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Pasco County news briefs for Aug. 16


Free, reduced meals applications available

Pasco County Schools is accepting free and reduced-price household meal applications for the 2019-20 school year, and will serve free breakfast at 51 Pasco schools.

In accordance with the National School Lunch Act, households that are below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. A new application must be completed each school year. Families can visit for a link to the online application. The site also has answers to frequently asked questions, income eligibility guidelines, cafeteria menus and more. For information, or to find out if a school is one of the 51 offering free breakfast, contact Pasco County Schools Food and Nutrition Services at (813) 794-2480 or

PHSC Foundation receives $40,000 grant

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation recently received a $40,000 grant from the Edward K. Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The contribution will provide scholarships to part-time Pasco-Hernando State College students this fall semester who may not qualify for other financial aid.

Roberts was a lifelong donor to PHSC. He had relocated to Sarasota and, upon his death in 2009, established the fund. Since 2011, the fund has donated $380,000, providing scholarships to more than 600 PHSC students.

For information about the PHSC Foundation, call (727) 816-3410 or visit

Upcoming events need vendors and crafters

The following events are seeking vendors and crafters:

• Church of the Resurrection Mothers' Union craft show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, 7509 Van Dyke Road, Odessa. Crafters wanted. Six-foot tables are available inside and out on the lawn. Indoor spaces are $30, outdoor $20. Call Cathy Smith-Dugay, (813) 817-4244 or email to

• Regency Park Association's annual bazaar, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19, 10240 Regency Park Blvd., Port Richey. Table rental is $20 per 10-foot table. All rental proceeds will benefit SOLVE of West Pasco, an organization that helps low-income families with children from birth to 6 years. Call Donna, (727) 863-0196.

• Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Carnival, Nov. 1-3, 530 High St., New Port Richey. Vendors pay $75 for one day, $150 for three. Call Joe Fiorentino or Sam Faugno, (727) 849-7521.

Dade City

Benefit golf tourney needs sponsors

The annual Holes for Hope Golf Tournament to benefit Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center will be Oct. 7 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. A shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsors and teams are needed for the event. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, purchasing a hole sign or signing up a foursome, contact Sunrise at (352) 521-3358 or

NRA friends host annual banquet

The East Pasco Friends of NRA will host its annual banquet Sept. 14 in the Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52.

There will be games, raffles, silent and live auctions, door prizes and more. Dinner and dessert will be served. Among the items to be auctioned will be a South African hunt for two to four hunters, valued at $9,000; and there will be a chance to win a one-year range membership at the West Armory, valued at $700.

Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight. Tables get sign recognition, extra raffle tickets and are listed in the program. Tickets can be purchased online; call Robert at (352) 424-2732 or Jean at (813) 783-4364, or email to


Organ donors, recipients honored

West Central Florida's organ donor families and transplant recipients will come together for the inaugural "Remember and Rejoice" Interfaith Ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52.

The candlelight ceremony will include donor and recipient speakers, medical professionals and community spiritual leaders. There will be inspirational music and a special dedication to donors and their families, where donors' names will be read aloud and white roses distributed.

The event is for donor families, living donors, transplant recipients, those waiting for a donor, medical professionals and first responders. No tickets or reservations are needed. For further information, email to or, or call (727) 819-5103.

Golf tourney to benefit diabetes funding

Terri's Tears Foundation will host a golf outing Aug. 25 at Meadow Oaks Golf Course, 13125 Fairwinds Road. This will be a best-ball scramble, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch will follow the tourney.

The cost is $45 per player. Proceeds will go toward finding a cure for diabetes. For information or to register, call Vince at (727) 863-6147 (leave message), or visit and send an email (click on contact tab) to request a registration packet.

New Port Richey

Gulf Harbors tax office closed for remodeling

The Pasco County Tax Collector wishes to remind residents that the Gulf Harbors office at 4720 U.S. 19 is closed through Oct. 5 for remodeling and upgrades to the building. A planned reopen date is Oct. 7.

For regular tax collector services, customers can visit the Pasco Tax Collector's Office at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, Room 120, New Port Richey. Concealed weapons permit applications and fingerprinting will be available at the Wesley Chapel office, 4610 Pet Lane, Unit C101, Lutz.

For information about other services, visit or call (727) 847-8032, (813) 235-6076 or (352) 521-4338.

People Places to 'Talk About Town'

People Places will host its "Talk About Town" discussion series at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at 5742 Main St.

Kolby Kucyk Gayson, communications manager for Experience Florida's Sports Coast, and Adam Thomas, director for Pasco County's Destination Marketing Organization, will discuss how the area became Florida's Sports Coast, the economic impact of tourism, the recent scalloping media trip and how the local community can embrace tourism.

There is no cost. Following each presentation will be a question-and-answer session. For information, call Lia Gallegos at (727) 385-5375. Visit

Wesley Chapel

Arts Council center opens in east Pasco

The Pasco Fine Arts Council has partnered with Avalon Park West to offer an arts center in eastern Pasco County. This season, art exhibits, cultural events and art education opportunities will be offered at the new Avalon Park Gallery at 33613 State Road 54, as well as at the council's center in New Port Richey.

The first event will be a "Moments in Time" exhibit Sept. 10 through Oct. 21, with an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27. The exhibit will feature works by award-winning artist Suzanne Natzke. There will be live music, wine and food.

For further information, visit or Call the Pasco Fine Arts Council at (727) 845-7322.

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