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Pasco Briefs for Jan. 19


Residents asked to cut down on watering

The Southwest Florida Water Management District reminds residents who irrigate their lawns to skip a week or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn’t need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient. Residents can determine when grass needs water when grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard, appear blue-gray or do not spring back (leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.) Watering every other week at most during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies for critical uses during the dry season. For additional information about water conservation, visit WaterMatters.org/SkipAWeek.

Two dates scheduled for shredding event

Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller Paula O’Neil will host "The Big Shred" at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at the West Pasco Judicial Center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey; and again at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Robert Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., Dade City. The event will be offered through noon each day, or until the truck is filled (whichever is earlier). Residents can have documents shredded at no cost, including sensitive, outdated documents, to ensure identity security. Each person can have up to five boxes or bags of paper documents shredded. All staples, paper clips and other metal clasps must be removed prior to shredding.


Heritage Arts hosts ‘Moonlight and Ivory’

The Heritage Arts Center Association will host the 21st annual Moonlight and Ivory concerts Feb. 3 at the Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave. The matinee will be at 2 p.m., with an art show following. Doors for the evening performance will open at 7 p.m. for the art exhibition, with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m.. The concert will feature local musicians performing a variety of styles, such as jazz, classical, folk, sacred and Broadway. Refreshments will be served during intermission. Tickets are $15 for the matinee and $25 for the evening concert, and may be purchased at the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, American Eagle Antiques, or online at heritagearts.org. For information, call Judy Schraper at (813) 997-4631, or Jean Johnson at (352) 521-4778.


Safe boating course offered by flotilla

The Hudson Flotilla 11-7 Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Florida-mandated "About Boating Safely" class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the training facility at 9135 Denton Ave. The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional member. It includes the class, digital library and processing fee. Those who complete the class will receive the Florida Boating Safely Education Card. The class is offered on the fourth Saturday of each month. Group rates are available, and private classes can be scheduled for groups of five or more. Advance registration is appreciated. To register for the class or for information, send email to [email protected] or call (727) 697-8013.


PHSC hosts annual clay tournament

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation will host its annual Sporting Clays Tournament on Jan. 26 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff. Sponsorships are available, and teams and individual players are invited to participate. Participant fees begin at $150 per individual and $750 per team. Players receive 50 targets, team cart, beverages, awards banquet dinner, official tournament gift, goodie bag, ammunition and other items. Sponsors and teams receive recognition on the PHSC website. Proceeds benefit the PHSC foundation. For tournament information, sponsorship opportunities or to register as a participant, visit foundation.phsc.edu or call (727) 816-3410.


NAMI to offer its family program

NAMI Pasco, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to-Family Education Program from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting Feb. 1, at Medical Center of Trinity Behavioral Health, 5637 Marine Parkway. This is a free, 12-week course for family members, partners, friends and caregivers of individuals with mental illness. The curriculum is designed to help understand and support a loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining one’s own well-being. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call NAMI at (727) 992-9653.

English, citizenship classes offered for free

The New Beginnings Ministry at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church offers free classes to those interested in learning English or to apply for American citizenship. The church is at 5340 High St. To schedule a class or for further details, call (727) 849-7521.


Taste of Trinity rescheduled to Jan. 27

The ninth annual Taste of Trinity will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at Seven Springs Middle School, 2441 Little Road. The annual event is hosted by the West Pasco Business Association and the Seven Springs Parent-Teacher-Student Organization. There will be music, stage performances, a bounce house, desserts and food samples. The event, which was postponed from September due to Hurricane Irma, is a benefit for the school so it can purchase technology pieces. Admission will be $5, or $15 for a family four-pack. For business/restaurant vendor information, or to be a sponsor, contact Maria Johnson at (727) 934-0940 or [email protected] Registration also is available at wpba.biz.


Artisan Days returns to the Grove

Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Days will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Grove at Wesley Chapel, on Wesley Grove Boulevard off State Road 54. Parking and admission is free. The event features shopping, do-it-yourself workshops, free paint demos from Dixie Belle Paint Company, various home decor styles, local artisans, vintage and antique vendors, and more. For information, call (727) 674-1464. Visit simplyeventsfl.com.


Run for Life benefits pregnancy center

Run for Life, a community event to benefit the nonprofit Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center, will be Jan. 27, starting on Fifth Avenue near the Main Street Stage. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., with a one-mile fun run starting at 9:15. Chip timing will be used at this event. Trophies and medals will be awarded to top finishers. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Quinn Blalock and Friends. There will be giveaways, post-race refreshments and other activities. For a $1 donation, children can decorate ornaments. Register online at pcczephryhills.org (which will give a link to active.com), or call (813) 453-9219.

Snowbird Palooza returns Feb. 3

The city of Zephyrhills will host the fourth annual Zephryhills Snowbird Palooza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. The event will include health checks, entertainment, games, raffles, exhibits, contests, card games and tournaments. Elvis impersonator Jeremy Ewbanks will entertain at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and recording artist Kris Pierce will perform at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.. The event is free; parking is free. For information, call (727) 674-1464.

RV resort hosts quilt show

The quilters of Leisure Days RV Resort will host the 13th annual Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at 34533 Leisure Days Drive. Admission is $3. The show will include quilts created by individual quilters, wall hangings and specialty quilts from family treasures. For information, call Helen at (813) 395-5706.

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