The Reptiles Are Back at Repticon

Repticon, a recognized leader in hosting reptile and exotic animal expos throughout the United States, is coming back to Port Richey with an outstanding mixture of vendors, breeders, and educators. This family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Guests can also shop for a new family pet among the hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders, and small exotic animals. Repticon New Port Richey is also the perfect place for them to get merchandise, cages, supplies, and both live and frozen feeders, as well as to get expert advice about … Continue reading The Reptiles Are Back at Repticon

Florida Native Plant Society

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd./US 41, Land O’ Lakes, 34639, between SR 52 and SR 54. The subject of the Tuesday, May 9, 2017 meeting is “Edible and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants” presented by herbalist Emily Ruff. Enjoy an evening learning about the edible and medicinal plants growing all around us in Central Florida. Get to know the plants in our ecosystem and explore their ethnobotanical uses. This is a hands-on experience where … Continue reading Florida Native Plant Society

31st Annual Golf Tournament

Join the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce for the 31st Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club located at 19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz, Florida 33558. Members and non-members are welcomed to participate. Individual golfers are $70. This includes greens fees, cart, range balls, door prizes, trophies and prizes for winners, and a BBQ dinner. Team of 4 is $260. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call the Chamber office at 813-909-2722. Continue reading 31st Annual Golf Tournament

2017 Lutz Gov’na Debate

The 2017 Lutz Guv’na Debate is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 from 2-4pm at the Old Lutz School, 18819 US Hwy. 41, Lutz, FL 33549. The annual Guv’na race is sponsored by the Lutz Civic Association. The Guv’na Race has donated more than $100,000 over the last 10 years to charitable organizations in Lutz. Come join us for an afternoon of crazy antics and silliness as this year’s candidates debate and campaign and try to win the Guv’na sash by July 4. Interested in running in this year’s race? Please contact Suzin at (813) 453-5256. Continue reading 2017 Lutz Gov’na Debate

SHINE Offers Free Medicare Answers

New River Library Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills May 18th at 11:00am A SHINE Volunteer will be available to answer Medicare questions on Thursday at 11:00am at the New River Library located at 34043 FL-54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. For more information, call 813-788-6375. Land O’ Lakes Library May 20th at 11:00am A SHINE Volunteer will be available to answer Medicare questions on Saturday at 11am at the Land O’ Lakes Library located at 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639. For information, call (813) 929-1214. Hugh Embry Library Dade City May 25th at 2:00pm A SHINE Volunteer will be available to … Continue reading SHINE Offers Free Medicare Answers

NAMI Pasco Support Group Meetings

The Pasco County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers two types of support group meetings each month, one for those living with mental illness and another for family and friends of those with mental illness. This covers all brain disorders including, but not limited to, OCD, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, multiple personalities, etc. Information: 727-992-9653 or visit www.namipasco.org. NAMI Connection Support Group A structured closed group open only to those with a mental illness diagnosis. This group is for individuals 18 and older, interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills and being with others who understand the … Continue reading NAMI Pasco Support Group Meetings

Many Services at the Pasco Tax Offices

Tax Collector Mike Fasano takes this opportunity to remind customers that the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office not only accepts property tax payments and auto registration renewals, they issue driver’s licenses, administer driving exams, provide birth certificates, and a whole host of other services. There are five locations in the county, three open six days a week, to serve your needs: Gulf Harbors – 4720 U.S. Highway 19, New Port Richey, 34652 West Pasco Government Center (NOT open on Saturdays) – 8731 Citizens Drive, Room 120, New Port Richey, 34654 Central Pasco Government Center – 4111 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard … Continue reading Many Services at the Pasco Tax Offices

Veteran’s Resource Fair

Congressman Gus Bilirakus sponsored the 11th Annual Veteran’s Resource Fair held on Saturday, April 22. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Pasco County affiliate board members Nancy Whitener, Treasurer and Gloria Strother, Vice President, enjoyed shaking hands and distributing information on support groups and educational programs to the hundreds of attending vets. The NAMI Pasco County Affiliate is all volunteer and all programs are free. For more information, visit www.namipasco.org or call 727-992-9653. Continue reading Veteran’s Resource Fair

Local Resident Receives State Recognition

West Central volunteers make a big difference in the lives of long-term care residents, and one such volunteer recently received much-deserved recognition from the State’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP). The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program relies upon state-certified professional volunteers, known as ombudsmen, who advocate for the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes. Ombudsmen work with residents, family members, administrators, and others to resolve complaints brought by, or on behalf of, long-term care residents in Florida. Jim Lynch of Bradenton Beach is the winner of the … Continue reading Local Resident Receives State Recognition

IFAS Pasco County Extension Service

IFAS Pasco County Extension Service Subject: Worms Are Eating My Kitchen Scraps! Date: May 13, 2017 (Saturday) Time: 9:00-10:30am Location Land O’ Lakes Community Center 5401 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard/US 41 Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 Details: Learn how to harness the power of red wiggler worms to turn garden waste and food scraps into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer! Subject: Attracting Wildlife Date: May 16, 2017 (Tuesday) Time: 2:00-3:30pm Location: New River Library 34043 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Details: Learn how to use native plants to attract pollinators and other good guys to your garden at this seminar! … Continue reading IFAS Pasco County Extension Service

Tampa Bay Water Ski Show

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team begins its 2017 season on April 1st! The team performs free shows each Saturday evening at 6:00pm from April through October. Pre-show entertainment with beginner skiers starts at 5:30. Shows feature barefooters, ballet lines, pyramids, and more! Seating is available or bring a lawn chair to select your spot. For team information or directions, visit  or call 813-917-8354 or 727-480-9365. Site address is 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677. Continue reading Tampa Bay Water Ski Show

7th Annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendars! The bunny is back in town! Last year, students from Alonso High School came together to coordinate the 6th Annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt to benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Together they raised $3300. This year’s Egg Hunt will take place on Sunday, April 9, from 1 – 4pm at the Westchase Rec Center located at 9791 Westchase Drive in Tampa. All children who are elementary school aged and younger are welcome to participate in the egg hunt and activities. Bring the whole family, including your middle or high schooler, for a day of fun. … Continue reading 7th Annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt

Human Trafficking is Big Business

By Anne Childers, Staff Writer Human trafficking may well be the biggest industry you have never heard of. Forced labor and human trafficking is a$150B industry globally with 20.9M victims worldwide, according to figures supplied by the International Labor Organization. Victims of human trafficking include children, women, and men who are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor through force, fraud, or coercion. The U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force reports 83% of sex trafficking victims identified in the United States are U.S. citizens with an average age of 12-14. Florida continues to rank third in the nation … Continue reading Human Trafficking is Big Business

When You Jump, God Will Catch You

By Keith Chandler, Journey Christian Church When my children were young, we’d go to the pool and play that game where Dad stands a few feet from the side in chest-deep water, and tries to convince the kids to jump to him. From the father’s perspective, there’s zero risk to this game, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the kids quiver on the deck. “Jump!“ I would say. “Daddy? Will you catch me?” “Yes! Trust me! Just jump.” “When you jump, then I’ll catch you. But I can’t prove that I’ll catch you until you jump!” As grown-ups who … Continue reading When You Jump, God Will Catch You