Paulie Palooza rocks out at new venue

When people gather this year to check out the music at the fifth annual Paulie Palooza, they’ll be arriving at a new event venue. This year, the bands will be performing at the Zephyrhills Community Event Venue, at 5200 Airport Road. The bands will start playing March 18 at 10 a.m., and performances will continue throughout the day, until 5 p.m. The musical lineup includes: Cold … [Read more...]

Hearts for Hospice 5K keeps legacies alive

Ethel Dunk was known for her endless energy, so it seemed only fitting to her family and friends to honor her memory to form a team called “Ethel’s Energizers” to raise money at the annual Hearts for Hospice 5K. Dunk occupied many roles in life. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Cindy Walker and Barbara Russell, both of Land O’ Lakes, are Dunk’s … [Read more...]

They’re not ‘just pets.’ They’re family.

A woman sits inside a modest chapel in Zephyrhills, and her voice is shaking. She's describing the loss of a loved one, and the guilt she feels about that loss. A chaplain and a therapist sit with her and listen, then try to comfort her by sharing their own perspectives. Her grief is natural, they say, and a normal part of life. Beginning that afternoon, she takes important steps on her … [Read more...]

Area events honor veterans on special day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and those who have put on the uniform to serve this country have a full day ahead of them. Saint Leo University and Two Men and a Truck will deliver items to veterans in local shelters throughout the day Tuesday. The donations will be from a collection drive the school hosted last month including items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, … [Read more...]

Thrift stores collecting donations for veterans

All five Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes will collect toiletry items to give out to homeless and at-risk veterans as part of this year's Stand Down Pasco County. Donation collection begins Oct. 6 and will last until Oct. 17. Organizers prefer travel-size toiletry items, but also needed are personal care items, anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel, deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and … [Read more...]