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Hometown Pasco for Feb. 2

Knitters for Charity recently hosted its annual Santa Day at Fox Hollow Elementary School in Port Richey. The group arranged for Santa Claus to greet students and listen to their wish lists while their photos were taken. After visiting with Santa, Mrs. Claus passed out candy canes and pencils. The Knitter elves then presented each student with a wrapped gift, containing either a handmade hat and scarf or handmade toy. In addition, the Toymakers of Pasco County presented each child with a handmade and decorated wooden toy. The Knitters meet every Friday morning at the Hudson Regional Library.

Members of the Solidarity Group of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hudson recently held a baby shower during its annual Christmas party. Members donated 23 packages of diapers and wipes, numerous baby items and childrens clothing, all to benefit SOLVE of Pasco County, an all-volunteer, nonprofit resource center for children and parents in need of basic life essentials. Shown is Leona Peterson, SOLVE president, holding some of the donated items.

December was a busy month for the Rotary Club of San Antonio as members worked to bring Christmas cheer to children in the community. On Dec. 9, members joined other Rotarians to pack food bags to be distributed by local schools for students during the Christmas break. The 50 food bags packed by club members were earmarked for San Antonio Elementary School and Irvin Education Center. Rotarians volunteered to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of the San Antonio Post Office from Dec. 11 to 15. Two community service events were held Dec. 16. Club members, along with family members, sorted and distributed socks, underwear and toothbrushes to parents attending the Toys for Tots event in Wesley Chapel. In Dade City, girls in the mentoring group sponsored by the club and Farmworkers Self Help shopped for Christmas gifts for family and friends (and themselves). The girls, called Las Mariposas (the butterflies), earned points by attending group meetings, reading books, attending dance classes and performances, and doing service projects during the year. The points can be used to purchase items on June and December shopping days. Shopping day items are donated by club members, local church groups and friends of Farmworkers Self Help. To show their appreciation, the girls sang Christmas songs during the clubs meeting, Dec. 19, and each girl received a gift bag from club member Ginny Clemmons. Shown are volunteers helping at the Toys for Tots event. From left are: Sarah Christiansen, club member; Winnie Burke, club president; Bob Loring, honorary club member, and Hannah Schuck.

GFWC Lutz-Land OLakes Womans Club recently presented checks and ribbon awards to the winners of the juried arts competition at the clubs annual Lutz Arts and Crafts Show. Artist Jinsheng Song, shown, was selected by the judges for the two top prizes Best in Show overall and first place in the painting and drawing category for his canvas format paintings.

Thirty-seven vendors participated in the CARES Health Wellness Expo held recently at the Hudson First United Methodist Church. More than 275 attended the fundraiser to benefit the Senior Health Clinic at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center in New Port Richey. The clinic offers limited primary care to low-income seniors ages 55 and older who have no insurance. The clinic is staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses and helps more than 600 patients annually. Shown are some of the many clinic volunteers and event sponsors.

Approximately 5,000 attended the third annual Pasco Upcycle and Art Festival held in downtown New Port Richeys Sims Park. Families strolled through the park and visited the 100 or so vendors that amazed the crowd with creativity designing wall art pallets, driftwood frames, glass bottle clocks and dozens of other uniquely-upcycled items. A traditional art component was added to this years festival, giving local painters an opportunity to showcase their talents. “We have worked hard to keep an eco-friendly, grass-roots vibe for the event,” said Kristen King, Keep Pasco Beautiful coordinator. “Its wonderful to see so many environmentally-conscious people in one place.”

The Pasco Fine Arts Council recently provided painting parties for teachers and staff at Cypress Elementary School and Moonlake Elementary School. The annual Kids-n-Art outreach program is hosted by the council as part of its community outreach. Instruction was provided by Janet Litzel, council board member, and Linda Legeret, artist. The council partners with many organizations throughout the area in an effort to promote art as a medium for improving memory, mood and sensory motor skills. From left are: Mary Van Ochten and Stacy Lipinski, first-grade teachers at Cypress Elementary School.

The World Nation music group recently performed an energetic, heart-warming Christmas show for residents at Regency Residence in Port Richey. The singers, who volunteered their time and talents to perform, included Madison Dedcovich, Marcos Trujillo, Tad Andris, Margie Spinoza, Katia Valdeos, Cynthia Haring and the Amad children, including Nur, Emily, Victoria and Khudor, along with their mom, Johana.

Students, parents and instructors from Spivey Karate Martial Arts Training Center donated toys and food to help local families in need at a recent karate tournament. Food items collected were delivered to Daystar Hope Center in Dade City, and toys were donated to the Salvation Army for distribution. From left are: Linda and grand master Bill Spivey with the dozens of toys collected.

For the sixth consecutive year, members of Heritage Pines Country Clubs Mens Golf Association and Ladies 18-Hole Golf Association in Hudson sponsored a Tree of Angels event to benefit needy students at Shady Hills Elementary School. Golfers selected a bag from a Christmas tree containing the names of students and a list of essential items needed by each student. Members shopped for and then wrapped each gift, adding a “from Santa” tag. Gifts were distributed to more than 90 needy students at the school. From left are: Tom Barker, school principal; Donna Schultz, school parent involvement coordinator; Scott Taveau, Mens Golf Association immediate past president; Bill Stoehs, MGA president; Ric Layne, MGA vice president; Paul Sherwood, MGA treasurer; Brian Armstrong, MGA secretary, and Tracy Bonnett, assistant principal.

For the 17th year, members of the Summertree Ladies Golf League purchased gifts for teacher Michelle Bloms Head Start pre-kindergarten class at Hudson Elementary School. On Dec. 15, a group of members delivered gifts to the school, where Santa helped pass out the gifts. Each student received a gift and a goodie bag.


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Knitters provide Santa Day for students: Photo: pashometown020218-A Courtesy of Joan Guariniello

Local church group supports SOLVE: Photo: pashometown020218-B Courtesy of Leona Peterson

Rotary club has busy December: Photo: pashometown020218-C Courtesy of Betty Burke

Womans club supports the arts: Photo: pashometown020218-D Courtesy of Patricia Serio

CARES expo benefit senior health clinic: Photo: pashometown020218-E Courtesy of Brenda Martyniak

Community embraces eco-friendly art event: Photo: pashometown020218-F Courtesy of Pasco County Public Information

Arts council offers workshop for teachers: Photo: pashometown020218-G Courtesy of Jo Baughman

Music group performs for Regency residents: Photo: pashometown020218-H Courtesy of Christian Valdeos


Karate school helps the community during holidays: Photo: pashometown020218-I Courtesy of Bill Spivey

Golf groups help students in need: Photo: pashometown020218-J Courtesy of Bill Stoehs

Preschoolers receive gifts from ladies golf group: Photo: pashometown020218-K Courtesy of Jane VanHorn

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