Pasco County news briefs for July 26

Published July 18, 2019


Transportation survey helps future projects

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization wants public input on prioritizing transportation projects established by the 2018 "It's Time Pasco" survey.

Those interested can take the Mobility 2045 Transportation Survey online at The survey will be available through Aug. 25.

The survey's interactive map will allow you to pinpoint projects with user-friendly, drag-and-drop location and commenting features. Feedback from the survey will affect future transportation improvements and projects.

AARP offers driving course for seniors

The AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at the following locations in August. 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 is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required. For class times, contact Beverly Cogdill at (813) 907-3908.

• Aug. 2 at Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes.

• Aug. 9 and 23 at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

• Aug. 16 at Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth Ave.

• Aug. 19 at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

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.

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 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.

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• 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

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

Extension Office offers rain barrel workshop

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Rain Barrel Workshop from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St.

Participants will learn to reduce water pollution and utilize storm water for the landscape. The cost is $40 for the rain barrel. Preregistration and prepayment is required. One rain barrel per family. Call (352) 518-0156.

New Port Richey

Mission holds Summer Extravaganza

Joining Hands Mission at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, will host a Summer Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

The free family event will include activities for all ages. There will be free rides, games and prizes. Youth festivities include a large bounce house and water slide, as well as children's games and activities, such as face painting, crafts, corn hole, ring toss and tug-of-war. Visit Kiddy Up Ranch's pony and Bubbles the Clown, who will have free animal balloons.

Mobile Medical of Pasco County will be on site. Adults will have more than 20 vendors to shop at, as well as a classic car show. Eateries include Doughbie Brothers Pizza, free Culver's custards, Ablaze Student Ministries cookout and Sugar Darling cupcakes.

For information, contact Tamera Mosier at (727) 264-1288 or (260) 330-9023.

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