Foundation receives $3,000 donation
The GHC Ladies Auxiliary presented a $3,000 donation to the PHSC (Pasco-Hernando State College) Foundation for its student scholarships. The auxiliary hosts fundraisers throughout the year in support of various initiatives and organizations in the community. To make a scholarship donation, visit Giving.PHSC.edu, or call the foundation office at 727-816-3410.
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.
Recycle your pumpkins
Learning Gate Community School’s environmental science teacher Steve Warrener’s classes have just started an adopt-a-farm program with Happy Farm, 16610 Tobacco Road in Lutz, for composting.
The public can drop off their pumpkins anytime from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15 in the bins at the farm (signs will be posted). Pumpkins must not be treated with any preservatives.
Warrener also can do bulk pickup if anyone is interested.
Culinary Arts bake sale
The Land O’ Lakes Academy of Culinary Arts is offering its 11th annual Fall Bake Sale. Items up for grabs include: Apple Crumble Coffee Cake, $10; French Silk Pie, $12; Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll, $10; Kentucky Pecan Pie, $15; Vegan + GF Apple Cranberry Crisp, $14; and Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies, $10.
Order deadline is Nov. 4. Pickup is Nov. 16, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 in the Lakeview Café.
For information and questions, email Chef Blythe at or Chef Cooper at ">.
Fall Heritage Festival
Moore-Mickens Education and Vocational Center, 38301 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Dade City, will host its third annual Fall Heritage Festival on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include food, live music, vendors, artists, and Buffalo Soldiers. Admission is $7; $25 VIP seating (with an RSVP). For information, call 352-518-8008.
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.
A meaningful conversation
The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) will present “Why Dialogue Matters” on Nov. 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., in Tampa.
This conversation will focus on why the practice of dialogue is essential for the health of traditions, institutions and society.
Guest speakers will be Rabbi David Maayan, Cohn visiting chair in Jewish Thought and assistant director of CCJS, and Dr. Matthew Tapie, associate professor of theology and director of CCJS.
Joining in the panel wil be Friar Henry Fulmer, Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Congregation Kol Ami; and Rabbi Joel Simon, Congregation Schaarai Zedek.
Prior to the event, an hors d’oeuvre reception will take place at 6:15 p.m. An RSVP is required online at SaintLeo.edu/Why-Dialogue-Matters.
The program will conclude with a presentation of the 18th Eternal Light Award to Dr. Eugene Fisher for his 50 years of contributions to Catholic-Jewish relations.
Admission is free.
School Choice events
Mark your calendar with the following dates related to School Choice in Pasco County:
- Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Pasco Pathways Expo, at River Ridge High School
- Nov. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Pasco Pathways Expo, at Wesley Chapel High School
- Jan. 9 to Jan. 20: Pasco Pathways Application Window
- Feb. 27 to March 8: Notification and Acceptance Window
For more information, visit Pasco.k12.fl.us/schoolchoice.
Odessa Elementary School will host a golf tournament at Cheval Golf Club, at 4312 Cheval Blvd., in Lutz, on Nov. 13. Money raised from the event will go toward expanding and improving the school’s playground, by adding structures for all ages and abilities.
Cost is $150 per person and $550 per foursome. It will be a 9 a.m. scramble start and includes contests such as a $10,000 hole-in-one chance, on-course refreshments, lunch, gifts and more.
For information or to register, visit bit.ly/wildcat-golf.
Options after high school
Education after high school does not necessarily have to be a traditional four-year college degree, according to a news release from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Two-year degrees can prepare students to continue at a four-year school, but it also can lead directly to a job in the workforce, the release said.
Diplomas and certificates in specialized skills can give students the knowledge they need to compete for good jobs in industry and other careers. These programs can take six to 18 months to complete.
Nearly all states offer grants and scholarships for in-state students, and many offer specific grants for students who want to become teachers or work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
In many states, members of the National Guard also can take advantage of student aid programs geared to guard members.
In addition, most technical schools, two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities offer their own grants, scholarships and other student aid programs.
Students should check with the financial aid office of the school they plan to attend, to help them understand these and other aid programs.
KHEAA is a public, nonprofit agency established to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents.