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Pasco County news briefs for May 3


Animal services starts kitten program

Pasco County Animal Services has launched a "Leave Them Be" stray kitten educational program.

The purpose of the program is to educate community members who find stray or abandoned kittens about how to best help them. The program highlights when to "let them be" until the mother cat returns; how to become a kitten foster parent until they are eight weeks old and can enter the shelter; kitten feeding guides, how-to instructions and kitten care starter kits, and more.

To learn more, visit the website at

Dade City

County hosts vendor workshop

The Pasco County Purchasing Department invites local vendors interested in doing business with the Pasco County Board of Commissioners to attend a vendor workshop from 9 a.m. to noon May 14 at the Pasco County Historic Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave., in the commissioners board room.

The workshop is designed to generate more local vendor participation to help streamline the process for contractors and vendors who would like to bid on Pasco County projects, goods and services.

To learn more, visit


Methodist Men host annual golf tourney

The Faith United Methodist Church United Methodist Men's Annual Golf Tournament will be May 25 at Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club, 131125 Fairwinds Road. Player check-in is from noon to 12:45 p.m., with the shotgun start at 1 p.m.

This is a four-person scramble. The cost is $60 per golfer, which includes the tournament, supper and prizes. For information, contact the church at (727) 856-5000.

Land O' Lakes

Resource fair targets community's seniors

A Senior Resource Fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 10 at the Land O' Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop.

The fair is to give local seniors an opportunity to discover the many resources available to maintain a vibrant social, creative and rewarding lifestyle. There will be refreshments and numerous organizations and clubs participating.

For information, contact Pasco County Senior Services at (813) 929-1200 or email to Taylor Thomason at

New Port Richey

Free lecture to discuss diabetes issues

A free lecture, "Understanding Diabetes," will be presented at noon May 8 at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, in Rooms 1-3 of the Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 6600 Madison St.

The speaker is family medicine physician, Lisa Ferreira, MD, who will explain diabetes risk factors, how to talk to your doctor about it, and how to lessen your risk for developing diabetes. To preregister, call (727) 953-6877 or visit

Port Richey

Neighbor 'meet and greet' planned

The Port Richey Citizens Advisory Committee will host a "Port Richey Come Meet Your Neighbor" event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 15 at Whiskey River, 5245 Limestone Drive. All Port Richey residents are invited to come gather to celebrate their love and support for the city. For information, call (727) 215-7034.

Beer, wine event to benefit scholarship

The Justin Haystrand Memorial Scholarship, Inc., will host a fundraising benefit, Brews and Wine on the Bayou, from 2 to 6 p.m. May 11 at Gill Dawg, 5419 Treadway Drive.

The event will feature live music with the Bearded Brothers. There will be raffle items and a 50-50 raffle, as well as opportunities to taste a variety of beers and wine.

Admission is free. The cost for unlimited tastings, when purchased in advance, is $35 each or $60 per couple; VIP tastings are $75. At the gate, unlimited tastings will be $40. Tickets can be purchased on, as well as at Gill Dawg, AFIRE of Pasco County and the Pampering Plumber.

The Justin Haystrand Memorial Scholarship was created in February 2018 after the untimely death of student/athlete Justin Haystrand, who was killed in a car crash.


Taste of Trinity to return May 18

The West Pasco Business Association, in partnership with Seven Springs Middle School Parent Teacher Organization, will host Taste of Trinity 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Seven Springs Middle School, 2441 Little Road.

The annual expo features food, business and crafts — packed with fabulous restaurants, bakeries, businesses and craft booths. There will be performances by students and community members, as well as games and raffles.

Sponsorships are available. Sponsor and vendor forms may be downloaded at, and payments can be made securely online at this link. Scanned forms may be emailed to

General admission is $5 per person, with a family four-pack available for $15. For information, contact Maria Johnson at (727) 934-0940 or Heide Janshon at (727) 481-5315


School celebrates 135th anniversary

Saint Anthony Catholic School will host a 135th Anniversary Celebration May 10 at 12155 Joe Hermann Drive.

The celebration will begin with the Most Rev. Gregory Parks, Bishop of St. Petersburg, presiding over Mass at 9 a.m. A spring concert performed by the students will be at 10:30 a.m. in the San Antonio Park, located adjacent to the school's campus. A family picnic will immediately follow the concert.

Saint Anthony is the oldest Catholic elementary school in Pasco County and the fourth oldest in the state. The first building opened in 1884 in a 12-foot by 24-foot schoolhouse, followed by a two-story frame building. In 1922, the three-story brick building was constructed.

The community is invited to the celebration. For information, contact Sister Alice Ottapurackal at (352) 588-3041. Those attending may RSVP online at


Conference addresses drugs, mental health

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and BayCare Behavioral Health will host the 2019 Strengthening Our Communities Conference on Mental Health and Drug Prevention from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 14 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way.

The purpose of the annual conference is to mobilize the community and be part of community-wide solutions to tackle substance abuse and mental health issues.

The keynote speaker is Austin Eubanks, an injured survivor of the Columbine tragedy and expert in the addiction treatment industry. Various community leaders will speak. There will also be breakout sessions on topics such as opioid overdose prevention training, pharmacology of pain management, integrative approach in treating trauma to facilitate long term recovery, and others.

Registration is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Lunch is included. To register, visit or visit the Facebook event page. For further information, contact Christine Duncan at (813) 502-9474 or email

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