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Pasco County news briefs for April 26

Published Apr. 20, 2019


'Big' mentors needed for Pasco youth

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. April 30, Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd. Another orientation at this location will be on May 28.

• 10:30 a.m. to noon May 4, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Another orientation at this site will be on June 1.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 20, WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

No reservations needed. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at or (813) 997-6881.

AARP offers driving course for seniors

The AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at the following locations in May. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost for the course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required. For class times, contact the instructor.:

• May 3, Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway; contact Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

• May 10 and May 31, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel; contact Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

• May 20, Meadow Pointe I Community Center, 28245 County Line Road, Wesley Chapel; contact Dennis Smith, (813) 994-9832.

• May 17 and May 24, Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave.; contact Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.

County launches online citizen survey

Pasco County has launched its annual Citizen Survey, which allows residents to voice their opinion on issues facing the county and to help shape the county's future.

The 2019 Citizen Survey is available at and will be open until May 31. The survey link is available on the county's website at, as well as on the MyPasco App, and on the Pasco County Facebook and Twitter pages.

'Sunshine' scholarship winners announced

Eight Tampa Bay high school seniors have been chosen to receive 2019 Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships, including two from Pasco County: Anna Thodhori from Gulf High School and Kara Spears from River Ridge High School. There were also five recipients from Pinellas County and one from Hillsborough County.

Each scholarship is worth $20,000 over four years of full-time undergraduate study at a public university in Florida ($5,000 per year). The scholarships target high-achieving high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles in life and plan to stay in-state for their university studies.

Information on the 2020 Sunshine Opportunity Scholarships will be available in the fall, with a March 2020 application deadline. Up to 10 scholarships are expected to be awarded annually. For information, contact scholarship administrator Nancy Waclawek at

KidCare joins in wellness events

Florida KidCare has teamed up with Walmart's Wellness Day events at several Pasco County stores. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the following Walmarts: 1575 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Lutz; 8745 State Road 54, New Port Richey; and 8701 U.S. 19, Port Richey.

The events offer residents access to free blood pressure, blood-glucose and BMI screenings, free product samples, and information about health insurance and new health products.

Florida KidCare will have application assistors available to inform families of their low-cost insurance options and to walk parents through the application process. For information, call Ashley Carr at (850) 701-6142.


Polish club host Mother's Day dance

The Polish American Social Club will host a Mother's Day Dinner Dance from noon to 5 p.m. May 12 at 7615 New Jersey Ave.

The meal includes roast beef or baked chicken, soup or salad, dessert, and coffee or tea. A cash bar will be available. Music for dancing will be provided by Jeanne and John.

Tickets are $12 for members, $13 nonmembers. For reservations, call Anne at (727) 372-0509 or Dolores at (352) 596-4802.

Safe boating course offered by flotilla

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. April 27 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.


Knights host annual golf tournament

The Knights of Columbus Council 8104 will host its annual golf tournament May 5 at the Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle.

Registration will begin at noon, with the shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The cost is $75 per player, which includes greens fees and cart, dinner and awards. There will also be a live auction and raffle.

To register, visit or contact John Duffy at (813) 351-0779 or

New Port Richey

Day of prayer is May 2 at government center

A National Day of Prayer event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. May 2 at the Pasco County Government building, 7530 Little Road. The event is sponsored by Good News Christian Fellowship, Somebody Cares Pasco and area ministries.

There will be live music and a workshop, followed by prayers led by area leaders.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday in May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. For information on the local event, call (727) 819-8881 or email to

Yacht club hosts Mother's Day Brunch

Gulf Harbors Yacht Club will host a Mother's Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the club, 3926 Marine Parkway.

A full brunch, including a carving station, will be provided. Guests will also receive a complimentary champagne cocktail.

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

Orchestra hosts Mother's Day event

The Richey Community Orchestra will present an "All American Mother's Day" dinner and concert on May 12 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave.

The concert will feature entertainer Lothar Bergeest, known for his rich baritone voice. He will sing songs from Broadway, such as Oh What a Beautiful Mornin', Be My Love and They Can't Take That Away. He will be featured in a musical rendition of Casey at the Bat.

The 50-piece orchestra will be led by conductor Stephen P. Brown. The orchestra will play selections from Carousel, by Richard Rodgers, Sousa's Liberty Bell March, America the Beautiful and many more.

Cocktails (cash bar) will be at 1 p.m., followed by dinner at 1:30 p.m. (entree choice is roast beef or roast chicken). Tea and coffee is included. The show starts at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $40. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by mail or in person at the RCO box office at 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson, FL 34667; or online at For information, call Denise Isaacson at (727) 919-3866.

Gala to celebrate Pasco County nurses

The Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco invites the community to join in the 13th-annual Nurses Gala to honor the nursing profession. The event will be at 6 p.m. May 10 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave.

The party will start with a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, a tribute to nurses and awards to recognize the finest nurses in Pasco County.

The event theme is "Nurses are Real Life Rock Stars." Guests can come dressed as their favorite rock star or in elegant attire.

Tickets are $50 for nurses, $75 for all others. Tables and sponsorships are available. Nominations can also be made. For tickets, sponsorships and nomination forms, visit, email to, or call (727) 848-7789, ext. 242.

Church to host chicken dinner

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will host a roast chicken dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 3 at 5340 High St.

Tickets are $10 adults, $9 for children; take-out orders can be made. Reservations are required. Call (727) 849-7521.

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