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Pasco Briefs for Feb. 23


Trail to close for repairs, resurfacing

Part of the Suncoast Trail, between State Road 52 and State Road 54, will be closed Feb. 27 through March 9 for repairs and resurfacing. The project is part of Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources’ scheduled maintenance plans to improve the Suncoast Multi-Use Trail. The trail will be resurfaced to repair uneven areas and deteriorating sides to make the trail safer for walker and bikers to pass one another. The closure includes all trail access south of SR 52 and north of SR 54, including access points through Starkey Park and the Suncoast Lakes subdivision. For information, call (727) 815-7177 or visit pascocountyfl.net/parks.

‘Be #PascoProud!’ campaign kicks off

Pasco County Government is encouraging community members to be part a new initiative — Be #PascoProud! — to tackle illegal dumping in the county, which costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars each year in cleanup costs. Residents who see an area that needs to be cleaned up can report the illegal dumping at "Report Illegal Dumping" on the MyPasco app, emailing to [email protected], or calling (727) 847-2411. Or post a photo and location on social media using the hashtags #PascoProud #RIDPasco. Anyone caught illegally dumping in Pasco County can be fined $500 per day, per item, plus cleanup costs. Visit the Report Illegal Dumping website at bit.ly/2Bj6CUz.


Master Gardener program to be offered

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Community Master Gardener Course from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 17-31 at the Stallings Building, 15029 14th St. The tentative class schedule includes:

• March 17: How to create a community garden

• March 24: Vegetable families, different gardening techniques, harvesting and IPM

• March 31: Composting, garden maintenance, seed saving and preparing for the off-season.

The cost is $200, which includes all materials. Discounts available for groups of five or more employed with a nonprofit organization, public school district or county government; as well as for low-income residents (subject to approval). For details or to sign up, contact Eden Santiago-Gomez at [email protected]


KoC Ladies host Casino Nite

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will host a Casino Nite from 5 to 9:30 p.m. March 10 in Father Farrell Hall at the church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road. The cost is $25, which includes $750 in "money" to play for the night. Food and drinks available for purchase. For information, call JoAnn Corlett at (727) 389-0518.


First Tee to offer junior golf lessons

First Tee of Tampa Bay will offer group junior golf lessons on Saturdays, March 3 - April 21, at the Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced players. Instructors teach rules, fundamentals and etiquette of the game. The cost of the program will be based on family income, ranging from $2 per class ($14 total) to $12 per class ($84 total). All golf equipment will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own clubs. For information, visit thefirstteetampabay.org or call (813) 238-7320.


Track club hosts ‘Tampa Lucky Run’

The Speed Starz Track/Running Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day "Tampa Lucky Run" at 8 a.m. March 17 at the Tampa Premium Outlet Mall, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive. The event will include a 5k run, and a 1-mile kids fun run. A DJ will entertain. Participants will receive a T-shirt, participation medal, PDQ gift card, coupon book to Tampa Premium Outlets and a goody bag. Registration is $24. Register at tampaluckyrun.com. For information, contact Barnard Roberts at (352) 807-0397.


Presentation set for ‘Green City’ initiative

A presentation on the Green City initiative will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at People Place, 5742 Main St. This informal presentation will be provided by Dell deChant, chair of the City of New Port Richey’s Environmental Committee, and Barret Doe, acting assistant public works director. The Green City initiative is part of a nationwide project to be clean, sustainable and environmentally-friendly through initiatives such as waste management, forest restoration, natural resource protection, public transportation and alternative energy projects.

Chasco Ball wants nominations, sponsors

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host its 33rd annual Chasco Coronation Ball at 6 p.m. March 9 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. The annual event, which is the kickoff to the Chasco Fiesta, is a fundraiser to support the Lighthouse for its blind babies, children and teen programs. It also is to recognize local philanthropists for their dedication and commitment to the community. It will include a celebration of the nominees and the crowning of the new King Pithla and Queen Chasco. Nominations for 2018 King Pithla and Queen Chasco are being accepted. To submit names of deserving community volunteers, download a nomination form from the Lighthouse website at lvib.org/events/ball/. All nominations must be received by Feb. 23. Reservations and sponsorships for the event are also being accepted. Tickets to the event are $125 per person. For further details, sponsorship opportunities and reservations, visit the website at lvib.org or contact Jamie Mick at [email protected] or (727) 642–8041.

Drawing to award Bucs season tickets

The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation will hold a chance drawing to win two NFL Buccaneers Club Level season tickets, which will be drawn during the Chasco Fiesta at 8 p.m. March 17. Ticket holders need not be present to win. The tickets are valued at $4,100 and include two pre-season games and eight home games, reserved stadium parking and other amenities, such as access to training camp practices, preferred parking, children’s activities and concierge service. Tickets are $75 each; only 150 will be sold for the drawing. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hearing Help Fund. For information, call (727) 312-3882.

Giveaway set for free hearing aid batteries

Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation will host a battery giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon March 2 at its office at 6333 River Road. Hearing aid batteries will be offered in the most common sizes while they last (10, 13, 312 and 675). The Foundation also collects old or unwanted hearing aids in any condition for the Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program. For information, call (727) 312-3881 or visit familyhearinghelp.org.

Dementia conference set for March 21

The Alzheimer’s Association will host a "Think About It" Dementia Care Conference from 1 to 4 p.m. March 21 at First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, 6800 Trouble Creek Road. The keynote speaker is Viki Kind, a clinical bioethicist, hospice volunteer and author of the award-winning book, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t. Free. Off-site respite is included; requests must be made by March 1. Seating is limited; to register, call toll-free at 1-800-272-3900 or email to [email protected] Learn more at alz.org/flgulfcoast.


Storybook Forest to boost child literacy

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will host the annual Storybook Forest event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive. The event is to support early literacy and rediscovering the magic of reading. It will feature a variety of children’s entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. Visitors can meet Elsa, Curious George, Elmo, Daniel Tiger and other storybook friends. The event is free. There will be no on-site parking. Shuttle pickups will be at Crews Lake Middle School, 15144 Shady Hills Road. For information, call (727) 233-8291.


Rotary scholarship applications available

The Rotary Club of Trinity is accepting applications for the organization’s 2018 Al Arzu Scholarship. To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior, live in and attend school in Pasco County. Applications must be postmarked by March 31. For information or to receive a copy of the application, contact Candace Glewen at [email protected]


Wiregrass hosts Culture Jam

A Culture Jam Fashion Show that is "Celebrating the Beauty of Cultural Diversity" March 2 at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive. A pre-show starts at 6 p.m., with the fashion show and concert from 7 to 10 p.m. The show will feature JC Penney, Dillard’s and Justice on the runway, followed by a show starring a Michael Jackson impersonator/tribute performer. Other performers include DJ Tony Entertainment, Koss Makes Music Institute, Scariff Irish Dance, KUUMBA African Dancers, Bollywood Moves, Russian singer Iryna Semeniuk and Jewels of the Desert Belly Dancing. Admission is free in standing areas. VIP tickets are available for $10, which include special seating and a wrist band for drink specials and a meet-and-greet with "Michael Jackson". Visit wesleychapel.com.

Discounted tickets for ‘Seussical’ available

Wiregrass Ranch High School will present Seussical the Musical at 3 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Tickets are $8 if purchased before March 1, and $10 at the door. For tickets, visit wrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/ticket-information/.


Art club hosts annual fine art show and sale

The Zephyrhills Art Club will host a Fine Art Show and Sale from 1 to 6 p.m. March 10 and from 1 to 5 p.m. March 11 at the Elks Lodge, 6851 Wire Road. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For information, email to da[email protected]

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