The 12th annual Harvest Festival at Main Street Zephyrhills will host its inaugural Harvest Festival Pageant one Oct. 23. Age groups are: Girls 0 to 3 years old at 11 a.m.; Girls 4 to 18 years old at 12:30 p.m. Contestants will compete in one outfit on stage (Sunday Best or fall-themed attire). No pageant experience is necessary. The deadline to enter is Oct. 17. Contact Vicky McShane at 813-714-6513 or .
The University Area CDC Partners Coalition will host a breakfast meeting on Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. The public is invited to learn about programs and initiatives happening in the Uptown/University Area, and can network and have a complimentary breakfast. The agenda will include: Community Investment, Focusing Forward, Small Biz = Big Impact. Reservations are requested by emailing .
Pasco County Cattlewomen will present a Youth Farm Safety Day on Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bird Island Lake Ranch in Dade City. Safety topics will include: Tractor safety, ATV safety, lawn equipment safety, knife and machete safety, animal safety, hand tool safety, and natural elements safety. To register, email , or call 813-478-2355.
Residents are asked to clean up their properties, and to remove junk and/or debris from their yards.
Then, residents can take the unwanted items to one of these four dumpster locations:
- 10th Street and Whitehouse, behind Bravo’s
- North Seventh Street parking lot, behind Del Carmen’s
- Watson Park on North Avenue, on the basketball courtside
- Watson Park on Main Avenue, parking lot
Tires and household hazardous waste cannot be dropped off.
Acceptable materials include glass, wood (8 feet or less), fence, carpet, household trash, furniture, mattresses, and plywood.
For information, call Dade City Public Works at 352-523-5050.
Published October 13, 2021
The Dade City Garden Club has released its 2021 Christmas ornament, entitled “Front Porch.”
The ‘porch’ featured in the historic-themed ornament leads to the inside of the club’s building — the original St. Rita’s Church, which was built in 1913 and purchased by the garden club in 1976 for $1.
The design of “Front Porch” exhibits various symbols that are meaningful to the garden club.
The camellia flower represents love, affection and admiration. The wildflower and phlox point to sweet dreams and harmony.
Colorful monarch butterflies support the club’s belief in life, change and endurance.
And, the bluebirds are a symbol of the essence of life and beauty. The birds hold a “Welcome” sign to signify that all are invited to join the garden club.
The cost of the Christmas ornament is $22, payable only by check to the Dade City Garden Club.
Published October 13, 2021
The Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12118 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, will offer a Take & Make Little Makers Color Exploration Kit on Oct. 22, all day, for ages 3 and older. The kit includes finger-painting supplies, hands-on activities, and a reading list. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Pickup can be done at the drive-thru window or inside. For information, call 727-815-7126.
Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center will host a drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 1402 N. Howard Ave., in Tampa. (The center is in the former Berriman-Morgan Cigar Factory building.) Families are invited to wear costumes as they pick up a goody bag of Halloween treats. For information, email or , or call 813-226-2777.
The 2021-2022 Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations kicks off on Oct. 21, hosted by the Tampa JCCs and Federation, with in-person and Zoom events. Tickets run from $6 to $36; monthly Zoom discussions are free. Each in-person event will conclude with a book signing by the author. For virtual programs, Zoom information will be emailed after ticket purchase. For a complete list of dates, times and books, visit JewishTampa.com/bookfestival. The festival is sponsored by The Gemunder Family Foundation. The book sponsor is Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg.
The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host in-person story times about owls and bats on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at 10:15 a.m., for toddlers; and on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., for preschoolers. Visit PascoLibraries.org to register.
The Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12188 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, will host a Sunset Story Time on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Once a month, participants will meet outside (weather permitting) for a family story. Wear your favorite pajamas, too. Masks are recommended, but not required. Register online at PascoLibraries.org. For questions, email .