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Pasco Briefs for April 20

COUNTYWIDE

Homestead estimator link is now online

Pasco County Property Appraiser Gary Joiner has announced the launch of the "Third Homestead Estimator" on the office website at pascopa.com/. A link to the estimator tool appears at the top of each parcel information page. The tool is the result of an effort by property appraisers statewide to provide accurate estimates and to provide voters the information they need concerning the Third Homestead Exemption that will be on the November ballot. For further information, contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at (352) 521-4433, (813) 929-2780 or (727) 847-8151.

Hospice hosts services and support group

Gulfside Hospice will offer the following:

• A new bereavement support group for individuals coping with the loss of a loved one will be held weekly at 3 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning April 24, at the Gulfside Bereavement and Community Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette St., New Port Richey. Meetings will be an open group format, with up to 12 members to join sessions. There is no cost to join. Those interested in attending the group can contact Kelly Cavegnetto at (727) 845-5707 prior to the session start date. Gulfside offers other bereavement services, including individual and family counseling, community memorial services and other programs. For details, call (800) 561-4883 or visit ghppc.org.

• A Service of Remembrance to honor the lives of those who have passed away will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at Trinity Church of Wesley Chapel, 33425 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Another service will be 6 to 8 p.m. May 2 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required by April 20. Call Jan Double at (727) 845-5707 or email [email protected]

Medication collection sites set for April 28

As part of the Drug Enforcement Agency National Take Back Day on April 28, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention will collect unwanted and expired medications for proper disposal at the following locations:

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey (in the overflow parking lot next to Panera Bread).

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel (first floor of the parking garage, next to the car detailing service).

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills.

DADE CITY

Withlacoochee River Park expands 40 acres

Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources’ Environmental Lands Acquisition Program recently purchased 40 acres of land next to the entrance of the county-owned Withlacoochee River Park, which will allow the expansion of natural resource-based recreational activities within the park at 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd. The land, acquired in March, is partially within the Withlacoochee River Ecological Planning Unit, and supports several conservation objectives, including sustaining buffers to wildlife habitat associated with the Withlacoochee River and the Green Swamp. The Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program was created in July 2004 to purchase environmentally-sensitive lands throughout the County. Funding is provided through a portion of the Penny for Pasco surtax. To learn more about the program, including a list of properties on the acquisition list, visit the website at bit.ly/2ntczaM.

LUTZ

Volunteers needed for July 4 celebration

A committee planning meeting for the Lutz Fourth of July Parade and Celebration will be at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41. Volunteers are needed for the community event. Those interested in helping out or volunteering are encouraged to attend this meeting. For information, email Jennifer Rankin at [email protected]

NEW PORT RICHEY

High school teams wanted for relay race

Investigation Station, the traveling children’s museum, will host its third annual Pot of Gold Relay Race in partnership with Chasco Middle School on April 28 at Ridgewood High School, 7650 Orchid Lake Road. The event opens at 9 a.m., with the relay kicking off at 10 a.m. Teams of four will complete activities, earn "gold tokens" and race to deposit them in their team’s pot. Each team member will run a leg of the race (special needs teams and families with young children are the only exemption of this rule). Fastest teams win medals. Teammates should wear matching outfits. A prize will be awarded to the best-dressed team. Registration is free. High school teams are encouraged to participate. To register, visit facebook.com/InvestigationStation/ or PotofGoldRelay.com. There will also be a vendor fair on site. The cost is $25 for businesses, free for nonprofits. Applications are available on the website. For information or to volunteer at the event, email potofgold[email protected] or call Lisa Campos at (727) 459-7331.

Library offers week of ‘Money Smart’ events

The New Port Richey Public Library will celebrate "Money Smart Week" with the following programs:

• Avoiding Identity Theft, 6 p.m. April 23

• Canning and Food Preservation, noon April 24

• Big Ideas — Your Money or Your Life, 4:30 p.m. April 24

• Meal Planning on a Budget, 1 p.m. April 25

• Entre Amigas Finance Workshop, 5:30 p.m. April 25

• Special Rhymes to Readers storytime, followed by a craft, 11 a.m. April 26

• Wills, Testaments and Trusts, 1 p.m. April 26

• To Start or Not to Start ... Your Own Business, 1 p.m. April 27

• Kids Piggybank Craft, 3 p.m. April 28.

The library is at 5939 Main St. For information, call (727) 853-1279.

SHADY HILLS

Extension offers 2 Earth Day workshops

The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer two Earth Day workshops on April 28 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive:

• 10 a.m.: "Every Drop Counts" rain water harvesting workshop; the cost is $40.

• 1 p.m.: "Compost Happens" composting workshop; the cost is $35.

Both workshops require preregistration and prepayment. The rain water harvesting workshop includes one rain barrel; the composting workshop includes one composting bin. Both workshops include at-home setup instructions, a demonstration and discussion. To register for one or both workshops, visit the website at bit.ly/2GzbqsN; both events can also be found on eventbrite.com. For information, call (352) 518-0156.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Walk sheds light on human trafficking

A Walk to End Human Trafficking will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 6, starting at Seven Oaks Clubhouse, 2910 Sports Core Circle. The walk will make a two-mile loop through the neighborhood and return at the clubhouse. The walking path will be marked with flags. The walk is a free event, but there will be opportunities to donate to different nonprofit organizations at the walk. Further information is available at twitter.com/walktoendhtfl; to RSVP for the walk, call (813) 992-3822 or email [email protected]

ZEPHYRHILLS

Downtown event to include entertainment

Main Street Zephyrhills will host "Saturday in the Square" from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28 in historic downtown Zephyrhills, around 5th Avenue and 8th Street. The event will feature live entertainment with Tropicana Cowboys, local merchants, food and beverage vendors, and a scavenger hunt. Bring a chair. For information, call (813) 780-1414 or email to [email protected]

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