06/10/2020 – Virtual story time

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “Storytime By the Sea: Pirates and Mermaids” on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., using Zoom, for ages up to 5 years old. Kids can listen to stories and sing songs, and make a sand sensory bottle with seashells, sand, stones and jewels (kits to be provided). For information and for access to the event, email Danielle Lee at … [Read more...]

06/09/2020 – Tinkering Tuesday kit

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a curbside pickup for a Tinkering Tuesday kit on June 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The theme will be Healthy Habits. On the library’s Facebook page, there will be event links for the instructions to the experiments and activities, as well as other resources. For information and current library hours, call (813) 929-1214. … [Read more...]

06/09/2020 – Adult fairy jars

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will provide a fairy jar kit on June 9, all day, for adults only. To see the prerecorded video, visit the library’s Facebook page. For information and current branch hours, call (352) 567-3576. … [Read more...]

06/08/2020 – Candle jar kits

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer floating candle jar kits on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to be picked up curbside. The kit will include one floating candle, a glass jar, and instructions on how to make your own luminary. Supplies are limited. For information and current library hours, call (813) 929-1214. … [Read more...]

OneBlood drive in Zephyrhills

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Main Street Zephyrhills and the City of Zephyrhills to give back. The community will host a live remote segment featuring the reopening of Downtown Zephyrhills businesses on June 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. OneBlood will be on site from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the first 15 people donating blood will receive a $10 gift card to Sonny's BBQ. … [Read more...]

Virtual orientations offered to ‘Bigs’

Due to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Tampa Bay has had to cancel all in-person community orientations and trainings for adult mentors and role models, or “Bigs.” Virtual orientations now are offered, instead. Throughout the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is crucial for the organization to maintain … [Read more...]

Carl is a Texas rescue

Carl, a 5-year-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, was rescued from a shelter in Round Rock, Texas. She — yes ‘she’ — was adopted by a loving family and moved to Wesley Chapel. Carl welcomed two new ‘people puppies’ into her life when her owner had twin girls. Her favorite way to spend time is to chew the special shoes (with beads or glitter) in the boxes, and going to Disney. Carl’s proud owner is … [Read more...]

The most colorful waterfowl

Wood ducks perch and nest in trees, and are comfortable flying through woods. They can be seen in wooded swamps, marshes, streams, beaver ponds and small lakes. The ducks usually stick to wet areas with trees or extensive cattails. Janna Rolfe, of Wesley Chapel, snapped this photo of a male wood duck, also called a drake. … [Read more...]

Diabetes self-management

CARES will offer a six-week Zoom workshop on diabetes self-management June 11 to July 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can learn to work with their own health care team; manage symptoms and blood sugar levels; use medication effectively; exercise safely and easily; handle depression; plan healthy meals; communicate better with family and friends about your health; solve problems; … [Read more...]

Chronic pain workshops

CARES will offer a six-week Zoom workshop on chronic pain self-management June 11 to July 16, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The group will meet once a week on Thursday. Topics will include how to deal with problems like frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; appropriate use of medications; communicating with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and, … [Read more...]