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Pasco County news briefs

Published Jun. 17


NAMI offers ongoing support and classes

The Pasco County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two types of support group meetings each month:

• The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a structured, closed group, open only to those with a mental illness diagnosis. This group is for individuals 18 and older who are interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills and being with others who understand the challenges of living with a mental illness. It is facilitated by trained peers. Separate groups meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at WellCare in the Southgate Shopping Center, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• The Family Support Group is for family members and caregivers of someone with a mental illness diagnosis. Separate groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Medical Center of Trinity's West Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey.

NAMI also offers the following free classes throughout the year. Registration is required and classes are posted on the website calendar when offered:

• Peer-to-Peer Class is an eight-week program for adults with mental illness who want to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. It is taught by a trained team of people who have had mental illnesses, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential.

• Family-to-Family is a 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is designated as an evidence-based program; research shows that the program significantly improves coping and problem-solving abilities. It is taught by NAMI-trained family members and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

For further information on the groups and programs, contact NAMI at (727) 992-9653 or visit

Residents encouraged to 'wait to water'

The Southwest Florida Water Management District encourages residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rainy season and "watch the weather, wait to water" by using their irrigation systems on an as-needed basis.

During the summer months (June through September), yards need no more than 1/2 to 3/4 inches of water every two to three days. A yard needs water if: Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of the yard; grass blades appear blue-gray; or grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

The District encourages using a rain gauge to determine how much rain the yard received, making sure rain sensors are working properly, making sure gutter downspouts are directed into landscaped areas or lawn and installing a rain barrel to capture excess rainwater.

For further details, visit

Alzheimer's, dementia support groups meet

The Alzheimer's Family Organization and Gulfside Healthcare Services have partnered with three healthcare facilities to offer free monthly Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Groups.

The groups are designed for family members, caregivers and others interested in learning more about dementia and skills for coping with daily life and routines with dementia. The groups are led by Kathleen Miller, business development representative for Gulfside Healthcare Services. All groups are free and open to the public.

The groups are held on the first Thursday of the month at Baldomero-Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home, 6919 Parkway Blvd., Land O' Lakes; third Tuesday at Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care, 30070 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel; and the fourth Tuesday at Keystone Place at Terra Bella, 2200 Livingston Road, Land O' Lakes.

For information or to attend, contact Miller at (727) 236-7659 or

County offers weekly recycling

Pasco County is offering weekly residential curbside recycling. The new, once-per-week schedule will increase recycling tonnage and make participation easier by allowing residents to toss recyclables into one bin.

Glass will not be accepted in the collections.

To participate, residents should contact their trash hauler for a pick-up schedule, order an optional recycling cart through the trash hauler, or use their own container for recycling (it should have a recycling sticker on it).

For information, contact the trash hauler. A list of local trash haulers is available at For information on what can and cannot be recycled, visit, call (727) 856-4539 or email to


CARES re-opening celebration planned

A grand reopening celebration of CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D., Activity Center will be at 11 a.m. June 27 at 12417 Clock Tower Parkway. Also, a street sign dedication will take place, naming the Dr. Rao Musunuru Loop, which will run through the CARES campus, connecting the two buildings named in the doctor's honor.

Due to storm damage, the activity center was closed to make roof repairs. During that time, renovations were made to include a new sound system, lighting, interior paint and bathroom renovations.

The community is invited to the celebration; please RSVP to (727) 863-6868. To view a complete calendar of activities offered at the center, visit

Youth soccer registration to begin

The Knights of Columbus 10377 Sports League will conduct the 2019 soccer season registration in various divisions for youth ages 4 to 15. Registration dates include: 9 a.m. to noon July 6 and 13, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 16, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52 (in the parish center).

A 10-game season will be played on Sundays, beginning Sept. 9, at Veterans Memorial Park on Hicks Road. Juniors (ages 4-5) and Minors (ages 6-8) play at 1 p.m., Majors (ages 9-11) play at 2:30 p.m., and Seniors (ages 12-15) play at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

Coach requests are limited to no more than seven per team, taken on a first-come, first-served basis, in-person only. Parents or guardians who wish to be a coach must register during sign-ups with their athlete. Team size is limited.

The registration fee is $60, to include a uniform shirt, shorts and socks; cash and checks accepted. Payment is due at registration.

Donations of gently used cleats, shin guards, balls and gloves are appreciated, and may be brought during any registration date.

Sponsorships are available for $150 per team, which includes the company name on the jerseys, and advertising on the website and Facebook group. Sponsorships also help to provide scholarships for players who otherwise would not be able to afford the registration fee.

This is a recreational, instructional league. For information, email to Visit the website at or visit on Facebook at

Land O' Lakes

Babysitting course offered to youth

Pasco County Schools will offer a babysitter and life-saving certification summer camp for youth in the sixth through 12th grades. The camp will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon June 24 through July 5 at Land O' Lakes High School, 20235 Gator Lane.

The camp will be led by a certified teacher who specializes in early childhood education and family consumer sciences. Campers will learn how to care for, interact with and plan activities for toddlers and preschool-aged children.

Participants will earn their certification in babysitting, first aid, CPR and AED. Participants also will receive a drawstring backpack full of resources, a pocket first aid kit, flashlight and DVD.

The cost is $220. For information or to register, visit or call (813) 794-2298.

Port Richey

Charity Casino Night to benefit Hospice

The second-annual Charity Casino Night to benefit Gulfside Hospice will be from 6 to 10 p.m. July 13 at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive.

This year's event will take guests back to the Roaring '20s with "A Roaring Good Time" theme. There will food and a cash bar; numerous gaming tables and separate rooms for tournaments (offered at a separate cost), where guests can enter to win non-cash prizes.

Tickets include three hours of gaming, "fun money" tokens, prizes, hors d'oeuvres and one free drink from the cash bar. Prize drawings and a silent auction are also planned.

Tickets are $40. The event is for guests 21 and older. Cocktail or themed attire is suggested.

The team at Gulfside Hospice is hoping to top the $30,000 raised at the 2018 Charity Casino Night. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. All proceeds raised will support hospice patients in Pasco County through Gulfside Hospice.

For further information, tickets or sponsorship details, contact Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707 or

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


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