Friday, February 1, 2013

Free Dental Services - Feb. 8 in TAMPA

For years, hundreds of people in Pasco camped outside Dr. Vincent J. Monticciolo's dentistry office in New Port Richey to take advantage of the one day of the year he offered free dental services. Although Monticciolo has moved his practice to Tampa, he's still hosting the free dental care event — it's just a longer hike for Pasco residents.

The event is Friday, Feb. 8 and registration begins at 7 a.m. Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry is at 8327 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. The volunteer team will only see the first 300 people, so people are urged to arrive early, dress for the weather and bring whatever food or supplies they need for the outdoor wait. Participants will get a free extraction, filling or cleaning.

For information, visit or call the foundation office at (727) 849-2002.

Friday, November 9, 2012

FREE Jeff Corwin Lecture - USF Tampa, Thursday, November 15, 8 p.m.

Jeff Corwin, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning show “The Jeff Corwin Experience,” will be sharing his animal adventures as well as the importance of wildlife conservation and sustainability with University of South Florida (USF) students, staff, and community. The heavily anticipated lecture, “Tales from the Field with Jeff Corwin,” takes place Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom on the Tampa campus.

Sponsored by the USF Student AffairsUniversity Lecture Series (ULS), Corwin’s lecture will feature various live animals, potentially including a cougar, alligator, coati and Burmese python.

While Corwin is best known for his entertaining shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and ABC, he is also one of the world’s leading environmental journalists. His passion for conservationism and sustainability attracts audiences from all around the globe. Also an author, his latest book is “100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species.”

All lectures in the University Lecture Series are free to students, faculty, staff and the public. For more information about the series, the speaker, the seating and attendance policy, or parking, visit For reasonable accommodations, please contact (813) 974-1001 (FL Relay 711).

Other inquiries may be directed to Renee Svec at (813)974-5383 or or Lara Wade-Martinez at (813) 974-9060 or

Friday, November 2, 2012

Paddling Pasco Trip # 8 - Eagle Point Park to Green Key, Saturday, November 3

Paddling Pasco Trip #8, a sunset paddle, is planned for Saturday November 3rd from Eagle Point Park to Robert Rees Memorial Park (AKA Green Key) with a bonfire on the beach at sunset. Boats will need to be dropped off at Eagle Point Park between 3:30 and 4pm and vehicles will need to park at Green Key - a shuttle will return you to your boat for a launch at 4:30pm promptly. The trip is scheduled to be about 2 to 2.5 hours along the mangrove shoreline to include some mangrove tunnels in the park. Sea life and sea birds in this area is abundant and winter sunsets can be spectacular. Eagle Point Park is located at the western end of Trouble Creek Road and Green Key is located at the western end of Green Key Road - both roads are off US 19 in New Port Richey.

Things to consider bringing other than boat, paddle, PFD and whistle:  drinks, snacks, camera, flashlight or head light, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant, chair for around the fire and towel. If you want to register for this trip please contact us at or 813-929-2760 with names and contact information including email and phone number. This will allow us to prepare properly. We will ask those attending to read and sign a simple liability waiver on site before we launch. Cost will be $2 for parking.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paddling Pasco Trip #8 - Upper Withlacoochee River, Sunday, October 28

Paddling Pasco Trip #7 on the upper Withlacoochee River, Sunday October 28, 9am to about 11:30am.

Please meet at the kayak launch on the river in Pasco County’s Withlacoochee River Park. Once we all gather, we will access this launch location and may move to a nearby boat ramp for easier access. A local guide in the area, Marty Warburton, will lead the paddle. The water level is high and there will be river current, but it should be manageable in kayaks. We hope to go up river into the Green Swamp area. Hopefully there will be opportunities to see and take pictures of wildlife and wild lands.

All paddlers will need to wear a PFD while on the river and sign a waiver on site.

This trip will be unlike any of the others done along the coast, although the trip on the upper Cotee River did go through some of Old Florida wild lands. The trip is planned to be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours on the water. If we launch in the park, there will be a $2 fee.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact the Pasco County Parks & Recreation office at 813-929-2760.

Note: The park is hosting a Native American Indian Pow-Wow this weekend, so you might want to stay a bit to take in this event. For more information on this event please contact Withlacoochee River Park at 352-567-0264 or 352-521-4104.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Haunted Pasco 2012 - Haunted Houses to Thrill and Chill You!

The Haunted House on 41 
October 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.;  Oct. 26-27, 7:30-10 p.m.
Land O'Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL
Thursday night is Sneak Peek night and admission is free!  Friday & Saturday's admission is $1 per person. Some scenes may be too intense for young children. For information, call (813) 929-1229. Hosted by the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department.

The Angelus 6th Annual Haunted House
12413 Hudson Ave.
Hudson, FL 34669
October 19-21 and 26-31
Hours of Operation:  Fridays & Saturday 6:30pm - 12:00am    
Sundays & Weekdays  6:30pm - 10:00pm
Admission costs vary; check website for details.

North Anclote River Nature Park
550 Dixie Hwy
Tarpon Springs, FL
October 19th, 20th & 26th, from 6:30-9:30pm. 
Admission: $5.00 for all ages.
Hike through the haunted trails at the North Anclote River Nature Park, off Old Dixie Highway.  If the hidden terrors don't frighten you, the insects will!   Concessions will be available in the parking lot. 

9349 Calle Alta Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34655
October 19-21 and 26-31
Hours of Operation: 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Admission: $2.00 for all ages
Additional items available for purchase: novelties, food & drink
Proceeds benefit River Ridge High School band programs

18701 Shady Hills Rd.
Spring Hill, FL 34610
October 19-21 and 26-31
Fridays & Saturdays from 7pm-1am
Sundays, Monday & Tuesday from 7pm-11pm
Halloween Wednesday from 7pm-1am
Admission costs vary; check website for details.

Halloween Howl
5th Avenue
Downtown Zephyrhills, FL
Saturday, October 27, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Take a hair-raising hayride to the haunted house. Other activities include safe trick-or-treating, costume parade, bounce houses, cake walk, food vendors and live entertainment.


2nd Annual CVS Halloween Bash! Sunday, October 21

This Sunday, October 21st, visit your local CVS/pharmacy between 1 and 3 p.m. for their free Halloween bash!  Kids in costume will be able to have their picture taken by CVS staff for a free 5x7 print and will receive a FREE Halloween fun pack, containing Halloween goodies and over $10 in coupons.

To find the closest CVS/pharmacy, check out their Store Locator.