Zephyrhills native builds on Seabees 80-year legacy
Since 1942, sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Construction Force have been building and fighting around the world. Construction worker Isaiah Mosley, a Zephyrhills native, is one of those sailors. Eighty years ago, members of Navy Construction Battalions were fittingly nicknamed ‘Seabees,’ a play on the C and B initials. They are responsible for building military bases and airfields, supporting humanitarian efforts and conducting underwater construction projects. Mosley, a 2018 graduate of the James Irwin Education Center, currently serves with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One at the headquarters for naval construction forces in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Saint Leo alumnus to speak
Saint Leo University’s “Mission-Driven Leaders: Conversations on Purpose” program will return on Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m., at 33701 State Road 52, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms, in the Student Community Center, in St. Leo, as well as via Zoom.
The guest speaker will be alumnus Colin Bryant, sports executive, on the topice of preparing NBA players for life on and off the court.
Registration is required to attend, for both in-person and Zoom, online at Calendar.saintleo.edu/event.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual Poster and Bookmark Contests for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The art contests are a way for kids and teens to celebrate the culture and traditions of Hispanic Americans reflected throughout the community.
The contests are open to elementary, middle and high school students, and prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can design a bookmark using crayons, markers, colored pencils or paint.
High school students can participate in the poster contest that celebrates Hillsborough’s Hispanic heritage. The poster must be 8 ½ inches by 11 inches.
Winners will receive prizes including art supply packages and the opportunity to have their creation professionally printed.
For inspiration, students can view last year’s winning bookmarks and posters at HCPLC.org/events/hispanic-heritage-winners-2021.
Imagine School fundraiser
Trinity Outback Steakhouse, 10860 State Road 54 in Trinity, will host a Give Back Event on Oct. 19 starting at 5 p.m.
Fifteen percent of a diner’s total check will go to support Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes.
For information and to get a flyer to present when dining, call 813-428-7444.
Master’s degree info session
Saint Leo University will host an information session on its Master of Business Administration degree program on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., via Zoom.
Those interested in gaining a competitive edge, developing a deeper skill set and understanding of business functions, and making an impact in their business, organization and community, are invited to attend.
The MBA program is offered online and on campus with classes available during the day and evening, weekdays and weekends. Students can complete the degree by earning 33 credits in 12 calendar months.
To register for the event, visit Calendar.saintleo.edu/tcob/event.
Taste of India
Carrollwood Day School, 1515 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa, invites the community to its Indian Culture Club’s “Taste of India 2022” on Oct. 21.
There will be a bazaar and dinner in the Student Union from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by student performances and entertainment. Dinner seating is limited. The cost is $25 per person.
For information and to register (by Oct. 14), visit https://www.events.org/cPage.aspx?e=142291.
Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, will host its Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.
There will be a variety of activities, including a Class of 1972 50th reunion; Spirit of Saint Leo Golf Tournament; Brews & Bites; Student Talent Show; Open Swim; Baseball/Softball/Basketball Alumni Games; Mass and Midday Prayer; Lions Rally and Family Fest; Farewell Brunch; and more.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit SaintLeo.edu, and click on the Events Calendar.
Zephyrhills High reunion
The Zephyrhills High School Class of 1972 will host its 50th reunion, including:
- Homecoming Game, on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
- “A Night to Remember” dinner/dance on Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Scotland Yards Clubhouse, 9429 U.S. 301 in Dade City — $45 per person
- Sunday Brunch, on Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a “Memory Lane Stroll” down iconic Fifth Avenue
For more information, call the school at 813-794-6100.
Pasco-Hernando State College will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a free commmunity West Campus Anniversary Celebration.
Activities will include games and prizes, music, refreshments, and tours of the campus (fees for new student applications will be waived during the event.)
To learn more, visit PHSC.edu/history.
Fish art contest
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with Wildlife Forever, has announced the 25th Anniversary Fish Art Contest.
The contest is designed to inspire creativity, while developing the next generation of anglers and conservationists.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can compete in this free contest for a chance to win state and national honors, and prizes.
One first-place winner and one runner-up will be selected for each grade bracket (kindergarten through third grade; fourth through sixth grade; seventh through ninth grade; and 10th through 12th grade). There will be an award for illustrating the best freshwater fish species and one for the best saltwater fish species.
All first-place winners will advance to the National Competition to be judged for top prizes, such as Best of Show.
The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, 2023.
To enter, students from Florida should submit their entry at WildlifeForever.org.
Early release dates for Pasco
Pasco County Schools is utilizing a monthly, two-hour early release time again this year, to allow for staff to engage in professional development aligned with student needs, and district and school priorities, according to a news release.
Scheduled early release days for the 2022-2023 school year are: Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, March 8 and April 12.
On each of these days, students will be release two hours early. The bell times and early release times for each school, can be found at Pasco.k12.fl.us/site/pcs_bell_schedule.