Pasco County news briefs for Aug. 23

Published Aug. 26, 2019


AARP offers driving course for seniors

The AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at the following locations in September. 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 Bev Cogdill, (813) 907-3908.:

• Sept. 6, Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway.

• Sept. 13, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

• Sept. 20, Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave.

• Sept. 16, Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

Unbiased Medicare counseling offered

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers the free SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) to individuals new to Medicare. The SHINE program provides free, unbiased, one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers.

To learn more, visit and complete the "contact us" form.


Woman's Club hosts annual flea market

The GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club will host its Fun Fall Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14 at the Historic Old Lutz School, 18819 N U.S. 41.

Donations will be accepted at the old school on Sept. 12 only, starting at noon. No large furniture or appliances will be accepted.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local schools, libraries and community nonprofits. For information, call Kay at (813) 833-3962.

New Port Richey

Tractor Supply hosts pet adoption event

An "Out Here with Animals" celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Tractor Supply, 8447 State Road 54. The event includes animal adoptions and a pet supply drive.

Along with adoptions, there will be a cookout, live music, giveaways and the 4health Resource Center.

Animal lovers will have an opportunity to engage with team members about pet and animal care, while supporting local rescue groups that are looking to find safe homes for animals in need. For information, contact the store at (727) 372-3450.

Teams forming for adult-only spelling bee

The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce announces that the 17th-annual Ambassadors "Catch the Buzz" Spelling Bee will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road. Team registration and set up, as well as happy hour, will be from 5 to 6 p.m.

This is an adult-only event to benefit Take Stock in Children and the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

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Sponsors create a team of four spellers who work together to spell words from the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee list. All teams are encouraged to dress up and decorate their tables.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, top spirited team and the best team theme. Bribes are available to purchase during the first two rounds to keep the team spelling. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Sponsorships are available from $250 to $1,500. Individual tickets for spectators are $10 each.

For sponsorships and further information, contact Charlotte Ortiz at or call (727) 842-7651.

Music school is offering scholarships

Mullins Music, a nonprofit community music school, is accepting scholarship applications for the fall term that begins Sept. 3.

Scholarship awards vary between $25 and $275. A short essay and proof of financial need are required to apply. Interested families can download the scholarship application at: The deadline to apply is Aug. 23.

Mullins Music offers private and group lessons year-round, summer camps for teens and has a recording studio. Scholarships for private lessons on piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, clarinet, trumpet or saxophone are available for students ages 18 and younger.

For details about scholarships at Mullins Music, visit or call (727) 856-0263.

Summit to address food sovereignty

An Urban Food Sovereignty Mini-Summit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.

The program will include an address by Professor Will Schanbacher of the department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, who is a leading scholar of food sovereignty. He will share insights from his newly-published book, Food as a Human Right: Combating Global Hunger and Forging a Path to Food Sovereignty.

There will be other speakers, as well as presentations from individuals and organizations engaged in food sovereignty and food justice projects.

Proposals for poster presentations are welcome. Contact Dell deChant at or call (727) 849-1626 for details. There will be space for up to 10 posters.

Chamber to host fashion show

The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host a Fall Fashion Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd.

The event is to benefit clients of Connections Job Development Program, a nonprofit organization that connects job seekers with area employers.

There will be mimosas, live music, lunch, a fashion show featuring "celebrity" models and prize drawings.

Tickets are $15 each. Group discounts and sponsorships are available. Call (727) 849-4724.


Monastery hosts musical event

The Benedictine Sisters of Florida will host "Oh Jonah," based on the Old Testament book, at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road.

The concert will be presented by First Presbyterian Church of Dade City. A reception will follow. There is no cost, but freewill donations will be accepted. For information, call the monastery at (352) 588-8320.


Youth art contest underway

Medical Center of Trinity is hosting its annual "Expressions of Thanks" youth art contest through Sept. 20.

The contest is open to youth in kindergarten through 12th grades to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, those who currently serve and their families.

Students can submit artwork, poetry or an essay. Rules include: artwork must be on an 8-1/2 by 11-inch sheet of white paper; work must be original and hand-drawn/written; students can use color with paints, pens, pencils, crayons and markers; the piece should depict the student's idea of thanking veterans and members of the military; artwork should be original, free-hand creations and must have the student's name, grade and name of school (or homeschool contact) printed on the back.

All submissions must be received by Sept. 20 by mailing to Medical Center of Trinity, Attn: Youth Art Contest, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 34655; or in person at the information desk at the main entrance of Medical Center of Trinity, as well as its locations at the Citrus Park Emergency Room in Tampa, and ER locations in Lutz and Palm Harbor.

Participants and their families will be invited to a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7, when certificates and prizes will be awarded, and all artwork entries will be on display. First-place winners in each grade will receive a $25 gift card. Four grand-prize winners will receive their choice of a bicycle or Family Plus membership to Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park Zoo for one year.

For details, call (727) 834-4868 or email to


Memorial, conference to address overdosing

Warrior Up Ministry will present the "Warrior Up to End Overdose Conference and Memorial" from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at Church of the Nazarene, 6155 12th St.

The program will include speakers, overdose survivors, presentations from resource centers and a time of remembrance for loved ones lost. Free childcare is available.

Admission is free. For information, call (352) 428-1394.

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