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Pasco County news briefs for July 12


Extension services offer 'water school'

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Pinellas and Hillsborough County Extensions, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, will offer a "Water School" for residents of the tri-county area from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 S County Road 579, Seffner.

The program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the state of water in Florida, proper use of fertilizers in landscaping and lawns, and irrigation basics and troubleshooting. Topics also will cover general retention pond management and the proper use of aquatic plants, as well as septic systems and their impact on Florida water.

The cost is $15 per person, and includes lunch. Preregistration and prepayment are required by July 15. Visit the website at All participants must provide the pre‑paid ticket for admission.

Next Citizens Academy to begin

Pasco County is accepting applications through Aug. 10 for the eighth-annual Pasco County Citizens' Academy, which will begin in September.

This is an educational and entertaining program designed to share information about Pasco County services. The academy includes 10 sessions, culminating with a December graduation.

Participants learn about many aspects of how county government and the county's constitutional offices operate, including: the legislative/administrative branch, county attorney's office, fire rescue, sheriff's office, county clerk and comptroller, supervisor of elections, property appraiser, tax collector, school board and other departments.

To apply for the free program, visit For information about the citizens' academy, including a full list of class topics, visit

County events can get $5,000 matched

Experience Florida's Sports Coast, the destination management organization for Pasco County, is launching the 2019-2020 Marketing Matching Sponsorship Program aimed at supporting special event organizers and events that have potential to attract tourists to the destination. The program provides up to $5,000 in funding to expand the marketing reach of an event to visitors outside the Tampa Bay region.

Organizations can apply by completing the application form and submitting by July 21 to Accepted applicants must present an oral presentation request for funding to the Tourist Development Council on Aug. 21.

Once approved by the Tourist Development Council, the application goes before the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners for final funding approval.

Requirements for funding include:

• A dollar-for-dollar match and/or in-kind goods or services.

• Maximum allowable match is $5,000.

• Program funds are for event-related marketing expenditures only.

• Marketing dollars must be used to promote outside the Tampa Bay area.

To apply for funding, contact Experience Florida's Sports Coast at (727) 847-8129 or For more information about the Marketing Matching Sponsorship Program, visit

Shoe, sock drive kicks off July 25

Pasco County Government and Constitutional Offices' staff will compete again to be the top collectors of new footwear for students in Pasco County Schools during the fourth-annual Two Good Soles Shoe and Sock Drive, which begins July 25.

Last year's record-setting drive resulted in more than 2,200 pairs of shoes and 6,600 pairs of socks donated. Since 2016, the drive has collected 4,511 pairs of shoes and 11,452 pairs of socks.

Despite the growing numbers of donations, the shoes and socks are all gone within a few months.

Collection boxes will be at Pasco County Government and Constitutional offices countywide beginning July 25. The drive runs through October 25.

All donated shoes and socks will be presented to Pasco County Schools at a ceremony later this year at Wendell Krinn Technical High School in New Port Richey.

Summer food program continues

The Pasco County Schools Summer Food Service Program will offer free meals to children and teens during the summer months while school is out. The meals will be served at sites throughout the county through July 31. There are no income requirements, and no registration is necessary; anyone 18 and younger may participate.

• Lakeview Cafe, located adjacent to Land O' Lakes High School, will be open all summer to serve free lunch. Adults may purchase salads, sandwiches and hot entrees. In addition to the school cafeterias that will be open for meal service, six mobile feeding buses will make lunch stops at the following locations:

• Port Richey: 11 a.m. at Regency Palms Apartments, noon at Windtree Apartments, and 1 p.m. at Summer Lake villas.

• Hudson: 11:15 a.m. at Harbor Oaks Apartments, noon at Hudson Ridge Apartments, 1 p.m. at Regency Park Library, 11:15 a.m. at Hudson Library, 11:15 a.m. at the Health Department on Denton Avenue, and 1 p.m. at Hudson Hills Manor.

• Dade City/Lacoochee: 11:15 a.m. at Glorious Church of God, noon at Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club, 12:15 p.m. at Cypress Manor, 1 p.m. at Hilltop Landing Apartments, 11:15 a.m. at Arbours at Fort King, 12:15 p.m. at Hugh Embry Library, and 1 p.m. at the Health Department on 15th Street.

• Zephyrhills: 11 a.m. at 38510 Pretty Pond Road, noon at Zephyrhills Library, and 12:45 p.m. at Zephyr Park.

Mobile feeding vans also will be available at the following locations:

• New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. at Community Congregational Church, 12:30 p.m. at the Health Department on Main Street; noon at Starkey Park, and 12:30 p.m. at Energy Marine Center.

• Hudson: noon at Veterans Memorial Park.

• Spring Hill/Shady Hills: Noon at Safety Town, and noon at Elsie Logan Memorial Park.

• Dade City: 11:30 a.m. at Lake George Manor, 12:30 p.m. at Farmworker's Self-Help, 12:45 p.m. at Lighthouse Daycare, and noon at James Irvin Civic Center.

• Wesley Chapel: 11:30 a.m. at New River Lakes, and 12:30 p.m. at New River Library.

For a list of addresses, the summer menu and other details, visit


Polish club hosts dinner dance

The Polish American Social Club will host a dinner dance from noon to 5 p.m. July 21 at the clubhouse at 7615 New Jersey Ave. Music by Dave Massetto will begin at 2:15 p.m.

The dinner entree is a pork chop with stuffing or parmesan-crusted chicken, served with soup or salad, a vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea.

The cost is $12 for club members, $13 for nonmembers. A cash bar is available. Call Anne at (727) 372-0509.

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