling foods, whether it be steaks, chicken, veggies or dessert. He will also share cooking techniques. Chef Warren will end his presentation with a cooking demonstration on preparing a healthy grilled marinated swordfish entree that can easily be replicated at home in less than 10 minutes.

Chef Warren Caterson wrote the award-winning cookbooks, Table for Two — The Cookbook for Couples and others.

The program is free. For information, call the library at (727) 853-1279.

PHSC to offer youth basketball camp

Pasco-Hernando State College will offer a summer basketball camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-19 at the PHSC West Campus Physical Fitness Center, 10230 Ridge Road.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17; players will be grouped according to age and ability. It will be staffed by PHSC Head Coach Michael Jones and PHSC players. The fee is $65 (additional campers are $40) and includes all fees and a camp T-shirt.

For information or a registration form, contact Jones at (727) 816-3340 or Visit

YMCA to offer free swim lessons to kids

The YMCA of the Suncoast will offer free water safety lessons with the four-day "Safety Around Water" program at the James P. Gills Family YMCA, 8411 Photonics Drive. Three courses will be available: June 3-6, July 1-5 and Aug. 19-22.

The program is free and open to children ages 3-12 who are beginners or non-swimmers. During the four-day course, certified instructors will teach the children a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around the water.

Participants must be present the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. YMCA membership is not required; however, pre-registration is required due to limited space. Stop by the YMCA or call (727) 375-9622.


Roadward scheduled

The Eiland Boulevard pavement rehabilitation project has begun and is expected to be completed by June 19, depending on weather conditions. The project includes the eastbound and westbound lanes of Eiland Boulevard, from Handcart Road to Fort King Road. Roadwork will include milling and resurfacing, as well as new pavement markings and restriping.

Work hours will be from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Motorists should expect single-lane closures with message boards directing traffic. A map of the project area is at: For information, call (727) 847-8143.

Bowling academy offered

Pin Chasers-Pasco is offering a free eight-week MOVE Youth Bowling Academy for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Bowling will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, starting June 1, at Pin Chasers-East Pasco, 6816 Gall Blvd.

Certified coaches will teach bowling basics in sessions that include bowling, awards, balls, shoes and, if needed, socks. Bowlers receive weekly prizes as their technique improves. Friendly competition will be encouraged. There are no tryouts in this youth league. Bowlers will be grouped by age.

For information or to register, visit

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