Food, nutrition experts visit schools
Betsy Crisp of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Family Nutrition Program educators Linda Tesar, Karen Faverty and Brenda Borjas visited four Pasco County schools that are going for the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge to present the "Organ Wise Guys MyPlate Assembly." The recent event held at Gulfside Elementary in Holiday invited chef Vince Blancato of first lady Michele Obama's Chef's Move to Schools program to be part of the performance. More than 600 to 800 students at each of the four schools, which included Gulfside Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Dr. Mary Giella Elementary and Woodland Elementary, were presented the nutrition lectures on topics covering the different food groups as well as food safety and hand washing.
Six new members join Zephyrhills Elks Lodge
On Sept. 17, six new members were initiated at the Zephyrhills Elks Lodge. New members include Winnie Keating, Jane Romano, Paul Weaver, Mildred Marsh, Milton Bonner and Tim McCarthy. Meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 6851 Wire Road in Zephyrhills. Anyone interested in joining the Elks can call the lodge at (813) 782-4604 or go to www.elks.org.
Paws in the Park raises funds for spay, neuter program
Paws in the Park, held Sept. 29 in San Antonio City Park, included activities such as the blessing of the pets by St. Anthony's parish Deacon Mike Arno, agility demonstrations, adoptable pet parade and a Frisbee dog demonstration. Contests including Most Fashionable Pet, Owner Look-A-Like and Best Trick were also held throughout the day. The free event raises awareness and funds for Spay Pasco, a program designed to assist dog and cat owners with spaying and neutering pets and feral animals in Pasco County.
$5,000 donated to deaf services
Wells Fargo Foundation donated $5,000 to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc. to help fund its Communication Access Assistance program. The program assists deaf and hard of hearing clients in coping with day-to-day activities to communicate in situations involving employment, legal, advocacy, food/shelter and medical. For information, call (727) 853-1010.
$2,522 from Law Day Run donated to Bay Area Legal Services
Members of the West Pasco Bar Association presented a check to Bay Area Legal Services for $2,522 at the association's September luncheon. The funds were the proceeds of the WPBA 5K Law Day Run, which was chaired by association members Amanda Colon and Russell G. Marlowe this past spring. Bay Area Legal Services Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that provides legal services for the poor, elderly and disadvantaged. For information, visit www.bals.org.